Greene defeats Groton 14-0
GREENE – The Trojan football team has jumped back to their winning ways in week two of the regular season, defeating Groton on the road at 14-0.
“We have had some very physical teams to start the season. Watkins Glen is very large and Groton won the division last year. They’re (Groton’s) very good so it was a real nice win for us,” said Greene head coach Dave Gorton.
After suffering an unfortunate loss on the road to Watkins Glen at 32-22 – the mighty Trojans turned to their defense to help secure a win in week two.
“We had five takeaways, we played very well defensively. We had some untimely penalties including a penalty that wiped out a touchdown 88-yard interception return,” said coach Gorton. “We turned ball over on downs on the two-yard line in the first quarter. We had opportunities to put some more points on the board. Our defense a couple times bent, but didn’t break.”
Five takeaways allowed for mistakes like a missed chance on an interception return or a missed chance at points from the two-yard line to give the Trojans less of a sting when it was all said and done.
Scoring first in the game was Justin Carmen. Carmen gave Greene the first and only lead change when he caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Coy Austin. Austin connected with Carmen for the two-point conversion as well.
Austin finished the game going 6-12 with 123 passing yards one touchdown and just one interception.
“A couple of passes were dropped, but overall he threw the ball well,” said Gorton of Austin’s play at the QB position.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Greene was able to capitalize again on their many opportunities – as Nate Erickson punched his way into the end zone from three yards out – the kick after was no good.
Austin and Erickson managed to come up with interceptions on the defensive side of the ball while Erickson also recovered a fumble in the end zone for the Trojans.
Carmen finished the game as the top Trojan receiver with one catch for 49 yards, with Erickson trailing with one catch for 44 yards. Erickson also tacked on 15 carries for 57 yards on the ground for Greene.
Defensively, Carmen has been on a tear for the first two weeks – having 12 tackles in week one, and now 16 in week two, playing as Greene’s middle linebacker.
“They had a couple of real good athletes. They got loose a couple of times and had some really good plays. They got first downs but didn’t get touchdowns, that’s because the defense was swarming to the ball,” said coach Gorton.
Next up for Greene football (1-1 overall), they will be playing their home opener against the mighty Sidney Warriors, this coming Friday, September 15, at 7 p.m.
“We have to make sure not to give them extra opportunities, and score when we have the opportunity. Two weeks in a row we have stopped ourselves deep in enemy territory. We can’t afford that against a good division team like Sidney,” said coach Gorton. “The good thing is, we haven’t been at home all season, the kids are excited about the opportunity.”
Greene: 8 0 0 6– 14
Groton: 0 0 0 0– 0
Blackhawks continue to improve despite growing pains
OXFORD – Opening night for the Oxford Blackhawks and the emotions were high – resulting in a tough 20-6 loss for the home squad.
“Even though we did lose, and I hate losing, last week to this week, the kids played 10 times better. If it wasn’t for a few mistakes and mental errors, I mean we had the whole first half up until the late interception,” said Oxford head coach Jon Carey.
And that they did, Oxford looked to be in control early, as Mickerson Clue trampled his way into the end zone from four yards out in the first quarter – kick failed.
Up 6-0, Oxford was using a powerful rushing attack to enforce their will upon the visitors – that is when a late second quarter interception deflated the sails of a learning program.
Greg Moravec of Newfield snagged a pass from Oxford quarterback Darren Law and ran 79 yards back for the pick six – Connor Adams added a kick to take the lead and make it 7-6 at the half.
Oxford failed to truly recover from the play in the second half, not scoring again in the game.
Newfield added an 11-yard scurry from Moravec in the third quarter, followed by a 61-yard sprint from Adams in the fourth quarter – Adams tacked on his own extra point to make the final score 20-6.
“Defensive ends picked it up big time. They were all over the place, we did awesome even though we lost,” said coach Carey of his defensive efforts before adding in about his offensive lineman. “Nick Hartwell, Jake Ingraham, Aiden Ingraham, Brad Beckwith and Trevor Johnson, I will go right down the line with them. It was great, they all played great.”..