RFA’s bid for first football victory delayed by thunder and lightning

Published Sep 22, 2018 at 11:30am

BALDWINSVILLE — Rome Free Academy was trailing Baldwinsville 3-0 in the third quarter when officials suspended Friday night’s football game because of lightning.

The Class AA-2 contest was set to resume this morning at 11.

The Black Knights went to Baldwinsville seeking their first win of the season. The defensive battle, however, didn’t finish Friday.

The teams traded drives with little success, and there were miscues on both sides.

RFA opened the game with a short punt into the wind, but it was muffed by the return man and the Knights got the ball back at their own 38.

The next drive ended with a fumble, though a quick whistle prevented the Bees from what would have likely been a scoop-and-score by Braden McCard, the player who grabbed the ball. The Bees drove the ball but Garrett Selover missed a 31-yard field goal attempt.

The teams traded punts, then the Bees took over on downs after an RFA drive sputtered out at the Baldwinsville 30. The home team drove the ball on a series of short runs by Michael Letizia, Dan Stehle and Willie Strong as well as keepers by McCard, the quarterback. The drive ended with a 25-yard field goal by Selover with just under two minutes left in the half.

To start the second half, the Bees were able to get close enough for Selover to attempt a 47-yard field goal but it was no good.

RFA was about to start a drive at its own 30 with 7:52 left in the third quarter when the storm that had been looming showed up and officials halted the game, sent players and coaches to the locker rooms and cleared the stands.

Lightning and rain continued for over an hour as officials tried to wait out the conditions but they suspended the game until today.

The RFA offense was having some success. Amir Williams had six rushes for 40 yards. Starting quarterback Christopher Orton was 8-for-12 passing for 87 yards.

VVS stays unbeaten

In a Class B East showdown, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill outscored fellow unbeaten Cazenovia 14-6 on the road, with all the points coming in the first quarter.

Red Devils quarterback Alex Oliver hit Travis Decker on a 35-yard scoring play to open the game then Cazenovia answered with a 57-yard rushing touchdown from Ryan Romagnoli. Both extra points failed and the score was 6-6.

Oliver had a 27-yard rushing score later in the quarter and a two-point conversion on a pass from Oliver to Jacob Horodnick made it 14-6, which is how it stayed.

The Red Devils sit tied with Oneida atop the Class B East at 4-0 in the league and overall.

VVS travels to Camden for a 7 p.m. tilt next Friday. The game against Camden was originally scheduled to be played in Verona, but the new VVS field is not yet ready.

Camden breaks late tie

Camden scored a late touchdown to break a tie and defeat New Hartford 26-20 at home.

The Spartans scored first on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Potocki to Tyler Cole but Josh Mayden returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score to get the score back to 7-6 New Hartford.

Potocki had a three-yard touchdown run as the only score of the second quarter to extend the lead to 14-6. Camden’s Gavin Vera ran the ball in from 14 yards out for the only score of the third quarter, and it was 14-13 Spartans.

Potocki hit Blake Hobin for a score to push the lead to 20-6 but Camden scored twice to tie then take the lead for good. Mayden had a five-yard rushing score then Vera scored on a run of 16 with 5:41 left for what would prove to be the game-winner.

Mayden led the way with 137 yards on 16 carries and a rushing touchdown and the kick return score.

Camden got its first win of the season and is now 1-3 in the Class B East and overall. The team hosts VVS at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Holland Patent wins again

Holland Patent beat Onondaga, 28-16, on the road to remain unbeaten.

Onondaga scored first on a one-yard touchdown run by Zachary Delany in the first quarter to make it 8-0.

Holland Patent scored three times in the second quarter to take a lead it would not relinquish. Nick Herringshaw threw a 25-yard score to Jake Beer and a two-point conversion tied the game. Josh Ernst’s 28-yard field goal made it 11-8 for the Golden Knights. Later Herringshaw ran in from 11 yards out to make it 17-8.

Griffin Briggs opened the second half by returning the kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

Onondaga trimmed the lead to 25-16 with a third quarter touchdown pass from Delany to Wes Corr.

Ernst kicked another field goal, this one from 23 yards, to pad the lead.

Jason Haas led all rushers with 106 yards on 19 carries for Holland Patent.

The Knights are now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Class C East. HP will play a “home” game at Sauquoit Valley High School against Mount Markham at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Falcons hold off Oriskany

South Lewis beat Oriskany, 22-18, at home in eight-man football.

Andrew Hoffman got the Falcons on the board first with a 24-yard run in the first quarter though the conversion attempt failed. Brady Vosburgh ran in from 59 yards for a score and his pass to Branton Carpenter made it 14-0 in the second quarter. Oriskany’s Matt Enos ran in from 4 yards later in the quarter but a failed conversion kept the score 14-6.

Enos ran in from 39 to open the second half scoring but a failed conversion meant a 14-12 lead for South Lewis. The hosts pushed the lead to 22-12 with an 8-yard rushing touchdown by Vosburgh later in the quarter, and Hoffman ran in the conversion. Oriskany scored on a 12-yard run by Enos but that was the last score and South Lewis held on 22-18.

The two quarterbacks dominated the stat line mostly on the ground. Vosburgh had 22 runs for 212 yards and two scores while Enos had 28 carries for 260 yards and three scores.

South Lewis is now 2-0 overall and in the Original 6 Division. The team hosts Bishop Grimes in a league game at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Oriskany is 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Original 6. The team plays in Whitesboro against Cooperstown in a league game at 6:30 p.m. next Friday.

Oneida goes to 4-0

In a Class B East contest, Oneida moved to 4-0 with a 22-14 home victory over Chittenango.

Game details were unavailable.

Oneida visits Central Valley Academy next Friday night at 7 for another Class B East game.