Clyde-Savannah 34 Dundee 16
The Dundee Scots football team hosted the defending Section V Class D champion Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles under the portable lights Saturday evening in Dundee. After dropping their opening night game in Dansville, the young Scotsmen 11 hoped to kick off their 2018 Finger Lakes West schedule with a win over the talented Eagles.
And for three quarters, the Dundee squad had their guests on the ropes. After trailing 14-8 at the half, Dundee mounted an impressive drive in the third quarter and scored to take a 16-14 lead. But the visiting Eagles from Clyde are defending champions for a reason. They answered the Dundee TD with one of their own in the third quarter to retake the lead at 22-16. The Golden Eagles tallied twice more in the final stanza to fly off with a 34-16 victory.
Clyde-Savannah opened the scoring at the 5:48 mark of the first quarter after capitalizing on a Dundee fumble. Dundee used the running of quarterback Preston Cratsley to mount a scoring drive of their own. As time ran out in the first quarter, Dundee enjoyed a first and goal on the Clyde-Savannah 4 yard line.
A penalty pushed Dundee back to the 23-yard line in the opening minute of the second quarter. On 4th down, Preston Cratsley connected with Austin Gibson on a 23-yard scoring strike. Brian Kreidler grabbed a pass for a 2-point conversion and the score was tied at 8. The Golden Eagles answered with a 16-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-8 lead at the half.
The Scotsmen played their best quarter of the game as the second half began. After a big punt return by Joshua Cramer, the Scotsmen began a scoring drive. Cratsley hit Kenny Empson with a 7-yard pass. Joshua Cramer concluded the 6-play, 68-yard scoring drive with an 11-yard touchdown rumble. Cramer also bulled in for the 2-point conversion to give Dundee their first lead of the game, 16-14. But Clyde-Savannah tallied again with 2 minutes left in the quarter. The third quarter ended with the Eagles leading 22-16.
Clyde-Savannah’s talented sophomore quarterback, Camden Chance dominated the final 12 minutes. He scored two touchdowns on runs of 33 and 73 yards. This would be too much for the Scotsmen to overcome. Time ran out with the Golden Eagles enjoying a 34-16 victory. But it was one of those games where the final numbers on the scoreboard were misleading. This game was much closer than the final score indicated.
The young Dundee offense showed signs of clicking. Quarterback Preston Cratsley ran and threw the ball well. Joshua Cramer also displayed some nifty running. An injury to Austin Brace midway through the contest did not help the Dundee effort. Clyde-Savannah’s Camden Chance was a major factor in the game. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more. But 16 penalties by Dundee for over 100 yards did not help the Scotsmen’s hope for an upset. It is all part of the learning process for a young team. The Scotsmen will look for win number one on Friday night at Tri-Town.