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Walnut Ridge Scots continue to roll; routs Marion-Franklin, 33-6 in fight-marred game on 1ST & GOAL


A highly intense rivalry in the City League South division turned ugly Friday night as the Walnut Ridge Scots invaded the Marion-Franklin Red Devils. The Scots defeated the Red Devils 33-6. It is what happened during the third quarter that ended the game way to early. A Walnut Ridge defender had a late hit on a Marion-Franklin receiver out of bounds that cause a scuffle and few punches and you would of though the referees would of ejected the two players. Coach Byron Mattox said “That’s where the problems started. Nothing was done then and things only got worse.”

After a turnover by running back Antonio Felts, the Red-Devils found themselves back with the ball and on third down A screen pass towards the Marion-Franklin sidelines and all the pushing and shoving started and then it started escalated quickly as both benches would clear and referees got involved. After security got involved and the coaches were able to get everything under controlled, Line judge Mike Kreemer was lying on the ground as it was reported that he was punched and kicked by players and Kreemer had to be taken to the hospital. The game would be called with 45 seconds left in the third quarter. Coach Mattox then added “It’s just unfortunate to see a good game marred by behavior like this,” Walnut Ridge coach Byron Mattox said. “I can’t say too much about what happened, but Marion-Franklin just didn’t control their sideline and this sort of thing happened. I just hope the official is OK. This is just a terrible finish to a game. I’ve never seen anything happen like this.”

Honestly I can say coach Mattox was right about how good of a game it was. Walnut Ridge offense started off fast as Kaveon Ross would catch a bomb that would set up a 3 yard touchdown by Javarus Leach. The next drive by the Scots Leach would score on a 63 yard touchdown. After a fantastic punt return by William Felts the Scots found themselves in fantastic field position and Howard Thorton would find Kaveon Ross on a 20 yard touchdown pass. It was 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Sihals Padmore found the end zone making the score 27-0. That would be the halftime score.

Marion-Franklin found the end zone finally on a 44 yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Tucker to Jesse Johnson.

The difference in the game was the play by our 1ST & GOAL, Roadrunner Tires and Brake Player of the Game, Walnut Ridge’s linebacker Marshawn Mankins he disrupted the running game and passing game of the Red-Devils. He would finish the game with 2 sacks 4 tackles for loss and 8 total tackles on the night.

Walnut Ridge now controls the City League South Division with a record of 8-0 and 5-0. The Scots, with that win has more than likely secured a spot in the Division II playoffs.

Next up for Walnut Ridge is a match up with Columbus West.

Marion-Franklin drops to 5-3 on the season and 4-1 in the league. That loss might have put them out of any playoff talk.

Next up for Marion-Franklin is Africentric.

DISCLAIMER: Due to the fight at the end of the game, & 1ST & GOAL decided not to do a Player of the Game interview. We did not want to get in the way of the Police and Emergency personnel and also players saying anything out of character in the heat of the moment. We know fans love this feature that we do every game and are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused anyone.


Current: FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll — WEEK 8 (Oct. 20, 2019); Alabama remains at No. 1, followed by LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Oklahoma in the Top Five.


Alabama remained No. 1 with the next four teams holding the same order as last week. But Wisconsin’s upset loss at Illinois dropped the Badgers six spots from No. 6 to No. 12. Oklahoma and Penn State kept winning, completing the six unbeaten teams at the top of the poll.

The Nittany Lions’ win came against Michigan, kicking the Wolverines out of the poll, and Boise State fell from the rankings after losing to BYU. They were replaced by unbeatens Baylor and Minnesota who joined the poll for the first time this season.

Alabama (24), LSU (11), Ohio State (7), Clemson (3) and Oklahoma (1) received the first-place votes from the 46 selectors.

The SEC led all leagues with five teams, the Big Ten had four, Big 12 three, and the Pac-12 two. The ACC and Independents each had one.

Arkansas at No. 1 Alabama;
No. 10 Auburn at No. 2 LSU;
No. 12 Wisconsin at No.3 Ohio State;
Boston College at No. 4 Clemson;
No. 5 Oklahoma at Kansas State;
No. 6 Penn State at Michigan State;
No.7 Florida is idle;
No. 8 Notre Dame at Michigan;
No. 9 Georgia is idle;
Washington State at No. 11 Oregon;
California at No. 13 Utah;
No. 14 Baylor is idle;
No. 15 Texas at TCU;
Maryland at No. 16 Minnesota.
About the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll
The FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll was established at the conclusion of the 2013 season by long-time partners, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF). Voters rank the top 16 teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and the results will be released every Sunday of the 2019 season; the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The first regular season poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (to account for Labor Day games), and the final poll will be released Sunday, Dec. 8. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers who were selected to create a balanced-geographical perspective. The poll utilizes a program designed by Sports Systems to compile the rankings.



