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Dayton Football: Belvidere Loss and Roselle Park Preview

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SPRINGFIELD, NJ - After its 2017 season opener, the Dayton football team has much to look forward to.

Having lost to Belvidere, 42-0, in last season’s opener, Dayton improved immensely in a 17-14 season-opening home loss to the Country Seaters last Friday night.

Junior Antonio Salcfas rushed for two touchdowns from 54 yards and one yard out to pace Dayton (0-1). The Bulldogs have lost four straight games to Belvidere, with its last wins coming in a 24-17 home triumph in 2013 and a 21-14 road win in 2012.

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Salcfas gave Dayton an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter after his 54-yard TD run and tacked on a 2-point conversion pass to his younger brother and freshman wide receiver, Jovanni.

Belvidere (1-0) scored 17 unanswered points between the second and third quarters before Salcfas capped Dayton’s scoring with his second TD of the night from a yard out.

“It was definitely a tough loss but as a whole, our team got better and has improved,” said Salcfas. “This week, we hit the road to face Roselle Park. Our main concern is going to be staying together as a team and playing all 48 minutes. We didn't lose the home opener because the other team was better than us, it was simply some mental breakdowns that we had. We clean those up for this week and it'll be a good one.”

1st road game of season Friday night at Roselle Park

Dayton’s first road test of the season is set for Friday night as it visits Roselle Park (2-0) with first kickoff slated for 7 p.m.

Roselle Park has rattled off two consecutive 33-7 victories to starts its season with a road win at Sussex Tech on Sept. 1st and a home-opening win against South Hunterdon on Sept. 8th.

The Panthers have had Dayton’s number in recent years and enter Friday’s contest on a five-game winning streak, including last years’s 32-0 road win on Sept. 16th.

Dayton’s last win in the series was a 31-7 home triumph in 2011 to extend its win streak over Roselle Park to four games at the time.

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