Dayton beats Amity
By BRETT TALLMAN
Of the News-Register
AMITY –Dayton spoiled the party in Amity Friday night.
The undefeated Pirates topped their Class 3A West Valley League rivals, 31-6, during the Warriors’ homecoming game at Randolph Scoggan Stadium.
“They make very few mistakes,” Amity coach Jared Hinkle said, “and they capitalized on the mistakes that we made.”
Through the first half, Amity (2-3 overall, 1-2 West Valley) held the powerful Pirates offense to just 13 points and posted a touchdown of their own on a Brett Hilt pass to T.R. McShane.
In the second half, the Dayton offense started to roll. Connor Spivey led the Pirates rushing attack and finished the game with 15 carries for 118 yards. Quarterback Darren Ashley completed 14 of 23 passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns; two going to senior receiver Corwin Hiatt.
Defensively, the Pirates keyed on Warriors quarterback Brett Hilt.
“He’s a good player,” Pirates coach Brodie Unger said. “We knew we had to keep him in the pocket so we created some sets designed to keep him in the box.”
After rushing for 207 yards and three touchdowns against Willamina two weeks prior, the Dayton defense held the Warriors quarterback to just 50 yards on seven carries. Through the air, Hilt completed just eight of 16 passes for 70 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
“(Hilt) is a catalyst for us,” Hinkle said after the game, “but they didn’t give him a lot to work with.”
With three minutes left, Dayton running back Tyler Clark took a handoff and ran hard up the middle. Several Amity players were in on the tackle, but when the pile cleared after the play Warriors defensive lineman Jayson Taylor was still down. After 15 minutes, Taylor was taken off the field on a stretcher.
“He’s back at school today,” Hinkle said Monday. “I still don’t know the extent of the injury, but it’s nothing long-term.”
When play resumed, the Pirates (7-0, 4-0 West Valley) continued their drive. At the 1-yard line, however, Amity made a stand. On first down, the Warriors stuffed a Spivey run. On second down, Amity’s secondary knocked down a pass intended for Hiatt. On third down, Ashley fumbled and the defense recovered on the 3-yard line.
Backed up against the goal line, the first snap sailed high. Hilt fell on the loose ball for a safety.
Down 31 to 6, the Warriors turned the ball over to Dayton. After three handoffs to Spivey, a first down and a knee by Ashley, the game was over.
“We’re still trying to be more consistent,” Unger said, “but our effort was awesome. Our guys played hard tonight.”
Friday, Amity travels to Sheridan (2-4 overall, 2-2 West Valley) for a 7 p.m. game. The Pirates won’t play again until Oct. 25, when they host the Spartans at 7 p.m. at Gubser Field.