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Oneonta High rushed for 363 yards — 197 of those coming from junior Skylar Thompson — en route to a 33-28 Section Four Football Conference non-division victory over Ithaca on homecoming Saturday at Lloyd F. Baker Field.
It marked the first victory for coach John Mushtare at OHS.
“They were,” Mushtare said when asked if his squad was excited following the victory. “I think the last couple of weeks they recognized they were getting better. Getting that first victory, it’s going to be a whole lot easier practicing this week.”
The Yellowjackets (1-4) scored the first 26 points. Thompson had scoring runs of 21 and 25 yards, Austin Scheer had a 3-yard touchdown run, and Sam Sherrill scored from 2 yards.
When Sherrill, who had 95 yards on the ground, scored on a 24-yard run and Mat Robinson followed with his third extra point, OHS had a 33-6 lead with 11 minutes, 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
“We began the game running the fullback trap,” said Mushtare, who won 27 games as Unatego’s coach from 2004-06. “The first two plays, we gained 35 and 14 yards. When Ithaca started leaning toward the middle, we ran off tackle with Thompson and Scheer. We were able to get off tackle most of the day.
“The line was opening holes and the backs were hitting the holes,” he continued. “The fakes were good and kept the defense at home. They couldn’t chase one back.”
The Little Red (0-5) finished with 22 unanswered points. The first score came on a 70-yard pass from Julian Tino to Aiden McCarthy. Mushtare said two OHS defenders were in position to make the play, when the ball was deflected. McCarthy, who was not intended receiver, caught the carom and raced into the end zone.
Ithaca’s next touchdown came on a fake punt. Punter Eric Lovett scrambled before finding Pat O’Dowd, who made the catch about 15 yards downfield and took it the rest of the way.
The final touchdown came on a Tino-to-McCarthy pass that covered 23 yards with 3:14 left.
Ithaca never got the ball back as OHS gained two first downs on its final drive.
Defensively, the Yellowjackets held Ithaca to 5 rushing yards.
“I’ll tell you, Kirkland Dolan, our defensive lineman, is very quick,” Mushtare said. “He was swimming past their offensive lineman and causing havoc. Our defensive ends were boxing things in very well.”
Oneonta will host Windsor in a Division II game Friday night.
“We want to run the ball,” Mushtare said. “We want to continue moving the ball and we have eliminate penalties and fumbles. We lost three fumbles (Saturday) and they were all on drives where we were moving the ball.”
D/H 13, Walton 12
The second of Matt Mills’ touchdown runs came late in the fourth quarter and Brandon Macumber’s extra point provided the difference as host Deposit/Hancock won a Section Four Football Conference Division V game.
Mills scored from 6 yards on a keeper right before Macumber’s PAT.
Walton (3-2, 1-2) took a 12-6 lead when Blake Hitt found Jacob Wright on slant from the right side. Wright avoided a defender and went 45 yards for the go-ahead score. Like last week, when Walton missed on all five of its two-point conversions in a 30-28 victory over Delhi, the Warriors went 0-for-2 Saturday, including a missed PAT.
Mills finished with 104 rushing yards on nine attempts. He also scored on a 26-yard run in the second quarter. Deposit (4-1), which improved to 3-0 in Division V, will play a key division game at Unatego (4-1, 3-0) on Friday. The winner will guarantee itself a spot in the Section Four Class D playoffs.
Derek Mead tied the score at 6 for Walton in the third quarter on a 36-yard run around the right end. Mead had a team-high 50 rushing yards. Teammate Austin Kilmer contributed 47 yards on the ground.
Walton will host Unadilla Valley (0-5) on Saturday before traveling to Bainbridge-Guilford (1-4) in Week 7. The Warriors will need to win both games to have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs.
Sidney 38, Seton 22
The Warriors’ Division VI victory Friday night at home came at a huge price as Sidney lost standout senior Billy Kozak for the season with a broken left wrist.
Before the injury in the third quarter, Kozak had rushed for a game-high 160 yards and scored three touchdowns. Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said Kozak suffered the injury while making a tackle.
“It’s huge,” Matthews said of losing Kozak, who rushed for 249 yards and scored five touchdowns in Sidney’s season-opening, 42-40 win over Chenango Valley. Kozak also had four more touchdowns and caught eight passes for 208 yards in Sidney’s 28-26 loss to Harpursville in Week 4. “He’s a home run waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. We’ll have to find other ways to get that and it won’t be from any one person.”
Matthews said Kozak, a three-sport standout, should make it back for the basketball season. He’s also an excellent baseball player for the Warriors.
“He’s a class act,” Matthews said.
Sidney quarterback Patrick Vibbard contributed 85 rushing yards and two touchdowns. They came on a 22- and 52-yard bursts in the first quarter as Sidney took a 13-0 lead.
Kozak’s touchdowns came on runs of 47, 54 and 31 yards, the last giving Sidney a 38-14 lead in the fourth quarter. Kozak finished the season with 13 touchdowns.
“We had trouble with our power,” Matthews said. “We started doing basically a zone read and that opened up some running lanes. Patrick made a couple of really nice reads and got free, and that set the tone to get Billy free later.”
Sidney (3-2, 2-1) also received safeties from Robbie Bidwell and Sam Bryden.
The Warriors will travel to Candor (1-4, 0-3) for a Division VI game Friday.
UV 2, B-G 1
Brothers David and Derrick Schwab scored to lead host Unadilla Valley to the championship in the first Unadilla Valley Kick for the Cure Tournament.
