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June 10, 2013

Stallions win home opener in overtime

The Daily Star

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It appears as if nothing will come easy to the Oneonta City Stallions this season.

The fourth-year adult football franchise earned its first victory of the 2013 Northeastern Football Alliance season Saturday, when the Stallions beat the Glove Cities Colonials, 18-12, in overtime at Hartwick College’s Wright Stadium.

“They never saw the ball in overtime,” said Oneonta City co-owner Tom Terry, whose team lost its season opener, 14-7, at the Utica Yard Dawgs on a last-second play June 1. “We didn’t have any big plays (in overtime). It was 5 yards here, 7 yards there.”

Oneonta High graduate Noble Champen hit Jason Carnell with a 5-yard touchdown pass for the winning points, capping a drive that started at the Colonials’ 45-yard line. Carnell finished with six catches for 55 yards for the Stallions (1-1), who fumbled away their final possession in regulation after driving to Glove Cities’ 2-yard line with 28 seconds left.

Champen went 14-for-26 for 205 passing yards, including an 85-yard TD strike to Jake Trotter that tied the score at 6 with three minutes left in the first half. Champen also scored on a 15-yard run early in the fourth quarter, giving Oneonta City a 12-6 lead.

The Colonials (0-2) tied it with about four minutes left to set up overtime.

Champen also finished with 73 rushing yards for the Stallions, who got 109 receiving yards on three catches by Trotter.

Jeremy Polemus had six tackles, three assists and a fumble recovery to pace the Stallions’ defense.

Oneonta City will host three-time defending league champion Troy (2-0) at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday back at Wright Stadium.

Terry said about 350 fans attended the home opener, but he expects more to turn out for this Saturday’s game.

“Troy hasn’t been beaten in three years,” Terry said. “They beat Glove Cities by seven points last week, so we are looking forward to entertaining Troy.”

The Fighting Irish lead the NFA’s East A Division, followed by the Stallions, Utica (1-1) and the Colonials.