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Dalton in Elite Eight

Dalton has won two playoff football games with relative ease, but things are probably going to get harder this week.

They play Cuyahoga Heights (10-1) in a division seven regional final at North Canton Hoover Stadium Friday night.

They beat a pretty good Windham team (41-13) last week and coach Broc Dial says they played solid fundamental football to come up with the win. “Windham had some really good players and did some really good things against us. We were able to overcome some of that adversity early on. Our kids went out and played really hard, played fundamental football, and they executed. It was really good to see that Friday night,” said Dial.

They scored on six of their first eight possessions and Dial says they were able to make plays when called upon. He says they fought through some early adversity. “It is just like in life not everything is going to go as planned or the way you would like. You have to be able to put one foot in front of the other. We preach the next play mentality and really that is going to be a key for us this week,” he said.

Dalton (12-0) meets Cuyahoga Heights in the third round. The Redskins beat East Canton (46-14) last week and Warren JFK (40-12) in a first round playoff game. Heights is making appearance number 21 in the playoffs. They were the state runners-up last year in division VI losing (21-17) to Marion Local.

Dail says the Redskins have the whole package. “They are a very good football team that has really good players and dangerous players. They are very fundamental. I think when you add those two things together it makes a team very dangerous. They run the flexbone and the option, but they will also line up in empty and throw the ball around and that makes them tough to defend,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “Defensively, they are multiple front and do a lot of different things. They are very fundamental and sound of defense also. We have a great opportunity in front of us Friday night.”

Cuyahoga Heights only loss this year comes to Kirtland, in the final eight in division six, (42-34) on week nine.

Anytime you face a team that runs the option, you have to be disciplined and Dail says that is the case this week. “This week being disciplined and doing our job is going to be key. I think if we can do that we can get them down on the ground and make them snap the ball again and that will be advantageous to us,” he said.

Dial believes the team that has the most focus is the one that is going to win the game. “I think this game is going to come down to who is going to want it more. Who is going to zero in and focus each and every snap and do their job and do it with great effort. I think those are really going to be the keys this week,” he said.

Published 11/14/17

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Dalton Faces Windham and Tough Running Game

Don’t arrive late Friday night because you might miss quite a bit of the game as Dalton and Windham don’t like to fool around.

They are both running teams that like to eat the clock.

They play on Friday night at North Canton Hoover in a regional semifinal in division seven.

Dalton (11-0), #1 in the final Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division and Wayne County Athletic League champs, beat Vienna Matthews (60-13) in their playoff opener last week, as Spencer Horst ran for 137 yards and two scores.

Coach Broc Dial says they were really spot on last week. “It was nice to play at home. Our seniors really applicated that and our team and our community. We came out with real good focus and played hard with good fundamentals. I think there are a lot of things we can carry over to this week that we did last week,” he said.

Windham (9-2) downed Lisbon Anderson (32-13) in their first playoff game. Dail says this is a team with a lot of offensive weapons. “They are very good offensively. They have two backs, one with about 1,500 yards and one with about 1,000 yards. The quarterback has thrown for about 1,500 yards. They have really good size up front. They play really hard,” he told Swankonsports.com, “They are in the flat backs, a little wing-T. Defensively, they play some multiple defenses, 50 and 40. They run to the ball really well, they want to hit. So, it is a really good football team, got a really good challenge in front of us for Friday night.”

Coaches look for ways to allow kids to understand the opponent a little better. One way is comparison. Dial says they have found some things that look at least somewhat similar to what they have seen before. “Schematically I don’t want to say exactly the same, but a little bit like Chippewa. Chippewa is a little more spread wing-Y. Maybe like Smithville last year with their wing-T and flat backs. They have really good size, they have good players. There are some similarities and some differences. Those are the ones we have kind of talked about as a coaching staff,” said Dial.

When it comes to the keys to winning, Dial says effort, the point of attack and just good, fundamental football for the Bulldogs. “I think number one we have to play really hard. I think they play really hard and we have to match that intensity. I think number two we have to play really well up front in the trenches. I think that is what they lean on. We have to have good line play, that is going to be important. Number three, playing with good fundamentals across the board for all of our positions and units. I think if we do those three things we will be in a very good spot by the end of the game,” said Dial.

Published 11/10/17

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Dalton Faces Wishbone

Dalton is back in the division seven playoffs again this season. This time they are unbeaten and outright winners of the tough Wayne County Athletic League.

The Bulldogs (10-0), #1 in the final Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, hosts Vienna Mathews (6-4) on Friday night in a first round game.

Dalton lost in to Kirtland (21-0) in the first round in division six last year.

