Star photo by P.J. HarmerOneonta High-s Dan Broe passes during the first half of Friday-s Section Four Football Conference Division III game against Windsor at Lloyd F. Baker Field. The Yellowjackets fell, 15-8.

ONEONTA _ Oneonta High's football playoff hopes are in someone else's hands.

Dylan Kay powered in for a 1-yard touchdown run with 7 seconds remaining Friday to lead Windsor past the Yellowjackets, 15-8, in a key Section Four Football Conference Division III game at Lloyd F. Baker Field.

Kay capped a 13-play drive that covered 79 yards in 3:22 for the Black Knights (5-2, 3-0).

"That was two teams that played a pretty good football game," OHS coach Adam Hoover said. "You hate to lose when you are involved in a game that is good like that all the way through _ nothing dirty and the players are just playing their buns off and a lot of class on both sides."

Oneonta (3-4, 1-2) needs help to become one of the two Division III teams that will reach the Section Four Class B playoffs. Oneonta must beat rival Norwich at home next Friday to have a chance.

This week, Chenango Forks (5-1, 1-1) needs to beat Chenango Valley (3-3, 1-2) on the road, then Windsor has to win at Forks on Oct. 25. That scenario would leave Oneonta and Forks tied for second in the division, with the Yellowjackets advancing based on a head-to-head victory over Forks earlier this season.

"All we can worry about is going out and playing hard next week," Hoover said. "It's our rival, so I know I won't have to worry about getting these kids excited. They'll be ready to go."

Defense ruled Friday, especially on the ground. Oneonta rushed for 125 yards and the Black Knights finished with 50. The difference came at the end of each half, when Windsor went to a no-huddle offense.

"It's the first time we've seen that all year," Oneonta's Brendan Pidgeon said. "Especially in Week 7, that's tough to see. We struggled a little getting the calls in, but what can you do?"

Windsor's Matt Murray completed 12 of 20 passes for 163 yards, including a 5-for-7 stint for 69 yards on the final drive.

"I'd like to say that's how we drew it up, but that's not how we drew it up," Windsor coach Tim Hogan said. "I'm not going to lie. We came in here thinking we were going to run the ball and (Hoover) had a great gameplan and just shut us down. We had to resort to throwing the ball and thank God it worked out."

Oneonta tried to lateral its way upfield on the ensuing kickoff, but a group of Windsor defenders brought down Dan Broe after he crossed the 50-yard line.

The Black Knights used the same offensive setup to snap a scoreless tie right before halftime. Murray finished a nine-play, 69-yard drive in 2:12 with a 4-yard pass to Mike Gnall with 3 seconds to go in the opening half. David Goetz kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.

Oneonta threatened twice in the second half but couldn't convert on two fourth downs. The first came at Windsor's 22 on a fourth-and-10, when Murray tipped Broe's pass to Kasey Hogan in the end zone.

With about nine minutes left in the fourth quarter, Oneonta faced a fourth-and-4 at Windsor's 18. Broe again looked for Hogan in the end zone, and Murray again tipped the ball. This time, though, Murray caught it as he fell to the ground for an interception.

"We moved the ball at times and they'd make a big play defensively to shut us down," Hoover said. "They have a lot of athletes and pretty good football players on that team. I think we showed that we have a lot of athletes and some pretty good football players that can compete with the best of them."

Oneonta got a final chance with 6:41 to play, starting on its 41.

Pidgeon rushed for 12 yards and then 5 more to bring the ball across midfield. Six plays later, Oneonta set up at Windsor's 18 for a first-and-10.

Broe dropped back, moved to his right and passed to the front corner of the end zone. Doug DiMartin dived for the ball and kept his feet just inside the pylon for the touchdown with 3:36 to play.

"I was diving and barely kept my feet in," DiMartin said. "The team was counting on me. I had to step up and catch it. It was a great throw by Broe. He said to get to the pylon and I was there. The ref looked at me at first and I was like I got it right here.'"

Earlier in the game, Oneonta lost running back Matt Marcewicz to an injured left ankle, Hoover said. Marcewicz, who had an ice pack on his ankle and later left to be checked out, also doubles as Oneonta's kicker. Cory Hunter also kicks some for the Yellowjackets, but Hoover opted to go for the two-point conversion.

With Hogan attempting to call a timeout, Oneonta snapped the ball and handed to Pidgeon, who went up the gut and pushed his way in for an 8-7 lead.

"Cory can kick and he's been working on it a lot," Hoover said. "I had confidence he could make it, but I also had confidence with the way we were moving the ball and the momentum we had that we could get the 3 yards to go ahead. It wasn't a tough call. As soon as we scored, I knew we were going for two. ... We did a nice job blocking it and got the conversion."

Pidgeon finished with 86 yards on 21 carries to lead the Yellowjackets.

Windsor 15, Oneonta 8

Windsor0 7 0 8 _ 15

Oneonta0 0 0 8 _ 8


W _ Mike Gnall 4 pass from Matt Murray (David Goetz kick) :03


O _ Doug DiMartin 18 pass from Dan Broe (Brendan Pidgeon run) 3:36.

W _ Dylan Kay 1 run (Josh Quinn pass from Matt Murray) :07.

Windsor rushing: Dylan Kay 19-33, Mike Williams 1-0, David Goetz 4-29, Matt Murray 8-(-12).

Oneonta rushing: Matt Marcewicz 4-21, Brendan Pidgeon 21-86, Dalton Smith 6-17, Doug DiMartin 3-5, Dan Broe 3-(-3), Cory Hunter 1-2.

Windsor passing: David Goetz 0-for-7; Matt Murray 12-for-20, 163 yards.

Oneonta passing: Dan Broe 3-for-11, 43 yards, int.

Windsor receiving: Timmy Costello 3-72, Mike Gnall 3-40, Mike Williams 3-27, Dylan Kay 3-24.

Oneonta receiving: Brendan Pidgeon 1-12, Doug DiMartin 2-31.


P.J. Harmer can be reached at or 607-432-1000, ext. 229.

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