The Yellowjackets, who went 2-7 last season, will travel to play rival Norwich on Friday.
“They’re in the same boat we are,” Mushtare of the Purple Tornado, who lost, 46-9, to Vestal in Week 1. “They have a new coach, and a new offensive and defensive scheme. I’m sure they’ll will get better. We’re looking forward to a good game Friday.”
Harpursville 18, Delhi 0
Brian Ingram had a game-high 64 rushing yards on 15 carries, but Delhi opened its Section Four Football Conference schedule with a home loss.
Steven Lee returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to give Harpursville the lead.
“He found a seam,” Delhi coach Dave Kelly said. “We did a couple things we weren’t supposed to do. We kicked it to the wrong guy, then we had some of our people on coverage go around the ball instead of to the ball.”
The Bulldogs then lost possession on the ensuing kickoff with a fumble that marked their first of four turnovers.
“That does make you wonder what kind of day it’s going to be,” Kelly said.
John Andrews scored on a 35-yard pass from Devon Dean in the second quarter as the Hornets took a 12-0 lead into halftime. Dean hooked up six more times with Andrews, who finished with 116 receiving yards.
“We did a great job on the run,” Kelly said. “We only allowed 45 rushing yards, but then we had to go man-to-man in the secondary. Andrews is a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, so he’s tough to cover.”
Delhi sophomore quarterback Conner Gioffe completed three passes for 58 yards but was intercepted twice.
“They only outgained us by seven yards overall (181-174),” Kelly said. “Conner did a great job maintaining his composure.”
The Bulldogs visit Greene on Friday.
Waterville 40, Cooperstown 20
Lucas Lyons rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, but host Cooperstown dropped its season opener in the Section Three Football Conference.