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September 23, 2013

Unatego rallies for big football victory over Walton

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Sophomore Josh Feyerabend ran for two touchdowns, threw for one and kicked three extra points as visiting Unatego defeated Walton, 27-6, on Saturday in a Section Four Football Conference Division V game.

Though the score might indicate the Spartans eased past the Warriors, Unatego coach Frank Microni told a far different story.

“The overall time of possession … we were on defense all day,” Microni said. “They ran the ball down our throats. We played well near the goal line and we played well on defense. We made them go slow, but they’re strong and methodical.”

Walton (2-1, 0-1) scored first. A blocked punt gave the Warriors excellent field positions and set up Quinn Harby’s 1-yard scoring run.

Unatego (2-1, 1-0) evened the score in the second quarter. Feyerabend hit Tanner Winchester in the left flat on a bubble screen. Winchester weaved his way along the left sideline on a 58-yard scoring play. Feyerabend’s extra point made it 7-6.

“Kellen (Komenda) and Tanner are really good in space,” Microni said. “They’re shifty and they have some speed. Tanner made some guys miss.”

A big special teams play by Braedon Beadle helped set up the Spartans’ next touchdown. Walton tried to squib the opening kickoff of the second half, but Beadle scooped and returned it inside the Warriors’ 30. A few plays later, Corbin Henry scored on a 6-yard run. Feyerabend’s PAT made it 14-6.

Feyerabend scored on runs of 33 and 6 yards in the fourth quarter.

“He had a couple of really nice reads when we ran our option stuff,” Microni said of Feyerabend, who threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns in the Spartans’ 32-30 win over Sidney last week. “He was either pulling it or giving it. He pulled it (on the 33-yard scoring run) and he’s pretty elusive when he gets out there. He made a really good read.”

Austin Kilmer rushed for a game-high 94 yards for Walton, which received 59-yard rushing efforts from Christian Rutherford and Derek Mead.

Feyerabend and Henry rushed for 58 yards apiece and Feyerabend completed 7 of 11 passes for 156 yards for Unatego.

The Warriors will travel to rival Delhi (1-2, 1-0) on Saturday in a key Division V game. It’s not only a matchup of the winningest coaches in Section Four history (Walton’s Jim Hoover at 295 wins and Delhi’s Dave Kelly at 270), but the loser likely have a hard time qualifying for the Class D playoffs.

Unatego will host Bainbridge-Guilford (0-3, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday.

“It’s homecoming for us,” Microni said. “Every game is a playoff game. That’s what we tell our kids. Coach (Tim) Mattingly does a good job. I’ve coached against him in baseball and football and his teams are always well prepared.”

Dolgeville 49, Cooperstown 6

Visiting Cooperstown avoided the shutout when Lucas Lyons scored on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter of the Section Three Conference Class D game.

Joe Harmon and Lyons rushed for 86 and 67 yards, respectively, for Cooperstown, which trailed, 35-0, at halftime.

Kasey Foster scored two touchdowns for Dolgeville (3-0).

Cooperstown (0-3) will host Morrisville-Eaton at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sidney 46, Oxford 6

Senior Patrick Vibbard rushed for a pair of touchdowns and threw a 90-yard scoring pass to Jordan Constable as the visiting Warriors took a 30-0 lead into halftime en route to a Section Four Football Conference Division VI victory Friday.

“Our offensive line did a real nice job of opening holes,” Sidney coach Jeff Matthews said. “Patrick had big runs of 31 and 32 yard runs in the first quarter and Tanner (Schunk) had a TD from 15 yards. There were pretty big holes to navigate through.”

Vibbard finished with 86 rushing yards and went 11-for-18 for 202 passing yards.

Brandon Bessett scored on runs of 5 and 2 yards, and Zak Green scored on a 94-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Mike Chase finished with 141 yards on nine carries, and Green had 103 rushing yards on three attempts.

Of his team’s defense, Matthews said: “Outside of their first drive when they drove inside our 5, we were able to keep the receivers from Oxford in front of our Dbs. Our defensive front did a nice job.”

Included in that unit is the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Austin Dean.

