Geneva Panthers overpower Penn Yan Mustangs; Marcus Whitman falls to Red Jacket; Dundee bows to Mynderse as regular season football winds down
As the calendar moves into the second week of October, the completion of the regular season schedule for the three local high school football teams rapidly approaches. The Penn Yan, Dundee, and Marcus Whitman football teams entered the next to last weekend of the regular season with specific goals on their mind. The Penn Yan Mustang and Marcus Whitman gridiron forces faced huge games against tough opponents with league championship potential in play. Dundee, on the other hand, was looking to break a losing streak and jump into that elusive victory column. All three teams were on a mission, and unfortunately for local football fans, all three teams came up a little short in their mission.
Geneva 56 Penn Yan 42
All the ingredients were in place for a classic gridiron showdown between two longtime high school football rivals. The Penn Yan Mustangs and Geneva Panthers football game has been an intense confrontation for as long as the two schools played each other on the gridiron, some years have been a little more intense than others.
The 2017 season produced one of those classic showdowns when there was a little more on the line than just another win. The Mustangs entered the game as the only undefeated team in the Finger Lakes East at 5-0. Geneva, along with East Rochester/Gananda, hovered in second place with 4-1 records. The ER/G Bombers had already won their game against Waterloo the night before. A Geneva victory over Penn Yan would create a three-way tie in the FL East with one week remaining. A Penn Yan win would guarantee the Mustangs at least a share of the league championship. The stage was set for a class football donnybrook. A true, meaningful battle between two solid football programs and longtime rivals. The grandstands at Mustang Field in Penn Yan was packed. The weather was perfect. And if you like to see a lot of scoring, this game delivered. With a score that could easily been confused with a basketball game, Geneva defeated Penn Yan 56-42. All bets are off in the FL East championship race. Penn Yan travels to East Rochester/Gananda Friday night while Geneva hosts Midlakes. Tune in this weekend to see how this intense football story turns out.
Geneva scored on their first possession of the game, but Penn Yan answered with two touchdowns of their own to take a 14-6 lead after 12 minutes. The Mustangs tallied two touchdowns in 30 seconds to take the lead. Penn Yan quarterback Will Rogers connected with Dylan Stape on a 43-yard touchdown pass with 45 seconds left in the first quarter. After a Will Rogers fumble recovery, Rogers hit Dylan Stape once again on a 59-yard scoring pass. Like lightning in a jar, Penn Yan grabbed the lead.
Penn Yan’s torrid scoring machine continued their onslaught in the early minutes of the second quarter. Rogers connected with Brennan Prather on a 26-yard scoring strike and suddenly the hometown Mustangs enjoyed a 20-6 advantage. The Mustangs appeared to be grazing in high clover. But this game was far from over. The high-powered Geneva offense shifted into another gear. The Panthers scored two touchdowns to close out the first half. With this gridiron conflict half done, Geneva lead 21-20.
The Mustang scoring forces flexed their muscles again in the first minute of the second half. Talented Mustangs running back Dylan Stape showed why he is considered one of the best in Section V. He galloped, untouched, 60 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. The Mustangs regained the lead 26-21. But Geneva’s outstanding running game featuring the ultra-talented Davon Moore, tallied two quick touchdowns to forge ahead 35-26. But Will Rogers once again stepped up to the occasion. He tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Battin, his 15th touchdown pass of the year. When Brennan Prather grabbed the 2-point conversion pass, Penn Yan trailed by just 1 point, 35-34 with one quarter to play.
The Panthers scored in the early minutes of the final stanza to take a 42-34 lead. But Rogers fired a 65-yard scoring strike to Conner Fingar to quickly answer. Rogers ran in the 2-point conversion and the score was tied at 42 with 11 minutes remaining on the clock. Unfortunately for the exhausted Orange and Blue eleven and their fans, this would be their final scoring series of the game. Geneva pounded out two more scores and pulled away to the 56-42 victory.
Week six ended with a tough loss for the Mustangs. Rogers’ impressive, 5 touchdown passes would not be quite enough. The 5-1 Mustangs will have to quickly regroup. Another critical week is upon them. Week number seven, the regular season finale is here. And once again, everything will be on the line.
Mynderse 41 Dundee 32
It was “Friday Night Lights” in Dundee for the second time in the school’s history. The Dundee Scots hosted Mynderse Friday night in Dundee in a Finger Lakes West contest. Portable lights were brought in to Dundee for this game and the hometown Scots hoped to bring some light to the win column for the first time this season. The Scotsmen have been competitive in their first 5 games this season, but win number 1 has been elusive. They hoped a night home game might change their fortunes. But it was not to be. In a closely fought contest, Mynderse prevailed 41-32.
The two teams showcased some potent offense in this game. Dundee scored in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead. But the Blue Devils would take control of the game in the second half to pull away to the 42-31 victory. Dundee falls to 0-6 with the loss. They will conclude their regular season in Gorham against Marcus Whitman Friday night.
Sam Richards pounded out 191 yards on 19 carries for the Scots. He also scored two touchdowns. Ryan Prior added 52 yards on 9 carries while Billy Bowers contributed 45 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Kyle Cratsley connected on 3 of 9 passes for 109 yards. Ryan Prior grabbed 2 touchdown passes. Defensively for Dundee, Billy Bowers had 16 tackles and recovered a fumble. Joshua Cramer, Preston Cole, and Cameron Denmark also had fumble recoveries for the Scotsmen.
Red Jacket 30 Marcus Whitman 18
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat football team, despite losing their first game of the season last week to Clyde/Savannah, hoped to remain in the hunt the league title Friday night. The Wildcats traveled to Shortsville to take on the Red Jacket Indians. Both teams entered the game with just one loss in league play. The winner could still catch Clyde/Savannah on the final weekend of the season. The hometown Indians would win out. Red Jacket defeated Marcus Whitman 30-18. The game was closely played until Red Jacket finally pulled away in the second half.
Marcus Whitman falls to 4-2 with the loss. They will host Dundee Friday night in Gorham.