Quick-strike offense lifts UV to first win

NEW BERLIN – There are no-huddle offenses, and then there is the version that Unadilla Valley runs.

Running plays as if it was competing in a world-class 100-meter dash, the Storm hit Sidney with a barrage of offense in the second half that had the Sidney Warriors reeling Friday night as UV picked up its first victory of the season, 56-28.

The Storm scored 40 points in just over a 15-minute span of the second half that turned a nip-and-tuck contest into a laugher. Mason Fernette threw three TD passes and recovered a blocked punt in the endzone for another score, and Caleb Simons rushed for two fourth-quarter scores to lead the UV attack.

“We really needed this,” said Unadilla Valley second-year head coach Mark Segina.

The Storm had been knocking on the door of victory losing on the final offensive play against state-ranked Moravia, then it lost a late fourth-quarter lead to state-ranked Walton last week.

“Moravia, that’s a tough football team, and Walton is Walton,” Segina said. “I was looking at how those teams are doing and how we played against them, and I thought that we were a much better team than our record showed.”

But as former NFL coach Bill Parcells once said, “you are what your record says you are,” and Unadilla Valley was a winless team that had lost 10 of 11 games since the start of the 2013 season.

And another loss seemed to be in the offing after Sidney expanded its lead in the third quarter. Sidney quarterback Tom Hoskins threw a six-yard TD pass to Ethan Finch on the last play of the first half to give the Warriors a 20-16 lead.

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