“Teams definitely need to account for him,” Matthews said of Dean. “Sometimes, they put two guys on him and he still has the ability to make plays against different blocking schemes. With him doing a nice job up front, that helps out our linebackers.”

Sidney (2-1, 1-0) will host Harpursville (3-0, 1-0) in a big Division VI game Friday.

“We have to continue to get better at pass defense,” Matthews of playing the Hornets. “Their quarterback (Devon) Dean throws a real good ball and they have kids who can catch it. We saw that in our scrimmage.”

The Warriors played without standout senior running back Billy Kozak, who suffered a left hamstring injury in the first quarter of Sidney’s 32-30 loss to Unatego in Week 2.

Asked about Kozak’s availability for Friday’s game, Matthews said: “If it was up to him, he’d be playing. We’d really like to have Billy Kozak playing, but he has to be healthy.”

Delhi 40, UV 20

Brian Ingram rushed 16 times for 160 yards and scored three touchdowns during Delhi’s Section Four Football Conference Division V victory at Unadilla Valley on Friday.

“We got some good blocking inside and that got him through the neutral zone,” Delhi coach Dave Kelly said of Ingram. “He’s tough to tackle once he gets in the secondary.”

Ingram scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter, a 51-yarder in the second quarter and an 8-yard run in the third quarter.

Alex Specht caught a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes from Conner Gioffe, the first going for 5 yards and the second for 26. Noah Dedominicis’ conversion run after Specht’s second score gave the Bulldogs a 32-0 lead.

Defensively, Dylan Cumpston made eight tackles, Tyler Cumpston had five tackles and Kenz Mattice finished with four tackles. Nate Denison also had an interception for the Bulldogs.

“We were definitely in position defensively more than we have been,” Kelly said.

Alex Avolio had 59 yards rushing and scored a touchdown, and quarterback Ryan Postma hit Hank DeGlee on a 40-yard scoring pass as well as scoring on a 2-yard run for the Storm (0-3, 0-1), who will host Deposit/Hancock on Friday.

Delhi (1-2, 1-0) will host Walton on Saturday.

“Personally, I hope we can block well enough so we can throw when want to rather than when we have to,” Kelly said of playing 2-1 Walton.

D/H 26, B-G 14

Quarterback Matt Mills went 7-for-8 for 138 yards, including three scoring passes to Brandon Macumber, as host Deposit/Hancock earned a Division V victory in the Section Four Football Conference on Friday.

Bainbridge-Guilford (0-3, 0-1) pulled to 20-14 when freshman Nick Decker recovered a fumble in the end zone in the fourth quarter and Wyatt Mosher kicked the extra point.

But Mills hit Macumber on a 4-yard scoring pass that capped the scoring.

Junior Dylan Moffitt rushed for a game-high 230 yards for the Bobcats. He scored on a 30-yard run in the third quarter that cut B-G’s deficit to 20-7.

B-G will travel to Unatego on Friday.

D/H (2-1, 1-0) is at Unadilla Valley on Friday.


Margaretville 5, Downsville 0

Matt Van Valkenburg had a goal and an assist to lead host Margaretville to a championship victory in the Nelson Tournament.

Sam Gil scored unassisted from 24 yards midway through the first half. Kyle Short made it 2-0 five minutes later with an 18-yarder off an assist from Victor Mendoza.

Cooper Reither, Roberto Sarabia and Matt Van Valkenburg scored in the second half for the Blue Devils (6-0, 3-0), who visit Stamford on Tuesday.

Tri-Valley defeated Coleman Catholic, 3-2, in the consolation game.

SK 4, Worcester 2

Sophomore Zack Balkavich scored his first varsity goal with 10:47 left to give the Rams a 3-2 lead in their first round victory in the Chic Walshe Tournament at Davenport.

Balkavich scored on a 15-yard shot from the right side after receiving a pass from Ryan Sluiter. Balkavich’s shot went to the near post.

Ty Magnan’s goal with a minute left gave South Kortright a 4-2 lead.

Sam Fabrykiewicz had a goal and an assist, and Sluiter had a goal and two assists for SK (4-1-2). Fabrykiewicz’s goal came in the first half on a header off a corner kick from Sluiter.

