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.
With seven minutes still to play, Greene was able to run out the clock converting a pair of third-and-shorts to extend the possession. “Owego is big and physical, and they hurt us on some formations,” Paske said. “We had a tough time matching up, and we needed to catch a break. We made our own breaks recovering a couple of fumbles.”
Carlin rushed for 115 yards and Cerwinski had 102 yards on the ground.
Score by quarters
Ow. 14 0 0 0-14
Gre. 7 0 10 7-24
O: Shawn Marshall fumble recovery in endzone (Devin Bensley pass from Nick Larrabee)
G: Keegan Cerwinski 1 run (Tim Gell kick)
O: Matt Warchocki 1 run (pass failed)
G: Dan Treadwell 14 run (Gell kick)
G: Gell 29 field goal
G: Jeff Carlin 49 run (Gell kick)
Rushing: (O) Dylan Angulas, 15-153; Derek Knapp, 12-37; Craig Luffman, 1-2; Matt Warchocki, 1-1; N. Larrabee, 1-(-4). (G) J. Carlin, 17-115; K. Cerwinski, 18-102; M. Beckwith, 5-43; D. Treadwell, 7-26; J. Beckwith, 4-21.
Passing: (O) Nick Larrabee 2-6-1, 40 yds; M. Warchocki, 0-1-0, 0 yds; (G) Joe Beckwith, 1-4-1, 4 yds; J. Carlin, 0-1-0 0 yds.
Receiving: (O) Shawn Marshall, 1-28; Devin Bensley, 1-12. (G) Cole Browning, 1-4.
Deposit-Hancock 22, Oxford 12
OXFORD – Deposit-Hancock took advantage of auspicious field position in the second quarter scoring on two short touchdown drives in dashing the Blackhawks’ playoff hopes Friday night on a dreary, wet night in Oxford.
With the game tied at 6-6 after a quarter, Eli Holton-Chandler scored the go-ahead TD on a three-yard TD run. The Eagles then picked off Oxford quarterback Jody Smith returning the ball inside the Oxford 15. Evan Thomas capped the drive with a two-yard run. D-H converted both of its two-point conversions, and the 22-6 lead proved enough.
“We had four turnovers in the game, and you can’t expect to win games when that happens,” said Oxford coach Ray Dayton. “At some point, you have to protect the football.”
Oxford’s defense blanked Deposit-Hancock over the final two quarters, and allowed just 98 total yards for the game. The only dent the Blackhawks made in the deficit was a 57-yard TD pass by Smith to Steve Simpson. “We would have liked to have played the game with a full deck,” Dayton said, who was short five players due to academic ineligibility. “Some kids didn’t take care of business academically, and that hurt the athletics department.”
Oxford (3-4) capped a scoring drive in the first quarter with a Paul Wonka two-yard run. Wonka had his sixth 100-yard rushing day finishing with 170 yards on 37 carries. D-H tied the game with the first of three straight TDs on Rocco Christian’s 51-yard scoring dash.
Score by quarters
D-H 6 16 0 0-22
Oxf. 6 0 0 6-12
O: Paul Wonka 2 run (kick failed)
DH: Rocco Christian 51 run (pass failed)
DH: Eli Holton-Chandler 3 run (Derek Lenio pass from Phillips)
DH: Evan Thomas 2 run (Baker run)
O: Steve Simpson 57 pass from Jody Smith (run failed)..