The Westmoreland-Oriskany football team lost its opener at home 32-6 to Dolgeville Saturday in a non-league contest.
“There’s a lot of new faces in new places,” Westmoreland/Oriskany head coach Tim Gates said. “I think Dolgeville is a very experienced team. They’re tremendously well coached and experienced and that’s tough to play against.”
Dolgeville came out of the gates with a ground and pound offensive attack, opening the game with three straight runs. Those first three plays set the tone for an 11-play, 61-yard scoring drive capped off by Jared Bilinski’s 17-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion run by Bilinski was stopped by the Bulldogs and the Blue Devils held a 6-0 lead early.
Westmoreland/Oriskany was forced to punt on its first drive of the game, giving the ball back to Dolgeville with just under two minutes to go in the opening quarter.
With the second quarter just two plays old, Blue Devil quarterback Gregory Gonyea Jr. connected with Kamryn Comstock for a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0 in favor of the visitors.
Westmoreland’s offense struggled to find its legs, and turned the ball over to Dolgeville again, and the Blue Devils found their way back to the end zone once again, thanks to Bilinski. For his second trip to the endzone, he powered the ball in from a yard out to make it 18-0 after another missed two-point try.
Westmoreland sophomore defensive back Javante Brill-Rollins intercepted Gonyea Jr. before the halftime horned sounded.
The Blue Devils pushed their lead to 24-0 late in the third quarter after Jon Costanza scored from a yard out and Dolgeville missed the two-point try.
Four plays into the fourth quarter, Connor Morse took a toss left 43 yards into the endzone and Dolgeville made the two-point conversion to make it a 32-0 game with 9:46 to go.
Jerry Fiorini was able to get Westmoreland into the endzone with 2:21 to go in the game when the Bulldogs capped off a 13-play drive featuring nine runs, including the five-yard touchdown, by Fiorini. The point after kick was no good and Dolgeville went into victory formation to seal the 32-6 victory.
“We played hard,” Gates said. “I think we made them earn a lot of it and that was our goal. We were moving the ball, getting some chunks here and there, but then you get behind the chains a little bit, that gets us out of our run game.”
Gates said there are things that that the team is still working on.
“We have a big change on our offensive line,” Gates said. “Our entire backfield is all new. Mike (Scalise) is back, but our backfield is new and we’re just going to try harder every week and keep going.”
Fiorini ended the game with 18 carries for 65 yards as well as a catch for 10 yards.
Payton Livingston led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles. Mitchell Holmes had nine and Ryan Frawley had eight.
The Bulldogs travel to Adirondack for a non-league game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
“We just have to be ready to go and be prepared for Adirondack, who’s a very good team also,” Gates said.
Camden wins season-opener
The Camden Blue Devils led Westhill 14-12 at home at halftime Saturday, then scored the only two touchdowns of the second half to win the non-league game 28-12.
Camden junior quarterback Connor Dean ran in a score from 20 yards out to give Camden a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter. Zane O’Hara ran in a score from the three with 24 seconds left in the first half to grab the lead back at 14-12.
Dean had a 70-yard touchdown run with 54 seconds left in the third quarter and then he threw a touchdown pass to Connor MacArhtur from eight yards out for the final score of the game with just under three minutes left to make it 28-12.
Dean was 8-of-11 passing for 82 yards a score and an interception. He also had 11 runs for 123 yards and the two scores. Noah Morse ran 16 times for 92 yards for the Blue Devils. O’Hara was the team’s leading receiver with two catches for 56 yards. On defense for Camden, James Christmas led the team with nine tackles.
Camden is 1-0 and plays at South Jefferson at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a league game.
South Lewis loses opener
The South Lewis eight-man football team lost 38-8 at New York Mills in a league game to open the season.
The Mauraders scored five times in the first three quarters. South Lewis scored the last touchdown of the game when Cody Spann ran it in from 53 yards out. James Marra’s two-point conversion run was successfull.
The Falcons host Morrisville-Eaton in a non-league game at 1 p.m. Saturday for Homecoming.
HP wins with late touchdown
Holland Patent scored a touchdown with 1:11 left in the game to beat Lowville 34-29 on the road to start its season Friday with a league win.
The teams traded scores all game, with HP building the biggest lead when it was up 28-15 early in the fourth quarter.
After Lowville scored twice to take a 29-28 lead with 2:41 left in the game, HP engineered a scoring drive that ended with an eight-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Aidan Rubas.
Jonathon Zylynski got HP’s first score with a three-yard run in the opening seconds of the second quarter. The extra point tied the game 7-7. A few minutes later, the Golden Knights’ defense scored when Nick Deforest forced a fumble and Adam Jones recovered and returned it over 70 yards to make it 14-7.
The lone score of the third quarter was a pass from Rubas to Caden Briggs for eight yards to take a 21-15 lead. Zylynski scored again from three yards out, this time just under a minute into the fourth quarter to make it 28-15.
But Lowville battled back. Quarterback Elijah Engelhart, who had already had a pasing touchdown, run one in and then threw a second touchdown. Those two scores gave Lowville the one-point lead, but they could not hold onto it.
Rubas was 18-for-26 passing for 166 yards with the score and two interceptions. Jordan Koenig ran for 87 yards to lead HP on the ground. Zylynski had 55 yards and the two scores. Maddox Williams led the HP receivers with five catches for 58 yards. On defense for HP, Williams had one interception and Briggs had two.
HP is 1-0 and will play host General Brown in a league game at 7 p.m. Friday.