Going up against a Maine-Endwell squad that brought a 32-game winning streak into Saturday’s Section Four Football Conference Division II game, visiting Oneonta High watched as the Spartans put up 42 points by halftime.
The Spartans (8-0, 6-0), in search of their third straight state championship, went on to a 56-0 victory.
“They have tremendous speed on defense,” said first-year OHS coach John Mushtare, whose team is 1-7 overall and 0-6 in division. “We’d get a small opening and it would close quickly. Their linebackers and defense backs close well. On offense, they do many things well.”
Darnell Woolfolk finished with 183 rushing yards on five carries. In the first quarter, Woolfolk scored on runs of 65 and 80 yards, and caught an 18-yard scoring pass from Kyle Gallagher as M-E led, 21-0, after one quarter.
Gallagher finished with 120 rushing yards on five carries. He scored on an 84-yard run in the the second quarter.
“The biggest thing is we missed tackles,” Mushtare said. “I think they had three scoring plays of 65 yards or greater. They made us miss.”
Sam Sherrill rushed for a team-high 64 yards for OHS. He broke a 46-yard run in the second quarter.
“We were running fullback traps on either side for Sherrill and he broke a big one on the second quarter,” Mushtare said.
The Yellowjackets will close their season this weekend, possibly against Delhi, though no official word on Oneonta’s opponent has been announced.
“If we can have a good game and earn a victory, we’d leave this season with a better feeling for the future,” Mushtare said.
SCC 19, Delhi 8
Robert Olsen scored on runs of 50 and 30 yards in the first half as visiting Seton Catholic Central took a 12-0 lead into halftime and held on for a Section Four Football Conference crossover victory.
The Bulldogs (3-5) pulled to 13-8 in the third period. Tyler Cumpston recovered a botched punt snap in the end zone and Austin Bedient’s two-point run made it a five-point game.
Delhi played most of the game without standout fullback/linebacker Brian Ingram (ankle), and quarterback Conner Gioffe suffered a broken collarbone in the second quarter.
“That limited us quite a bit,” Delhi coach Dave Kelly said. “Of course, losing Brian hurt us defensively. They had a nice line; very big. They moved the ball better on the ground than anyone has against us.”
Olsen finished with 168 rushing yards on 21 carries. Sam Crowley contributed 113 yards on the ground for the Saints (4-4), including a 3-yard TD run with 7:38 left that capped the scoring.
Austin Bedient and Noah Dedominicis rushed for 50 and 43 yards, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
END 36, Walton 28
Tom Agan’s third and fourth touchdowns of the game came after visiting Walton had taken a 6-point lead in the fourth quarter and lifted Elmira Notre Dame to a Section Four Class D quarterfinal victory Friday night.
The third-seeded Crusaders (7-1) will play No. 2 Unatego (7-1) in a sectional semifinal Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. The time for the game has not been announced. Top-seeded Tioga will play No. 5 Spencer-Van Etten in the other semifinal Saturday at Binghamton.
Walton (5-3), the sixth seed, took a 28-22 lead with 6:52 left in the fourth quarter, when Quinn Harby recovered a blocked punt in the end zone and Derek Mead followed with a two-point run for the Warriors.
On the ensuing drive, END converted a third-and-5 as Hunter Thomas hit Derek Marshall on a reception along the sideline. Four plays later, Agan scored from 15 yards on a counter play. The Crusaders took the lead for keeps on Troy Dygert’s two-point run to make it 30-28.
Agan scored again on a 20-yard run with a minute left and sealed the victory with an interception on Walton’s final drive.
Agan finished with 161 rushing yards on 20 carries.
Walton was led by Harby, who rushed 22 times for 102 yards. Christian Rutherford, Austin Kilmer and Mead contributed 59, 46 and 45 yards, respectively, on the ground.
Mead gave Walton a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 10-yard run. END’s Agan caught a 46-yard scoring pass from Thomas, who scored on the two-point run to make it 8-6 in the first quarter.
Rutherford’s 15-yard scoring run in the second quarter gave Walton a 12-8 lead, but the Crusaders’ Alex Frisbee recovered a fumble in the end zone as END re-took the lead. Dygert’s two-point run made it 16-12 at halftime.
