Record-setting year ends when Letchworth-Warsaw blanks Penn Yan 28-0

All good things must come to an end. It’s an age-old saying that applies to the Penn Yan Mustangs varsity football team right now. After experiencing a season that saw a tie for first place in the Finger Lakes East and records being set, the team was not able to get past the team from Letchworth-Warsaw in sectional play Saturday as they lost the game 28-0.

Letchworth-Warsaw controlled the game and dominated the line of scrimmage. They didn’t make many mistakes, ran the ball well, and swarmed on defense, applying a four-man rush and used seven linebackers and defensive backs to shut down the prolific passing game of Penn Yan. The Mustangs, while struggling on offense, moved the ball in spurts, but never found their rhythm on offense. Penalties, negative yardage plays, and turnovers hindered their chances against a well coached, disciplined team.

In the first quarter, Letchworth-Warsaw marched down the field, running the ball for four to six yard pickups and gained a key third down with a 12-yard pass. The time consuming drive resulted in a short touchdown run and a missed extra point.

In the second quarter, Penn Yan had two key miscues that led to points. On a punt return, the return men failed to catch the ball and Letchworth-Warsaw was able to down it inside the 2-yard line. That led to a safety.

On a later possession, Penn Yan’s punter kneeled to pick up a bad snap and was called down at the Penn Yan 32. Letchworth-Warsaw took that possession into the endzone on a run play.

Will Rogers of Penn Yan intercepted a ball around midfield and returned it to the opposing 20-yard line only to have it called back after a penalty. That resulted in the ball going back to the Penn Yan 40.

The only other possession into Letchworth-Warsaw territory came late in the second quarter and resulted in an interception.

The Mustangs were able to drive after receiving the ball to begin the second half, but an interception stalled the momentum at the 40-yard line. Letchworth-Warsaw responded by marching down the field and scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run up the middle to go up 21-0.

Letchworth-Warsaw sealed the deal in the 4th quarter with another touchdown run at 10:06 for a 28-0 lead. That would be the final score of the game.

Will Rogers finished the game, connecting on 15 pass attempts for 90 yards. Conner Fingar caught six balls for 32 yards and ran the ball 10 times for another 28 yards. Kyle Berna added five catches for 24 yards. On defense, Fingar had an amazing 29 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Jack Petersen had 14 tackles and Mekhi Mahan finished with 10 tackles.

Includes reporting by Keith Prather