Josh Feyerabend threw four touchdown passes — three to Kellen Komenda — in leading second-seeded Unatego to a 35-6 Section Four Class D football victory over visiting Moravia on Friday.
Next for Unatego is a sectional semifinal against Elmira Notre Dame, which beat visiting Walton, 36-28, on Friday. That game will be played Nov. 2 at Binghamton Alumni Stadium.
The Spartans (7-1) fumbled on their first two possessions, the latter resulting in a touchdown as Moravia’s Bryant Hough pounced on a botched snap in the end zone to give Moravia a 6-0 lead.
“I think we had to settle down a bit,” Unatego coach Frank Microni said. “I think Josh was trying to make reads before the snap. As we advance in the tournament, we have to play cleaner. We can’t afford to give up fumbles.”
Unatego went on to score 20 points before the end of the first period.
Komenda, who finished with four touchdowns, scored on a sweep from 15 yards and Feyerabend’s extra point gave Unatego the lead for keeps at 7-6.
After Unatego’s defense forced a punt, Feyerabend found Ryan Marszal on a screen pass. Marszal took it 67 yards for a touchdown.
The Spartans’ next TD came on a 44-yard pass from Feyerabend to Komenda to make it 20-0.
Komenda then scored on passes of 17 and 14 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively.
“For where we’re at, we’re young and inexperienced and it’s our first playoff game as a group, we settled in nicely and started playing our kind of football,” Microni said.
Feyerabend threw for 284 yards and rushed for 54 more. Komenda had six receptions for 134 yards.
Defensively, Unatego held Moravia quarterback Cole Johnson to minus-23 yards rushing.
“We put some pressure on him when they passed, flushed him out and made some plays,” Microni said.