A 43-yard run by Agan increased END’s lead to 22-12 in the third quarter.
Kilmer scored on a 14-yard run later in the third quarter and tacked on the two-point run as Walton closed to 22-20.
The Warriors will play an undetermined opponent this weekend as coach Jim Hoover attempts to win his 299th game.
Tioga 31, Sidney 0
The top-seeded Tigers rushed for more than 400 yards en route to beating visiting Sidney for the second straight week, this time in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal.
Brad Jump and Jesse Manuel had 192 and 175 rushing yards, respectively, as Tioga improved to 8-0.
The Tigers, who have won the past two sectional titles, led, 21-0, at halftime on the strength of two touchdown passes by Ryan Verguson and a 25-yard scoring run by Manuel.
Verguson hit Josh Kithcart on a 46-yard scoring play in the first quarter and connected with Justin Fiske on a 6-yard scoring pass in the second quarter. Tanner Folk hit PATs after both scores as Tioga took a 14-0 lead.
Mike Chase carried 15 times for 60 yards for Sidney (4-4). Senior quarterback Patrick Vibbard went 10-for-22 for 143 yards for the Warriors. Tanner Schunk and Dillon Rutenber had 57 and 56 receiving yards, respectively.
Sidney will cap its season this weekend with a non-leaguer against an opponent to be determined.
B-G 38, Watkins Glen 6
Mike Carlin scored on receptions of 27 and 34 yards, on a 4-yard run and on an 11-yard interception return to lead visiting Bainbridge-Guilford to a Section Four Football Conference non-division victory Friday.
“Mike has really stepped up,” B-G coach Tim Mattingly said. “Our normal starting fullback was ineligible last week versus Walton, so we converted him from tight end to fullback. He’s stepped in and done a really nice job. The last three games, he’s been outstanding.”
In the first quarter, Carlin caught touchdown passes from Cole Webb, and Lucas Butcher hit extra points to give the Bobcats a 14-0 lead.
“Both were bootlegs,” Mattingly said of Carlin’s TD catches. “We had him in a tight formation and he ran corner patters. On the second one, he made nice catch over two defenders.”
After Watkins Glen scored, Carlin answered with a 4-yard TD run as B-G grabbed a 21-6 lead after one quarter.
Carlin contributed his interception return in the third quarter, Butcher hit a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Pedro Aparicio capped the scoring with a 10-yard scoring run.
“We’ve gone through a lot of growing pains,” said Mattingly, whose team started the season with four straight losses but has won two of its last four games. “To their credit, they’ve come to practice and worked hard. We don’t have anyone who’s quit and we’ve steadily gotten better and better each week. Our offensive and defensive lines have been outstanding. We’ve raised that level to where it needs to be and right now, we’re playing our best football.”
Carlin rushed for 75 yards and had 61 receiving yards. Dylan Moffitt finished with a game-high 125 rushing yards on 11 attempts for B-G (2-6), which will play an undetermined opponent this weekend.
UV 27, Oxford 14
Three straight touchdowns that bridged the second and third quarters — the first two coming on Ryan Postma passes to Brett Hanslmeier — gave Mark Segina his first victory as coach of Unadilla Valley on Friday.
Segina, who coached Cooperstown to a 1-8 record last season, is in his first year as coach of the Storm.
Oxford opened the scoring in the first quarter of the non-division Section Four Football Conference game.
Mason Fernette set up UV’s first score by recovering a fumble on Oxford’s 37. Postma capped the scoring drive with a 19-yard pass over the middle to Hanslmeier to make it 7-6 in the second quarter.
UV (1-7) took the lead for keeps when Hanslmeier caught a 15-yard scoring pass from Postma on a slant. Hanslmeier’s PAT made it 13-7.
Alex Avolio, who rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries, scored on a 40-yard run on an off-tackle play to the left side as UV took a 19-7 lead.
The Blackhawks scored early in the fourth quarter to make it 19-14, but UV answered as Dillon Rifanburg capped a drive with a 1-yard scoring run. Avolio then caught a two-point pass from Postma to cap the scoring.
Postma completed eight passes for 129 yards. Hanslmeier finished with four catches for 53 yards.
The Storm will play undetermined opponent this weekend.