Key losses- Braeden Nowlin, Noah White, Chris Arguello, Liam Munoz, Kyle Cool, Kyle Albright.
Key Returners- Garret Doran, Jody Fuller, Payton Garrison, Ethan Russell, Kaden Fergus, Gavin Arce, Kody Fuller.
Going into the 2019 Dayton is a mystery team in some sorts as they have a new coach and a new offense. Dayton is losing most of the talent they had due to graduation. Last season they went 3-6, and to most of the State, it was a surprise. Dayton is a perennial power historically, so seeing them miss the playoffs completely for the first time since 1981 was insanity. Dayton is switching things up and Kody Fuller will be the Qb this season. Fuller might not have the best arm, but he sure has the speed and quick lateral movement to make guys miss in the open field.
We predict that Dayton will go somewhere between 2-7 or 3-6 like last season. They should beat South Umpqua, should put up another fight against Pleasant Hill, and they should be in the game versus Taft.
This is a place Dayton hasn’t been at since before Dewey Sullivan arrived in 1965. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out in a town fixated on its football success.
Key losses- David Jin QB/DB, Malachi LaFrenz OL/DL, Jace Fostveit OL/DL, Chris Byrum OL/DL, Victor Carrasco OL/DL, Tyee Fisher Wr/S, Logan Mclendon Wr/DB.
Key Returners- Zane Rowley Wr/DB, Jeffery Adair OL/DL, Micah Davis OL/DL, Alec Bosworth OL/DL Elin Fitch OL/DE, Logan Gilleo RB/LB.
This might be another tough year for Taft. They will need to replace the Quarterback, most of the Offensive Line, and the few playmakers they had left on the defensive side. The one game they might compete in will be against Dayton late in the season.
We predict Taft to either go 1-8 or 0-9 this season, their schedule is absolutely stacked and they lack enough talent to compete in 2019. But then again, they did beat 7-3 Sutherlin out of nowhere last season, so who knows.