September 9, 2006


Purple Lions soccer boys gives Cardinals the boot


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Tim Finnerty (21) of Dryden leaps for a pass in the end zone which was deflected by Owego Freedefender Andy Race (10) who was helped out by Parker Evans (3) on the play. Visiting Owego won 41-23, dropping the Purple Lions to 0-2 on the season.

NEWARK VALLEY — After scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes of play, Dryden High boys netted two more goals to build a 4-2 halftime advantage en route to a 5-2 Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I win over host Newark Valley Friday.
In other IAC action, Marathon shutout Groton 2-0, Elmira Notre Dame blanked Trumansburg 2-0, Southern Cayuga posted a 3-0 win over Union Springs, Candor clubbed Newfield 9-0, Odessa-Montour topped Tioga 3-0 and Lansing mauled Moravia 10-0.
Dryden 5, Newark Valley 2: Trevor Totman and Taylan Allmendinger gave the Purple Lions (2-0-1 overall) a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, it took a pair of Kyle Clapper goals to keep Dryden in front 4-2 at the halftime intermission.
Allmendinger notched his second goal of the game five minutes into second-half play for the final 5-2 cushion as the Dryden defense held Newark Valley shotless in the second half. Allmendinger recorded two assisting during the match with Totman and Christopher Streeter each assisting once.
“It was a good game for us,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “We played a lot of guys in the second half so everyone got quality minutes. We were a little tired from the Lansing game earlier in the week.
“We moved the ball well, but we did not finish off some of our runs. We made some adjustments for the second half and that was key to keeping Newark Valley from getting any shots in the second half.”
Tom Weaver made four saves in the first half for the Purple Lions while Brad Waterman was not challenged during the second half. Dan Schnitzler stopped 16 shots for Newark Valley (3-1).
Marathon2, Groton 0: Zach Salisbury scored in the first half while Ben McDonald added a second-half tally as Marathon improved to 3-0 with the two-goal Division III victory.
Brett Padbury sent a long ball down the flank that Salisbury ran to. Salisbury settled the ball and moved in on goalkeeper Kyle Yunger (19 saves). Salisbury won this one-on-one battle for the halftime lead.
“We really controlled play, but we were impatient,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “We are a little banged up.”
Yunger played a great game in goal for Groton, who hung tough and played hard. We could not get the knockout punch to put Groton away. Give them a lot of credit. Groton played hard.
Owego 41, Dryden 23: Rex Hollenbeck scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns as Dryden scored all of its points in the final 12 minutes during a 41-23 setback to visiting Owego. Hollenbeck had an 86-yard scoring run; an 85-yard kickoff return and he hauled in an 18-yard scoring pass from Doug Bushnell. Josh Horton ran the two-point conversion after the kickoff return, while Justin Earl kicked the extra point for the final Purple Lion point.
Owego scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters for a 28-0 lead before adding six more points in the third quarter while building a 34-0 lead.
Aaron White, who rushed for 72 yards and caught three passes for 42 yards, scored three touchdowns for Owego.
Oxford 39, Groton 0: Oxford rolled to a 39-0 shutout over Groton at Blackhawk Stadium Friday night. Scott Shackelton rushed for 81 yards and three touchdowns for the winners.     



Late TDs top Phoenix 22-15 —

Great escape for Trojans!

Staff Writer

PHOENIX — After a lackluster first half of football, Homer Central found itself trailing 7-0 to host Phoenix in Section 3 B-West action Friday afternoon.
Two great offensive play calls and two great defensive stands allowed the Trojans to score 14 points in the final 4:14 as Homer escaped with a hard-fought 22-15 triumph and a perfect 2-0 division and overall record.
The Trojan defense stuffed Phoenix on their first offensive possession of the third quarter. A brief offensive spurt then allowed the Trojans to take an 8-7 lead after a one-yard Mark Brenchley run and a successful two-point conversion pass from Tristan Hartnett to Will Connery with 5:38 left in the quarter.
The Firebirds responded and retook a 15-8 advantage when Paul Raymond scampered 39 yards for the touchdown just 71 seconds later. Raymond then ran the successful two-point conversion. Neither team would score against until late in the game.
Homer needed to dig down deep as Phoenix drove to the Trojan two-yard line with less than five minutes left in the game and had a chance to put some big insurance points on the board. Phoenix quarterback Mike McMonagle fumbled the snap and Brenchley pounced on the loose ball at the seven-yard line to give the Trojans life.
On the very next play, Hartnett ran the option to the right side and found an opening. The senior quarterback raced to the Homer 35 and was about to be tackled when he pitched the ball to Brenchley, the trailing runner on the play. Brenchley (22 carries-151 yards) cut back towards the middle of the field, dodged two defenders and raced towards the near sideline. As he approached the Phoenix 10-yard line, it appeared he would be caught from behind, but Brenchley took the contact, kept his balance and tumbled into the end zone for six points. The two-point conversion failed, but the Trojans only trailed 15-14.



CHS experiences second-half woes

Staff Writer

MEXICO — Friday night’s Section 3 Class A American Division football contest between visiting Cortland High and host Mexico was a hard-fought, close struggle between two evenly-matched teams.
Then the second half came around.
With the game tied 7-7, the hosts received the second-half kickoff and marched 70 yards in six plays to take the lead for good. Mexico then scored on their next five possessions as well before ending the game with a kneel-down inside the CHS five-yard line the last time they had the ball.
The end result was a 47-20 Mexico victory — the Tigers’ first league win in five seasons, spent moving between Class A and B. It also avenged a 20-18 Cortland crossover win on the same field last season that denied Mexico a winning season.
So what happened?
“They were running the same plays, to the unbalanced side,” Cortland coach Jim Brown said in hushed tones while sitting against a wall outside his team’s locker room. “We’ll have to look at the film. I think a lot of it was the fact that they had more emotion and intensity in the second half than we did. They didn’t do anything different than what we’d practiced against all week. Maybe we were overpursuing; they ran a lot of cutbacks.
“We start the game out well but can’t sustain it,” he added. “If we lose momentum we don’t get it turned around. I don’t know what the answer is. Is it lack of depth, or conditioning? We have to play a full game, and in these first two weeks (including a 28-0 opening loss to visiting Jamesville-DeWitt), we haven’t. If we’d get a full 48-minute game, I think we’d be a good team.”
“We made some minor adjustments – Cortland had done a good job of shutting us down — and fortunately they worked out,” said Mexico coach Tee Murabito, whose team is now 1-1. “We used some different blocking schemes, and took what they gave us instead of trying to force the issue like we had in the first half. The kids understood it; fortunately, we have experienced linemen who can do things on the fly, while I think their lines are more inexperienced, so it’s harder to do.
“We also reminded them of last year’s game, and told the seniors in particular that if they wanted to make sectionals that they’d have to do something in the second half. I think we started to wear them down, and then, obviously good things happen.”
As decisive as the second half was in Friday’s outcome, Cortland’s failure to add to an early lead in the first half was also a big factor.