HUBER HEIGHTS — The finale of the Backyard Blitz between the DeSales and Dayton Carroll football teams featured 260 yards in penalties and seven turnovers.
Due in part to the quick legs of running back Quintell Quinn and the big-play capabilities of Kole Perrine, it was the Stallions who survived the sloppy affair with a 35-28 victory in their opener Aug. 31 at Huber Heights Wayne.
DeSales fell behind 28-21 with 6 minutes, 21 seconds remaining but answered with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Reno Godfrey to Perrine on the next play.
An interception by Isaiah Thomas three plays into Carroll’s ensuing drive set up the Stallions at the Carroll 24, and they responded three plays later with a game-winning 17-yard touchdown run by Quinn.
“We came together as a team and accomplished what we needed to do and got the ball to our weapons,” Perrine said.
The Stallions committed two first-half turnovers but forced five overall, including four in the first half.
DeSales led 21-20 at halftime, but the Patriots took the lead on a 1-yard run by Jon LaJeunesse, completing a drive in which the Stallions were called for a personal foul and holding. A two-point conversion pass from Trent Fox to LaJeunesse made it 28-21.
“When it was 28-21, it felt like they had a lot of momentum, but we answered them,” coach Ryan Wiggins said.
DeSales took a 21-14 lead with 3:25 left in the second quarter on a 3-yard run by Quinn. Earlier in the drive, Godfrey hit Jordan Johnson for a 20-yard pass on second-and-40 from the Stallions 45 and then found Owen Faulkner for a 16-yard reception on the next play. Quinn ran for 16 yards on the play before his touchdown.
Johnson intercepted his second pass of the game at the DeSales 5 and returned the ball to the Carroll 30 with 1:18 left before halftime, but four plays later, the Stallions fumbled at their own 35.
The Patriots cut it to 21-20 on the next play when Sam Severt took a handoff and passed to Donovan LaJeunesse for a touchdown with 33 seconds left before halftime. Carroll missed the extra-point attempt because of a bad snap.
Quinn finished with 75 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, Faulkner had eight catches for 138 yards and Perrine had three receptions for 128 yards and two scores.
“We gave up some big plays and didn’t get off the field on third and long and offensively we had some drive-busting penalties, but it’s Week 1 and sometimes there’s a lot of ugliness,” Wiggins said. “Finding a way to dig in and win is what’s most important.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DESALES 7 14 0 14 35 DAYTON CARROLL
7 13 0 8 28
DC—Severt 14 run (Chapman kick)
D—Perrine 65 pass from Godfrey (Tawiah kick)
D—Quinn 8 run (Tawiah kick)
DC—J. LaJeunesse 2 run (Chapman kick)
D—Quinn 3 run (Tawiah kick)
DC—D. LaJeunesse 35 pass from Severt (kick failed)
DC—J. LaJeunesse 1 run (J. LaJeunesse pass from Fox)
D—Perrine 62 pass from Godfrey (Tawiah kick)
D—Quinn 17 run (Tawiah kick)