By Patrick Newell
Sun Sports Editor
SHERBURNE – For a quarter and a half, Sherburne-Earlville looked a lot like the team that streamrolled its way to five straight wins to end the 2010 season. Then the wheels fell off one at a time.
The Marauders were bogged down by penalties and then more infractions throughout the second half, and although Frankfort-Schuyler was just a tad less sloppy, it was able to rally for a 28-21 victory.
The Maroon Knights turned the ball over in the fourth quarter twice – one leading to go-ahead S-E touchdown. Yet, big plays atoned for those miscues. Gerald Post returned a touchdown 79 yards for a touchdown to close the gap to 21-20. Following an S-E punt, the Knights drove 70 yards for the decisive score in just over a minute’s time. Quarterback John Gatto hit receiver Vinny Fumarola over the middle. Fumarola shucked off an S-E tackle attempt around the 15, and raced into the endzone with just 47 seconds remaining the game.
The Marauders and head coach Mike Jasper were left to lament how close it came to clinching the victory on the previous drive. S-E committed four penalties on its final possession and had 11 of its 15 penalties in the second half alone. “You can’t win ballgames with that many penalties,” Jasper said. “On our last drive of the game, if we get one more first down, we can take a knee and run the clock out. Those penalties put us in first-and-long and second-and-long situations where we couldn’t dig ourselves out.”