NEW BERLIN – Senior night and homecoming, the UV Storm fans were in full force to help cheer on their 2017 UV Football squad – for the Bulldogs, they had other plans like claiming their first win of the season.
And what better way to take your first win of a struggling season than by upsetting a division rival by a lopsided score of 40-8.
After winning their opening game of the season (defeated now 1-4 Newfield), Unadilla Valley has sunk to five straight wins. To make matters worse, games are hard to win if a defense can’t seem to stop the opponent from scoring.
Unadilla Valley has now given up the most points to opposing teams in all of Section IV, allowing 277 points to their 124 points on offense. Second to UV is Class B Chenango Valley who is currently 0-6 on the season.
Prior to kickoff this past Friday night, October 6, Unadilla Valley faithful’s and Storm head coach Ray Dayton honored their five graduating seniors; Dante Dye, Payton Stirone, Matt Krom, Bryce Abbott, and Teddy Postma.
The seniors, the Storm family and friends, and the entire UV football squad would have to wait – despite a strong fight – until the final quarter to find the end zone.
The score by the time UV found the end zone, well it was 40-0 and with :15 seconds left in the game, Mitchell Fernette plunged in for the score from 15 yards out.
The entire game up until the final score was proved to be mainly dominated by the Bulldogs – who fought their way to 323 total yards in the game – 210 of which came on the ground.
Unadilla Valley managed a respectable 156 yards on the ground, yet failed to implement a passing game to match that of Delhi’s who saw Mike Griswold pass for 113 yards off of just five completions.
Leading the game on the ground was UV’s Fernette with 30 carries for 109 yards, followed by Delhi’s Warren Pardee with 94 yards and Erik Gullow with 73 rushing yards.
Gullow made good on a two-yard dive in the first quarter to take the game to 7-0.