HUBER HEIGHTS — The DeSales High School football team set the tone for a blowout victory early in its opener Aug. 25 against Dayton Dunbar.
Coming off a season in which it didn’t make the playoffs for just the third time since coach Ryan Wiggins took over as coach in 2007, Stallions quarterback Reno Godfrey connected with Anthony Sciarroni for a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage.
DeSales added three additional first-quarter scores and forced four first-half turnovers on its way to a 35-0 victory in the Backyard Blitz at Huber Heights Wayne.
“They had some injuries and some numbers issues, but we came out and did pretty well,” Wiggins said. “I thought our guys played fast, played aggressive and made some key plays when they had to.”
Godfrey’s 7-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter was the Stallions’ fifth score and set them up to play the entire second half with a running clock.
In his first game with the Stallions after transferring from Westerville North during the offseason, Godfrey completed 10 of 15 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown and added a rushing touchdown as the Stallions’ offense worked consistently out of the shotgun.
“I don’t really know what happened. I just remember getting the ball, rolling left and seeing (Sciarroni) streaking down the field, and I just threw it up and prayed to God that it was a good pass,” Godfrey said of his touchdown pass.
Dunbar drove to the Stallions 11 on its opening drive, but quarterback Gregory Packnett threw incomplete on fourth-and-7 to turn the ball over on downs.
With seven minutes left in the first quarter, DeSales’ Frank Sciarroni picked up a fumble at the Wolverines 27 and the Stallions scored two plays later on a 13-yard run by Joey Velazquez.
Three plays into Dunbar’s next drive, Owen Faulkner intercepted a pass from Packnett and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown for a 21-0 lead.
Anthony Sciarroni recovered a fumble with 3:17 to go in the first quarter at the Stallions 22. DeSales drove the length of the field, with Jaylen Ball scoring on a 10-yard run to make it 28-0.
Anthony Sciarroni later added another fumble recovery.
“We’ve been preparing forever, conditioning, lifting, morning lifting all the way back into last school year, so we just decided it was the first game, first time to show what we’ve been working for all summer long and we just decided to come together and get it done,” Anthony Sciarroni said.
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DESALES 28 7 0 0 35 DAYTON DUNBAR
0 0 0 0 0
D—A. Sciarroni 63 pass from Godfrey (Tawiah kick)
D—Velazquez 13 run (Tawiah kick)
D—Faulkner 30 interception return (Tawiah kick)
D—Ball 10 run (Tawiah kick)
D—Godfrey 7 run (Tawiah kick)