SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Senior quarterback Anthony Apicella completed 10-of-14 passes for 169 yards, highlighted by a 66-yard touchdown pass to junior Justin Carrier, and rushed for 47 yards with a TD to pace Dayton in a hard-fought 34-28 loss to rival New Providence Friday in Springfield.
Junior running back Charlie Barth had 22 carries for a game-high 239 yards and three second-half TD runs of 20, 7 and 58 yards to power New Providence (4-0), which has won 10 straight over the Bulldogs in 11 years (2016, did not play).
In four games, Barth has 67 carries for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Senior Mike Kanarek, who had five receptions for 59 yards, had an interception for a TD and senior David Ares, who had a team-high 5 ½ tackles, added a rushing TD for Dayton (1-2), which dropped its second straight and hasn’t defeated the Pioneers since an 18-7 road victory in 2009.
Senior AC Corigliano had 4 ½ tackles and Carrier posted 2 ½ for Dayton, which led 7-6 at halftime.
“The effort Friday night was good and we got better from the last game we played on all levels in our program, which is our goal. However, although this program is not founded on wins/loses we hate to lose, which is why the kids and coaches cannot wait to start practice again to get better and continue to compete on a consistent level to be in every game in the fourth quarter,” said first-year Dayton head coach Mike Abbate. “I believe we will be there again this Friday night and this week's practice will be the key in helping us finish in the fourth quarter. We ran out of gas, and that could be a product of not having a full offseason, but it is not an excuse and something we are working on correcting this week. We had another great effort led by our seniors and we look forward to another great challenge this week.”
Dayton visits Roselle Park (2-2) Friday with first kickoff at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs have dropped seven straight games to Roselle Park (2018, did not play) since a 31-7 victory at Union High School on Oct. 1, 2011. The Panthers are coming off a come-from-behind 27-19 road victory at Wood-Ridge last Friday as senior quarterback Gavin Dunkerton threw two TD passes.