DAYTON - If preseason prognostications prove accurate indicators of two squads' capabilities on the football field, the outcome of Friday's Southeast 2B-Blue Mountain non-league football matchup was probably predictable as well.
Stanfield, favored to win Oregon's Blue Mountain League, took on consensus cellar-dwellar Dayton of Washington's Southeast 2B at Dayton Friday night.
And while the 48-7 Stanfield-over-Dayton final score boreo out the predictions, the first-quarter offensive frenzy precursored anything but an uneven fight.
Dayton's option attack pounded the opening drive into Stanfield territory immediately on three carries by Dain Henderson, but on his fourth carry, Henderson fumbled the ball to Stanfield at the 50.
Stanfield then moved the ball from midfield to pay dirt with its own run-first attack. The only non-rush of the drive was a Derek Monkus-to-Quinton Grogan 10-yard touchdown capper that put the game's first points on the board at 6-0. Kicker Dino Ibarra's point-after was blocked.
Unfazed, Dayton returned fire, scoring go-ahead points on a two-play 65-yard drive, highlighted by quarterback Colton Bickelhaupt's 55-yard sweep and Josh Frame's 10-yard dive.
Stanfield responded, down 7-6, with a seven-play, 60-yard drive featuring four rushes of eight yards or more. The Tigers again went to the air only once, and again for a touchdown on a Monkus-to-Trevor Morris 13-yard hook-up. Grogan's 2-point scamper bumped the lead to 14-7.
On the next two plays from scrimmage, Dayton again moved the ball easily on the Tiger defense. Josh Frame swept right for 11 yards - which was negated by a downfield hold, then took a pitch left for 19 more yards to put the Bulldogs in business near midfield.
Then the switch flipped for the Tigers and the Stanfield defense stiffened. Four plays later, the Tigers forced Dayton to punt.
The Tigers forced Dayton to punt again on their next drive in just four plays. The fifth Dayton drive was over in five plays on a fumble, and the next done in two on an interception.
Meanwhile, the Tigers surged on offense, scoring 27 points in the second quarter on scoring drives of 55, 64, 49 and 59 yards.
The back-breaking score came on the final drive of the half on a 1-yard TD run by Grogan with no time left on the clock.
"That was the killer," Dayton coach Dean Bickelhaupt said. "I was hoping our home clock would let that last second (from the play before) run out, but they didn't.
"I was saying ‘Come on guys, if we can hold them here, we can get a little more energy going into the locker room.' That score really knocked the wind out of our sails," Bickelhaupt said.
Stanfield scored once more in the game, on its first drive of the second half.
Monkus underthrew receiver Devin Haefer in double coverage. But Dayton defensive back Bickelhaupt, in an attempt to bat the ball away, inadvertently tipped the ball, which Haefer tracked down and carried to the house for a 46-yard touchdown score.
Defensively, the Tigers allowed the Bulldogs just 14 yards in the second quarter, and 18 in the third. Stanfield surrendered 85 yards to Dayton after the opening stanza and 170 on the game.
"When you come and play an option team, you've got to cancel the option. You've got to tackle. And we didn't do that on the series where they marched down the field and got the big play," Stanfield coach Jay Zweiselhofer said.
"Coming in here against an option team with a slippery quarterback like (Bickelhaupt) and a team that will run the ball hard right up the middle with a big back like (Henderson)-that just helped our defense get better," he said.
"We just got outplayed tonight," Bickelhaupt said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game and that's what we wanted.
"Turnovers are just killers," he said. "We've got to take care of the football. (Turnovers) are tough to come back from especially against a good team like Stanfield."
Dayton finished the game with four turnovers - two lost fumbles and two interceptions. Stanfield never turned the ball over.
Stanfield's Derek Monkus completed 6-of-10 passes for 119 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those incompletions were spikings of the football to stop the clock.
Grogan likewise collected four touchdowns on the night, two through the air from Monkus and two more via the ground game.
Corey Baros led the Tigers in rushing with 122 yards on 17 carries. On the night, the Tigers rushed 54 times for 336 yards.
The Tigers play again Friday at Boardman, while the Bulldogs travel Friday to face another Blue Mountain foe at Enterprise.
Stanfield 14 27 7 0 - 48
Dayton 7 0 0 0 - 7
Stan - Grogan 10 pass from Monkus (kick failed).
Day - J. Frame 10 run (Schlachter kick).
Stan - Morris 13 pass from Monkus (Grogan run).
Stan - Castellanos 8 run (D. Ibarra kick).
Stan - Grogan 4 pass from Monkus (D. Ibarra kick).
Stan - Grogan 1 run (kick failed).
Stan - Grogan 1 run (D. Ibarra kick).
Stan - Haefer 46 pass from Monkus (D. Ibarra kick).
First downs 27 11
Rushes/yards 54-336 33-165
Passing yards 119 15
Passes (att-comp-int) 12-6-0 9-3-2
Punts 1-27 2-26.5
Fumbles-lost 3-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 4-36 2-15
RUSHING - Stan: Baros 17-122, Grogan 13-64, Diaz 4-43, Monkus 4-32, Castellanos 7-34, Caldera 1-7, Mendiola 5-26, D. Ibarra 1-1, B. Linker 2-7; Day: Henderson 10-56, Bickelhaupt 8-60, J. Frame 9-46, Fullerton 6-3.
PASSING - Stan: Monkus 6-10-0, 119 yards, 4 TDs; B. Linker 0-2-0, 0 yards. Day: Bickelhaupt 3-9-2, 15 yards, 0 TD.
RECEIVING - Stan: Grogan 4-60-2, Morris 1-13-1, Haefer 1- 46-1; Day: Turner 1-(-4), W. Frame 1-11, Schlachter 1-8.