High school football: Whitesboro scores win over New Hartford
NEW HARTFORD — The Whitesboro football team has found ways to mesh together this season.
That’s been beneficial for a Warriors team that has a young roster – though playing with maturity, according to coach Curtis Schmidt – mixed with strong senior leadership.
Whitesboro seized on a good formula Friday in the latest meeting of a classic rivalry against the New Hartford Spartans.
Junior quarterback Kyle Meier continued his impressive season with five total touchdowns and Whitesboro’s defense stepped up to help the Warriors claim a dominant 38-19 Class A win over New Hartford in front of a packed and boisterous crowd at Don Edick Field.
“I’m just happy with their mental focus and maturity. They’re attacking the season the right way. The chemistry is good. The leadership is good. The camaraderie is good. I’m just really happy with how they’re jelling and coming together. I’m happy with the improvement of our defense,” said Schmidt, whose defense had been allowing about 30 points per game this season. “The players love playing in big games. I think coaches saw that in our kids. The focus was (great)."
It is at least the sixth consecutive win for Whitesboro (4-1 overall) over its neighboring rival New Hartford (3-2). It is just the second meeting between the schools since 2016, though Whitesboro earned a thrilling overtime win in spring 2021.
“It is New Hartford, so it doesn’t take a lot to get up to play them,” said Schmidt, who is close friends with New Hartford coach Jim Kramer. “At the end of day, they knew what was at stake. It was neat to see (the players) attack the week.”
Whitesboro has won back-to-back games since a 62-20 non-league loss to Proctor in mid-September. Friday’s win helps Whitesboro grab solid footing on second-place in Class A behind leader Fayetteville-Manlius (5-0), which visits the Warriors next week.
Meier – who scored the winning touchdown in that last meeting against New Hartford – turned in another stellaer performance Friday as he continues to show why he’s one of the top players in Section III.
He finished with more than 170 yards rushing and two scores on a team-most 29 carries. He also totaled about 140 yards and three touchdowns on 10-of-17 passing.
“This one means a lot,” said Meier, who has an eye-popping 24 total touchdowns this season. “We knew we were going to come in and do this. … I’m extremely happy with how we played. We played an incredible game in all facets.”
Meier and Whitesboro jumped out to a 19-0 lead – including a TD on fourth-down – as the team’s defense limited New Hartford to single-digits in yards on 11 plays.
Meier scored on a 37-yard run on the team’s first drive before lofting a near-perfect touchdown pass to Brayden Czternastek – who had an interception to end New Hartford’s previous drive – near the mid-point of the first quarter. Meier added the other rushing touchdown in the second quarter.
“Kyle is a special quarterback. He makes my job easier,” Schmidt said. “Sometimes, you just got to put the ball in your best player's hands and let him go win it.”
With Whitesboro’s student section nearly euphoric, New Hartford appeared frustrated. The Spartans had a handful of mistakes, including back-to-back false starts in the second quarter. Kramer chose to speak to his players.
“I said ‘take a deep breath, gentlemen.’ Let’s focus on what we do and do well,” said Kramer, who noted his team had a tough time with Whitesboro’s physicality. “We’ve played in some big games. ... But, the moment got a little too big for us and it showed.”
Two plays later, senior Dominic Ambrose (145 yards passing) completed a catch-and-run to running back Cole Raux for 66 yards. Raux (5 catches for 74 yards) scored the first of his two total touchdowns a few plays later.
That would be as close as New Hartford would get as Meier connected with classmate Tony Dorozynski to help give Whitesboro a 26-7 halftime lead.
New Hartford’s defense improved in the second half, forcing a punt and a fumble on back-to-back drives. While Ambrose and Raux connected on a score, Meier’s throw connected with a leaping Dorozynski on the next drive.
Dorozinski finished with two touchdowns 62 yards on three catches as he’s developed chemistry with Meier.
“It is always nice to come out with a win (over New Hartford),” Dorozynski said. “It is definitely a pride game.”
Proctor 32, Liverpool 20
Senior quarterback Todd Abraham threw three touchdown passes in the first half as Proctor built a big lead on the road
Abraham — an NCAA Division I baseball recruit and one of the top football players in the Mohawk Valley — finished with 185 yards on 12 of 15 passing to five receivers for Proctor (3-1 overall, 1-1 Class A) to keep pace in Class AA. He also threw an interception.
Abraham has eight passing touchdowns to go along with six rushing. His 14 touchdowns are among the Section III leaders.
Abraham threw two first-quarter scores to senior Domante Cook and connected with classmate Joseph DePaul in the second quarter.
Cook totaled 106 yards on six catches. He also had 41 on 13 carries.
Abraham also added 47 yards on 13 carries. The team finished with 149 yards rushing.
Liverpool got to within 24-14 in the third quarter, though Proctor senior Kenijaymes "Magic" Johnson scored in the fourth quarter. He finished with 40 yards on 12 carries.
Proctor next plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Baldwinsville.
VVS 35, Lowville 22
Senior James Wheeler IV scored three rushing touchdowns in the second half to help rally the Red Devils (3-2 overall) and give the team back-to-back victories.
Wheeler finished with 158 yards rushing on 23 carries for VVS, which is 1-2 in Class C-2.
He also threw for 75 yards on 5-of-7 passing. He connected with classmate Matthew Rossi for a first-quarter touchdown that briefly gave VVS the lead.
The Red Devils overcame three turnovers.
Rossi also had a rushing touchdown in the second quarter that helped get VVS within 14-12 before Lowville pushed the halftime lead to 22-12.
Rossi finished with 63 yards on three catches and added 19 yards on six carries.
Senior Alexander Vogt had five tackles for loss and a sack.
Indian River 22, Central Valley Academy 20
Oneida 35, South Jefferson 8
Marcellus 27, Canastota 6
Mt. Markham 44, Herkimer 0
Bishop-Ludden 41, Notre Dame 0
Frankfort-Schuyler 46, West Canada Valley 34
South Lewis 14, Thousand Islands 6
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