The Dayton Flyers made their first visit to Deland, Fla., on Saturday and the way things went, Rick Chamberlin’s club can’t wait to come back. The Flyers jumped on Stetson with both feet early, scoring four times on their first 10 offensive plays, on the way to a 49-20 Pioneer Football League win.
Dayton recovered a fumble on the first play of the game and then Conner Kacsor found a hole off tackle on the second play and rambled 21 yards to the end zone. The visitors moved 33 yards on four plays to go up 14-0, capped by a sneak into the end zone by quarterback Will Bardo.
Then it was big-play time for the Flyers. Senior Robert Washington found a hole up the middle and cruised 66 yards for another score. The Hatters went three-and-out and three plays into UD’s fourth drive, Bardo hit Gary Hunter over the middle on a 77-yard catch and run.
Dayton led 28-0 after one quarter, piling up 246 yards of offense to Stetson’s 50. “The start that we had here was outstanding,” Chamberlin said. “Playing on the road against a team that had a lot of confidence and had a great crowd behind them. We had to take their crowd out of the game, shake their confidence a little bit, and we did that in the first quarter.”
The Flyers totaled 261 yards rushing, led by Kacsor’s 128 yards on 22 carries. The sophomore added a touchdown right before halftime, and went for another score in the third quarter. Kacsor now has 374 yards rushing in his last two games.
The Hatters scored twice in the fourth quarter against Dayton’s backup defense to make the final score respectable.
San Diego comes to Dayton on Saturday. The Torreros are tied with Butler for first place in the PFL. It’s a rare 6p.m. start at Welcome Stadium.
You can catch highlights of Saturday’s win at Stetson on the Rick Chamberlin Show this morning at 11 on digital channel 7.2. For Time Warner Cable customers, that’s channels 23 or 372.