High School: Mustangs get first win in convincing fashion

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's # 37 Dylan Stape runs through the line for a long yardage gain.

The third week of the season and a little home cooking was the charm for the Penn Yan Mustang football team. After dropping their first two games of the season, the Orange and Blue gridiron bunch got on the winning side of the ledger with a convincing 52-6 romp over the Waterloo Indians Friday night, Sept. 16 in Penn Yan.

The Mustangs offense was in high gear all night, racking up huge yardage with both their passing and running games. Not to be out done, the Penn Yan defensive corps, led by Cadin Lloyd, Jacob Demay, O'Brien Dailey, Dylan Stape, Jack Peterson, and a host of blue clad defenders, completely stifled the Indian offense.

Penn Yan got on the scoreboard early in the first quarter and never looked back. Jacob Whitford grabbed a 35-yard scoring strike from Quarterback Will Rogers. The Mustangs converted the 2-point conversion and led 8-0 with the crowd still filing in. Penn Yan's talented Junior, Dylan Stape, bulled in from 7-yards out to increase the margin to 14-0 with a little over 2 minutes left in the opening quarter. After the first 12 minutes Penn Yan led 14-0.

Waterloo scored their only points of the evening in the 2nd quarter. After a poor Penn Yan punt, the Indians scored from 2 yards out to reduce the Penn Yan lead to 14-6. But from that point on, it was all Orange and Blue the rest of the way. Cadin Lloyd recovered a Waterloo fumble. Shortly after that, Rogers connected with Desmond Battin on a 21-yard touchdown pass. This scoring play was quickly followed by a dazzling 37-yard touchdown pass from Will Rogers to Conner Fingar, a circus catch followed by a nice run. Penn Yan led 26-6 at the half. The Mustang offense was firing on all cylinders in the opening 24 minutes. Dylan Stape had accounted for over 100 total yards with a full half of football remaining.

The third quarter was relatively quiet by comparison. Quarterback Will Rogers scored on a 7-yard run. Jacob Whitford kicked the extra point, and Penn Yan upped their lead to 33-6. Whitford also intercepted a pass in the quarter to stop a Waterloo drive.

The final stanza featured a stunning 70-yard touchdown run by Dylan Stape at the 9 minute mark. Four minutes later, Nick Irwin ran in a touchdown from 9 yards out. This TD was set up by a nice run by Chris Rossi. The Mustangs held a commanding 45-6 advantage at this point. The final Orange and Blue touchdown was converted by the Mustang's special team. Desmond Battin picked up a Waterloo fumble on the kickoff, and galloped into the end zone. Kyle Ingerick kicked the extra point. The scoreboard read Penn Yan 52, Waterloo 6. Win number one was in the books for the Mustang eleven. But it doesn't get any easier for the Orange and Blue. Up next, another Finger Lakes East tough opponent Midlakes. They travel to Phelps Friday to take on the Screaming Eagles. Midlakes is coming off a 20-8 win over Newark.

Lyons 47 Dundee 18

The Dundee Scots football team traveled to Lyons Sept. 17 to take on the Lions in a Finger Lakes West contest. The hometown Lions dominated in this contest, defeating the visiting Scots 47-18.

For Dundee, Damon Empson enjoyed another stellar game despite the losing results. He ran back a Lyons kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Later in the game, Empson scored on a 52-yard run. The other Dundee TD was scored on a run by Samuel Richards. The Scotsmen had trouble getting their passing game going in this game. Four interceptions by the Lyons defense squelched Dundee scoring drives.

Dundee falls to 1-2 with the loss. They are 0-2 in Finger Lakes West games.

Marcus Whitman 20 Trumansburg 13

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat 11 traveled to Trumansburg Saturday, Sept. 17 to play Tri-Town in a non-league game. The Wildcats picked up their second win of the season defeating their Tri-Town hosts 20-13.

MW's Jake Hill scored 2 touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards to key the Wildcat victory. Gavin McCumiskey tallied the other Whitman TD. He rushed for 95 yards. Dylan Howell added 102 yards rushing. The Whitman running game proved to be quite effective. Defensively, Andrew Wagner and Jake Hill recorded 10 tackles each while Gavin McCumiskey accounted for 12. Dylan Howell also had an inception.

A steady running game on offense and a solid defense was the perfect formula for Marcus Whitman to pick up win number two.