The hard running of Canastota tailback Zack Zupan helped dash the hopes of any chance that the Westmoreland team would claim their fourth league title in the last five seasons during a Class C South Division showdown on Friday night in Canastota.
Zupan rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries and the Raiders’ defense didn’t allow a point during a shocking 21-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Raiders, who moved to 5-0 in the league and 6-1 overall, outgained the Bulldogs in total yardage 347-93 in the win.
Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Zack Green was the team’s leading rusher after he ran the ball 11 times for 59 yards.
Ryan Murling led the Bulldogs defensively with 15 tackles, while Teddy Flint and Marc Donahue each added 13 in the setback.
Jim Campanaro led the hosts with 11 tackles as Travis Conklin added eight.
Zupan scored on a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the first quarter and then scored on a 3-yard TD burst in the fourth to close out the scoring in the game.
It was the most points that the Bulldogs’ defense has allowed all season.
Coming into the game against their unbeaten league foes, the Bulldogs had also only allowed 50 points in six games, including only allowing six points in their last three games.
The loss moved the Bulldogs to 4-1 in league play and 5-2 overall, and they will await their next game in the Section III playoffs. The seeding meeting is scheduled Sunday.
South Lewis falls to West Canada
The South Lewis Falcons saw their bid for a playoff spot dashed with a high-scoring 38-34 loss to Class D East Division host West Canada Valley.
Dylan Peebles carried the ball 26 times for 180 yards and had TD runs of 19 and 4 while he made two grabs for 60 yards as Anthony Manning rushed nine times for 75 yards and scored a TD for the 1-3 in the league and 1-6 overall Falcons.
Charlie Dorn also scored on a 3-yard TD and Gabe Stinebrickner caught an 11-yard TD pass from Kyle Fenton against West Canada, which improved to 2-2 in league play and 3-4 overall after the triumph.
The Falcons matched the Indians in touchdowns with five apiece, but the hosts converted on four of their five two-point conversion chances as their foes converted on only two of those five for the difference in the outcome.
Nate George powered his way for 138 yards and four rushing TDs on 24 carries for the victory.
Watertown sends Camden to third straight loss
Coming off their emotional road victory over New Hartford, the Camden Blue Devils dropped their third straight Class A National Division game in a row following a 44-7 road loss against Watertown.
Game details were unavailable.
Watertown is 2-3 in the league and 4-3 overall while Camden moved to 2-3 in the league and 3-4 overall and have secured berths in the Section III playoffs.