STANFIELD, Ore. - Dayton kicked off the season just fine without two of its leading starters in the lineup here Friday night.
The Bulldogs matched their season's win total with a dominant 20-0 shutout of the Tigers.
"I was happy with it," Dayton coach Dean Bickelhaupt said. "We had young kids filling in right now until we get two or three starters back. If we can just hold our own until they get back, that'll be big. We'll progress each week until they get back, keep going strong."
Starting tight end/outside linebacker Joey Schlachter and cornerback Wyatt Frame were both hurt over the summer, suffering ankle injuries.
"They should be back by the start of league (Sept. 30 against Tri-Cities Prep)," Bickelhaupt said. "Wyatt had five picks last season as a sophomore, and Joey, at 6-foot-1 and 210, he's very athletic. Those holes are hard to fill."
But fill those holes the Bulldogs did, scoring early in the first quarter when quarterback Colton Bickelhaupt found Hayden Fullerton for a 59-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 halftime lead.
Fullerton pulled in a Bickelhaupt 14-yard pass in the third quarter, and QB Bickelhaupt punched it in from the 2-yard line in the fourth quarter for the margin of victory.
"I could tell he wanted to score," coach Bickelhaupt said of the quarterback's 2-yard scamper. "That's what you want, to get hungry in the red zone."
A missed extra point was the only ding on the scoring line.
"It's always nice to get that first win, that was big," coach Bickelhaupt said. "We've got a lot of stuff we need to work on, and that's what preseason is all about. We'll figure out what we need to work on."
Bickelhaupt pointed to turnovers (two interceptions and a lost fumble) and penalties (13 for 110 yards) as areas to work on.
Dayton piled up 209 yards rushing on 35 carries, and threw for another 74 yards.
The Bulldog defense held the Tigers to 68 yards on the ground on 42 rushes, and 25 yards through the air.
The coach pointed to Kroft Sunderland's efforts on the defensive - as well as the offensive - line as standing out for the Bulldogs.
"I was pleased with our first game," Bickelhaupt said. "All of our guys are not there yet, and I think once we get it all together it'll fall into place. It's a confidence builde to get that first win. I told the kids, ‘Now we have to work even harder to get better,'" he said. "You want to keep working harder day to day, don't be satisfied with the win. You don't want to get content that quick."
Dayton has a short week, with Enterprise coming to town for a 6 p.m. kickoff Thursday night.
Dayton 20, Stanfield 0
Dayton 7 0 6 7 - 20
Stanfield 0 0 0 0 - 0
Day - Fullerton 59 pass from Colton Bickelhaupt (Fullerton kick).
Day - Fullerton 14 pass from Bickelhaupt (kick missed).
Day - Bickelhaupt 2 run (Fullerton kick).
First downs 12 11
Rushes/yards 35-209 42-68
Passing yards 74 25
Passes (att-comp-int) 9-2-2 8-4-0
Punts 2-37 4-11
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 13-110 7-50
RUSHING - Day: Bickelhaupt 12-97, Fullerton 12-75, Smith 10-33, Lambert 1-4; Stan: NA.
PASSING - Day: Bickelhaupt 2-9-2, 74 yards, 2 touchdowns; Stan: NA.
RECEIVING - Day: Fullerton 2-74, 2 touchdowns; Stan: NA.