You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

live video

Thousands gather at Women’s March on Washington D.C.

UD set for PFL opener against Marist

After a difficult non-conference schedule, Rick Chamberlin is pleased with a 2-1 start for the University of Dayton football team. For the most part.

“That Youngstown State game still eats at me because we had a chance to win that game,” the UD coach said. “Looking back at how we played in that game, we could be 3-0. I’ll take 2-1, though. That’s better than 1-2 heading into conference play like we were last year. But we’re playing with a lot better confidence right now. That’s a big difference from last year.”

After having a bye last week, Dayton will host Marist (1-2) today at 1 p.m. at Welcome Stadium to start Pioneer Football League play. The Flyers are 4-0 against the Red Foxes, including a 21-17 victory last season in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The schools started playing in 2009 when Marist joined the PFL.

Marist is led by senior quarterback Chuckie Looney, who set a single-season school record for touchdown passes last year with 18. So far this season, Looney has thrown for 719 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

His favorite target is senior receiver Armani Martin, who has caught 16 passes for 242 yards and five TDs so far this season.

Looney is known for extending plays with his legs and has the ability to scramble.

“Well, hopefully, the defensive line doesn’t let him roll out,” UD redshirt senior linebacker Colin Monnier said. “If we’re in coverage and he rolls out, we (linebackers) usually lock up on whatever receiver we are closer to. If we’re in coverage where we’re spying on the quarterback, hopefully we get to him before he’s able to get the ball off.”

Dayton’s defense has been solid through three games, ranking in the top three of the PFL in nearly every statistic including pass defense. Chamberlin said the key will be getting consistent pressure on Looney.

“We have to have a good, solid rush on him,” he said. “We can’t give him any holes, any passing lanes, any rushing lanes to escape from us. Our front has been concentrating on that.”

UD’s offense ranks near the bottom of the PFL – 11th in total offense with 303.3 yards per game. Senior receiver Branden Johnson should make a big difference in the passing game after his two-week suspension ended. Johnson made his first appearance of the season in Dayton’s 21-14 win over Robert Morris on Sept. 14 with six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

“We haven’t performed well for four quarters and the offense has been like that as well,” Chamberlin said. “But they’re close. We’re just hoping this is the week where it all starts to come together.”

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Sports

High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime
High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

The Stivers boys basketball team ended the game with five unanswered points to edge Belmont 54-51 in overtime on Friday night. Tony Boddie led the way with 23 points and Trevon Ellis added nine, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throw in OT. Miles Clark hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play that iced the game for Stivers (8-6)...
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win

It may have been Danny Davis’ birthday on Friday night, but he did the gift giving. Davis gave Springfield fans a performance to remember in the Wildcats’ 70-64 win over Fairmont. He scored 26 points, including a dunk in the last minute to help secure the victory. But as important as his scoring was, Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That&rsquo...
What to watch this weekend in sports
What to watch this weekend in sports

The NFL’s conference championship games are this weekend, but that’s not all.  Here is what you’ll want to watch this weekend in sports:  Archie Miller’s crew plays host to Saint Louis at 2 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.  No. 2 Louisville is at No. 10 Florida State on ESPN at 2 p.m.  At 4, flip it over to CBS...
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness
March Forecast I: Where the Dayton Flyers stand in race to March Madness

It’s never to early to think about the NCAA tournament. Seven weeks before Selection Sunday, here’s a rundown of where the Dayton Flyers (14-4) stand in the minds of the experts as they seek a school record fourth straight trip to the big dance. With an RPI of 26, Dayton’s chances look good at this point, but its shortage of top-50...
More Stories