Coach Broc Dial believes their regular season schedule this year, which included three playoff teams, has prepared them. “We opened the year with Garaway, I know they are young, but it’s a good football program, played Fairless, they are in the division five playoffs, played Hillsdale and Norwayne in our league, which both made the playoffs. Really, I think there were some teams that were on the cusp as far as making the playoffs in our league,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “So, there were a lot of tough games this year. There was really good competition against well coached teams, so we had to come out and prepare every week and they made us better.”

Dial believes it is important for the players to enjoy the ride because this doesn’t happen every day in most schools. “In the playoffs it is one and done. We told the players to enjoy it, not every team gets this opportunity, but you also need to prepare so you can go out and play as good as you can play. Really do enjoy it. You have to live in the moment even during the playoffs,” he said.

Mathews beat Newbury (35-17) last week to reach the postseason. They are in the postseason despite a three game losing streak in the middle of the season. Two of their losses come to unbeaten teams in Rootstown and Grand Valley.

Dial says they feature the wishbone attack. “Mathews has some pretty good skill. A couple of good running backs, a wideout, the quarterback is a good athlete. They run the wishbone, the “I” and a little bit of trips on offense. On defense, they are a 4-4 stack, they play a little 3-3 stack. They have a lot of guys up on the line of scrimmage, they want to force you to throw the ball. They want to stop the run. They have played pretty good football this year. They had to win last Friday to get into the playoffs. They jumped a few teams. Their kids will be really excited for Friday night,” said Dial.

This is a different animal for Dalton to play and Dial thinks that has added an element of excitement to this game. “I don’t know if they necessarily remind me of anyone we have played this year with what they do offensively. They are kind of like us because they are run heavy. They do not want to throw the ball as much as us. We really haven’t seen anyone like them and I think our kids are excited. That is one of the great things about the playoffs sometimes you get to play teams you are unfamiliar with, which I think adds some excitement to the game,” said Dial.

Published 11/01/17

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Undisputed Title in Dalton’s Grasp

Dalton has been up to every challenge so far this season and they can finish up with an unbeaten regular season and an outright Wayne County Athletic League title with a win at Northwestern on Friday night.

The Bulldogs (9-0,6-0), #1 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, beat Hillsdale (20-13) last week in what has been one its most competitive games so far this season.

Coach Broc Dial says they did what was needed to win the game. “Last Friday was a great win. It was a really good team win. Hillsdale is a heck of a football team. We were fortunate to get that win. We did a lot of really good things. There were just a couple of things that put us in bad places. Overall really happy with how we played last week,” said Dial.

Dalton is ranked number two in the statewide media poll in division seven and has been very highly regarded all season. Dial says they don’t think much about that they just want to focus on the next opponent. “We talked about it quite a bit earlier in the year, but at this point and time we are kind of in our routines and our kids are doing a good job focusing. We are just taking it one week at a time and focusing on that opponent and try and do the things we need to do week in and week out to be successful,” said Dial.

Northwestern (5-4,4-2) is in third place in the league standings. They beat Chippewa (25-16) last week in a league game. They have lost some tight games to good teams, including Black River (21-13) and Norwayne (19-7) two weeks ago. They beat Hillsdale (22-20) in a league game.

Dial says the Huskies play with intensity and they have to be able to match that. “Northwestern is very scrappy football team that plays very hard. You can tell their kids enjoy hitting,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “That’s a big part of their game and we have to make sure we come out and match that with our intensity and physicality from the get go. If we can do that I think we will be in an okay position.”

They already have a piece of the title, but Dial says they don’t want to be satisfied. He says they want to be focused on winning on Friday night. “We talked to the players earlier this week and said we have the opportunity to win the league outright and an opportunity to go 10-0 and those are two things that not a lot of teams get an opportunity to do. We have to make sure we prepare and cherish that and go out and play (Friday) night as good as we can play,” said Dial.

Published 10/27/17

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Dalton With a Chance

Dalton will wrap up no less than a share of the Wayne County Athletic League title with a win Friday night at home against Hillsdale.

Right now, they lead Norwayne by one. Hillsdale is two games back.

Last week, the Bulldogs downed Smithville (33-22) to remain unbeaten on the season.

Coach Broc Dial says they were able to do enough to get the win. “We made enough plays to get the win, which was good to see. There are some things we need to correct fundamentally. We are working during the course of this week to get them corrected,” said Dial.

When it comes to improvement, Dial says there are a couple of things they have been concentrating on this week in practice. “Our defensive backfield needs to play the ball in the air a little bit better,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “Up front we need to play with a little bit better technique on the offensive line. Those are the two major areas that stood out on film.”

Dalton (8-0,5-0), #1 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, plays at home against Hilldale (6-2,3-2) on Friday night. The Falcons are coming off a (28-27) win over Chippewa last week and have featured an explosive offense.

