Mustangs win third straight game: Penn Yan downs ER-G 29-20

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's Austin Finger jumps for a reception in the Mustangs' victory against East Rochester-Gananda.

The Penn Yan Mustang football team extended their current winning streak to three, with a come from behind 29-20 victory over the ER-Gananda Bombers at Penn Yan's Mustang Field.

For nearly half the game, it looked like the visitors from Monroe County would prevail. They scored on their first possession of the game to take an early 6-0 lead. The Mustangs scored on a 50-yard touchdown run by Isaah Prosser at the 6:26 mark to tie the score. Austin Fingar added the P.A.T. to give the hometown squad a 7-6 lead, but this would be short-lived.

The Bombers scored twice to take a 20-7 advantage with time running out in the half. But the Mustangs orchestrated a quick 6-play, 63-yard drive capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Tanner Irwin. The point after was successful once again, and the half ended with East Rochester/Gananda leading 20-14.

Penn Yan surprised the Bombers with an onside kick to open the second half, but a Mustang fumble thwarted their secnd half opening drive. Penn Yan picked off a pass on the next play, and from that point on, it was all Penn Yan — that is to say, all Tanner Irwin, the rest of the way.

The Mustang's junior quarterback literally carried his team to victory. He scored on a 15-yard run at 4:32 of the third quarter. Austin Fingar nailed the extra point, and Penn Yan regained the lead at 21-20, an advantage they would not give up.

Irwin put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. He engineered a 14-play, 68-yard drive and scored from 3 yards out to increase Penn Yan's lead to 27-20. Irwin bulled his way into the end zone with the 2-point conversion and the Mustangs enjoyed a 29-20 advantage with just 7 minutes left in the game. This was Tanner Irwin's eighth touchdown of the season.

The ER Bombers needed to score twice with little time remaining and had to take some chances. The Mustang defense stepped up and forced several mistakes. The stout Penn Yan defense would not allow the Monroe County eleven any momentum, much to the delight of the large pro-Mustang crowd. The final buzzer sounded and the Orange and Blue gridiron crew was victorious again. Final score Penn Yan 29, ER-Gananda 20.

With the win, Penn Yan improved their Finger Lakes East League mark to 2-2. They are 3-2 overall. Next Friday, Penn Yan will travel to Newark to take on the struggling Reds. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 . The Orange and Blue will try and roll to a fourth straight victory.