Jordan Kracl returned a punt for a touchdown for the first points in David City's road game Friday at Syracuse and set off a second straight blowout win for the Scouts and a 2-0 record to open the 2019 season.
Kracl went 60 yards to the house, starting a run of 25 straight David City points before Syracuse managed its only points of the game in the third quarter. It mattered little. The Scouts added two more scores and finished off a 37-7 win.
Four of DC's six touchdowns went for more than 50 yards, the Scout ground attack was effective again with 241 rushing yards and Clayton Denker once again went over 100 yards with 190 on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
The senior now has rushed for 300 combined yards in two weeks and has needed just 25 carries to get there.
"I am really impressed on how the team has adjusted to the new system," coach Robert Evans said in emailed comments. "Special teams are a third of the game, and coach Travis Worm does a great job of preparing the team each week."
Following Kracl's 60-yard punt return, Denker went 69 for his first score and a 12-0 lead after a second extra point was missed.
Dylan Vodicka made it 19-0 with a 2-yard blast in the second quarter. Vodicka then hit Harley Eickmeier for a 56-yard pass, sending the teams into the break with a 25-0 David City lead.
Syracuse scored its only points on a 12-yard run then PAT in the third, but David City answered with a 70-yard Denker scoring run and Tre Daro's 6-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Jack Mckay in the fourth.
Vodicka and McKay only completed those two passes out of four total attempts by the Scouts, but both were for touchdowns.
Defensively, Denker was tops with eight tackles.
"First of all I would like to give credit to our strength coordinator Travis Worm," Evans said. "Travis did an excellent job this summer preparing our student athletes for competition.
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"Without Travis, we wouldn't be able to run the type of offense and defense that I prefer. Secondly, the athletes bought into the strength program."
Evans was also pleased with better execution in the second half. David City took a Week 1 win over Stanton in which the Scouts scored the first 19 points then held on for a 19-12 win.
"I like that our team was able to make offensive adjustments from Week 1 to Week 2," Evans said. "This comes down to the offense being able to recognize what the defense is giving them and making the right line calls."
Evans also liked his defense producing three turnovers on interceptions by Tre Daro, Alex Rachow and Hunter Behrns.
"Defensive coordinator Trevor Krenk did a great job getting athletes in the correct alignment and getting pressure on the quarterback," he said. "The team also did a nice job trusting their keys and finishing their assignments."
As far as being 2-0?
"We focus on one game at a time," Evans said.
David City returns home on Friday for the first of two back-to-back home contests that include 0-2 Conestoga then C-2 No. 9 Hartington Cedar Catholic.
Conestoga has suffered losses of 35-0 to Louisville and 56-14 to Yutan while Hartington Cedar Catholic lost its opener 38-20 to No. 1 BRLD then fell again, 50-13 to No. 2 Oakland-Craig.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net.