1. Alabama (7-0) 687 24 1 2. LSU (7-0) 673 11 2 3. Ohio State (7-0) 649 7 3 4. Clemson (7-0) 613 3 4 5. Oklahoma (7-0) 592 1 5 6. Penn State (7-0) 487 7 7. Florida (7-1) 406 8 8. Notre Dame (5-1) 375 9 9. Georgia (6-1) 364 10 10. Auburn (6-1) 359 11 11. Oregon (6-1) 311 12 12. Wisconsin (6-1) 185 6 13. Utah (6-1) 181 15 14. Baylor (7-0) 127 N/A 15. Texas (5-2) 84 14 16. Minnesota (7-0) 62 N/A

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: SMU (47), Michigan (18), Boise State (8), Cincinnati (8), Appalachian State (8), Arizona State (6), Texas A&M (5), Iowa State (1).


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2019 (Week 8)

ABOUT THE FWAA: The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more information visit

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME: Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. Learn more at and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork.


Dayton Flyers stars Obi Toppin, Jalen Crutcher named Preseason All-Atlantic 10 Conference

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Flyers Picked To Finish Third In A Vote Of The League’s Coaches


BROOKLYN, N.Y. — University of Dayton redshirt sophomore forward Obi Toppin and junior point guard Jalen Crutcher have been selected Preseason All-Atlantic 10, according to a poll of the conference’s head men’s basketball coaches and selected media. The news was released during the A-10′s Men’s Basketball Media Day in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center.


Toppin, who was the first player to be selected A-10 Rookie of the Year and named first team all-conference in 20 years, was named Preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10.  Crutcher moved up from the third team last season to be named Preseason Second Team All-Atlantic 10.


In the same announcement, the Flyers were picked third in the league’s preseason poll.   Last year, UD was predicted sixth in the same poll, before finishing third in the regular season.


The Flyers received 341 voting points, and one first-place vote.  VCU had 381 votes (19 first-place votes), and Davidson was second (359/8).  Rhode Island was fourth (283) and St. Bonaventure fifth (280).


Richmond, Saint Louis, Duquesne, George Mason, La Salle, Massachusetts, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s and Fordham rounded out the preseason predictions.


Last year, Toppin was the first freshman in 20 years named First Team All-Atlantic 10.  He was also the A-10 Rookie of the Year.  He led UD in scoring (14.4), FG% (.666, 201-302), 3-pt., FG% (.524, 11-21) and blocked shots (28).  He was the first UD player named the A-10 Rookie of the Year. He was fourth in the nation in FG%, and his 83 dunks were second in Division I.


Toppin set Dayton freshman records for total points (475), scoring average, FG% and dunks.  His field goal percentage was also the third-best overall single season mark at Dayton.


Last week, he was one of 20 players named to the Karl Malone Award (top power forward in the nation) Watch List.


The redshirt sophomore is the 10th Dayton player named to the preseason first team in the last 16 years.  The others are Josh Cunningham (2018), Charles Cooke (2016), Jordan Sibert (2014), Kevin Dillard (2012), Chris Wright (2010 and 2009), Brian Roberts (2007), Monty Scott (2005) and Keith Waleskowski (2003).


Crutcher is the quarterback of one of last year’s top-scoring offenses in the A-10 (72.9 ppg.).  A two-year starter at point guard, he was Dayton’s 2018-19 MVP and Third Team All-Atlantic 10.  He averaged 13.2 ppg. and was second in the league in assists (5.7) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).   Crutcher is third at UD in career assists per game (5.0) and career assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).


Dayton’s first public competition will be an exhibition game with Cedarville Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET at UD Arena.  Doors open at 3 p.m. ET.  The Flyers open the season a week later at home against Indiana State on Saturday, Nov. 9.  Doors open on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. ET.




Dayton Football runs into buzzsaw at Stetson in 38-21 setback


Flyers Will Host San Diego At Welcome Stadium Next Saturday For A Noon Kickoff

DeLAND, Fla. – The University of Dayton football team fell on the road to Stetson by a score of 38-21 on Saturday afternoon. Dayton drops to 4-2, 2-1 PFL with the loss, while Stetson improves to 5-1, 2-1 PFL following the victory.

1ST QUARTER – Stetson 7, Dayton 0

  • After the defenses traded stops to open the game, a 38-yard punt return from Jaylon Johnson gave Stetson short field position, beginning its drive on the UD 23. The Hatters capitalized with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Steven Burdette from Gaven DeFilippo.
  • A Dayton fumble gave the ball to Stetson in UD territory for the second straight possession. The Hatters went for a fake field goal from 24 yards out on 4th-and-4, but Brandon Easterling tracked down the kicker for a four-yard loss and turnover on downs.

