Mustangs romp over Waterloo for 5th straight win; Penn Yan takes first place in FL East race

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's # 44 Brennan Prather drops in under a Waterloo overthrown pass for an interception.

The Penn Yan Mustang football team is on a roll. The Orange and Blue gridiron squad continued to grind out wins with a combination of diverse offense and stout, rough defense. Penn Yan traveled to Waterloo Sept. 29 to take on a good Waterloo Indian team in a key Finger Lakes East matchup. The Mustangs were looking to keep their winning streak intact while the hometown Indians looked to upset the Mustangs and get back into the race. The two teams were set to lock horns on the new rug at Tom Coughlin Stadium.

Penn Yan jumped out to an 18-0 lead at the half, and rolled to a 46-20 victory. The Mustangs scored 22 points in the final 12 minutes to cement the win and move to 5-0 on the season. The victory was made even sweeter a little later. East Rochester/Gananda, the other undefeated team in the Finger Lakes East going into Friday night’s action, was upset 11-6 by Wayne. When Friday night’s games ended, Penn Yan owned sole possession of first place in the conference with a 5-0 record with ER/Gananda and Geneva right behind with 4-1 records. Penn Yan plays Geneva at home this Saturday at 5 p.m. and East Rochester/Gananda on the road the following Friday. Things should be very interesting on the local gridiron front with a possible Finger Lakes East championship on the line.

Friday’s Mustang win held to their normal script and game plan. They started out the gate a little slow on offense but kicked into high gear as the game played on. And the Penn Yan defense was up to the task, keeping the game close until the offense stepped up. And like last week, the weather was a slight factor. Last week during the homecoming game against Midlakes, it was an almost tropical, mid-summer atmosphere. Friday’s game was played in a sometimes driving rainstorm with falling temperatures. Such it the Upstate New York autumn climate.

Penn Yan quarterback Will Rogers connected on 4 touchdown passes to pace the Penn Yan offense. Desmond Battin grabbed 3 of these touchdown strikes. He scored on a 5-yard pass in the first quarter, a 58-yard TD strike in the 2nd quarter, and added a 17-yard touchdown reception in the 3rd quarter. Mustang senior Dylan Stape caught a 58-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. He also added rushing touchdowns on runs of 12 yards and 64 yards in the 4th quarter. Will Rogers accounted for Penn Yan’s other score on a 35-yard interception in the final stanza. The Mustang passing and running game was up to the task. Four touchdown passes from quarterback Will Rogers and 2 rushing touchdowns and over 100 yards on the ground from Dylan Stape and Conner Fingar. A winning combination.

And of course, the Penn Yan defense once again was up to the task. Jack Peterson, Riley Brittingham, Conner Fingar, Dylan Stape, Jacob Lass, and a strong supporting cast contained a very good Waterloo Indian offense. Penn Yan also had key interceptions from Brennan Prather, Desmond Battin, and Will Rogers in the winning effort.

Clyde-Savannah 34 Marcus Whitman 8

The Marcus Whitman Wildcat football team lost their first game of the season Sept. 29, falling to Clyde-Savannah 34-8 in Clyde. The Wildcats fall to 4-1 in the Finger Lakes West with the loss. Jake Hill scored the lone Wildcat touchdown on a 5-yard run. Dylan Howell recorded an interception for the Wildcats. He also rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.

Red Jacket 38 Dundee 14

The Dundee football mission to capture win number one will have to wait one more week. The Scots have played hard this season, but picking up that first win of the 2017 season has been difficult. They had hoped to reverse their fortunes on Saturday afternoon in Shortsville against the Red Jacket Indians. But the hometown eleven used a strong, ground control game jumping out a quick 24-0 lead at the half and glided to a 38-14 Finger Lakes West victory. The win improved Red Jacket's record to 4-1. Dundee falls to 0-5.

Red Jacket, behind the bullish running of John Sharp, scored on their first two possessions in the first quarter. He ended the afternoon with a touchdown and over 140 yards rushing on 27 carries. The Dundee offense had a difficult time getting untracked until later in the second half. The Red Jacket up-tempo offense totally controlled the game. In fact, the Dundee offense did not touch the ball in the 3rd quarter until there was only a couple of minutes left. It was 32-0 at that time.

Dundee finally got on the board early in the 4th quarter. After some strong running by Sam Richards, Ryan Prior scored on a 3-yard run. The PAT kick failed. Dundee cut the lead to 32-6. Red Jacket answered with their final tally of the game. Dundee's Josh Cramer scampered 41 yards for a Scotsman touchdown with time running down in the 4th quarter. Kyle Cratsley converted the 2 points and the scoreboard read 38-14. That would be the final score.

Dundee will try and enter the win column next Saturday afternoon. They will host Mynderse in their final scheduled home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.