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Dayton Flyers hold off Morehead State in Pioneer Football League opener, 34-28

The University of Dayton opened the PFL seaon Saturday with a 34-28 win over Morehead State.  Dayton, who tied Butler for first place in the league in 2009, jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and sandwiched a long TD in fourth quarter amongst three scores of 35 yards or more by MSU to grab the win.

Dayton’s freshman kick returner Garr Hunter, had been held in check for most of the game, but he came up with a 47-yard return, giving the Flyers offense its best field position of the fourth quarter at the Morehead State 47.  After being held to two straight three-and-outs, the offense stepped up and held the ball the remaining 4:04 of the game.  The critical play which wrapped up the victory was an 11-yard pass by Steve Valentino to Anthony Papp on third-and 10 to the MSU 36.

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Luke Bellman WR (UD photo)

Valentino was the game’s leading ground gainer with 81 yards on 20 carries with a TD.  He also passed for a score and was 18-of-37 passing for 243 yards.  Luke Bellman caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

The Dayton defense held Morehead to just two yards rushing.  Brandon Wingeier led the way with five tackles, 3 solos, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.  Devon Langhorst was UD’s top tackler with seven stops.  Other defensive standouts include Joe Ries with a fumble recovery; cornerback Matt Pfleger had his second interception of the season; defensive tackle Brannon Dunn’s first career tackle was a sack.  After having four sacks in the first two games, Dayton had five in the Morehead win.

The Flyers improve their overall record to 2-1 and will play a final non-conference game this Saturday, September 25, when they host Central State University at 7 p.m. ET.  It will be Dayton’s first night home game in six years.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics