The Marcus Whitman Wildcat football remained perfect as the 2017 regular season passed its midpoint. The undefeated Wildcats easily defeated Lyons/Sodus 60-14 Sept. 22 in Gorham to improve their record to 4-0. Whitman will put their perfect season on the line next Friday night when they take on another undefeated team, the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles. At stake will be first place in the Finger Lakes West League standings.
The Wildcats wasted little time taking control of their game against the Lions. MW’s Dylan Howell ran the opening kickoff back 83 yards for a touchdown to take a quick 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Riley McLoud scooped up a fumble and scurried 20 yards for another score. McLoud tallied again on an 11-yard run, and Ryan Herod gathered in a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Parker Smith. When the dust settled on the first 12 minutes of play, the scoreboard read Marcus Whitman 28, Lyons/Sodus 0.
Marcus Whitman continued to dominate this game, piling up four more touchdowns before Lyons could answer. Jake Hill scored on a 1-yard run which was quickly followed by a 31-yard touchdown run by Dylan Howell. Whitman’s Austin Smith sprinted 62 yards to pay dirt to give the Wildcats a 54-8 lead. Lyons would score their second TD to narrow the gap a bit, but Wildcat sophomore Cyrus Sheppard tallied another hometown touchdown on a 9-yard run.
The final horn sounded, giving Whitman another impressive victory 60-14. The Wildcat offense was clicking on all cylinders. Austin Smith grounded out 105 yards while teammates Dylan Howell and Jake Hill added 94 and 38 rushing yards respectively. Quarterback Parker Smith went 4 for 5 passing picking up 54 yards and a touchdown. The Wildcat defense was certainly also up to their task. The Whitman 11 heads to Clyde-Savannah with a full head of steam. This Friday’s Finger Lakes West showdown should be a classic endeavor for both teams with first place on the line.
CG Finney 46 Dundee 43
The Dundee Scots entertained the CG Finney Falcons Sept. 23 in Dundee. The contest was the feature event of Dundee’s homecoming weekend. The battling Scots were hoping to score their first victory of the season before the partisan homecoming crowd. Unfortunately for the Scotsmen, they came up a little short. Finney held off a frantic Dundee comeback attempt with time running out to post a 46-43 win.
The afternoon featured a series of comeback bids by the hometown Scots. After trailing 14-0, Dundee tied the score at 14, with their second TD coming from a fumble recovery by Preston Cratsley on the kick-off after their first touchdown. The Scotsmen rallied to cut the lead to a single touchdown. They trailed at the half 28-21 and after 3 quarters 34-27. With time running out in the game, Dundee once again rallied to cut the Finney lead to 46-43.
They successfully recovered the ensuing onside kick and the stage was set for a memorable, come-from-behind Dundee homecoming win. But an interception short-circuited their dream comeback attempt with only 34 seconds left in the game. CG Finney held on for the 46-43 win. Dundee falls to 0-4 with a tough game against Red Jacket in Shortsville Saturday looming. They will look for that elusive first win against a very tough Red Jacket team.
Kyle Cratsley accounted for 3 of Dundee’s touchdowns against Finney. Sam Richards and Ryan Prior added a touchdown each while Preston Cratsley scored a TD on a 3-yard passing play. Sam Richards rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries. Austin Brace added another 45 yards. Defensively, Richards recorded 10 tackles while Joshua Cramer and Ryan Prior had 7 tackles each.