Jae’lon Oglesby and Adrien Dunn crammed an entire game’s worth of stats into an eventful first half, leading Daniel to a 41-6 victory against visiting Columbia on Friday night at Singleton Field.
Dunn caught two long touchdown passes and Oglesby rushed for 194 yards in the first two quarters, and the Lions’ defense dominated the second half on their way to claiming the non-region win against the Capitals (1-3).
Daniel coach Randy Robinson said that the Lions (2-1), No. 3 in Class AAA and No. 6 in The Greenville News Upstate rankings, played inspired football after spending the first two weeks of the season on the road because of school construction.
“Our guys were inspired in their first home game,” Robinson said. “You have no idea what these kids have been through. We’ve been stored in field houses and washed the laundry out in little buildings in the country. Getting in the school and getting in a routine has made a difference to this team.”
Dunn opened the scoring for the Lions at the 5:47 mark of the first quarter, beating the corner to the end zone, tipping quarterback Andy McCall’s pass in the air and then catching the ball for a 32-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead.
It was Oglesby’s turn after that, capping a quick four-play drive with an 84-yard scamper in which he beat three defenders to the edge and then outran the rest of the defense for a 14-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Oglesby again mystified the Capitals, streaking around the edge for a 40-yard touchdown run and a 21-0 lead. A 13-play drive on Daniel’s next possession culminated with a Jared Dillingham 5-yard run, and Dunn ended the half with a quick screen from McCall that he turned into a 64-yard catch-and-run and a 34-0 lead at the half.
Dillingham later scored on a 55-yard run down the sideline to give the Lions a 41-0 lead.
Columbia’s Devin McDaniels returned an interception 95 yards with 4:45 remaining in the game to put prevent the shutout.
Robinson said that playing three diverse offenses will help the Lions when they enter league play.
“The good news for us is that you see all of these different versatile offenses,” Robinson said. “It’s going to help our defense. We know what we have to correct. Greenville was a different offense (than Easley). And, obviously this team wants to sling. They have some great athletes and they are big up front. I think it’s going to help us when we hit region play.”
Daniel opens up region play next week as they host West-Oak.