The Rams will travel to Roxbury on Tuesday. SK will play Davenport in the tournament final at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Worcester received goals from Tanner Murphy and Joe Aho, who scored on a penalty kick with 12 minutes left to tie the score at 2.

The Wolverines will play in the consolation game Saturday against Cooperstown.

Davenport 2, Cooperstown 1

Cody Wamsley snapped a 1-all tie with a long-range goal late in the second half as host Davenport earned a first-round victory in the Chic Walshe Tournament.

“He took a hard shot from probably between the 18-yard line and halfway up the field,” Wildcats coach Deb Moorby said. “It was a beautiful shot.”

Davenport’s Kyle Moorby tied the score two minutes into the second half, heading a throw-in by Travis Briggs inside the far post.

Jack Donnelly scored off a Tanner Clinton assist in the first half for Cooperstown, which was outshot, 12-3.

Davenport advanced to the championship game opposite South Kortright at 2 p.m. this Saturday. Cooperstown and Worcester will play in the consolation game at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

Davenport is scheduled to host Cherry Valley-Springfield today.

Stamford 3, Windham 1

Glen Cioccari finished with a goal and an assist to lead Stamford to an opening-round victory in the Hunter-Tannersville Tournament.

Cioccari set up Damian Hill’s shot to the far post from 18 yards with 15:41 remaining in the first half. The Indians took a 2-0 lead with three minutes left before halftime when Dustin King headed in a throw-in from Greg Mattice.

Cioccari and Windham’s Zach Meyer scored in the second half.

Stamford (4-2-1, 2-1) will play Hunter-Tannersville in the championship game at 2 p.m. this Saturday.

Schenevus 5, RS 0

Dave Vosatka scored two goals to lead visiting Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League win.

The Dragons took a 2-0 lead six minutes into the match as Robert Burton and Vosatka scored.

Corey Roseboom then gave Schenevus a 3-0 cushion with two minutes left before halftime.

Vosatka and Mitchell Sisson scored in the second half for Schenevus (4-3-2, 4-2-1), which hosts Edmeston on Tuesday.


Downsville 6, Margaretville 2

Kaileen Townsend had two goals and an assist to lead Downsville to a championship victory in the Cohen Classic at Margaretville.

The Eagles’ Leigha LaTourette scored 5:52 into the game, but Margaretville freshman Christina Westerfield made a 20-yarder to tie it a minute later.

Townsend scored her first goal unassisted with 12:49 left before halftime.

Townsend, LaTourette, Lucy Kunz and Kendra Lacey scored for Downsville in the second half.

“It was evenly matched in the first half, but in the second half, our sweeper went down with an injury, and we were unable to hang with them,” Margaretville coach Toni Smith said.

Elia Tanzer scored in the second half for Margaretville (1-3-1, 0-2-1), which visits Gilboa today.

Worcester 1, Davenport 0

Kristina Walsh’s goal with 4:41 left in the first overtime lifted Worcester to a surprising first-round win over previously unbeaten Davenport in the Chic Walshe Tournament at Davenport.

Aurora LaTourrette set up the goal by penetrating past the Wildcats’ sweeper. LaTourrette then attempted to shoot but didn’t catch it cleanly. The ball went sideways to Walsh, who scored from 5 yards.

“Then I gathered the kids and said (Davenport coach) Ray (Preston) will bring everything and the kitchen sink for the next 14 minutes, and he did,” Worcester coach Jim Kenyon said.

Kenyon added that the ball left Worcester’s end of the field about twice over the final 10 minutes.

“He brought everyone up,” Kenyon said of Preston’s strategy.

Kerrin O’Shaughnessy made nine saves for Worcester, which was outshot, 13-8. Davenport also took nine corner kicks to four for Worcester.

Kenyon singled out the defensive play of Jamie Thompson, who marked Davenport standout Sarah Haight.

“I told the girls before the game that if you can beat this team, you will beat one of the best coaches in New York state,” Kenyon said of Preston, the winner of more than 400 games. “If you win this game, you can say you beat Ray Preston. It’s maybe my second win against Ray.”

Worcester (2-3-1) will host Franklin on Tuesday. The Wolverines will play Morris in the tournament final at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Davenport will play South Kortright in the consolation game at noon Saturday.

