Sports Staff Writer
UD football (cover photo) entering the field from a game earlier this season. Courtesy of Atticus Hughes
The Dayton Flyers football team cruised to 6-3 overall record when they trounced Pioneer Football League opponent Marist 59-35 on Saturday, moving to 4-2 in the PFL and claiming the third place spot.
The Flyers struck gold on their first drive on a one-yard touchdown pass from Jack Cook to Jay Vallie to put the Flyers up 7-0. The Flyers would not look back as they jumped out to a 28-14 lead at the half.
Dayton’s offensive attack was led by Ryan Skibinski and Adam Trautman. Skibinski caught four of Cook’s passes for 125 yards and a back-breaking 59-yard touchdown. Days after being invited to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, the first Flyer player to ever receive an invite, Trautman proved yet again why his invitation was warranted. He caught two touchdowns in the first half and tallied 67 yards on the game.
Not only did the Flyers get it done through the air with Cook’s four TDs for 244 yards, but on the ground as well. Four Flyers found their way into the endzone on the ground, led by Jake Chisholm with 151 yards on the ground and a 49-yard touchdown scamper.
The defense for the Flyers seemed to bend a bit during the game but never broke. Free safety Matt Clifford came up with a pair of turnovers for the Flyers to get the explosive offense back on the field. Both turnovers led to points by the Flyer offense.
The Flyers will return to action next Saturday to face off against Drake on the road.
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