Dayton ended its own four-game losing streak by handing Sparks a 27-0 Northern 3A defeat.
All the scoring occurred in the first half and again it was turnovers that plagued the Maroon and Gold. Quarterback Geo Vasquez threw two interceptions and the offense also fumbled twice.
“In the first half we just starting pressing again,” Sparks football coach Rob Kittrell said. “We would start moving the ball and then just turn it over. Defensively, we came out alright in the first couple series, but then we started having people try to make someone else’s play.”
The Dust Devils took a 13-0 lead after the first quarter and added two more touchdowns in the second to own a 27-0 advantage heading back into the locker rooms.
Kittrell was happy the defense pitched a shutout in the second 24 minutes of action due to more discipline with assignments.
Sparks rushed for 70 yards as a team, but 66 of those came from Henry Banks, who carried the ball 14 times. Vasquez was only 7-for-17 for 76 yards through the air.
The Railroaders are now 3-5 overall and 2-5 in league play.