Dayton outmanned in opener


DAYTON — The Stanfield Tigers clawed the Dayton Bulldogs, winning 47-6 in the season opener for both teams here Friday night.

The Tigers amassed 326 yards on the ground and rushed the ball 46 times.

Stanfield used a barrage of runners with four running backs with 40 yards or more apiece.

Corey Baros struck for three rushing touchdowns to lead the way.

Bryce Linker ran for 82 yards and a score.

Ulises Ibarra used his speed to garner 62 yards with his feet.

Bruising Stanfield fullback Ross Mendiola slammed his way through the middle for 91 yards.

The Tigers’ line really helped out the offensive run game and stopped the Bulldogs’ rushing attack.

“They (Stanfield) got some studs up front and we just couldn’t stop them,” Dayton coach Dean Bickelhaupt said. “They (the Tigers) just outmanned us up front. I couldn’t do any of my run stuff, they were just stronger and bigger than we were.”

The Bulldogs weren’t successful running ball, gaining negative yards on the night.

Dayton did try throwing the ball, but wound up with 28 yards on the night.

“I tried throwing the ball a little bit, trying to get it outside to my skill players,” Bickelhaupt said. “But Stanfield started coming up to protect against that well, too.”

The Bulldogs lost three fumbles, while the Tigers fumbled twice but recovered both of them.

“I told my kids that they didn’t beat us that bad, we pretty much beat ourselves in a few ways,” Bickelhaupt said. “We made a lot of mistakes, giving them first downs on some penalties and turning the ball over. If we hadn’t done that, then it might have been a different outcome.

“When it starts landsliding like that, it’s hard to come out of it.”

Stanfield jumped out to the early 12-0 lead in the first quarter, on rushing touchdowns by Baros and Mendiola. Baros took advantage of a Bulldog turnover deep in their own territory and sneaked it in on the one-play, 1-yard drive.

Mendiola capped an 84-yard Tiger drive with a punch-in from three yards out.

A punt from Dayton was followed by an interception by Bulldog Wyatt Frame, but it was fumbled back quickly back to Stanfield.

This led to a second-quarter Baros catch on a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Devin Haefer to end the 62-yard march down the field.

A Vladimir Caldera kick pushed the lead to 19-0.

From there, the lead swelled to 21-0 on a Linker sack and safety of Bulldog quarterback Lowden Smith.

A long 44-yard touchdown pass from Haefer to Ibarra sent the halftime score in at 27-0.

Dayton scored on a 71-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Christian Warner.

Still, the Bulldogs were outscored by Stanfield 20-6 in the second half.

“We were young last year, and Dayton came down to our place and beat us good,” Stanfield coach Steve Sheller said. “It is a credit to our kids who went through that and put work and trust into the system. They’ve trusted their coaches and continued to come out hard.

“All of sudden, the young guys, now they’re old guys and that is what happens.”

Dayton next heads to Enterprise for a 6 p.m. tilt on Thursday.

Stanfield 47, Dayton 6

Stan — Baros 1-yard run (kick failed).

Stan — Mendiola 3-yard run (2-pt. conversion failed).

Stan — Baros 15 pass from Haefer (Caldera kick).

Stan — Linker sack safety.

Stan — Ibarra 44 pass from Haefer (kick failed).

Stan — Linker 2-yard run (Caldera kick).

Stan — Baros 9-yard run (Caldera kick).

Day — Warner 71-yard kickoff return (kick failed).

Stan — Cardona 3-yard run (2-pt. conversion failed).

Stanfield Dayton

First downs 14 8

Rushes/yards 46-326 22-(-3)

Passing yards 59 28

Passes (att-comp-int) 4-6-1 6-15-0

Punts 2-80 4-135

Fumbles-lost 2-0 3-3

Penalties-yards 6-86 5-27

Individual Statistics

RUSHING — Stan: Baros 8-40-3, Linker 8-82-1, Haefer 4-9, Ibarra 5-62, Mendiola 13-91-1, Allen 2-12. Day: Hackett 3-(-4), Frame 1-14, Smith 4-3, Lambert 8-16, Sanchez 2-6.

PASSING — Stan: Haefer 4-6, 59 yards, 2 touchdowns. Day: Smith 6-16, 28 yards.

RECEIVING — Stan: Baros 1-15-1, Ibarra 1-44-1. Day: Hackett 1-(-4), Frame 2-22, Lambert 3-10.


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