Penn Yan downs Newark 36-16 with second half scoring splurge

The local high school football season forged ahead into week number three with weather resembling mid-summer instead of autumn. But the weather isn’t the only thing that was hot last weekend. The Penn Yan Mustang and Marcus Whitman Wildcat gridiron forces continued to sizzle, picking up their third straight victories of the new season.

Friday evening in Seneca Falls, Marcus Whitman throttled Mynderse 35-2 while the Orange and Blue 11 downed Newark 36-16 in Penn Yan Saturday. Both teams are a perfect 3-0 with the season midpoint rapidly approaching. Neighboring Dundee also recorded a 3 in week number three. Unfortunately for the Scotsmen, they picked up their third loss of the season to go 0-3. But the Scots have battled hard in their three setbacks. Success could be just a breakaway for the Scotsmen.

Penn Yan 36 Newark 16

The Penn Yan Mustang football team returned home Sept. 16 to take on a winless Newark team at Mustang Field. The undefeated Mustangs had rolled to impressive early season wins over Pal-Mac and Wayne, and were looking to make the Reds their next Finger Lakes East League victory. Both teams started the game sluggishly in the first half, with neither scoring in the first quarter. Penn Yan got on the board first in the second quarter on a 42-yard touchdown ramble by Conner Fingar. The PAT failed, but the hometown Mustangs led 6-0. The Reds quickly responded with a 71-yard touchdown passing play and a 26-yard field goal.

The horn sounded with the underdog Reds clutching to a 9-6 lead at the half, but the Mustang offense has proved to quite explosive in this 2017 season and the third quarter proved that fact to the delight of the hometown crowd. Dylan Stape galloped 42 yards for a touchdown on the first series of the second half. Desmond Battin ran in the 2-point conversion to give Penn Yan a 14-9 lead. Soon after, Mr. Stape was at it again. Dylan went 38 yards into the end zone for another Mustang score. On the next series, senior quarterback Desmond Battin darted to paydirt from 11 yards out. The 2-point conversion gave the hometown Mustangs a comfortable 28-9 lead. But the Orange and Blue offense was not finished in the third stanza. Dylan Stape scored his third touchdown of the evening on a 16-yard run late in the quarter. This score was set up by a key fumble recovery by Riley Brittingham. The third quarter came to a close with Penn Yan leading 36-9.

Newark scored the only touchdown in the final quarter, but it was too little too late for the Wayne County Reds. The final horn sounded with the Mustangs filing off the field with a 36-16 victory and win number three safely in the bank.

Penn Yan’s running game shifted into high gear in the third quarter. The Mustangs compiled almost 350 total rushing yards in this game with Dylan Stape owning nearly 200 yards of that. Conner Finger, Desmond Battin, and senior Kyle Ingerick also contributed some key yards. On defense, the Mustangs also came up with some impressive team numbers effectively containing the Newark offense. Conner Finger, Jack Peterson, Brennan Prather, and Dylan Stape contributed stellar defensive efforts in this latest Mustang win. The Orange and Blue improve to 3-0 in Finger Lakes League play. They host Midlakes this Saturday afternoon in their annual homecoming game. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mustang Field. The 2017 Class of the Penn Yan Athletic Hall of Fame will also be honored at halftime.

Marcus Whitman 35 Mynderse 2

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat football team continued their torrid play Sept. 15 in Seneca Falls. The high-flying Wildcats defeated the hometown Mynderse Blue Devils 35-2 to remain undefeated in Finger Lakes West action. Wildcat quarterback Parker Smith led the way for the Whitman 11. He connected with Riley McLoud on a 63-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and also scored 2 rushing touchdowns on runs of 4 and 1 yards. Jake Hill also scored on a 2-yard plunge after setting up the score with a 63-yard run. Riley McLoud accounted for the other Wildcat tally with a 62-yard interception run for a touchdown. The Whitman defense also contributed a safety to the Wildcats winning numbers.

The Whitman offense piled up 350 yards on offense with 288 of those yards coming on the ground. Jake Hill ran for 127 yards on 13 carries while Dylan Howell added 72 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Parker Smith chipped in 51 more yards running.

The Wildcats return home this Friday night to host Lyons/Sodus in another Finger Lakes West contest. The Wildcats will be in quest of win number 4 and continue their perfect start.

Tri-Town 30 Dundee 24

The Dundee Scots football team is still looking for that elusive first win of the season. The determined Scots hoped to dent the win column against Tri-Town (South Seneca/Romulus /Trumansburg) Sept. 16 at home. But their across-the-lake neighbors had a different idea. Tri-Town held off a late game surge by the Scotsmen and held on for a 30-24 victory.

Tri-Town held a 18-12 lead at the half and seemed to be in total control with a 30-12 lead with time winding down. But Dundee rallied to score two late 4th quarter touchdown to cut the lead to 30-24. The Scotsmen’s bid to tie or win the game came up short on an unsuccessful onside kick attempt. The clock ran out on the valiant comeback bid by the Scotsmen.

Dundee looks to reverse their fortunes Saturday when they host CG Finney at 1 p.m. Win number one would look nice on homecoming weekend.