The Mahoning Valley had its first taste of football on Thursday night with four high school football games and the Youngstown State University Penguins all taking the field.
The Penguins had a successful night at Stambaugh Stadium as they defeated Dayton, 28-10.
YSU got the victory on the back of a strong rushing game and some clutch plays by the defense.
Youngstown State University running back Adaris Bellamy (13) searches for running room against Dayton’s Colin Monnier (42), who is trying to make the tackle, and Nate Sudnick (46), in pursuit, during action in the first half of YSU’s first game of the 2013 season at Stambaugh Stadium. The Penguins defeated the Flyers from Dayton, 28-10.
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Adaris Bellamy had 17 rushes for 203 yards and a touchdown, and Torrian Pace added 11 carries for 47 yards and two scores. The Penguins' defense held the Flyers to 270 total yards, compared to the 440 put up by the Penguins.
This was YSU's 18th straight home-opener win. The Penguins' last loss in a home opener was against Stephen F. Austin in 1995. This was YSU's first win over Dayton in program history.
On the high school gridiron, high-scoring games were the theme of opening night. Niles defeated Girard 38-19, Struthers defeated Campbell 39-6, Poland downed Marlington 35-14 and the Newton Falls Tigers dominated Rootstown, 55-7.
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For the Tigers, the win was on the brink of being-record setting. The 55 points the Tigers scored was the second-most in school history. The school record was 58 points, scored in 1971.
Opening weekend of high school football continues tonight with games across the region.