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Dayton coach: Expect two ‘upset’ teams to do battle

PREP FOOTBALL NEDERLAND (0-1) AT DAYTON (0-1)

• When: 7 tonight

• Where: Broncos Stadium

• Radio: KLVI-AM 560

• Series record: Nederland leads 12-7

• Last meeting: Dayton won 41-22 in 2014

Offense

Nederland: 273 ypg (98 rushing, 175 passing); leaders Austin Krautz (senior RB, 124 rushing yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, 49 receiving yards on 3 receptions) and Dean Fisher (junior receiver, 66 yards on 3 receptions)

• Dayton: 245 ypg (100 rushing, 145 passing); leaders Hunter Hancock (junior quarterback, 121 yards on 10-of-13 passing and 2 touchdowns) and Jalen Styner (junior running back, 61 yards on 15 carries)

Defense

• Nederland: 490 yards per game allowed (227 rushing, 263 passing)

• Dayton: 537 yards per game allowed (318 rushing, 219 passing)

Sound bytes

• Nederland coach Larry Neumann: “We were a different team mentally last week against Crosby than we were in the two scrimmages. We had great focus and energy. We made plays against the Cougars. What we didn’t do was make plays at the opportune times. Dayton’s quarterback manages the game real well. They have speed and threats at the skill spots. Schematically, they (Dayton) are not much different than Crosby. It is close to the same thing. It is a tremendous physical challenge to play football. The mental part is also very important. We have to have that mental side every week. We have to have it against everybody or we will be a mediocre football team.”

• Dayton coach Jowell Hancock: “Both teams are searching for that first win and neither wants to be 0-2. We have met several times in the past and we know each other very well. It is a cliché but this game will come down to who plays the best on Friday night. What I love about playing in Nederland and having the Bulldogs here in Dayton, it is going to be the most important thing in Dayton Friday night. There is only one school in both places so it is the biggest thing going on in the city. That is what you love the most as a coach. I have known Larry a long time so there is a history there. It is going to be another great Friday night football game.”

NEDERLAND — Dayton is no stranger to Nederland. Nederland is no stranger to Dayton.

These two teams have played 19 times through the years and it all started back in 1930. The first time the two programs faced off, Dayton’s Broncos pounded the Bulldogs 66-0.

Nederland leads the all-time series 12-7 with Dayton winning last year, 41-22.

“Dayton is a prideful program that we have a large amount of history with through the years,” Nederland coach Larry Neumann said. “We know they will be enthusiastic about playing us and we look forward to playing the Broncos.”

Neumann said the Bulldogs have not put too much stock into the scoreboard from last week’s Dayton game. Channelview defeated the Broncos 57-21 on the performance of Alabama commit Jalen Hurt.

The Falcons quarterback threw for 219 and rushed for 146 yards with a combined five touchdowns.

“It was a close game until the Hurt kid took over,” Neumann said. “He will do that to a lot of people this year.”

What Neumann has taken notice of is the fact that this Dayton team likes to hit their opponents in the mouth.

“Dayton will hit you,” Neumann added. “It is in their history. They are very much like a West Orange-Stark. We look forward to the matchup because Dayton, like Crosby, is going to be a playoff team.”

The Broncos, against the Falcons, put up 245 yards with 100 coming on the ground and 145 through the air. Quarterback Hunter Hancock had 121 yards on 10-of-13 passing with two touchdowns. Jalen Styner led the Broncos with 61 rushing yards on 15 carries.

“I expect an old-school, get-after-it type football game,” Dayton coach Jowell Hancock said. “We have had some real great games against Nederland through the years.

“We have to cut down on missed assignments. You can’t miss 36 tackles like we did last week. There were times we could have got off the field and you can’t give a team like Channelview that extra chance with the football.”

The main focus of the Dayton defense figures to be keying on Nederland senior running back Austin Krautz.

Krautz finished the Crosby game with 124 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown and added 49 yards on three receptions.

Nederland quarterback Mitchell LeBaron had 175 yards on 14-of-30 passing in his first varsity start.

“We kicked field goals instead of scoring touchdowns last week,” Neumann said.

Hancock expects a very upset Bulldogs team to come into Dayton wanting a win.

“We are also upset with ourselves after giving up 57 points last week,” Hancock said. “We let other people make excuses. The more physical team last week was Channelview. Nobody should make you look that bad. We always put a lot of stock in our defense and we didn’t do our job.”

About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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