The Penn Yan Mustangs and Dundee Scots both battled to important victories last weekend. Penn Yan defeated Newark 34-30 with a late-game rally Sept. 28 and Dundee held off a charging Red Jacket team to win their homecoming game Sept. 29.
Penn Yan 34 Newark 30
The Penn Yan Mustangs (4-1) outlasted the Newark Reds (3-2) Friday night, Sept. 28 in an exciting game punctuated by an action-packed fourth quarter.
The Mustang led 20-19 as the fourth quarter opened, but the Newark Reds scored the first 11 points of the quarter and held a 30-20 lead with under 3 minutes remaining in the game.
Penn Yan responded with a quick touchdown from a 40-yard pass from quarterback Will Rogers to Kyle Berna followed by a 23-yard pass to Brennan Prather.
After the Mustangs recovered their onside kick, Rogers hit Prather with a 48-yard pass for another touchdown. Prather kicked both extra points, and the Mustangs regained the lead 34-30 and shut down Newark's final drive at the 9-yard line for the win.
Rogers and Prather led the Mustangs statistics. Rogers completed 19 of 33 passes for 249 yards for 3 touchdowns, rushing for 51 yards on 13 carries for 2 touchdowns, and grabbing an interception. Prather had 4 receptions for 80 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mekhi Mahan had 5 receptions for 55 yards.
Conner Fingar had 6 catches for 18 yards and an 8-yard carry. Kyle Berna had 7 catches for 98 yards.
On defense, Conner Fingar had 17 tackles. Damien Snyder had 12 tackles. Prather added 6 tackles and an interception.
The Mustangs are gearing up for their homecoming game this Saturday, Oct. 6 against Wayne. Kick off is at 1 p.m.
Dundee 28 Red Jacket 20
The Dundee Scots (3-2) scored a late touchdown in their Sept. 29 homecoming game to lift the final score to 28-20 over Red Jacket in a hard-fought game that kept the fans on their feet through the final snap.
Dundee’s scoring began with a 63-yard touchdown run by senior Austin Brace. Josh Cramer added another rushing touchdown to match Red Jacket’s scores to finish the first half in a 14-all tie.
Dundee scored the first touchdown of the second half on Cramer’s second run-in, followed by a two-point conversion by Preston Cratsley. Red Jacket answered with a 69-yard drive to make the score 22-20 in the Scots’ favor. Red Jacket’s two-point conversion attempt failed.
With the clock ticking down, Cramer ran in his third touchdown to make the final score 28-20 after a two-point conversion attempt failed. Red Jacket couldn’t make their final drive pay off, stalling at the 29-yard line.
The Scots, who opened their season with two losses are now poised for a battle for the league title when they face Mynderse Friday night, Oct. 5, in Seneca Falls.