Dayton football has fallen on some lean years on the gridiron during Chad Montgomery’s time there as head coach. In the last five years, the Greendevils have not been able to surpass the three-win mark in a season. This year, though, the stars have aligned just right to give the Dayton football faithful plenty of hope to work with.
“We’re actually looking to have a big year. We’re going to get over the hump. This will be my fifth season, so I’m kind of thinking that this will be the year for us to get it done,” Montgomery said.
The Greendevils can feel reassured about their optimistic outlook going in to 2015 because of how many starters they have returning: seven on offense, and seven on defense. Along the offensive line, Dayton fans will recognize each member who have come back from last year. This is the third year each of them have started.
Senior Dillon Adams is a four-year starter at quarterback and knows Montgomery’s system inside and out which can only help bring his team out of the cellar.
“We should be on the same page. We should be good to go,” Montgomery said. " The biggest key for us every year is injuries, that’s always a big factor for us. That’s kind of what happens every year. Last year, one of the guards got hurt in a scrimmage, so it’s just a matter of us staying healthy.”
If health remains on their side, Dayton pulls no punches in the fact that they are serious about making a real impact in their Class 1A district this season.
“Our goal is definitely to get into a home playoff game. We’re at least trying to get that number two seed.”