Greene 24, Owego 14
GREENE – Looking at his schedule before the season started, Greene head coach Tim Paske hoped for a 5-2 mark over the first seven games. His Trojans have not only exceeded those expectations, they remain among the select few unbeaten teams left in Section IV after coming back to beat Owego Friday night.
“I wouldn’t have made up the schedule that we’ve played,” Paske said. In keeping its team’s perfect record intact, Greene has needed to beat larger schools Dryden, Oneonta, and the Indians over the last month. “To be where we are now, that tells you what kind of kids we have. They just have that will to win, and they keep fighting no matter what.”
Just like the Oneonta game, Greene found itself on the short side of the scoreboard at halftime. And just like that game against the ‘Jackets, the Trojans did not give up a point in the second half. In fact, Owego did not score a point over the final three quarters.
Owego took the early lead when a bad punt snap over Greene punter Isaiah Webb was recovered in the endzone by Indians’ Shawn Marshall.
Greene’s Keegan Cerwinski scored on a one-yard TD run to tie the game, but Owego moved ahead with 4;15 left in the first quarter on Matt Warchocki’s one-yard TD run.
Greene took command in the third on a 14-yard TD run by Dan Treadwell that knotted the game. Owego fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kickoff, and that led to Tim Gell’s tie-breaking 29-yard field goal.
The back-breaker for Owego, though, was senior Jeff Carlin’s improbable 49-yard TD scamper early in the fourth. Carlin ran the wrong play moving right for a toss play when he was supposed to take a pitch to the left from quarterback Joe Beckwith. Beckwith managed to find Carlin, who cut back to the middle and outside left. He made two Owego defenders miss near the line of scrimmage, then picked up a block from Cole Browning as he made his way down the left sideline into the endzone. “The way our offense works, there is supposed to be a cutback lane for the runner,” Paske said. “Joe kept his composure and pitched the ball the other way. Jeff juked a couple of guys out, and picked up the block from Cole. That touchdown was huge.”
Owego’s Dylan Angulas ripped off a 32-yard run to the Greene one with just over eight minutes left in the fourth. Angulas was severely hurt on the play, and the stigma of the injury surely remained with the Indians, who committed back-to-back penalties moving it back 10 yards. On the next play, Owego fumbled the ball allowing Webb to slide in for the recovery.