2ND QUARTER – Stetson 21, Dayton 7

  • Another 1-yard fade route to the corner of the end zone from DeFilippo to Burdette put the Hatters up by 14.
  • Adam Trautman put Dayton on the board on a 20-yard touchdown strike from Jack Cook with just over 10 minutes left in the half.
  • Brandon Easterling came up with an interception for the second straight week to halt a Stetson drive at the UD 28 with 8:43 left in the half. Brennan Burdo tipped the ball at the line on the interception to knock the ball off its intended course.
  • Stetson added another score with 50 seconds in the half off a 12-play, 83-yard drive to take a 21-7 lead into the break.


  • Dayton fumbled on the opening kickoff of the second half to give Stetson the ball at the UD 27-yard line. The Hatters settled for a 37-yard field goal to take a 24-7 lead.
  • The Flyers responded on the next drive with a 44-yard pass in the flat for a touchdown from Jack Cook to Jake Chisholm to cut the lead back to 10.
  • An 81-yard run from Jalen Leary on the first play of a Stetson drive extended the Hatter lead to 31-14 at the 6:35 mark.
  • A Jack Cook interception led to another Stetson touchdown, as Tony Gilotti scored on a 10-yard pass from DeFilippo to lead 38-14 with 2:30 left in the quarter.


  • Dayton scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Ryan Skibinski caught a 9-yard pass from Cook at the sideline of the end zone to make the score 38-21.
  • Jack Cook’s 4th-and-15 pass on the Stetson 17-yard-line with just under six minutes to play fell incomplete for a turnover on downs, which allowed Stetson to run out the majority of the clock on the following possession.


  • Dayton has now scored in 482 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in all of college football.
  • Jack Cook was 29-of-57 through the air with 382 yards, while throwing three touchdowns to just one interception.
  • Jake Chisholm was both the leading receiver and rusher for Dayton with 89 yards on five receptions, as well as 61 yards on the ground on seven carries.
  • Adam Trautman caught a receiving touchdown for the fifth straight game. He finished with 83 yards on five catches.
  • Markus Hurd caught a career-best eight passes for 75 yards.
  • Brandon Easterling led all Dayton players with 13 tackles and also recorded an interception for the second consecutive week.
  • Matt Brandeis, Brennan Burdo, Mike Stodola and Kyle Finnick all recorded 0.5 sacks apiece.

  • Dayton hosts San Diego at Welcome Stadium next Saturday, Oct. 26 for a noon (ET) kickoff.



University of Dayton one of the best in graduating Student-Athletes

Dayton’s 95 GSR Score Is Tied For Second-Best In School History


INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Dayton is among the best in the nation in graduating student-athletes. Dayton posted a score of 95 which places it among the top 10 percent in the nation and one of the best in Ohio, according to the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report on Division I student-athletes released today by the NCAA.

Dayton’s score of 95 is tied for its second-best mark since GSR started being tracked in 2004-05.

For the seventh consecutive year, at least six Flyer teams had a perfect GSR score of 100. Additionally, 11 of the 14 UD programs with GSR data, posted Graduation Success Rates at or well above the national average.


Since the GSR program began, Dayton has had 115 teams with a perfect score.


“We provide our student-athletes a meaningful education,” UD Vice President/Director of Athletics Neil Sullivan said. “We are proud that the University of Dayton continues to be one of the best at graduating student-athletes. Being in the top 10 percent in the nation is another indicator of our commitment to supporting the educational pursuits of our students.”

The GSR was developed as an improved measurement tool for tracking student-athletes’ academic progress leading toward graduation. The graduation success rate is based on a comparison of the number of scholarship student-athletes who enter a college or university and the number who graduate within six years. The GSR takes into account transfers and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing.

Dayton’s GSR Quick Facts:
-     Six Flyer teams reported a perfect GSR of 100 (women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s tennis, volleyball, and men’s cross country).
-    Seven UD teams have the best score in Ohio and in their respective conferences for their sport: football, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s tennis, volleyball, and men’s cross country.

-    Both baseball (96) and women’s cross country/track and field (97) are tied for second in Ohio
-    Both women’s basketball and women’s tennis have had a perfect GSR for 14 consecutive years.
-    Football has the highest GSR in the Pioneer Football League this year and is tied for 14th in the nation overall with a score of 96.
-    Men’s soccer has a GSR of 94, tying the program’s highest score ever.
-    Men’s and women’s golf have posted a perfect GSR for the past 12 years.
-    Volleyball has posted a perfect GSR 10 times, including the last four years.



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