The Dayton Pirates overcame some early-season rust to beat the Pleasant Hill Billies 14-10 Friday night.
"All and all there were some positives and some things to fix," coach Brodie Unger said. "The kids competed well and dug through some mistakes to come out on top."
Playing on the road, the Pirates defense had to make a dramatic final stand to come away with the win. The Billies had a first-and-goal in the final minutes of the game. The defense "bent but didn't break" and put the game away with a stop on fourth-and-3 with 50 seconds left.
Tony Alvarez scored a touchdown for Dayton on an interception. Tyler Clark scored the other touchdown for the Pirates and added a two-point conversion.
"It was a tough game, full of mistakes, full of things we have to improve on," Unger said. "There were positive points, too. We just got to get back and watch the film and see where we can do better."
Perrydale falls in first game
The Perrydale Pirates fell to Sherman 28-16 Friday night after holding a 16-0 lead at halftime.
Turnovers were the difference maker, as the Pirates gave the ball away six times, four in the second half.
"It was a tough one," coach Dan Dugan said. "Hats off to the other team. They played better than we did."
The Pirates took the lead on a touchdown pass catch by Body Halverson in the first quarter. Running back Haylen Janesofly -- who finished with 18 rushes for 182 yards -- ran the ball in for the Pirates second touchdown.
Four of the Pirate's turnovers came in the second half.
"We'll rectify those problems and play better next week," Dugan said.
Sheridan's passing game looks good in jamboree
Sheridan coach Brice Ingram liked what he saw from his young squad at the Harrisburg Jamboree, facing Monroe, Harrisburg and LaPine each for 12 snaps a side.
Ingram said the passing game was especially impressive, with three quarterbacks playing through the night.
"The passing game went better than I ever thought it would go," he said.
The Spartans open their season next week at Monroe.
Amity takes on bigger schools
The Amity Warriors fared well Friday against larger opponents Junction City and Marshfield at the Junction City Jamboree.
Coach Jared Hinkle said the team matched up well athletically but conditioning became a factor later in the night.
"We just ran out of gas," HInkle said. "The offensive line had some breakdowns. There was some good and some bad. They were two of the better teams we'll see all year."
Hinkle said the offense moved that ball well, and nearly put a score up against Marshfield before running out of plays.
With the tune-up behind them, the Warriors look forward to their season opener against Pleasant Hill next Friday.
"We're looking forward to next week," Hinkle said.
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