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October 26, 2013

Unatego wins D quarterfinal with air attack

The Daily Star

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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.

Also Friday, top-seeded Tioga defeated No. 8 Sidney, 31-0, in a sectional quarterfinal.

In non-playoff games, Unadilla Valley beat Oxford, 27-14, and Bainbridge-Guilford topped Watkins Glen, 38-6.


Morris 2, Delhi 0

Allison DiStefano scored in each half as Morris downed visiting Delhi in a Section Four Class D Tournament quarterfinal.

DiStefano opened the scoring 7 minutes, 54 seconds into the game, following a failed clear by the Bulldogs after a shot bounced off Delhi goalie Kaitlynn Finch (seven saves).

DiStefano’s second goal came with 20:56 left, when she sent a shot from the right side of the 18-yard box into the far corner. Meghan Barringer’s throughball set up the second goal for fourth-seeded Morris (13-3-2), which shared the Section Four Class D championship with Franklin last season.

“We controlled the first half and had many opportunities to score but couldn’t finish,” said Mustangs coach Rhoda Flint, whose team held a 17-5 advantage in shots. “We took 15 shots in the first half. The second half, Delhi came out strong and started making some runs. We had to play more of a defensive game in the second half.”

Kaylyn Oliver made four saves in the shutout for Morris, which advanced to a sectional semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday against top-seeded Milford (16-1). The teams will play at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, where Milford earned a 1-0 victory over the Mustangs in the Tri-Valley League title game last Saturday.

On Friday, Milford routed Davenport, 4-0, to advance to the semifinals.

Third-seeded South Kortright (14-2-1) will meet No. 2 seed Cherry Valley-Springfield (13-2-1) in Tuesday’s other semifinal at the WNSC. SK downed No. 6 Schenevus, 1-0, on Friday, when CV-S routed No. 10 Franklin, 1-0.

South Kortright and Davenport played to a 2-2 tie in the Delaware League title game last Saturday at the WNSC.

Tuesday’s winners will advance to the Section Four Class D championship game Nov. 2 at the WNSC. The time for the title game has not been set.

Fifth-seeded Delhi of the Midstate Athletic Conference ended its season at 9-8.

SK 1, Schenevus 0

Kaitlyn Stinson’s first-half goal stood up as Delaware League co-champion South Kortright won a Section Four Class D quarterfinal at home.

Stinson beat a fullback down the right side of the field, cut past the sweeper and sent a left-footer to inside the near post for the decisive goal with 17:02 left in the opening half.

“She took a strong shot,” SK coach Josh Burroughs said of Stinson, who scored from about 8 yards out. “The keeper (Mary Hernandez) had her hands on it, but it went through and into the net.”

Hernandez made 12 saves for sixth-seeded Schenevus (11-5-1) of the Tri-Valley League, which was outshot, 14-6.

Amber Pinter stopped six shots in the shutout for the Rams (14-2-1), who had a first-round bye as the third seed.

“We knew we didn’t want to get beat up the middle with (Sierra) Bentley and (Sarah) Mellor,” Burroughs said. “Burkley Cole and Lexi Dubois did a good job marking their scorers and Laura Hannigan would pick up anything that got through, so we did a nice job defensively.”

SK will play a sectional semifinal against No. 2 seed Cherry Valley-Springfield at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta.

Milford 4, Davenport 0

Addy Lawson scored two goals to lead top-seeded Milford to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory at home.

Hannah Saggese scored nine minutes into play on a free kick from 35 yards, and Milford took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

“Dipped an inch under the crossbar,” Milford coach Chris Saggese said of his daughter’s goal.

Sarah Haight had a chance to tie the score with 25 minutes remaining in the first half, when she received a free kick from 24 yards. Haight’s shot was denied by Milford goalie Rukiye Henderson, who made a diving stop to her right.

Lawson’s first goal came eight minutes into the second half. She scored to the near post from 7 yards off an assist from Kaley Chase.

Three minutes later, Emilie Mertz scored on a 9-yard shot to make it 3-0.

Lawson capped the scoring with 18 minutes remaining. She finished a high crossing pass from Saggese from 9 yards.

“Amanda Fish, Mataiah Waters and Serena Chase played outstanding defense on a very talented Davenport front,” coach Saggese said.

