Penn Yan routs Wayne 39-14

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Mustang football team won their fifth straight game and secured a second place finish in the Finger Lakes East with an impressive 39-14 win over the Wayne Eagles Oct. 17.

The Mustangs finished their regular season schedule with a 5-2 record. Penn Yan and Geneva ended the regular season with identical 5-2 records, but Geneva will win the FL East title because they lost only one league game.

The Mustangs handed Geneva their only league loss in week four, but the Orange and Blue dropped two games in league play. The 5-2 record is the most successful season Penn Yan has enjoyed since 2005, when they finished with a 6-1 record. The Section V Class B tournament will start next weekend. The Mustangs should claim a top four seed and have a home game in the first round.

The Mustangs put on an impressive show for their home crowd, rolling to their highest offensive output of the season. Quarterback Tanner Irwin scored 4 touchdowns on runs of 1 yard, 5 yards, 28 yards, and 1 yard. The Mustang's dynamic QB was named a Section V Player of the Week for his efforts against East Rochester-Gananda a couple of weeks ago. Friday's performance was as good, if not better.

Jacob Covert scored Penn Yan's first touchdown on a 1 yard passing play from Tanner Irwin. He had set up this score with a big 22-yard reception one play earlier. He had an outstanding evening offensively for the Orange and Blue. Austin Fingar and Isaah Prosser also dazzled the big Senior Night Crowd at Mustang Field. They consistently picked up huge yardage as the Mustang running game took control of the game.

The Orange and Blue offensive line dominated a good Wayne defense. Penn Yan also cut way back on penalties. They are playing their best football at just the right time, or so it seems. The Section V Class B is their next hurdle.

The Mustangs entered this contest with the best defensive numbers in the Finger Lakes League, allowing only 92 points. Penn Yan's defense did not let down in this key match up with a very potent Wayne offense. The Eagles scored only 1 touchdown against the Mustang defense. Their other TD was scored on a kickoff return. The Mustang defense also accounted for a touchdown when Eric Riehl picked off a Wayne pass and scampered 27 yards to paydirt.

The regular season finale was near perfect for the hardworking Mustangs. And the large and appreciative crowd that showed up gave their hometown team some spirited and loud support. As the clock ran down, the Mustangs earned a well deserved standing ovation. Mustang Gridiron mania is back in full force.