NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley was ready to proceed on a game-winning touchdown drive after seemingly gaining the necessary yardage to move the chains forward. Upon further review, the linesman on the opposite side of the UV bench reset the ball position about six inches shy of the first down line, and the Storm did not see the ball again in a 23-19 loss to Harpursville.
The Hornets (4-1), winners of four straight games, overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit using a mix of inside and outside runs to wear down the Storm (2-3). While it would have been nice to see how UV’s final possession played out, head coach Daryl Decker said, simply, that Harpursville wore his team down. “It’s a numbers game with us, it always is,” the UV coach say. “We only have so many linemen and so many backs. I can only coach the guys we have, and it got to the point at the end where we had guys pulling out doing things they don’t normally do.”
Harpursville’s Steven Lee reversed field on the third-quarter opening kickoff, and picked up 54 yards to reach the UV 18. In three plays, the Hornets scored to cut the UV margin. Late in the third quarter, Harpursville drove 76 yards, and ultimately scored the go-ahead TD on the second play of the fourth quarter, a two-yard TD plunge from Mason Dean. After UV failed to convert on a fourth-down fake punt, Harpursville raised its lead to 10 following quarterback Devon Dean’s 19-yard TD scramble.