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Old 11-08-09, 12:18 PM
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First loss for Tino at QB

Butler 31, Dayton 28
Flyers QB Valentino one yard short of school record

Butler snaps 7-game skid vs. Flyers by stopping UD’s last play at the goal line.


Staff Report Updated 12:43 AM Sunday, November 8, 2009



DAYTON—University of Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino finished one yard short of a school passing record, and about an inch short of winning the game Saturday, Nov. 7, at Welcome Stadium.
Valentino completed 29-of-44 passes for 413 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions as the Flyers lost 31-28 to visiting Butler in a Pioneer League game.

Facing 4th and 3 from the Butler 41, Valentino unleashed a Hail Mary pass toward the end zone with 6.2 seconds to play. Senior JMichael Jonard came down with the ball, but was ruled tackled just short of the goal as time expired.

The loss dropped UD to 7-2 and 5-1 in the league, while Butler remained perfect at 9-0 and 6-0.

Andrew Huck ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more as Butler snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Flyers.
The Bulldogs took a 31-20 lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Huck to Carter Walley with 3:27 remaining, but Valentino came back to complete a 63-yard drive with an 8-yard TD pass to Nick Collins with 1:35 to play.

The passing record Valentino nearly reached is held by Kevin Johns, who connected for 414 yards against San Diego in 1996.


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Old 11-08-09, 04:40 PM
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You really give it to us when we express our emotions about Solon games don't you Gramps, some times it gets old. Anyway, amazing game for Steve. Maybe his best. And it became a loss.
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Old 11-14-09, 08:41 PM
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Smile One more week to go!

Valentino throws 2 TDs as Dayton beats Drake 23-6

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)
Steve Valentino threw for two touchdowns as Dayton beat Drake 23-6 Saturday.

Valentino connected for scores with Justin Watkins and Luke Bellman on passes of 30 and 36 yards. He completed 16 of 29 passes for 223 yards.

Brian Mack added a 27-yard rushing TD for the Flyers (8-2, 6-1 Pioneer Football League). He finished with 53 yards.

The only score for Drake (8-2, 6-1) was a 4-yard TD pass from Mike Piatkowski to Tom Kostek in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion, a Stephen Platek rush attempt, failed.
Piatkowski completed 15 of 32 for 88 yards.

This leaves a 3-way tie Dayton-Butler-Drake with one week remaining.
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I remember an African-American playing for Drake in the 1950's. It was well commented on the media of the day. I do believe he was a tailback, and a good one.

Go Flyers! Valentino for all-league QB.
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Old 11-16-09, 10:18 AM
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VALENTINO EARNS PFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS Senior WR-Turned-QB Named For The Third Time In Four Weeks & Fourth Time This Season



Steve Valentino's four PFL awards tie him for the most in the league with Butler's Andrew Huck.

Nov. 15, 2009

University of Dayton senior quarterback Steve Valentino earned his fourth Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week award of the season for his performance in Dayton's 23-6 win at Drake on Saturday. It was also Valentino's third PFL Offensive Player of the Week citation in the last four games.
Valentino led Dayton to its eight straight win the last nine games in his seventh straight start by throwing scoring passes for Dayton's first two TD's. The 2006 Solon (Ohio) High School graduate was 16 of 29 passing for 223 yards in the game.
On the year, he is first in the PFL in total offense per game (275.1), fourth in rushing (65.0) and second in TD's (10).
Dayton is 8-2 overall, and tied for first with Butler and Drake in the league with a 6-1 mark. The Flyers will host Marist Saturday at 1 p.m. ET in the regular season finale for both teams. UD will be seeking the win that will clinch a share of its 10th PFL title.
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Great job !!!
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Johnny Bright from Drake

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I remember an African-American playing for Drake in the 1950's. It was well commented on the media of the day. I do believe he was a tailback, and a good one.

