David City earned coach Robert Evans a victory in his debut Friday night in a road game against Stanton, scoring all 19 points in the first half then holding on for a 19-12 win.
The Scouts did mostly all of their damage on the ground, amassing 301 yards rushing to 208 for the Mustangs. David City had 315 yards total, just 14 passing, and averaged over 8 yards per carry.
"Overall, for our first game, I was pleased with our offense and defense," Evans said in comments. "We need to improve on our offensive blocking scheme and defensive technique.
"When you have 26 men on a football team and they have to play ironman football, it leaves little in the tank in the second half, but the men did an excellent job grinding in the second half. You have to give credit to the Stanton coaching staff for making second half adjustments."
Senior running back Clayton Denker scored the first points of the season, running 73 yards for a touchdown in the first to put David City up 6-0.
Denker carried the ball 13 times for 110 yards and a touchdown during the game. He also led the team with nine tackles.
In the second quarter, junior quarterback Dylan Vodicka found the end zone on a 57-yard run giving the Scouts a 13-0 lead.
Vodicka ran for 161 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Later in the second quarter, Vodicka hooked up with Denker through the air for a 14-yard touchdown to take a 19-0 lead.
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Vodicka was 1-3 passing for 14 yards and one touchdown.
"Overall, I was very happy with how Dylan managed the new offense," Evans said.
Stanton found the end zone twice in the third, once on an 8-yard run and the other a 26-yard pass, but failed to convert points after both times.
In the fourth quarter, senior cornerback Hunter Behrns iced the game with an interception allowing David City to bleed out the rest of the clock.
One struggle and area of improvement will be third-down offense. David City was just 2 of 9 on third, but 3 of 4 on fourth.
Penalties, and 108 yards due to those penalties, were a major factor in missing third-down conversions.
"We had some penalties that played a factor on third down offensively," Evans said. "When you are in third-and-long, defensively they know you are probably going to pass, so this was a major factor offensively."
David City is back in action on the road again at 7 p.m. on Friday at Syracuse.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net