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Dalton Football Head Coach Broc Dial gives a pep talk before the Aug. 26 home opener at McFarren Field.
Dalton quarterback Colin Pearson threw to Cade Mullet for a 21-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter that quickly put the Bulldogs up 14-0, en route to a 48-0 victory over the visiting Tuslaw Mustangs at McFarren Field.
Dalton brothers Quentin and Grayson Lehman make the blocks to give Sammy Tomlinson some running room.
Greyson Siders dodges the tackle.
Senior quarterback Ethan Stutz scrambles for some yardage.
Senior Quentin Lehman leads the team onto the field.
Seniors Jenna Fink, Sophia Salehi and Skylar McConnell during the first football home game Aug. 26.
By ZACH McFARREN
DGKN sports writer
The Mustangs found Dalton’s defense to be less than hospitable. With a total of just 99 yards of offense, Tuslaw was stymied all night long. A fumble recovery by linebacker Kade Miller on Tuslaw’s initial series gave Dalton the ball just a minute into the game. After Greyson Siders scored on a two yard run, Dalton was up 7-0 and the rout was on.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brady Hignight recovered his own kick. From there, quarterback Colin Pearson found Cade Mullet for a 21 yard touchdown reception. Less than a minute later, Mullet had another catch, this time grabbing an interception, setting the Dawgs up at the Tuslaw 23.
Despite having the ball inside the Mustang 25 two more times in the opening quarter, Dalton could not cash it in for points. A fumble and a turnover on downs gave Tuslaw the ball and what seemed to be a small glimmer of hope. What could have been a 28-0 first quarter lead stayed at 14.
Early in the second quarter, Pearson (10 of 16, 167 yards, 2 TD) found Siders for a 67 yard touchdown, as Dalton seemed to have it in gear. But once again, this time inside the Mustang 15, Dalton turned it over on downs. Dalton’s defense, however, did what it had been doing all half,and really all season long, and gave the ball back to its offense. This time, Pearson and Siders (2 receptions, 121 yards, 2 TD) hooked up on a simple screen pass and Siders outran Tuslaw’s defense for 54 yard touchdown.