The only thing working on the scoreboard at Marty Apostolico Stadium on Thursday night was the points, and the Dickinson Rams put up a lot of them.
Atiba Mayfield and Kenny Griffin combined to rush for 222 yards and Dickinson returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in a 40-0 victory over Conrad in a DFRC Kickoff Classic to open the high school football season.
“I think we ran the ball pretty well, and our defense played exceptionally well,” Rams coach Donavon “Monty” Alderman said. “We stopped them when we needed to stop them, got some turnovers when we needed them.”
Mayfield rushed 12 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and Griffin added nine carries for 101 yards. Most of the damage came off sweeps to the outside behind the offensive line of Kenneth Henderson, Matt Ramone, Ben Piser, Albert Griffin and T.J. Hambrick.
“We knew they were weak on the outside, and our tackles are strong,” Mayfield said. “If we get a full head of steam, nobody can stop us.”
Dickinson’s Quran Waters, playing quarterback for the first time, completed two of his three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns. He also thrived at outside linebacker, making several big hits and recovering a fumble.
“I feel a lot better now playing quarterback after this first game,” Waters said.
Dickinson went up 14-0 in the first quarter on Waters’ 31-yard pass to Daryl Smith and Mayfield’s 33-yard run. The Redskins appeared to score when Raquan Womack returned a kickoff 75 yards, but the play was called back due to a personal foul penalty.
Waters passed 6 yards to Malich Murray-Wallace and Mayfield ran for a 9-yard score to make it 27-0 at the half.
Murray-Wallace opened the second half by returning the kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and Chris Cordova closed the scoring by sweeping around the left end for an 80-yard punt return late in the third quarter.
Dickinson had plenty of miscues despite the lopsided score, as both teams were plagued by penalties and fumbles typical of the season’s first game.
“The personal fouls and the late hits and the mental mistakes, that’s what separates the good teams from the bad teams,” Alderman said. “We need to clean that up, because I want us to be one of the good teams.”