Go Flyers! Valentino for all-league QB.
You are probably remembering that Drake player who had Pulitzer Prize winning photos in Life Magazine. He was the NCAA offensive leader in 1949-50 but Johnny Bright ended up 5th in the Heisman voting where southern voters discriminated against his color.

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Solon fan know what to look for

Being a Solon fan from the 2005 team, I know better than some what to look for. So when Drake scores their first & only TD with about 5 minutes to play, I look for #7, the former Solon safety on the good hands team.

The Dayton radio announcers are fascinated that this UD QB is still on some of these Special Teams. Steve lines up in the front row, far end with two of his WR housemates next to him. Unfortunatley I'm watching & listening to the Drake announcers and they don't have a clue. The Drake kicker kicks the ball too high; so high that his kick team are standing with the Dayton receivers. But there is this Flyer, leaping high above everybody, and it's #7. The ball goes out of bounds & the announcers say it was "kicked out of bounds". Confirmation after the game was that Tino batted the ball just like blocking a shot on the hardwood.

So he has three quick pooch punts (I was at two of them but didn't have the camera ready) and one on-side kick touch this season along with his 9 rushing and 1 receiving TD and 1 solo tackle on KO team in first game. His 275 ypg. is the offensive leader in the PFL with one game to go - Marist University. Here's a link to the PFL stats http://www.pioneer-football.org/week...FLMonday11.pdf

Don't you like the publicity Solon High gets every week in these writeups by AP. Too bad Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't pick them up but Dayton people know where Solon is now that two players are on the team.
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Johnny Bright! Bingo! I saw him in a newsreel at the Fairmount theatre over by John Carroll Univ. in University Hts. and Shaker Hts. . Front of theater was Shaker Hts., back was Univ. Hts. Those newsreels of college and pro football at the movies in the '40's and '50's sent me up to la-la land. I loved them.Almost better than Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoons.
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Nice writeup on Steve in this weeks Solon Times... What a gifted athlete!!
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Nice writeup on Steve in this weeks Solon Times... What a gifted athlete!!
I finally got a copy of the write-up. Kudos to the Times! It's about time!
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Old 11-22-09, 12:36 PM
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Season Ends with a "ring"

Dayton Earns Share of Its 10th PFL Title


Senior Steve Valentino finished 19-for-27 for 275 yards passing with two touchdowns while also rushing for 72 yards and one more score to lead the Flyer offense.


Nov. 21, 2009

DAYTON, Ohio - A dominant rushing attack led the homestanding Dayton Flyers to a 27-16 victory over Marist on Senior Day at Welcome Stadium. With the win, UD earned a share of its 10th Pioneer Football League Championship.

"Our running game today kept them off the field and that is what we have been doing all year," UD Head Coach Chamberlin said. "This was the best day of our running attack all year. Brian Mack and Dan Jacob played well and then Steve Valentino hit the big passes when we needed it."
Senior Steve Valentino finished 19-for-27 for 275 yards passing with two touchdowns while also rushing for 72 yards and one more score to lead the Flyer offense. "Our main goal every year is to get a PFL Championship and that is what we did today," Valentino said. "We got a share of the championship and that is as much as we can do. We were focused on this game because we knew that if we beat Marist we got a share of the Championship."

Grandpa's note: Coach was also quoted that this was the best rushing game of the season. By that he means the RB's had more yards rushing than the QB; it was 97 yards total for the RB's. Dayton uses QB's who can run as well as pass in their spread.
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Steve Valentino was named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Year this week. Valentino also earned first-team all-PFL honors at quarterback.

According to a PFL press release, Stevie led the conference in total offense, producing an eye-popping 281.6 yards per game. He averaged 65.6 ypg rushing, fourth best in the league and first among PFL quarterbacks.

Valentino was second in the PFL in both passing yardage (216 ypg) and passing efficiency (a 139.8 rating).

Steve was first-team all-PFL as a receiver in 2008.

Valentino quarterbacked Solon to an 11-1 record in 2005. He was also a three-year starter at safety, where he earned Division 1 first-team all-Ohio honors as a senior.

