Dayton Football Home Finale Saturday vs. Roselle at 1 p.m.

Dayton with the extra-point block against Hillside Credits: Jeff Carrier
The Bulldogs on the attack Credits: Jeff Carrier
Senior Jeffrey Carrier with the extension and block against Hillside last Saturday Credits: Jeff Carrier

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Dayton football team will play their final home regular season game on Saturday afternoon as they host Roselle for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Seven seniors will bid farewell to Mountain Avenue as they are in search for their second win of the season after a 51-8 loss at Hillside last Saturday.

Senior quarterback Tajae Irby completed 6-of-9 passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns and added another score on the ground, sophomore running back James Louis had five carries for 110 yards and a score, and junior wide receiver Shadon Willis had three receptions, all for TDs, and 115 yards to pace Hillside (4-2), which has won four of its last five games and improved to 3-1 in the series, dating back to 2014.

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Senior Antonio Salcfas scored on a kickoff return and threw a 2-point conversion to sophomore Justin Mascitelli in the fourth quarter for Dayton’s lone points of the game.

Salcfas leads the Bulldogs in touchdowns with 14.

Dayton (1-5), which will play at Bound Brook Oct. 27 (7 p.m.) and at South Hunterdon Nov. 3 (7 p.m.) for its final two games of the regular season, is 0-4 on the road.

Roselle (4-2) comes into Saturday’s contest on a roll with back-to-back shutout home wins against Belleville (52-0, Oct. 13) and New Providence (46-0, Oct. 6).

Last season, Roselle won by forfeit over Dayton after a five-year hiatus from the series. Dayton’s last win in the series, a 14-8 triumph on Oct. 9, 2010 at Union High School.  Roselle took home a 34-0 home win in 2008.

“Last Saturday was a very tough loss, but we are going to move past it and move onto Roselle,” said senior left tackle/middle linebacker Anthony Rajoppi. “This game is a very important one, because it's the next one on the schedule. It's going to also be exciting to play in front of the home crowd one more time and hopefully we can pull out a win.”

Dayton seniors who will play their last home game on Mountain Avenue Saturday are: Jeff Carrier (2-year player), Ryan Lashuk (4-year letter winner), Chris Lepore (3-year player), Nick Maslo (2-year letter winner, but a member of team for 4 years), Anthony Rajoppi (4-year letter winner), Antonio Salcfas (4-year letter winner), and Kris Stewart (2-year player).

2017 Dayton Football Results/Schedule: Sept. 8 – Belvidere, L, 14-17; Sept. 15 at Roselle Park, L, 41-6; Sept. 23 – at Manville, L, 42-6; Sept. 28 – Highland Park, W, 42-14 (Senior Night); Oct. 6 – at Brearley, L, 41-27; Oct. 14 – at Hillside, L, 51-8; Oct. 21 – Roselle, 1 p.m. (home finale); Oct. 27 – at Bound Brook, 7 p.m.; Nov. 3 – at South Hunterdon, 7 p.m. is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

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