The Penn Yan Mustang football team wrapped up their regular season schedule Friday night in Newark. The Orange and Blue gridiron crew entered this game against their Finger Lakes East opponent with a 1-5 record. The Reds were looking for their first win of the season. Ending the regular season on a high note was the order of the evening. In a nip and tuck first half, the hometown Reds outscored their guest 24-23 and looked to notch their first victory of the campaign. But the second half was a totally different story. The Mustangs dominated the final two stanzas, outscoring Newark 21-0. When the dust settled, Penn Yan merged a 44-24 winner.
The Mustang offense once again was led by their talented junior running back Dylan Stape. He rushed for 137 yards, and scored 3 more touchdowns to spark the Orange and Blue attack. Stape scored on runs of 77 and 11 yards. He also grabbed a 67-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Jesse Bailey. Desmond Battin also caught a 58-yard touchdown pass in the game. Battin also returned a punt 65 yards for a score. Rounding out the Mustang scoring ledger was Will Rogers. He scampered 65 yards to pay dirt. The night featured big play scoring runs by the Orange and Blue offense. Besides the potent running game, Jesse Bailey ended the evening with 182 passing yards and 2 touchdown passes. It was a spirited offensive showing in this regular season finale.
The Mustangs end their regular season with a 2-5 record. Newark finished 0-7. Neither team qualified for the Section V tournament this year.
Mynderse 34 Dundee 6
The Dundee Scots entered the 2016 Finger Lakes West campaign with a very young team and a lot of question marks. One question was how they were going to score points. Unfortunately for the Scotsmen, this question was never fully answered. Dundee traveled to Seneca Falls to take on Mynderse in their 2016 Finger Lakes West finale. Both teams were searching for their first league win of the season. But on this final evening of the regular season, the hometown Blue Devils possessed the scoring answers. They defeated Mynderse scored midway through the first quarter to grab the early 7-0 lead. But Dundee answered this score with a touchdown of their own with just 14 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Scotsmen trailed 7-6 after 12 minutes. But this would prove to be as close as they would get in this contest. Kyle Cratsley tossed a 60-yard scoring strike to Ryan Mynderse upped their lead to 19-6 at the half. Neither team scored in the third quarter. But the Blue Devils iced the game with 2 more touchdowns in the final quarter. Final score, Mynderse 34 Dundee 6. A frustrating regular season came to a close for the Yates County Scotsmen.
As with all young teams in any sport, inconsistency and mistakes sometimes hamper progress. The young Scotsmen moved the ball on occasions, but a turnover or mistake would short circuit the drive. But this is how young teams learn. Better days are certainly ahead for the Dundee gridiron program. They end their regular season with a 1-6 record. their sole win was a non-league victory over Section 3 Hannibal in week number two.
Red Jacket 48 Marcus Whitman 13
Marcus Whitman hosted Red Jacket in a Finger Lakes West match Friday night in Gorham. The high powered Red Jacket 11 showed why they are in first place in the league, outscoring the hometown Wildcats 48-13. Marcus Whitman ended their regular season with a 4-3 record.
Midlakes 4 Marcus Whitman 1
Midlakes hosted Marcus Whitman in Finger Lakes girl's soccer action Friday in Phelps. The hometown Eagles defeated their Wildcat guests 4-1 in this contest. Katrina Meyer recorded 10 saves in goal for Whitman