Dayton City Football Travels to Wartburg for Playoffs

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Dayton City Football will be looking to return to early season form tonight as they travel to Wartburg for first round of the playoffs.(Photo:GaryBolden/RehaReview)

Sweat Bees Look to Return to Early Season Form

October 2018

Wartburg, TN —  Dayton City is headed to Wartburg for  post season game with a 7 pm kickoff.  Dayton City finished the season 4-4, which is one more win than last season   After a fast 4-0 start, the competition stepped up and  Sweat Bees battled but went up against some very good teams in Rockwood, Oneida, Spring City and Silverdale.  The Bees struggled going into the post season.  The four wins is still an improvement and the team was within one play of winning against Spring City, which would have given the Sweat Bees a 5-3 record on the year.  Two teams they played, Rockwood and Oneida are both # 1 seeds going into the post season and the other was unbeaten.

This team has some weapons on offense with big play ability.  Ross Pendergrass, Ross Dupre, Ethan Davis and Kole Smith are players have all excited the fans with big plays this year.  The special teams play was great early, in the second half the special teams plays have not been there.  Some of that is attributable to the competition over the second half of the season and some to the other teams not giving the Bees and opportunity for big plays.  Defense is an area that will need to step up if the Bees are going to pick up the win tonight.

In their final game of the year, the unbeaten Silverdale team dominated the  Dayton City School team. The Seahawks won 50–14.  The game started badly as as the Bees fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the offense and defense struggled all game long.  Bees  did manage two scores, one each by Bryce Dupre and Rex Pendergrass.  Rex also had a two point conversion.

Going into playoffs against a tough Wartburg team on the road will require a great effort by the Bees devoid of excessive penalties and turnovers.  This team has the potential to beat anyone on any given night.  One thing that has been consistent all season long is the fan support and I look for a big crowd to make the journey up Highway 27 for the big game.

Fifth year Coach Hughes said, “I felt like we could have beaten Spring City for the second seed, but we didn’t do enough to get the job done.  We played an unbeaten Silverdale team, who won their conference.  Now everybody is 0-0 going into post season.  I feel like we are battle tested and ready for anybody who stands in our way.  We have a good group of eighth graders, who really want to leave a great legacy for this group.”

“Wartburg runs the spread and they play hard on defense.  It will take a great effort on our part to finish things up, but I have full faith the kids will respond.  It’s playoff time, so everybody needs to take their game up another notch.”

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