At times it seemed like there was more than one Dalton Caudill on the football field Friday night.
The 6-foot-4, 209-pound senior safety pestered for three first-half interceptions and hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass as Greeneview High School turned an early 42-0 lead into a 56-0 rout of Southeastern.
“He’s a big-play player,” Rams coach Neal Kasner said of Caudill. “He’s an explosive athlete. He only had one (pick) coming into tonight, but he’s a very good athlete who, on any given night, can do something like that.”
Rams quarterback Chance Frye put the game away in just over two quarters’ work, rushing for five TDs (3, 75, 45, 20 and 2 yards), passing for two more (20, 51), and all the while appearing thoroughly oblivious to the cold.
“I felt great,” said Frye, who hit Mason Gallagher on the 20-yard score. ““Everybody’s working hard. Everything on offense feels great, but I think our best football is still to come.”
With the win, Greeneview jumped to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Ohio Heritage Conference, and took a 6-5 series lead over the Trojans in their last 11 meetings.
But Greeneview’s Division V playoff hopes carry longshot odds, due mainly to a trio of mid-season losses to Cedarville, West Liberty-Salem, and state-ranked Triad.
“It’s going to be tough, but we’re not mathematically eliminated yet,” Kasner said. “It’s possible, but it’s going to be tough. A lot of things have to bounce our way.”
Greeneview entered Friday’s game at No. 12 in Division V, Region 18 computer points. The Rams and their 6.8125 points trail No. 8 Waynesville (11.275) with only a game against Mechanicsburg remaining.
West Jefferson leads the region at 15.55.
“I feel like we do have a shot (at playoffs) if we beat Mechanicsburg,” Frye said. “It feels amazing, knowing we might be able to do something that hasn’t been done in a long time.”
Greeneview is bidding for its first postseason appearance since 1996.
“Honestly, we feel we have a good chance to make it in and do something no team here has done in a long time,” Caudill said.
Frye entered Friday’s game leading his team in both passing (62 of 115 for 1,162 yards) and rushing (121 carries, 783 yards), and was once again an unstoppable, two-way threat.
“I think we’re playing our best football right now,” said Kasner, whose team has outscored its opponents, 305-182. “This team has been getting better all year. We got better this time out and now we’ve got to get better again and go out and get this next one.”
Adrian Harding added the Rams’ other first-half score on a 1-yard run in a 21-0 opening quarter.
Plagued by penalties and unable to generate offense, Southeastern (1-8, 1-5) dropped its fourth game in a row.