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September 9, 2013

Walton football edges Point in opener


Microni also said his squad will need to throw it effectively Friday against a Sidney defense that surrendered 302 passing yards against CV.

“We’re going to need to throw the ball successfully and there are also some other things to improve on in our run game as well,” Microni said.

Elmira 58, Oneonta 7

John Mushtare received no favors from the schedule-makers in his first game as Oneonta High’s coach.

The visiting Yellowjackets trailed, 40-0, at halftime en route to a non-division loss at Elmira.

“They were big and strong across the front, and when their backs in the open, they were gone,” Mushtare said of the Express.

Still, Mushtare said he saw some positives Saturday.

“In terms of our team, I really like the progress we’ve made in three weeks,” said Mushtare, who replaced Adam Hoover — now assisting his father, Jim, at Walton — as the Yellowjackets coach. “They’re learning a completely new offensive and defensive system. I’m pleased with the progress so far, but clearly, we have things to work on.”

Elmira’s 24-point first quarter included an interception in the end zone by Josh Townsend, a 64-yard scoring run by Eli Thomas and scoring runs of 28 and 4 yards by Jerry McPeak.

Thomas also scored on a 47-yard punt return and Thomas had a 93-yard kickoff return.

Oneonta’s score came in the fourth quarter, when sophomore quarterback Jake Crotser hit Mat Robinson on a 10-yard pass.

“Robinson ran a deeper route and (Noah) Sheehan was coming underneath,” Mushtare said of the play. “Jake made a nice read.”

Oneonta finished with minus-5 yards rushing and Crotser completed 3 of 9 passes for 51 yards, the longest going to Skylar Thompson for 37 yards.

Mushtare singled out the play of linebackers James Longo, Sheehan and Dalton Ormsby, as well defensive linemen Christian Chopra and Kirkland Dolan.

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