SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville didn’t have a lot of opportunities to score, but the few times that it did slipped through the Marauders’ hands.
Canastota intercepted S-E quarterback Matt Smith’s pass at the 20-yard line ending the Marauders’ last-minute threat, and preserve a 6-0 Raiders shutout win Friday night at rain-soaked Marauder Stadium
The Raiders’ victory pulled it into a tie for first with the Marauders in Section III’s Class C South Division, and combined with Mount Markham’s win this past weekend, created a three-way tie atop the division. “To be deadpan honest, I’m not sure,” said S-E coach Mike Jasper* immediately after the game when asked about his team’s playoff standing. “I know it goes to some crazy tiebreaker system, but we’re not really worried about that. Whatever happens, happens. We know we have at least two more games left to play.”
The Marauders advanced inside the Canastota 30 just twice the entire game. The first time was at the end of the first quarter when a bad Canastota punt snap gave S-E the ball at 15. Four running plays netted just six yards to end that drive.
Late in the game, S-E junior Devven Ferris shot up the middle and blocked a punt putting the Marauders at the Canastota 29 with 2:07 left in the fourth. The drive started promising enough when Cory Musician gained five yards up the middle; however, Austin Jasper was thrown for a six-yard loss on a sweep left forcing the Marauders into a passing situation. Smith entered the game as part of the Marauders’ spread offense, but never got untracked.