Morris 2, SK 0

Haley Wist scored on a 30-yard shot early in the second half and Liana Garry tacked on an insurance goal to lead Morris to a first-round victory in the Chic Walshe Tournament at Davenport.

“It was an evenly-matched game,” South Kortright coach Josh Burroughs said. “Both teams had opportunities. Morris is a physical team in the midfield. Wist is a good player. I liked the way she played.”

Wist received a back-pass from Alexis Forgit before lofting a 30-yard shot over SK goalie Amber Pinter with 37:58 left in the second half.

Garry’s goal came with 29:02 left. She pounced on a ball that deflected off an SK defender before scoring.

The Rams’ Brianna Laing hit the cross bar and teammate Kaitlyn Stinson nearly had a breakaway in the second half.

SK is home against Roxbury on Tuesday. The Rams will play Davenport in the tournament consolation at noon Saturday.

Morris will oppose Worcester in the tournament final at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Windham 6, Stamford 0

Natalie Vining opened and closed the scoring as Windham advanced to the championship game of the Hunter-Tannersville Tournament with a first-round triumph.

Vining finished with two goals and two assists for the Warriors, who received two goals from Caitlyn Lane. Jane Rion (two saves) and Kali Drum (one save) combined on the shutout.

Windham (2-2) will play tournament host H-T at noon Saturday in the title game. H-T had a first-round bye as the fourth team in the tournament, Davenport, was committed to hosting the Chic Walshe Tournament this past Saturday. As a result, Davenport will play Stamford in the consolation game of the H-T Tournament at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

The Warriors visit Davenport for a Delaware League game Tuesday.

Unatego 1, Duanesburg 0

Tanner Reed scored the winning goal with 36 seconds left in the first of two mandatory overtime periods, leading Unatego to a consolation victory in the Kyle Sharpe Tournament at Schoharie.

Cassidy Newman took a corner kick from the left side to set up all-tournament selection Reed for a header from the six-yard line.

Unatego (4-2, 2-0), which outshot Duansburg, 15-0, visits Delhi today.

Schenevus 3, RS 0

Sierra Bentley scored twice to lift visiting Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League win.

Dani Ost also scored for the Dragons, who received two saves from Mary Hernandez in the shutout.

CV-S 4, Fort Plain 0

Zane Ashford and Jordan Loucks had two goals apiece to lead host Cherry Valley-Springfield to a non-league victory.

Hannah Lamouret contributed two assists for the Patriots (6-1-1, 4-1-1), who host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton on Tuesday.


New Hartford Invitational

Oneonta High’s Jamie Keown was the first girls from a small-school to finish and the Yellowjackets earned the small-school team title in the New Hartford Inviational.

Keown completed the 3.1-mile course in 23 minutes, 9 seconds. Missy Emilio and Nika Ficano finished second and third, respectively, among small-school runners. Emilio finished in 23:48 and Ficano crossed in 24:10.

OHS had 22 points, 13 better than runner-up Little Falls in the four-team division.

The Yellowjackets’ boys placed second out of eight schools. Logan Mancuso led OHS, finishing fourth in 17:43. Sam Baskin was seventh in 17:56.

OHS finished with 81 points. Adirondack won with 33.

The Yellowjackets will host Chenango Valley on Tuesday at Fortin Park.

Queensbury Invitational

Delhi’s Declan Kottmeier placed ninth overall in the Boys Division I race Saturday at the Queensbury Invitational, completing the 5-kilometer course in in 17:33.

Kottmeier helped the Bulldogs to 223 points, good for eighth out of 25 teams.

Katie Aikens paced Delhi’s girls with a 25th in 22:02. The Bulldogs amassed 320 points to place 13th out of 25 teams.

Delhi visits Unatego for a Midstate Athletic Conference meet Tuesday.


B-G 3, Afton 2

Morgan Bullis had nine kills and nine assists to help visiting Bainbridge-Guilford to a 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18 victory Friday in the MAC.

Alissa Rivera contributed eight kills for the Bobcats (6-1), who visit Deposit on Tuesday.

Alisha Hubbard’s 15 assists and five aces paced the Crimson Knights (1-6), who play a varsity-only match at Hancock at 5 p.m. Tuesday.