October 5, 2013
Wright ignites Groton offense
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Zeke Wright (22) of Groton runs through the Watkins Glen defense for his second TD of the first quarter Friday night at Ross Field. Wright ran for 265 yards and four touchdowns in Groton’s 48-18 win.
GROTON — After a first quarter exchange of touchdowns, Groton Central was able to pull away and knock off Watkins Glen 48-18 in Friday’s Section 4 football match-up at Ross Field.
Zeke Wright ran for four touchdowns as the Indians bounced back from last week’s 14-0 shutout loss at Moravia with an impressive offensive show that posted points in all four quarters. Wright rushed for 265 yards on only 13 carries, including lone-distance scampers covering 65, 61 and 40 yards.
His fourth touchdown run late in the third quarter from six yards out pretty much wrapped up the victory, putting the Indians ahead 42-18 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
Groton is now 2-1 in Division VII play,with a 4-1 overall record to take into this coming Friday’s key road trip to Elmira Notre Dame.
Against Watkins Glen (2-3), Wright’s first two touchdowns came in the first quarter when Groton grabbed a 14-12 lead as the visitors were able to respond to both scores. After Wright broke off his 65-yard TD run followed by a Matheas Amaral PAT kick, Tony Simiele scored from eight yards out for the Senecas whose extra-point kick missed the mark.
When Wright made it 14-6 moments later with a 61-yard burst, Watkins Glen matched that TD with a six-yard John Brown end zone journey.
Groton then reeled off three unanswered touchdowns to pull away, starting with a Jeff Hatfield 8-yard run before the high-scoring opening quarter concluded.
Tristan Cooper’s two-yard run and Amaral’s PAT boot gave Groton a 28-12 halftime lead, and Wright added two more touchdowns in the third stanza. Darren Ostrander finished things off for Groton with a four-yard touchdown run for the only fourth point points scored.
While Wright did the bulk of the work in a 456 yard ground assault by Groton, Ostrander finished with 72 yards on 11 carries, Cooper 55 yards on eight lugs and Jeff Hatfield 52 yards on a handful of attempts.
Late TD Nips Dryden
LANSING – Tyler Winslow’s third touchdown run of the game was the decisive fourth quarter score that lifted Lansing to a 28-22 home field win over Dryden High on Friday night.
Dryden had tied the game at 22-22 with a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alan Davis to Matthew McHerrson in the fourth quarter before the Bobcats pulled out this victory.
Winslow rushed for 148 yards on 25 carries to lead the winner’s offense, Lansing with a 251-182 advantage in total offense. The Bobcats are 2-0 in the Division IV standings, with a 3-2 overall mark. This was Dryden’s league opener, the Purple Lions 3-2 overall.
Stuart Stahlman ran for 73 yards on 15 trips for Dryden, while quarterback Davis competed 5-of-18 passes for 80 yards and was picked off twice. Stahlman had a 7-yard run that opened the scoring in the first quarter, while Davis hooked up with Breandon Becker on a 9-yard scoring strike in a first half that was all knotted at 16-16.
Dryden hosts Trumansburg this coming Friday.
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