Dial says the Falcons have athletic players and a lot of them, especially at the skilled positions. “They are one of the more skillful teams, if not the most skillful team we have seen this year. They have some really fast players. We have to make sure we take great pursuit angles and get a lot of guys to the football to tackle,” said Dial.

He says a big part of this game on Friday will be stopping Hillsdale from getting a big play, something they are very good at doing. “I think a big part of it is making sure we get lined up and read our keys and pursue the football. We have to get them down on the ground and make them snap it again,” he said.

Published 10/19/17

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Dalton Meets Smithville

Dalton leads Nowayne and Northwestern by a game in the Wayne County Athletic League standings with three weeks left in the regular season.

They play at Smithville in a league game on Friday night.

Last week, they hammered winless Waynedale (40-14) in a league game.

Coach Broc Dial says they had good focus. “As coaches we were pleased with last week. Our kids were focused. They came out and played well. They executed and did a lot of good things, which was really good to see,” he said.

Smithville won their first five games before losing to Norwayne (31-6) two weeks ago and Chippewa (24-21) last week.

Dial says the Smithies do a lot of things on offense that you have to prepare for on defense. “They are a typical Smithville team. They play really hard and they hit. We have to match their intensity this week,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “They are still running a little bit of the wing-T, but they are also lining up in a spread formation a little bit too to get the ball on the edges. Defensively, they are playing a 50 front trying to force you to throw the ball by loading the box to stop the run.”

Dial says it will be important for them to make good pre snap reads so they can get in the right position on defense. “A lot of their formations kind of tip you a little bit with what they are going to try and do, so we have to make sure we recognize their formations and get lined up make sure we know the things they are going to do out of those formations that will allow us to be successful on defense,” he said.

Published 10/11/17

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Focus the Key for Dalton

Dalton holds a one game lead in the Wayne County Athletic League standings over Norwayne, Smithville and Hillsdale.

They play at winless Waynedale in a league game on Friday night.

Last week, the Bulldogs (6-0,3-0), #1 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, got off to a good start and beat Chippewa (38-14) on Friday night.

Coach Broc Dial says they were able to take advantage of some things. “I thought we did a good job early of taking advantage of some mistakes that Chippewa made and I thought our kids did a really good job of playing hard and playing fundamental football,” he said.

It has been a struggle for the Golden Bears (0-6,0-3) this season. They lost to Northwestern (20-6) last week.

Dial says they are still putting things together. “They have a new coach this year. I think the kids are still trying to learn the system a little bit. They have a few good players. We need to come out and play and continue to do things the right way,” said Dial.

With Smithville, Hillsdale and Northwestern still left to play a game against a winless team could be a focus issue. However, Dial says that has not been a problem this year for the Bulldogs. “I think one of the things our coaches do a really good job each week is taking it one week at a time. Again, we are going to try and do that,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “One of our things we focus on is trying to play to the best of our abilities each Friday night. That is what we are going to focus on Friday night.”

Published 10/06/17

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Dalton Has Great Character

Dalton through the first half of the football season has proven to be one of the better teams in North Central Ohio.

The Bulldogs (5-0,2-0), #1 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, ended Norwayne’s 17 game Wayne County Athletic League winning streak with a come from behind (27-21) win in Creston last Friday.

Coach Broc Dial says they have a good team because of where they come from. “We have quite a few seniors and all of them are great kids, great young men. They are doing a great job leading right now. The other part of that is we just live in a great community and a great school system, so we have a lot of the values and the intangibles in our football program and I think a lot of it stems from the families and the communities that we are a part of,” said Dial.

Dalton held an early (14-0) lead, but fell behind (21-20) in the third quarter. Dial says they were able to respond. “It was a real gutsy win by our players. They went out and played really hard. There was kind of a momentum shift there in the third quarter and they did a great job of continuing the play hard and just play football the right way and we were fortunate the get the win last week up there,” he said.

Dalton shares first place with Smithville in the tough and balanced “WCAL” and it was a great win last week, but Dial says they have to keep looking ahead and not be satisfied. “We as coaches kind of have the 24 hour rule. You can enjoy the win for 24 hours and then move on to the next opponent. This is another big for us this week with Chippewa. They haven’t quite shown it on the scoreboard yet, but they are another good football team and we have to make sure we come out and play football again (Friday) night,” said Dial.

Chippewa (2-3,1-1) blasted Waynedale (42-0) last week and Dial says that is the kind of performance of the Chips are capable of producing. “They run the gun-wing-T. They spread you out some with what they do and they bring you in the box some. They do a really good job offensively,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “Defensively, they have been in multiple fronts, 40 fronts, 30 fronts, in the game film we have. So, they are very multiple on defense. They are very sound in their special teams.”

Published 9/29/17

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