The Penn Yan Mustangs played host to the Waterloo Indians for their annual Homecoming game this past Saturday afternoon at Mustang Field. Both teams entered into this contest seeking their first win of the season, so hopes were high on both sides. The good news for the Orange and Blue gridiron forces was their offense put 26 points on the scoreboard. Unfortunately the visiting Indians from Waterloo tallied 33 and disappointed the Penn Yan homecoming crowd with a 33-26 victory. This was Waterloo's first win since the 2008 season
Turnovers were the culprits for the Mustangs in this contest. Penn Yan commited 7 turnovers including 5 interceptions. These miscues unfortunately played a big part in several Waterloo scoring plays and short-circuited any Mustang momentum.
Penn Yan opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 15 yard passing play from Brendan Bolger to Jim Burdette. The afternoon opened on a Mustang high note. But this proved to be short lived. Waterloo scored twice to grab a 14-6 lead as the first half moved on. Penn Yan answered before halftime on a 14 yard touchdown pass, Brendan Bolger to Colby Treat. The first half ended with Waterloo holding a slight 14-12 advantage.
The Seneca County Indians scored early in the 3rd quarter but the Mustangs tied the game on a 13 yard touchdown run by Brendan Bolger. Bolger and Jim Burdette teamed up on a passing play for the 2 point P.A.T. and the game was tied at 20.
But the turnover bug plagued the Mustangs at this point. Waterloo capitalized on a key interception to score the go ahead touchdown. This seemed to sap the momentum energy out of the hometown Mustangs. Waterloo scored some insurance points in the 4th quarter before Adam Stork scored the final Penn Yan touchdown on a 10 yard run late. The final horn sounded with Waterloo enjoying the 33-26 victory.
Penn Yan had 229 total offensive yards in this contest but never could get their running game in gear. 197 of these yards came through the air. The 4 touchdowns were an encouraging sign though for the young Orange and Blue squad. But as in all sports, mistakes can hurt you. The 7 turnovers proved costly to Penn Yan. Their 2010 record sinks to 0-4. Dan Guererri once again had a stellar defensive performance for the Mustangs. He recorded 15 solo tackles in Saturday's contest. Penn Yan will host Newark on Friday night at Mustang Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.