NEW BERLIN – For all those who doubted the improvement of Unadilla Valley-Edmeston’s football team this season, here’s the summary of the 2010 team: The Storm are the real deal.
UV-E shook off a fumble on the one-foot line as it was going in for a score in the second quarter, stopped the Trojans on a first-and-goal from the 10 after a blocked punt, and stopped Greene’s last-ditch drive fto pick up its first-ever win over Greene, 14-7, Friday night before a large home crowd.
The win was the third straight for UV-E, and the first in Class C division play. “What’s it been, 15 years?” said UV-Edmeston first-year coach Stan Foulds of the drought against Greene. “Nobody thought we could do this. I don’t think we got the respect especially after they beat us (61-0) last year. They thought Greene would just run away with it.”
The first indicator this was a different scenario than last year was on the Trojans’ opening drive. Greene, who came into the game averaging over 300 yards rushing per game, moved for three straight first downs, and seemed destined to put points on the board. The drive stalled, though, at the UV-E 29 after two incomplete passes, a fumble that lost a yard, and a stuff of a run.
The Storm embarked on a methodical 11-play drive that went 70 yards and two feet. Zak Ruffles nearly hit the endzone pylon on a 19-yard run inside the Greene one. On the next play, though, a mix-up in the handoff exchange led to a fumble recovery by the Trojans.
UV-E threatened late in the first half when Brandon Miles connected with Ruffles on a 50-yard pass over the middle to the Greene 13. Two plays later, another mix-up on a pass play led to an interception by Greene’s Dan Treadwell at the two.