Penn Yan Sports: Boy's soccer shuts out Midlakes; Football drops opener

Gary Pinneo
The Penn Yan varsity football team run through a paper banner held by the varsity cheerleaders. They opened their game with the help of the Jr. Mustang football teams and cheer squads.

The Penn Yan Mustang football team opened their 2016 campaign Friday night, Sept. 2 against a powerful East Rochester/Gananda team at Mustang Field in Penn Yan. The game marked the debut of new Mustang Head Coach Paul Giovine.

The East Rochester/Gananda Bombers are considered to be a favorite to win the Finger Lakes East title. Penn Yan played the Bombers fairly close in the first half, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. But ER/G eventually took control of the contest, and pulled away to 34-14 victory.

The Mustangs moved the ball on offense in the first half, and contained the high-powered Bomber offense. After a scoreless first quarter, Penn Yan jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 6 yard scoring strike from Jesse Bailey to Will Rogers. The 2 point conversion try failed. East Rochester /Gananda countered shortly after scoring on a 4 minute drive. They converted the extra point and led 7-6 with just a little over 3 minutes left in the first half. Neither team could mount a scoring threat in the final minutes of the half. With 24 minutes finished, the visiting Bombers from East Rochester led 7-6.

The Bombers scored rapidly in the third quarter. They tallied a touchdown on the opening drive of the second half and notched another with a 6-yard passing play. The third quarter ending with East Rochester leading 20-6.

The Orange and Blue made a move to get back in the game in the 4th quarter. Sophomore Will Rogers snagged a fumble on a Penn Yan punt, and galloped 60 yards for a touchdown. It was his second touchdown of the contest. Riley Marsh scampered in with the 2-point conversion and Penn Yan was back in the game, trailing 20-14 with most of the 4th quarter remaining. But once again East Rochester/Gananda regained control. They scored 2 more touchdowns and pulled away to the 34-14 victory.

The Mustang defense played well in the opener. Jack Peterson, Cadin Lloyd, Preston Pedersen, Chris Rossi, and a host of Penn Yan defenders worked hard to contain a very potent Bomber offense. Eventually the consistent East Rochester/Gananda running game wore them down. On offense, Penn Yan showed some promise also. Dylan Stape and Desmond Battin picked up yardage in the first half. Penalties plagued the Orange and Blue. The Mustangs were flagged 7 times. This short circuited any real momentum. But it was the first time out for a very young Penn Yan team. They will improve and be a tough team to beat if they play well. The talent is there.

Penn Yan falls to 0-1 after week one. They will travel to Geneva Friday to take on another tough Finger Lakes East foe. Adjustments will be needed for Penn Yan. But it will be an interesting game. Those Penn Yan / Geneva games always are. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boy's Soccer

Penn Yan 4 Midlakes 0

The Penn Yan Mustang boy's soccer team opened their 2016 schedule on the road against Midlakes. The Mustangs picked up a 4-0 shutout win over the hometown Eagles. Penn Yan's Derek Riviello scored 2 goals to pace the Mustang attack. Alex Theismeyer and Brandon Smith also scored goals for the Orange and Blue. Jackson Arnold recorded 4 saves in the nets for Penn Yan (1-0).