Dundee falls to Bishop Kearney 22-12

Gary Pinneo

The Dundee Scots journey to win another Section V Football title came to an abrupt end on Saturday afternoon. Dundee faced off against Bishop Kearney at Rochester's Aquinas Institute in the Class D semifinal game of the Section V Football Tournament. The combination of a tough BK King defense and a series of costly turnovers were too much for the Scots to overcome on this late October afternoon. Bishop Kearney scored 22 unanswered points to erase an early Dundee lead enroute to a 22-12 victory and a trip to the Class D finals against Red Jacket next weekend.

The afternoon started off in a positive way for the Yates County 11. On their first possession, Dundee mounted a six-minute, 65-yard drive to notch the first score of the game. Dakota Hanes scampered into the end zone from 19 yards out, and Dundee grabbed a quick 6-0 lead. The Scots held on to their slim margin until late in the second quarter. Bishop Kearney began to take control. They connected on a passing touchdown play to even the score. The 2-point conversion gave them the lead at 8-6.

Dundee thought they had a quick answer for the King's tally. On the ensuing kickoff, Jon Huber galloped 90 yards for an apparent score. But an illegal block nullified the touchdown. This, unfortunately for Dundee, foreshadowed more problems to come. Bishop Kearney registered two more touchdowns to grab a 22-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Dundee finally scored again on a 1-yard run by Brennan Krall to make the score 22-12. Dundee tried to get back into the game recovering an onside kick. But another turnover quickly put an end to any comeback bid. The Scots had 5 turnovers in the game. The clock ran out on the Scots on this game and their season. Bishop Kearney prevailed 22-12.

Dakota Hanes led the Dundee attack against Bishop Kearney. He rushed for 91 yards and scored a touchdown. Saturday's loss was disappointing for the Scotsmen and their fans for sure. But Dundee enjoyed a very fine season, winning 6 of 8 games.