Derrick Schwab earned his first varsity goal on a corner-kick play, scoring midway through the first half off a header from older brother David.
Kyle Hanvey scored the equalizer eight minutes into the second half, splitting two defenders for an unassisted goal against UV keeper Kyle King (10 saves), who earned tournament MVP honors.
A B-G handball on a shot by Brendan Brooker inside the Storm’s box resulted in a penalty kick for UV later in the second half. David Schwab beat B-G goalie Brandt McCall (nine saves) on the pk for the decisive goal.
The tournament benefits the Danielle House at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.
Margaretville 3, Delhi 2
Matt Van Valkenburg scored two goals, including the winner with 1:30 left in the first overtime, to lead visiting Margaretville to a win in the Delaware League.
Van Valkenburg shot to the far post from 18 yards, assisted by Victor Sarabia. Van Valkenburg also scored on a header from six yards, off a pass from Cooper Reither five minutes into the game. Roberto Sarabia contributed a second-half goal for the Blue Devils (12-0), who host Middleburgh today.
Mitch Reed and Will Merrill each scored for Delhi (6-5, 6-4), which hosts Sidney on Tuesday.
Morris 0, G-MU 0
Mike Murphy had five shots on goal as host Morris tied Gilbertsville-Mount Upton in the Tri-Valley League.
“We’re playing well, we’re just not getting enough quality shots,” Morris coach Dave Sander said.
Aidan Staib made two saves for Morris (6-3-2, 6-3-2), which hosts Edmeston on Tuesday.
Austin Burnside had 11 saves for G-MU.
Schenevus 2, UV 0
Sarah Mellor and Sierra Bentley each scored to lead Schenevus to the championship in the Oxford Tournament.
Mellor scored an unassisted goal from eight yards with 4:03 remaining in the first half.
Bentley shot to the far post from 14 yards with 2:28 left to give Schenevus a 2-0 cushion at halftime.
Mellor, Bentley, Jen Walke and Cassie Jeffers were selected to the All-Star team for Schenevus, which also honored Unadilla Valley’s Corrine Izard, Julia Oglesby and Sierra Badger.
Abby Oglesby had three saves for Unadilla Valley (6-5), which visits Greene on Tuesday.
Mary Hernandez had nine saves for Schenevus (9-3-1), which hosts Milford on Tuesday.
Schenevus 5, Oxford 0
Sierra Bentley scored four goals to lead visiting Schenevus to an opening-round win in the Oxford
Tournament on Friday.
Bentley scored three goals in the first half, which also featured a goal from Mimi Teft.
Bentley’s fourth goal came 4:20 into the second half, on a shot to the near post from 20 yards.
“It was one of the hardest shots I’ve seen in my career,” Schenevus coach Chris Kaltenbach said.
Mary Hernandez made three saves in the shutout.
Downsville 7, Oxford 2
Kaileen Townsend scored four goals to lead visiting Downsville to a consolation victory in the Oxford Tournament.
Downsville scored three goals in the first 10 minutes, with two coming from Leigha LaTourette and another from fellow all-tournament All-Star Townsend.
Townsend scored two goals in the second half for Downsville (7-3-1, 2-2-1), which hosts Stamford for Senior Appreciation Night today. The Eagles will graduate five seniors: Elizabeth Chaplain, Kim Dusseldorp, Ashley Cox, Virginia Gilkeson and Allie Fransico.
Andi DeStefon and Cheyanne Moore scored for Oxford.
Morris 2, G-MU 0
Morgan Flint had a goal and an assist to lead host Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.
Flint set up Meghan Barringer for the opening goal with a throughball 1:35 into the game. She also scored off a corner kick from Haley Wist with 2:15 gone in the second half.
Kaylyn Oliver made one save in the shutout for the Mustangs (10-2-1, 8-2-1), who held a 20-1 advantage in shots.
Morris visits Edmeston on Tuesday.
RS 3, Sharon Springs 3
Petra Peretin, Rebecca Smith and Amber Delaura scored for Richfield Springs, which earned a non-league tie on the road.
Logan Mancuso placed fourth overall in 17:22 to lead Oneonta’s boys to a fourth-place finish at the Conwicke-Stock Invitational.
Sam Baskin finished seventh in 17:33 for OHS, which also had a 17th from Jacob DePauw (18:08). Ryan Layman (28th, 18:41), Matt Longo (31st, 18:43), Luke Anderson (32nd, 18:56) and Alex Kahl (58th, 27:57) also competed.
Melissa Emilio paced Oneonta’s girls by finishing eighth in 22:22. The Yellowjackets placed fifth with the help of Jamie Keown (13th, 23:44), Eliana Fox (21st, 24:22), Rory Decker (31st, 33:44) and Viktoria Guzak (32nd, 39:24).
Oneonta hosts Chenango Forks at Fortin Park on Tuesday.
Greene 3, Afton 0
Christianne Philippone finished with six kills and three blocks to lead visiting Greene to a 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 MAC sweep.
Emily Parrish contributed seven assists for the Trojans (4-10), who host Harpursville on Tuesday.
Alisha Hubbard’s six digs, five aces and four assists paced the Crimson Knights (2-10), who visit Unadilla Valley on Tuesday.
Oxford 3, Delhi 0
Taylor Chapman’s six aces and seven digs helped Oxford (2-10) to a MAC win on the road, 25-13, 25-15, 25-11.
Gigi Cappiello had six digs for the Bulldogs (1-11), who visit Deposit on Tuesday.