Penn Yan defeats Pal-Mac 46-25; Dundee Scots head to homecoming after 28-14 victory over Lyons
After dropping their first game of the season last week, the Penn Yan Mustang football team looked to quickly right the ship on Friday night in Palmyra. And the right the ship they did. Exploding for 36 points in the first half, the Mustang gridiron forces parlayed that early game outburst into a 45-25 win over the hometown Red Raiders at Pal-Mac. The win improved the Orange and Blue record to 3-1 with another key matchup against Newark on the road looming this coming Friday. Pal-Mac falls to 1-3 in the Finger Lakes East with the loss.
Friday’s game in Palmyra featured a summer finale encore from Mother Nature. With a good size dose of mid-summer thunderstorms swirling the area, the Mustangs and Red Raiders squared off in this Finger Lakes East tussle. But in the end, it was the Mustang’s ability to fill the air with footballs that would be the final factor. Penn Yan’s senior quarterback Will Rogers enjoyed a stellar evening, completing 20 out of 28 passes for 370 yards and connecting for 5 touchdowns. Kyle Berna was his favorite target. They connected 8 times for 190 yards with 2 of the Mustang touchdowns.
Conner Fingar also enjoyed a productive evening offensively. He grabbed 8 passes for 124 yards, including one touchdown. Fingar also rushed for 34 more yards and ran in one score. Brennan Prather added 2 catches for 75 yards while teammate Bryan Duran had 2 receptions for 62 yards. The Mustang air express was in full production for sure with the high-powered Orange and Blue offense clicked again for 45 more points. And the unsung contributors of the game, the linemen, certainly spearheaded with great blocking, another Mustang offensive outburst.
The Orange and Blue defense was also up to the task when need. Conner Fingar accounted for 17 tackles and 2 sacks. Andrew Garren added 8 tackles with 2 sacks. Junior Brennan Prather picked up 6 tackles and also had 2 key interceptions. Riley Brittingham also had 7 tackles and 1 sack while Dominic Ferlito recorded 2 tackles and 1 interception. The Mustang defense was also up to the task.
If you are putting together a formula for success. A dominant, electric offense and a stout, stingy defense is a combination. The Penn Yan Mustang gridiron crew was that on Friday night in Palmyra.
With a relatively short regular season of just 7 games, every win is so important for the Mustang gridiron forces. With the Mustangs winning 3 out their first four games this season, the season is already past the halfway point. This coming Friday’s Finger Lakes East match with the Reds from Newark will be another critical league contest. Every game is tough and important. But two weeks down the line, Penn Yan will play their final home game of the regular season, and it will be against a very talented Wayne Eagles team.
First place in the league could be on the line in the contest. Both Penn Yan and Wayne are very talented teams. This should be the biggest game of the season for both teams. And by the way, this will also be homecoming weekend in Penn Yan and also the weekend that the 2018 Class of the Penn Yan Academy Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted.
And don’t forget, this homecoming football game will be played on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 6 starting at 1 p.m.
Dundee 28 Lyons 14
The Dundee Scotsmen battled the Lyons Lions on the road Friday night in Lyons. The Maroon and White gridiron crew was looking to even their Finger Lakes West record at 2-2 with a win. The nasty line of thunderstorms hampered this effort with a weather-driven delay, but in the end, Dundee accomplished their goal. Dundee, using a very effective ground game, downed the hometown Lions 28-14 and successfully reached the .500 mark with the regular season at the halfway point.
Dundee pounded out the big league win with a grinding ground game. Joshua Cramer picked up 94 yards on 15 carries and also ran for a touchdown. Austin Brace added 84 yards running and also bulled his way for a touchdown. Kenny Empson rushed for 56 yards on 6 carries and also scored a TD. And talented quarterback Preston Cratsley ran for 61 yards on 12 carries and also accounted for a Dundee touchdown. Gabriel Kirkendall grabbed 3 passes for 20 yards and also ran for another 61 yards. With the strong rushing numbers posted by the Scotsmen offense, it is also obvious, the Scotsmen linemen did a bang up job in the trenches.
Dundee’s defense was also up to the task on Friday night in Lyons. Kenny Empson recorded 5 tackles and 5 sacks. Joshua Cramer added 6 tackles. Brian Kreidler accounted for 7 solo tackles. Joshua Cramer recovered a Lyon’s fumble.
The Scotsmen will look to extend their winning streak to three on Saturday afternoon against a very tough Red Jacket team. This will also be homecoming weekend in Dundee.
The Marcus Whitman Wildcat hosted Oakfield/Alabama in the area’s 8 Man League. This was the Wildcat’s second game in the modified 8 man league. They dropped their season opener to Holley last week. This game was also Marcus Whitman’s first home game of the season. But there would be a third factor in this Friday night contest —Mother Nature.
The hometown Wildcats fell behind early in this tilt but rallied late in the half. Oakfield/Alabama held a 36-18 lead midway through the third quarter when the rains came halting play. The wet weather finally left, but a threat for lightning remained. After a lengthy delay, the game was finally suspended. The two teams will resume action Monday evening at a site to be determined.