Dayton gives Northern 3A ninth win over 4A in the last two years
BY THOMAS RANSON
Tribune News Service
DAYTON – If Dayton should ever move up to the 4A ranks, the transition should be smooth on the gridiron.
Backed by effective running and timely passing, the Dayton Dust Devils knocked off the Class 4A South Tahoe Vikings 19-10 Friday night in Dayton.
With the win, the Northern 3A improved to 9-1 against teams in the Northern 4A in the past two seasons.
“It says a lot,” Dayton coach Rick Walker said about the 3A schools’ dominance. “It shows some parity with the teams so unwillingly wanting to join the 3A. They would be a good addition to the league.”
Senior running back Trace Feemster anchored the Dust Devils’ offense after running for 134 yards on 28 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Fellow senior Brandon Aguilera carried the ball six times for 23 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown on the second drive.
“It was a little tough, but we got it together,” Feemster said about the offense.
South Tahoe consumed the clock for almost seven minutes in the first quarter and scored on a 24-yard field goal by Gary Prescott.
Dayton’s defense stepped up on the Vikings’ second drive. Two sacks forced South Tahoe to punt, leading to a a 15-play, 8-minute drive to open the second quarter.
Two big penalties helped the Dust Devils march down the field. The Vikings jumped offsides on 4th down and 1, and defensive holding gave Dayton the ball 29 yards from the end zone. Four plays later and Aguilera punched in the first touchdown with 4:21 left in the second quarter. Dayton led 7-3.
The Dust Devils’ defense forced the Vikings to punt after three plays, and Dayton started its last drive of the half on the South Tahoe 49-yard line with 32 seconds left. Cory Lindberg connected with Anthony Onsott for a 23-yard completion and found him again for 23 yards. Feemster scored on the second play in the red zone with no time left, giving Dayton a 13-3 lead at the break.
Tyler Lastiri helped South Tahoe close the gap in the third quarter when he ran 18 yards on a pitch and sophomore Thomas Eidam followed with a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:38 left.
“(Thomas) stepped up and did a great job,” said STHS coach Chris Morgan. “For a sophomore in his first varsity game to score a touchdown, that is something to remember. He’s gonna be a player for us, not just this year, down the road.”
Lindberg answered a couple drives later in the fourth quarter on a fourth down conversion. The senior quarterback found Onsott open in the end zone for 27 yards on fourth down and 7 with 3:13 left in the game.
Morgan said he had to shuffle his lineup for the second straight game as the team played without starting running Dion Murphy and receivers Daniel Catano and Chris Klug.
“We played much better, no doubt,” Morgan said. “We had to scramble before the game to fill in, an unfortuante situation. With all the guys missing, guys are stepping up and playing hard, but still losing that many starters and depth on a team, it affects the outcome of the game.”
Vikings’ quarterback Tony Stagnaro passed for 180 yards and Chris Eidam was his top target with seven receptions.
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling contributed to this story.