The Dalton Danger proved once again why they are one of the hottest developmental football teams in America on Jan. 13 with a convincing 25-6 win over the Kings Comets – an Ohio powerhouse – in the USA Bowl National Championship.
“Overall I was very pleased with our performance,” Danger owner John Caudill told Developmental Football USA. “I feel like we left points off the board, but I am happy with the ending.”
Eventual USA Bowl MVP Corey Boykin started the scoring surge for the Danger with a scoop-and-score off an R.J. Warren blocked punt. From there, a dominant Danger defense and sure and steady offensive production led Dalton to the major bowl win, in just the second year of their program.
“This was a very positive way to start off the 2018 year, providing momentum for us heading into the upcoming spring IAFL gauntlet ahead,” Caudill said.
Offensive MVP Pat Moore’s unit couldn’t put it together on their first drive and had to punt, but the following possessions pushed deep into Comets territory. The group of hogs up front – Alton Price, Willie Owens, Keaton Jones, Sean Johnson, Jody Williams, Dayton Luther and Russell Hedges – gave Moore time to spread the ball around and also paved the way for the Danger’s stable of running backs, led by former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Robert Godhigh.
Godhigh, Armad Turner and Jarquavious Stamey combined for more than 150 yards on the ground, while Lee Hilt, Derrian Autman, Jared Harris, James Moreland and Former Kennesaw State Owl Ryan Godhigh all finished the national championship game with a catch.
While, the Danger offense made five trips to the red zone and came away with points each time, special teams proved to be a strength, with Javier Rocha connecting on four field goals.
Defensive MVP Darious McDonald was a force in the middle with 2 ½ sacks and defensive back Malcom Moulton set up a no-fly zone on his side of the field with several pass break-ups and an interception.
“The rest of the game was filled with more of what we’re used to seeing from the Danger – a fast and constricting defense,” Caudill said. “Also, our punter, Aaron Mize, had an awesome game, pinning the Comets several times inside the 10.”
The win is the 15th in a row for the Danger, who rolled through the National Developmental Football League unbeaten last year and enter 2018 as the pre-season No. 1 in the newly formed Independent American Football League.
“This new league, ran by former Tennessee Crush owner Tracey Rico, is turning heads across the southeast,” Caudill said. “With great organizations and championship caliber teams like the Dalton Danger, South Carolina Bulls, Knoxville Knights and Metro Atlanta Horsemen, this league is set for a great inaugural season. The Phantom Horse Brewery Championship Game will be held at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga and the Danger all but have their tickets ready.
“The Dalton community and other Danger fans can expect the Dalton Danger to extend our 15-game winning streak throughout this upcoming season and add another championship trophy to our resume,” Caudill said.
An old saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” For the Danger, that means continuing to execute like they have week in and week out. If they keep playing at this level, it could be enough to win the IAFL.
“This upcoming season, we are leaning on our hogs to push and protect,” Caudill said. “I’m looking for the running backs to hit the holes and for our wide receivers to catch every pass thrown and to manhandle every defensive back on running plays. We need a team effort. We need everyone all in, even the fans in Dalton.”
Ortari Blount, Martin Rolland, Brandon Harmon and Malcom Moulton are new additions to an already dominant Danger defense.
“We expect greatness from this group,” Caudill said. “Our blueprint starts up front with our unstoppable group of defensive linemen led by Terrance Simmons, Darius McDonald, B.J. Steward and Jalen Fields.
“Veteran Corey Boykin returns with a fast and ferocious group of linebackers around him and, on the back end, R.J. Warren looks to continue to patrol the skies from his free safety position.”