ASOTIN — Dayton was unable to muster much offense against Asotin, as the Bulldogs were shut out, 40-0, here Friday.
It was a defensive struggle early, however, with the game scoreless midway through the second quarter.
The Panther’s Ryan Schaefer changed that, as he returned a punt 62 yards to put Asotin up 7-0.
Dayton (0-3, 0-1) head coach Dean Bickelhaupt said the wheels came off after that, as the Bulldogs coughed up two fumbles, which Asotin promptly turned into 13 points.
The Bulldogs had a tough time regaining their composure after the miscues, Bickelhaupt said.
“It was a defensive battle until there were about four minutes to go in the first half, and then the wheels kind of fell off,” Bickelhaupt said. “You just can’t have that, especially when you’re playing away on someone else’s home turf. We just couldn’t regain our composure.”
Facing a 20-0 halftime deficit, Bickelhaupt implored his players to forget about the early blunders. But the second half was much of the same, as the Panthers connected on three passing scores to put the game out of reach.
The Dayton offense was held in check for the majority of the game, as the Bulldogs only managed 99 total yards.
“They had a good defensive scheme on us,” Bickelhaupt said. “They shut us down. (We) just couldn’t get anything going.
“They were swarming to us pretty good and we couldn’t get anything going on the ground,” he said. “We had a little success throwing the ball, but we just got shut down.”
Dayton senior Lowden Smith was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs, as he tallied 74 yards on 17 totes. Bickelhaupt had nothing but praise for his senior tailback, but Smith’s effort was not enough to overcome the challenge of losing bodies.
Bickelhaupt said Dayton lost two players — one to injury and one to a personal foul — during the game, which left the Bulldogs scrambling.
With only 14 active players remaining, Bickelhaupt said he was forced to use players out of position, including shifting linemen into the backfield to block for Smith.
“It puts you out of position player-wise because you kind of shuffle kids around,” Bickelhaupt said.“It changes your power, momentum and consistency when you have to move kids around like that. It just makes it tough.”
Dayton plays at DeSales at 7 p.m. Friday.
Asotin 40, Dayton 0
Asotin 0 20 20 0 — 40
Dayton 0 0 0 0 — 0
Aso — Schaefer 62 punt return (kick good)
Aso — Martinez 22 pass from Loseth (kick good)
Aso — Be. Maguson 21 pass from Krull (kick no good)
Aso — Schaefer 42 pass from Krull (kick good)
Aso — Bl. Maguson 15 pass from Krull (kick good)
Aso — Be. Maguson 7 pass from Krull (kick no good)
First downs 5 8
Rushes/yards 32-59 25-126
Passing yards 40 158
Passes (att-comp-int) 19-13-1 13-4-0
Punts 7-227 5-184
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 10-85 5-35
RUSHING — Aso: Henry 11-84. Krull 3-25. Loseth 7-13. Schaefer 1-1. Barton 1-6. Jurries 1-2. Forsberg 1-(-5). Day: Smith 17-74. Mendoza 3-12. Team 12 (-27)
PASSING — Aso: Loseth 7-9 55 yards 1 TD. Krull 6-10-1 103 yards 3 TD. Day: Warner 4-13 40 yards. Smith 0-1.
RECEIVING — Aso: Martinez 2-22-1. Loseth 1-2. Be. Maguson 3-36-2. Schaefer 3-81-1. Bl. Maguson 1-7-1. Day: West 1-20. Kleck 1-7. Smith 2-21.