MILLERSVILLE >> Penn Manor has seemed to be a perpetual stumbling block for Dallastown, as the have claimed the last four meetings between the teams.
But Friday night, a surging Wildcat football team wasn't going to let history repeat itself.
Quarterback Cade Gold passed for more than 200 yards as Dallastown shut out the Comets, 35-0, keeping the Wildcats undefeated in non-league play to open the season.
"We're going to celebrate this, but come Monday no one cares what happened last week," Dallastown head coach Kevin Myers said after the game. "All this does is make the target a little bigger."
Coming off a win against West York, the Wildcats squared off against a young, inexperienced Penn Manor team that has struggled so far this season, going 0-3 under first-year coach John Brubaker Jr.
"They're a young football team and they play hard, and they'll do well," Myers said of Penn Manor. "Some of our guys remember the thumping we took last year, but I think we're just playing some good team football right now."
Dallastown (3-0) proved to be too much to handle Friday night at Millersville University's Biemesderfer Stadium.
Gold finished the game 13-of-17 with 215 yards passing in three quarters of action. Jake Jansen was Gold's favorite target, catching six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Gold also ran for a score.
And that was all done in three quarters of football, as Myers went to his backups in the fourth quarter with a five-touchdown lead and a running clock.
The Dallastown defense stymied the Comets (0-3). Owen Davis' interception in the end zone shut down the only drive in which the Comets threatened to score.
"Jake Jansen made some clutch catches, offensive line did some good things, defensive line and we got some decent pass rush tonight," Myers said. "You can look at what Cade does, what Jake does, what Dillon Callahan's doing, and Zion DeVance and the boys up front who are making that go. It's just some good, quality team football right now."
The Wildcats turn their attention to league play. They open their YAIAA Division I schedule at home Friday against Spring Grove.
"It's sure better going into league play 3-0 than it is the other way around," Myers said. "They're teenagers so we have to make sure their heads still fit inside their helmets at the end of the day, and we as coaches have to watch that as well. So that's what we'll work on. There's definitely room for improvement."
Dt — Dillon Callahan 1 run (Drake Pew kick), 7:20.
Dt — Jake Jansen 29 pass from Cade Gold (Pew kick), 7:32.
Dt — Zion DeVance 5 run (Pew kick), 1:39.
Dt — Callahan 1 run (Pew kick), 8:13.
Dt — Gold 11 run (Pew kick), 5:03.
DtPM First downs147Rushes-yards32-7524-94 Passing13-18-09-18-1Passing yards21582Total yards290176Punts3-375-25.8 Fumbles-lost1-02-1Penalties-yards5-328-40
Rushing — Dt, Cade Gold 14-52, Dillon Callahan 10-19, Zion DeVance 4-3, Max Teyral 2-6, John Brandon 1-1, Michael Sparks 1-(-6). PM, Grant Gale 8-42, Jamal McCaskell 6-23, Carter Kinser 8-21, Ben Wright 1-8, Marcos Nina 1-0.
Passing — Dt, Gold 13-17-0-215, Sparks 0-1-0-0. PM, Gale 9-18-1-82.
Receiving — Dt, Jake Jansen 6-123, DeVance 1-28, Connor Moore 3-27, Callahan 2-26, Jawaun McMillan 1-11. PM, Kinser 2-27, McCaskell 3-20, Alex Santiago-Rodriguez 3-11, Cavan Zechman 1-24.