Dundee Scots win emotion-packed game

Gary Pinneo
# 2 Colin Prior scores the second Scot’s touchdown.

The Dundee Scots football program has developed into one of the top small school gridiron programs in the state over the past several seasons.  

The Maroon and White have built a tradition of winning that has captured numerous Finger Lakes West titles and Section V championships, earning them a berth in the New York State championship tournament in recent years.  Winning has become the normal result, and perfection is always expected.  The Dundee community has bought into this success story big time.  The entire town turns out to root on their Scots.  They truly love their team and the players.  They are part of one big Dundee football family.

With success, of course, comes pressure. The gridiron Scots and their fans are no stran-gers to pressure and the emotions it can generate.  

Until this year, these emotions were centered around just winning and losing a football game.  This past Saturday, the community’s emotional atmosphere was charged for a totally different reason — one that was much more draining than merely trying to win a football game.  

Christopher J. Scott, a Dundee Central School 2009 graduate and former Scotsman football player, was killed in action in Afghanistan a week earlier.  The Dundee community had lost one of their own and this pain hit home hard.  On this Saturday morning, the gallant young man was escorted home for one final time. The entire town turned out to honor their fallen hero, their native son.  And at the front of the line was the maroon and white clad Dundee Scot football team — former, current and future Scotsmen. The emotional impact of Saturday morning’s solemn event on the community and especially the young athletes was quite evident.

It was a draining experience for everyone.  Dundee Football Coach Sheldon Gibson faced a major task.  

Gibson had to quickly try to refocus his team on the game of football.  A couple of hours later, they had a game against a tough, traditional Finger Lakes West rival, South Seneca. Under normal circumstances this game would be difficult, but this was not a normal circumstance, and refocus they did.  They decided the team needed to win, not only for themselves, but for their former teammate

Christopher Scott, and most importantly they needed to win one for Dundee.  

Football could and would be part of the healing process for the Dundee community.  The Scots proved to be up to this daunting task, playing their hearts out and defeating South Seneca 27-19.

The Scotsmen were much more comfortable in game number two at their home away from home, Mustang Field in Penn Yan.  In their season opener a week earlier, nothing seemed to click as they lost to Lyons 31-0.  Dundee needed a win to right their ship.  

The Scots opened the game with a lot of energy that was missing the week before.  They built up a 27-6 lead after the first 24 minutes of play.  

Max Gorton opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 18-yard run.  The Scots were on the scoreboard for the first time in 2011.  

Anthony McAdams converted the P.A.T. kick, and the Scots led 7-0.  In the second quarter, Colin Prior grabbed a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Camacho.  The point after attempt failed, but Dundee upped their lead to 13-0.  

The intense Dundee defense took center stage next and dominated the rest of the half.  

Justin Brace picked up a South Seneca fumble forced by a big Dundee hit, and rumbled 53 yards to pay dirt.  

McAdams converted the point after kick and the scoreboard read Dundee 20, South Seneca 0 with time running out in the first half.

After the Falcons garnered a touchdown, Max Gorton tallied his second touchdown for the afternoon, this time with an outstanding defensive effort.  He intercepted a Falcon pass and sprinted 29 yards for another Dundee score. Anthony McAdams nailed the extra point, and the half ended with Dundee commanding a 27-6 lead.

It was apparent Dundee was operating mainly on adrenaline and emotion in this game.  The emotional crest for the Scots was bound to eclipse its peak, and it did in the second half.  

South Seneca grabbed the momentum, scoring a couple of touchdowns to cut the Dundee lead to 27-19.  

But one more time, the Scots reached deep down to regain control of the game.  The Dundee defense made a couple of key stops late in the game, and the offense converted two important third down and long plays to hang onto the ball.  The game clock eventually ran out on South Seneca and Dundee came off the field with a hard fought 27-19 victory.  Their first win of the season.

Brandon Camacho paced the Dundee offense, completing 8-of-15 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.  Greg Ellison rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries.  

The Scot’s defense was also up to the difficult task, containing a potent South Seneca offense for the most part and scoring two touchdowns of their own.  

Last Saturday was a special day for everyone involved.  The range of emotions was tremendous.  

Dundee honored their fallen hero.  The Dundee football team provided an emotional lift when the community needed it the most.  

Christopher Scott would certainly have been proud of his team.  

Before the game, Dundee Athletic Director Jennifer Hutches announced that Christopher Scott’s Dundee Football number 63, would be permanently retired.  A fitting honor on a very special day.

Each Dundee Cheerleader wore a yellow shirt honoring Christopher Scott.