Lucas Lyons scored three touchdowns Saturday, rallying Cooperstown to a 38-36 Section Three non-division football victory over visiting New York Mills to end a 13-game skid.
New York Mills jumped to a 22-0 lead after one quarter, but Lyons scored on a 4-yard run with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left before halftime. Carmen Booan then hit Joe Harmon with a two-point conversion pass to pull Cooperstown to 22-8.
Cooperstown outscored NYM, 14-6, in the third quarter as Mike Perrino rushed for a 3-yard TD and Lyons followed another 4-yard TD run with the first of his three two-point conversion runs.
Harmon’s 4-yard TD run and a second conversion run by Lyons with 5:53 left gave Cooperstown its first lead, at 30-28, but NYM responded with a TD pass and a conversion pass 31 seconds later.
Lyons then tied the score at 36 with his final TD run, plunging in from 2 yards out with 34.4 seconds to go. He got the call again on the conversion attempt and ran it in for the final margin.
Lyons finished with a season-best 252 rushing yards on 34 carries for Cooperstown, which got 94 ground yards on 17 carries from Perrino.
First-year head coach Joe Pestar earned his first victory as head coach of Cooperstown (1-6), which plays in the Class D East Division.
Cooperstown followed a 43-20 season-opening defeat of NYM in 2012 with seven straight losses. The program is 2-21 over the last three seasons as it went 0-8 in 2011.
Delhi 40, D-H 2
Brian Ingram scored four touchdowns to lead host Delhi to a victory in the Section Four Football Conference on Saturday.
Ingram ran 20 times for 164 yards. His first touchdown was a 3-yard run with 5:40 left in the first quarter. Ingram followed TD runs of 3 and 44 yards in the second quarter and had a 5-yard scoring run in the third period as well.
Ryan Telian contributed 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Bulldogs (3-4, 3-2), who are tied with Walton (5-2, 3-2) and Deposit-Hancock (4-3, 3-2) in the Division V standings. Unatego (6-1) leads with a 5-0 division record.
Delhi quarterback Conner Gioffe went 1-for-4, but his completion was a 56-yard scoring strike to Trey Mostert in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs’ Week 8 opponent will be determined later this week.
Tioga 34, Sidney 8
Tioga held Sidney quarterback Patrick Vibbard to 50 passing yards as the Warriors lost a Section Four Football Conference game on the road Friday.
Vibbard, who went 6-for-24 with an interception, maintained his lead as the area’s passing leader with 1,162 yards on the season. He’s 2 yards ahead of Unatego’s Josh Feyerabend, who threw for 199 in a 45-19 victory at Unadilla Valley on Friday.
Jesse Manuel, Brad Jump and Tanner Folk accounted for all of the Tigers’ scoring. Manuel finished with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns; Jump had a 50-yard interception return for a TD and 143 rushing yards — including a 58-yard TD run; and Folk kicked four extra points for the Division VI leaders (7-0, 5-0).
Sidney (4-3, 3-2) avoided the shutout when Tanner Schunk scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter. Brandon Bessett followed with a two-point conversion run to cap the scoring.
Mike Chase had 66 rushing yards, Bessett contributed 62, and Jordan Constable and Dylan Gifford each had two catches for 25 yards for the Warriors, whose Week 8 opponent will be determined later this week.
Unatego 45, UV 19
Kellen Komenda caught three passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lead visiting Unatego to a Section Four Football Conference win Friday night.
The bulk of Josh Feyerabend’s 199 passing yards came in the first quarter, when he hit Tanner Winchester for an 81-yard TD pass and Komenda for a 75-yarder.
The Spartans (6-1, 5-0) also got special teams touchdowns from Winchester (41-yard punt return) and Komenda (80-yard kickoff return) in the Division V victory.
Joel VanAlstine returned a fumble recovery 26 yards in the second quarter for the Spartans, who also got scoring runs from Feyerabend (75 yards) and Austin Hughs (41 yards).
Feyerabend, who went 5-for-6 with no interceptions, rushed for a team-best 94 yards on 13 carries.
Alex Avolio’s game-high 160 rushing yards came on 33 carries and featured two fourth-quarter touchdown runs for the Storm (0-7, 0-5) as he scored from 16 and 7 yards.
Dillon Rifanburg also scored for UV, on a 10-yard run in the final period.
Both teams will play Week 8 games against opponents to be determined later this week.
Kristin Ratliff placed second Saturday at Poland High’s 2.95-mile course, leading Cooperstown’s girls to their first Center State Conference team championship in program history.
Ratliff crossed in 19:51, marking one of two sub-20-minute times as Hamilton’s Sage Hurta won in 19:08.4.
“This is a big deal,” said Cooperstown coach Jessie Ravage, who earned her first girls conference title in her 20th season as head coach.
Samantha Fanion contributed a fifth in 20:19 for Cooperstown, which got a 12th from Jamie Zoltick (21:50) en route to a winning team total of 54 points. Canastota placed second in the 13-team meet, with 89 points.
CSC All-Star Daniel Francis paced Cooperstown’s 10th-place boys finish. He crossed in 18:38 to finish 30th overall.
Nicholas Spina’s victory in 16:21.3 led Sauquoit Valley to the team title with 53 points. Cooperstown had 262 points.
Cooperstown will visit Jamesville Beach County Park for the Section Three meet Nov. 2.
Declan Kottmeier finished eighth Saturday as Delhi’s boys placed sixth out of 25 teams in the unseeded race at the Marathon Invitational.
Kottmeier crossed in 18:04.3 for the Bulldogs, who had 251 points. Ithaca won with 60 points. Groton’s Jason Jenks placed first in 17:13.7.
Afton got a top-10 finish from Joe Devona, who placed 10th in 18:08.1.
Delhi also led area teams in the unseeded girls race, placing 13th out of 16 with 308 points. Tri Valley won the team title with 75 points.
Windsor’s Kaylee Stone placed first in 20:19.4. Delhi’s Katie Aikens finished 10th, in 21:55.2.
Katie Kleban and Jordian Siver earned all-tournament selections for Cooperstown, which was outscored, 14-0, in two weekend games during the Sauquoit Valley Tournament.
Kleban made 27 saves for Cooperstown in a 6-0 loss to the host school during Friday’s opening round. She also had 14 saves in an 8-0 consolation loss to Central Valley.
SV (14-2), which is the top seed for the upcoming Section Three Class C-1 Tournament, outshot Cooperstown, 35-5. Central Valley, which is seeded second for the Class A sectionals, finished with a 22-2 edge in shots.
Cooperstown drew the No. 6 seed for the C-1 sectionals and will visit No. 3 Tully (14-2) for a quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Cooperstown at home
Cooperstown will be the seventh seed for the Section Four Class C Tournament and will host a first-round game against No. 10 Waterville at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The winner advances to a quarterfinal at No. 2 Hamilton on Friday.
Cooperstown beat Waterville twice during the regular season, 3-0 and 1-0.
Windsor 3, Oneonta 0
Krissy Wells amassed 14 assists and Brittney Herrick had six kills and three blocks Saturday, but visiting Oneonta High fell to Windsor in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division tiebreaker.
“They just pulled away every game,” said OHS coach Lee Ferrara, whose 11-4 team split with Windsor (12-3) during the regular season but fell, 25-15, 25-16, 25-21, on Saturday.
Kylie Buchek had a match-high 26 assists for Windsor, which got nine kills from Lexi Peterson.
“We’ll see them again, and we expect to win,” Ferrara said.