Grandpa1-Thanks for the information.

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A History Lesson

Valentino is the
first position
player in PFL
history to be
named first-team
all-league at two
different positions

This history is posted here as a reminder to our young high school athletes that so much is awaiting them if they strive to do their best. Steve wanted to play the highest level football that he could, even turning down nice offers at lower levels than UD. Dayton football is kinda secret in NE Ohio but he went into a program with successful longtime coaches, top training & medical staff and first class even for Div.1-AA. (Did you know that two teammates mother's had breast cancer so during winter workouts they had a Lift-A-Thon to raise a couple thousand dollars. Well, it turned out to be $12,000!!! Or how about every Tuesday night when a couple of area Pee Wee Football teams come to stretch & exercise with the Flyers. Or that Brandon Wingeier from Newark was just named ESPN Magazine Academic All-American; the 19th Flyer since year 2000, the most in all of college football!) When traveling they stay only in the best of hotels and in one case, an hour from that stadium because nothing closer met the standards. They fly to 2 or 3 games a season; like Raleigh or Charlotte or Des Moines or NYC or Jacksonville or San Diego!

Faced with a backup position behind a 5th year QB, Steve changed to WR as a junior and became All-League. Then after the first game this season, with 4 QB's injured, he was asked to go back to QB and accepted. Surely this would mess things up in a quest to repeat as All-League by playing another position for a couple weeks. As it turned out, he never allowed them to think of moving him again. Not that everybody can do this, but maybe they could do the part that is to put forward the effort to compete at your max and see what happens. Some couldn't believe a 170 lb. kid could do it but he must have!
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Dayton Agonis Clun Honors Steve

The Agonis Club of Dayton announced their choices for sports awards at their banquet last night. Solon's former QB made the ride back to Dayton and received the UD Athlete of the year award. Congratulations Stveve. Very impressive since your basketball team won the NIT Tournament and some other of the school's D-1 teams had some great players.

Here is the DDN article:


The Dayton Agonis Club named its annual area athletic award winners during a dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center on Tuesday, May 18.
The winners included: Jim Ehler (area coach of the year), Chaminade Julienne’s Samarie Walker (area prep athlete of the year), Ohio State’s Kurt Coleman, a Northmont product (best area athlete at an out-of-town college), University of Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino (UD athlete of the year) and Wright State guard Vaughn Duggins (WSU athlete of the year).
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Thanks for the update, Grandpa. We're all very proud of Steve.
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Yes!!

Congrats to Steve... one of a kind athlete.. I doubt if we will ever see a 3 sport high school athlete like Steve again in the future. My family is lucky to have seen someone like this.

Best of luck in the future, Steve!!
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Watching Ohio College Quarterbacks

OCF - Ohio College Football.com - has listed Steve as the first NCAA FCS or Div.II football QB to watch this 2010 season. OCF is aware of his running ability which makes him more dangerous than just passing yards. The talented defenses he plays against are taken into account also.

NCAA FCS/II/NAIA
Steve Valentino
Senior – Dayton
259-151/2,101 Yards/12 TDs

Billy Griffin
Senior – Ohio Dominican
337-191/2,489 Yards/18 TDs

Sean Bedevelsky
Senior – Lake Erie
265-149/2,081 Yards/15 TDs
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OCF - Ohio College Football.com - has listed Steve as the first NCAA FCS or Div.II football QB to watch this 2010 season. OCF is aware of his running ability which makes him more dangerous than just passing yards. The talented defenses he plays against are taken into account also.

NCAA FCS/II/NAIA
Steve Valentino
Senior – Dayton
259-151/2,101 Yards/12 TDs

Billy Griffin
Senior – Ohio Dominican
337-191/2,489 Yards/18 TDs

Sean Bedevelsky
Senior – Lake Erie
265-149/2,081 Yards/15 TDs

That's fantastic, Grandpa. I often think about what Steve might have accomplished as a QB for Solon, if only he'd have been allowed to play the position sooner.

He would have been unstoppable.

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