Greene 25, Unatego 19 (OT)
OTEGO – Facing its stiffest test to date, Greene passed with flying colors Saturday night beating Unatego in overtime.
Getting the ball first to start the extra period, Greene powered toward the goal line with running back Keegan Cerwinski. On the fifth play of the short drive, Cerwinski fumbled near the goal line, but the loose ball was recovered by teammate Dan Haskell for the go-ahead touchdown.
Unatego, who had scored twice in the fourth quarter to force OT, was stopped in its tracks on four plays. During that final sequence of plays, Greene had a sack, and an interception by Dan Treadwell ended the Class C Division V clash. “Unatego definitely had a lot of confidence coming into the game, and we’re going to get everybody’s best shot,” said Greene coach Tim Paske. “Unatego was a lot quicker than we anticipated and much more physical than we thought they would be. Our kids stepped up in a tight game when the ball wasn’t always bouncing our way. Good teams find ways to win games like this, and it was a character-builder for us.”
Greene erased a 6-0 first-quarter deficit with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Cerwinski completed long drives with scoring runs of three and 10 yards. The lead grew to 19-6 in the third on Jeff Carlin’s 11-yard TD scamper.
Unatego put together two long drives to tie the game. Quarterback Tyler Butler scored on a pair of one-yard runs, the second with 3:21 remaining.
Greene finished with 270 yards rushing in the game as Carlin rushed for 96, Cerwinski had 82, and Mike Beckwith ran for 66.
Greene hosts Dryden Friday in a non-league game.
Score by quarters
Gre. 0 13 6 0 6–25
Una. 6 0 0 13 0–19
U: Butler 14 pass to #4 (kick failed)
G: Cerwinski 3 run (kick failed)
G: Cerwinski 10 run (Tim Gell kick), 2:12
G: Jeff Carlin 11 run (kick failed)
U: Tyler Butler 1 run (pass failed)
U: Butler 1 run (kick good), 3:21
G: Dan Haskell fumble recovery in endzone (kick failed)
First downs 20 17
Rushes-yds 51-273 41-113
Punts-avg 0-0 1-28
Fumbles-lost 4-0 2-1
Penalties-yds 8-50 2-15
Rushing: (G) Jeff Carlin, 15-96; K. Cerwinski, 17-82; Mike Beckwith, 11-66; Joe Beckwith, 5-19; Dan Dickman, 3-10. Total: 51-273. Unatego total: 41-113.
Passing: (G) Joe Beckwith, 3-5-1, 39 yards. (U) Butler, 12-21-1 147 yds, TD.
Receiving: (G) Brett Ramsey, 2-35; Cole Browning, 1-4.
Oxford 14, Delhi 0
DELHI – Oxford made a defensive adjustment to apply more pressure on Delhi’s offense, and the new scheme worked almost to perfection in the Blackhawks’ shutout win on the Bulldogs’ home turf Saturday afternoon.
Already leading the game by a touchdown, Paul Wonka’s 93-yard TD run in the fourth quarter sealed the win. Wonka’s long scoring run was preceded by a big defensive stop by the Oxford defense on a fourth-and-goal.
“We played really well on the defensive side, and I give a lot of credit to Coach Miller and Coach Kaufman for talking us into something different,” said Oxford coach Ray Dayton. “Maybe Delhi wasn’t prepared for it. It was really simple for us to play, and it worked.”
Other than Wonka’s long TD run, yards were tough to come by for the Oxford offense, and it was the passing game that put the Blackhawks on the board in the first quarter. On a third-and-long, Jody Smith connected with Andrew Golden on a 16-yard first-down pass to extend the scoring drive. Once in the red zone, Smith found a wide-open Joe Jackson in the flat for a 13-yard touchdown.
The Oxford defense, meanwhile, stopped Delhi twice inside the red zone to preserve the shutout, and held Delhi’s vaunted running game to less than three yards per carry.
Wonka led the Oxford rushers with 168 yards on 22 totes. “We’re really excited for this win, but it doesn’t get any easier for us,” Dayton said, whose club matches up with Walton next weekend. “We have a great opportunity to play the best team in the state, and it’s an opportunity for us to see where we stand.”
Score by quarters
Oxf. 7 0 0 7–14
Del. 0 0 0 0–0
O: Jody Smith 13 pass to Joe Jackson (Andrew Golden kick)..