By Steve Franklin
Sun Sports Correspondent
NEW BERLIN – Friday night proved a historic one for the Marauders’ football program.
Sherburne-Earlville entered the season finale against Unadilla Valley-Edmeston looking for it’s sixth win of the season, a feat not accomplished by the Marauders in 11-man football since 1987, when head coach Mike Jasper was in the midst of helping the Homer Trojans rattle off a school record 27-game win streak. Now Jasper’s heading another remarkable win streak – this time as coach, not as an all-state linebacker.
Senior running back Greg Duvall rushed for a career-high 146 yards and two scores, and the Marauders’ defense forced four turnovers to lead S-E past UV-E, 26-6 in a battle for the George Seiler Memorial Trophy given to the winner of the Marauders and Storm contest since 1991.
The victory marks Sherburne-Earlville’s fifth in a row – the school’s longest winning streak in more than a quarter of a century. “This team has accomplished things that haven’t been done in a long time around here,” Jasper told his kids after the game. “It’s been an honor to coach this team. I couldn’t be any prouder of this group.”
Things didn’t start out well for Sherburne-Earlville as Unadilla Valley-Edmeston strung together an impressive first-quarter drive to take an early lead. Playing the physical brand of football that head coach Stan Foulds and his 2010 Storm squad have grown accustomed to, UV-E utilized the speed of tailback Brett Gage and the power running of fullback Will Westbrook to march 52 yards for the game’s opening score. After a pair of long runs by Gage and a third down scamper by quarterback Brandon Miles to keep the drive alive, the Storm found paydirt on a two-yard plunge by Westbrook. The ensuing point after try was blocked by S-E linebacker Justin Coye, giving UV-E a 6-0 advantage.