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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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