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DAYTON (Class A)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 at Bellevue
Sept. 3 NEWPORT
Sept. 10 at Holmes
Sept. 17 PARIS
Sept. 24 at Raceland
Oct. 1 at Beechwood
Oct. 8 at Ludlow
Oct. 15 NEWPORT CENTRAL CATHOLIC
Oct. 22 vs. Holy Cross at Holmes
Oct. 29 BELLEVUE

(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Coach: Dan Ridder (56-74)

Outlook: Playoff berths in this Class A district are often a matter of inches. Last year, Dayton beat Bellevue in the season finale to earn the district's No. 2 spot and two home playoff games. But a loss would have dropped them to last in the district and meant no postseason.

''That lets you know how close of a race that was,'' Ridder said. ''It could be that close again this year.''

Dayton has reached the postseason four consecutive years, and will be there again if its reconstructed backfield blossoms.

It graduated the trio of Charlie Young, John Campoamor and Chris Brummett, who combined for 2,000 rushing yards last year. Last year's QB, Jimmy Hill, has been moved to running back to accentuate his speed, and junior Scott Reckers takes over under center.

''Reckers was a back, then last year we needed him at tight end,'' Ridder said. ''We made him a QB in the offseason. He's a good athlete. He's making the switch well.''

The offense could sputter awhile as Ridder installs a new system (Hint: Expect more passing). The defense could carry Dayton awhile; seven starters return there, including the entire secondary.

ROSTER
Name Pos Ht Wt Yr
Jim Abbatiello T-DE 6-2 20011
Nick Baldwin TE-DE 5-9 17011
Darrell BrummettC-DT 6-0 23012
Dustin Brummett RB-LB5-10 17012
Nick Carnes T-T 5-11 18012
Jim Feltner HB-DB 5-7 14010
Jim Gilbert R-S 6-0 16511
Matt GrossQB-DB 5-6 13010
Daniel Hill G-DT 5-8 15512
Jimmy HillHB-DB 5-9 16012
Lyle Honaker T-DT 5-9 17511
Erich HuffR-DB 5-5 12510
Brad LegerG-DT 5-9 21011
Chris LoerichK-DB 5-6 13011
Bobby Lovell R-DB 5-6 12510
Nic LovellFB-DE 5-9 15011
Mark Marimon SE-DB 5-8 14011
Josh Meiggs G-DT 5-7 17010
Chris NeimeisterG-DT 5-6 16012
Eric NicholasG-LB 5-10 17010
Jeff Nickell G-DE 5-9 18511
Scott ReckersQB-LB5-11 17011
Chris RobertsG-DT 5-10 17011
Mark Singleton FB-LB 5-8 16510
Kevin SkirvinTE-S 6-3 18012
Matt SmithC-DT 5-9 18010
Mark Suer G-DE 6-1 21011
Curtis TurnerRB-DB 5-8 15012
Jason TursanyRB-DB 5-6 13511
Chris WisemanRB-DB 5-8 15012
Jason WisemanHB-LB 5-9 14511
Jeremy Wiseman T-DT 6-0 23012