DCS Sweatbees football team bows out to Bobcats in semifinals

Dayton City’s Rylin Suttles carries for positive yards during Thursday’s 20-0 loss to Oliver Springs in the semifinal round of the playoffs. Aside from yards on the ground, Suttles caught a pass worth 29 yards in the game.

(Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021 edition)

In a rematch from last year’s semifinal round of the playoffs, at the same location, the Dayton City School Sweatbees’ football team hit the road Thursday night to face the Oliver Springs Bobcats.

On a rain-soaked, muddy field that had just been drenched from a passing storm, the Bobcats outlasted the visiting Sweatbees 20-0 to advance to next week’s championship, concluding Dayton City’s season with a record of 5-4.

The Sweatbees were held scoreless only one other time this season and it was 18-0 to Oliver Springs on Sept. 2 in a regularly scheduled game.

DCS got the ball first and turned it over on downs, with the Bobcats setting up shop at their own 40-yard line. A few minutes later, Oliver Springs scored on a 6-yard TD run with 1:11 remaining in the opening quarter to go up 6-0.

The Sweatbees’ second possession ended the same as the first, giving the Bobcats the ball on their own 38-yard line. The DCS defense tightened up and forced the first of two fumbles, with Jake Mickel coming up with the recovery at the 4:52 mark of the second quarter. Zackery Waller came up with his fumble recovery for the ‘Bees in the third quarter.

Oliver Springs scored next on a 22-yard run and added the 2-point conversion to take a 14-0 lead with 58 seconds left in the first half.

Dayton City refused to give up, as the Sweatbees began their next possession at midfield. DCS QB, Bryce Garrison, completed several passes on the night to several different receivers, including Micheal Ray, Parker Kauffman, Noah Edwards and Rylin Suttles. Garrison’s biggest pass of the night came when he connected with Suttles for a 29-yard gain down to the Bobcats’ 2-yard line with 5.8 seconds left before the half. Oliver Springs held Dayton City from scoring on the next play and carried the 14-0 lead into halftime.

The teams exchanged a few series in the third quarter, as the score remained 14-0 headed to the final period.

The Bobcats scored on a 3-yard run at the 6:13 mark of the fourth quarter to conclude the game scoring. The DCS defense stopped the 2-point try, as Oliver Springs led 20-0.

The Sweatbees’ offense wasn’t done, as Kauffman opened the ensuing possession up with a 16-yard burst, followed up with a 20-yard run from Suttles down to the Bobcat 15-yard line with 4:53 left in the game. Oliver Springs intercepted a pass on the next play to end the DCS scoring threat. The Bobcats began the final drive of the game at their own 23-yard line with 3:59 remaining and eventually ran out the clock to secure the win.

The four members of the Sweatbees named to the All-District team included Jaxson ‘Brother’ Skiles, Trey Mcintosh, Parker Kauffman and Rylin Suttles.

From a football program that didn’t have a team in 2013, from where the Sweatbees have been the last few years, playing in the semifinals in back-to-back years and winning the championship in 2019, Dayton City head coach, Jeff Hill, lauded his team’s game and season effort.

“We’ve battled back to where we are now. I sit back and look at this as my last game,” explained Hill. “I look back and see where this program had gone away and then coach [Paige] Hughes started it back.

“Then, four years ago, I got the chance to come back,” continued Hill. “These guys right here, Brother Skiles and Trey Mcintosh started in their six-grade year. That year, we won the county championship, we won the league championship and we’ve been back to the second round of the playoffs every year.

“The program at Dayton City School is alive. We fell short tonight, but it’s still strong and it will continue to be strong,” added Hill. “The way our guys played tonight and the way we played last year in this game, I think they know that Dayton City was up here. I’m proud of them. And, these two guys right here, Trey and Brother, have been with me since they were in sixth grade. They started as sixth-graders and I’m proud of both of them and it’s been an honor to coach fine, young men like these two and all of the rest of the team.”