October 3, 2009


Groton scores early & often


Night game

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Groton’s Kyle Reed (33) hugs the sideline on a 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter while being trailed by Edison’s Zachary Lvanduski (53) and Eugene Barber (51) Friday night at Ross Field. State-ranked Groton rolled to a 50-12 victory.

GROTON — A 36-point opening quarter scoring spree carried Groton Central to another football victory.
The Indians rolled past visiting Elmira Heights Edison by a lopsided 50-12 margin Friday night at soggy Ross Field, as five touchdowns in the first quarter pretty much settled this Section 4 Division VIII mis-match between first and last place squads.
A 72-yard burst by Kyle Reed and a 95-yard end zone trek by Ethan Tilebein capped that opening quarter that enabled Groton to coast to its fourth victory in five contest this season. The Indians came into the game ranked 14th in the most recent Class D state poll.
Tilebein finished with 272 yards rushing on only seven carries, as he also had touchdown runs covering 45 and 70 yards in the opening half where Groton grabbed a 42-0 lead. Reed ran for two touchdowns, and finished with 94 yards on just four carries.
Sam Wright has ran for a pair of touchdowns as the Indians finished with 474 yards — all on the ground. The Indians just punted once the entire evening.
Elmira Heights Edison falls to 0-4 in Division VIII and 0-5 overall.
Groton visits Newfield next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Dryden 21, Lansing 20: Dryden High escaped against a fired-up Lansing squad playing for the first time for debuting head coach Tom Policay.
A trick play by the Bobcats, Craig Esposito taking a reverse handoff and throwing a 62-yard touchdown pass to quarterback T.J. Cretney, got the hosts to within 21-20 with 10:32 left to play. That’s when Dryden’s Matt Bell blocked the extra-point try, as the Purple Lions held on to improve to 4-1 on the season with a fourth straight victory.
Dryden went ahead for keeps in the last snap of the third quarter, as Colby Gee caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Barber. Gee booted what proved to be the decisive PAT.
Dryden’s James Gleason assumed the bulk of the carries after starting tailback Pat Perkins was injured on defense following a 28-yard touchdown run to open the scoring in the first quarter. Gleason had a game-high 99 yards on 18 carries for the winners, while Dana Christofferson had a 7-yard run ini the second quarter that put the Purple Lions up 14-7.
Lansing (2-3) was looking to bounce back from a week highlighted by the resignation of Bob Bratner earlier in the week, past Ithaca High assistant coach Policay taking over the reigns.
Besides his touchdown toss that gave the Bobcats that fourth quarter chance to pull even, Esposito also had a 47-yard touchdown run for Lansing and Colden Knapp a 20-yard TD scamper.
Knapp rushed for 91 yards on 13 carries, Esposito 68 yards on four carries.
Dryden hosts Johnson City this coming Friday, a 7 p.m. Volante Field start.