By Logan Brandon • Sports Editor • 

Dayton, Amity victorious, both undefeated; Sheridan, Y-C

Dayton 16, Regis 13
DAYTON – Clinging to a 16-7 lead at halftime, the Pirates football team relied on a potent defensive effort to clinch a win against host Regis Rams on Friday. Remarkably, Dayton allowed Regis a total of only 90 yards and held them to two third-down conversions out of 11 attempts. The Pirates’ incredible defense was essential for the team with its own offensive struggles. Ultimately, Dayton claimed a 16-13 victory.
Two 60-yard runs by Oscar Rosas and Travis Byerly were the primary offensive highlights. Rosas also added a field goal in the first half. Other than the two long rushes, head coach Greg White’s team failed to threaten the Rams’ defense. They, too, failed to execute on third down, going two for 10 in that statistic. Dayton also lost a fumble and quarterback Tristan Fergus threw an interception.
But this game wasn’t about offense. The defense won the game, and reviewing Regis’ offensive statistics, the reason was obvious. Rams’ quarterback Bryce Piete was an ineffectual 15-39 for 39 yards, with a touchdown and an interception to Dayton’s Jacob DeSmet. Regis ran the ball 34 times, but gained a mere 51 yards. Dayton routinely denied the hosts any chance to tie or win after a third-quarter score.
Dayton (2-0) is on the road again this Friday as they travel to battle Taft (1-1). The Tigers will be hoping for redemption against the Pirates after a narrow 35-28 loss last year. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Amity 18, Reedsport, 6
AMITY – A hard fought battle between Amity and Reedsport ultimately went to the home side Warriors as they prevailed 18-6 in the non-league matchup.
Trevor Hall and Tyler Berrier led a well-rounded defensive effort which didn’t allow a positive offensive drive for the Braves in the first half. Tommy Jackson and Devin McShane each came up with an interception when the Braves were threatening.
Offensively, the Warriors compiled 358 yards of total offense but three holding penalties halted any momentum. Berrier, Will Keen and Jaycen Nelson scored rushing touchdowns for Amity.
Head coach Joel Magill, while pleased with the result, realized holding penalties kept the game much closer than it needed to be.
“We left a lot of points off the board. There were some rookie mistakes, which is to be expected with the amount of young guys we have. We just need to keep getting better with our execution and not missing assignments,” said Magill.
The 2-0 Warriors will host Willamina in a league matchup next Friday at 7 p.m. Magill’s squad claimed victory in last year’s competition with a 51-20 result.

Sheridan 8, Jefferson, 42
JEFFERSON – Sheridan’s Spartans couldn’t sustain their opening game success, falling 42-8 on Friday against the Jefferson Democrats.
Sheridan’s lone score happened in the second quarter on a 20-yard Damian Stewart run. Stewart led the Spartans with 72 yards on seven carries. The rushing game, with 133 yards, could not locate the same running lanes as last week when they accumulated 476 yards. The passing game also struggled as Jake DeBoff and Josh Rogers each threw an interception.
Larry Hayes and Chris Savoldi gave inspired efforts on defense as both made 10 tackles.
Sheridan (1-1) faces another tough matchup Friday with a road game against Santiam Christian (2-0). Last week, the Eagles triumphed over Illinois Valley 61-20. Santiam Christian defeated Sheridan 52-9 in last year’s game in Corvallis. Firday’s game is a 7 p.m. start.

Yamhill-Carlton 7,
Valley Catholic, 53
BEAVERTON – Following a thrilling last-second victory in their opening game, the Yamhill-Carlton Tigers attempted to carry momentum into last Friday’s game at Valley Catholic. The Tigers could not repeat the performance, however, as the Valiants exploded for a 53-7 win.
Valley Catholic’s proficient offense continued has recorded 40 points or more in their first two games. Y-C’s head coach Brennon Mossholder didn’t relish the result but was thankful to see his players fight the entire game.
“It was a disappointing result, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Our players gave a strong effort throughout the game. Then, when we gave some of our young kids a chance to play late, they came in and competed well,” said Mossholder.
Mossholder is now visualizing Friday’s home league matchup against Seaside to regain a winning record.
“Defending our home field is very important for us. We need to work on our basics. Our blocking and tackling need to get better,” said Mossholder.
Y-C will undoubtedly aim to avenge last season’s 28-6 defeat to the Seagulls. Kickoff in Yamhill will be 7 p.m.