Dundee Sports: Dundee falls to Red Jacket in home opener; girl's soccer falls to Watkins Glen

Gary Pinneo
Dundee’s QB # 11 Kyle Cratsley launches a long pass.

The 2015 Finger Lakes West champion Red Jacket Indians traveled to Dundee to open the new Finger Lakes West League schedule against the hometown Scots Sept. 3. The opener featured two teams who have developed quite a rivalry in the past few seasons. Both teams normally are battling for the league title and both programs always feature some old-fashioned, hard nose football.

Red Jacket defeated Dundee 41-38 in last year's regular season contest in Manchester. The Indians also defeated Dundee in the Section V tournament. They ended last season with a 8-1 record. Dundee was 4-4. This was a new season, and hopes are always high, but the Red Jacket 11 quickly showed the crowd at Scotsmen Field Saturday afternoon why they are the favorite to repeat as champions. The powerful Red Jacket running game with a few precision passing plays propelled the Indians to an easy 44-13 win over the hometown Scots.

The teams played a close first quarter, with both teams moving the ball without scoring. Red Jacket finally scored with 5 minutes left in the opening stanza to take a 8-0 lead. Dundee countered with a couple of nice passing plays featuring Kyle Cratsley to Jared Jayne and Cratsley to Richard Samuel. But a fumble curtailed the drive. The first quarter ended with Red Jacket leading 8-0.

The second quarter was completely dominated by the visiting Indians. They scored 3 unanswered touchdowns to take a 30-0 lead at the half. Dundee's offense was totally stymied in the quarter. And the rugged Red Jacket offense was taking its toll on the Scotsmen defense. The Dundee defense was on the field for most of the quarter and were wearing down.

Red Jacket upped their winning margin to 44-0 in the third quarter. In the final 12 minutes, Dundee's offense showed a little life. Cratsley connected again on a couple of passing plays to Ryan Prior and Billy Bowers to move the ball inside the Red Jacket 10 yard line. Quarterback Cratsley scored Dundee's first touchdown of the year on a 1-yard run. Troy Smith kicked the extra point to make the score 44-7. Damon Empson scampered 7 yards later in the quarter to score TD number 2. The kick attempt failed. The scoreboard read Red Jacket 44, Dundee 13. This would be the final score.

Dundee (0-1) will hit the road next Saturday and travel to Syracuse. They will play a non-league game against Section 3 Hannibal. Like any first game, mistakes were made and adjustments are in order. But there is a lot of football yet to play in the 2016 season. The Coach Sheldon Gibson led Dundee Scotsmen know how to play football. They will be back. 

Girl's Soccer

Watkins Glen 5 Dundee 0

The Dundee girl's soccer team opened their 2016 season with a non-league game against Watkins Glen Aug. 30. The hometown Watkins squad scored 5 goals and kept the visiting Scots off the score sheet defeating Dundee 5-0. Dundee goalkeeper Andi Wood was busy in the nets making 20 saves.