Davenport goalie Jayra Blanton made six saves — four more than Henderson. Milford held a 22-3 advantage in shots.

Ninth-seeded Davenport finished its season at 11-4-3.

Milford (16-1) will play fourth-seeded Morris in a semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

CV-S 1, Franklin 0

Sarah Russo scored from close range following a corner kick by Jordan Loucks with 12:27 remaining to lift host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory at home.

“There was a lot of congestion,” CV-S coach Amy Garretson said of Russo’s goal. “The corner kick went to the far post and Sarah scored from about 6 yards.”

The second-seeded Patriots (13-2-1) will host third-seeded South Kortright (14-2-1) in a sectional semifinal Tuesday at the Wright National Soccer Campus.

Garretson said her stopper, Zane Ashford, suffered a “major injury” with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Ashford was taken to the hospital.

“She could be out the rest of the season,” Garretson said.

Franklin, which represented Section Four in the state playoffs last season after beating Morris in a shootout in Class D final, was outshot, 15-5.

Jordan Beers made 14 saves for the Purple Devils (10-5-1).

“She’s an extremely athletic young lady,” Garretson said of Beers. “She kept them in the ballgame and did a fantastic job. We knew it was going to be a tough game with her in the goal.”

CV-S earned a 5-2 win over Franklin during the regular season.

“I think that gave us a lot more confidence that we could get by them again today,” Garretson said. “Every game is a new game, especially in sectionals. We had to bring our best game.”

Garretson added: “We’ll keep plugging along and focusing on the game ahead of us. Our goal was to get to Oneonta and hopefully, we’ll get there twice.”

The WNSC also will host the sectional final Nov. 2.


Hamilton 3, Cooperstown 0

Benjamin Knecht had a goal and an assist to lead second-seeded Hamilton to a Section Three Class C-1 quarterfinal victory at home.

Knecht assisted Patrick Salmon’s goal from 6 yards with 16 minutes left in the first half to give the Emerald Knights a 1-0 lead.

Knecht scored from 25 yards after a restart, with 25 seconds remaining in the half to make it 2-0.

Andrew Holcomb shot to far post from 18 yards, with 16 seconds left in the second half to cap the scoring.

Seventh-seeded Cooperstown (9-7-1) received six saves from Kevin Frevele.

“We took the first four shots of the game,” said Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek, whose team was outshot, 12-10.


Harpursville 3, Sidney 0

Megan Matts contributed team-highs of 10 assists and two blocks to lead undefeated Harpursville to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-10 victory over visiting Sidney in the Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 Tournament championship match.

Rachel Ballard finished with six kills — two more than teammates Erika Whitney and Maddison VanEtten — for Harpursville (18-0), which will host a sectional game Tuesday.

Jilleen Livingston had eight digs and an ace for Sidney (14-4), which also will play a sectional game Tuesday. Sidney received a team-best nine digs from Taylor Butler.


Binghamton 93, Oneonta 90

Oneonta High received victories from Madison Beckemeyer, Madison Allen and Lucy Bischoff during a non-league road loss.

Beckemeyer won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:36.73. Bischoff touched first in the 100 backstroke (1:08.72) and Allen placed first in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.79).

The Yellowjackets also received wins from its 200 and 400 free relay teams.

Oneonta (7-3) will compete in sectional preliminaries Nov. 6 at Owego.


MAC Championships

Delhi teammates Declan Kottmeier and Katie Allen cruised to individual championships during the Midstate Athletic Conference Championships at Unatego’s 5-kilometer course.

Kottmeier won the boys race in 17:49, beating runner-up Joe DeVona of Afton by 13 seconds. Teammate Alex Legg followed in third (18:25) for the Bulldogs, who won the team title with 40 points.

Edmeston placed second at 70 points, followed by Afton at 95. Deposit-Hancock, Downsville, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton/Morris, Harpursville, Sidney and Unadilla Valley entered incomplete teams.

Aikens crossed in 22:06 for the girls title. Afton’s Daphne Knapp finished second in 22:27 and Edmeston’s Madison Kline was third at 22:49.

Delhi won the girls team title with 38 points. Edmeston, which was the only other complete team, had 55 points.

Next up for area cross country runners is the Section Four Championships, which will start at 11 a.m. Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park.