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High school football Week 2: Proctor scores win over Whitesboro in instant classic

Ben Birnell
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Posted 9/17/22

The Thomas R. Proctor High School and Whitesboro football teams turned in an instant classic that would make some video game-players envious. 

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High school football Week 2: Proctor scores win over Whitesboro in instant classic

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UTICA —  The Thomas R. Proctor High School and Whitesboro football teams turned in an instant classic that would make some video game players envious. 

As expected, Proctor senior Todd Abraham and Whitesboro junior Kyle Meier each turned in standout performances in accumulating record-setting numbers with both offenses running hot all afternoon on the D’Alessandro Stadium turf. 

Between the two quarterbacks: More than 1,000 yards of offense and an eye-popping 15 touchdowns.

Those are numbers more likely reserved for the latest edition of the popular Madden football video game and not on an actual field.

However, a few key plays – including some from Proctor junior Jerquell Henderson – helped make the difference in a Raiders' rally for a 62-60 victory over Whitesboro in a non-league contest that lasted a little more than three hours between the two schools separated by eight miles. 

“(The high-scoring game) is just something you don’t really see,” said Abraham, who also played on the defensive side and punted once. “You go get a drink of water and then you have to go back on the field. It was just crazy. It is unbelievable.” 

Longtime Proctor coach Steve Strife said he needed some rest after the wild affair, which included the teams combining for 50 points in the first quarter. Whitesboro coach Curtis Schmidt doesn’t think the result will likely happen again. 

“It was a great high school football game between two schools that don’t get together a lot, but probably should because of the atmosphere (with the fans),” Schmidt said. “Their offense was unbelievable. So was ours.” 

Abraham – committed to play baseball at Division I Binghamton – finished the game with 287 rushing yards, 159 passing yards and six (four rushing, two passing) touchdowns. Abraham entered the game with no touchdowns after Proctor's season-opening lopsided setback to Christian Brothers Academy last week.

“He’s explosive, smart, tough,” said Strife, who previously noted Abraham played QB when he was younger. “When Brandon Peterson was our quarterback last year, he was our best blocking guy. Like, he smashed people.” 

Meier – already considered a top quarterback in the area as junior and drawing interest from colleges – continued an impressive season. The most eye-popping: Nine (six rushing, three passing) total touchdowns.

He ran for 360 yards and had more than 200 through the air on 9-of-15 passing.

“My (offensive) line did an amazing job,” said Meier, who had 460 total yards rushing in wins over West Genesee and Corcoran this season. “Our offense did a great job of going down the field. … Whatever I’m asked to do, I’ll do it.” 

Junior Anthony Dorozynski finished with 138 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Senior Daniel Russo and Andrew Pawloski also had touchdown catches. 

Meier nearly got the Warriors the win on his own, with his seventh touchdown of the first half providing a 47-30 advantage.

However, Abraham got the Raiders within nine points at the half and then cut the deficit to one on a 31-yard pass to Domante Cook (123 yards rushing and 119 receiving) as Proctor made adjustments.

The teams traded touchdowns on the next possessions with Proctor taking a 54-53 lead on Henderson’s short run and Kenijaymes “Magic” Johnson (58 yards) scoring on a two-point conversion. 

On the next drive, the Raiders got a huge stop as Henderson tackled a Warriors receiver near the goal line on fourth down.

“I was there, made the play and it’s just like, we had to make that stop,” Henderson said. “I mean, if we didn’t make that stop, it would’ve been harder to come back.”

The teams traded touchdowns again on quick drives. Whitesboro had the ball trailing by two points with a chance to drive down the field in the fourth quarter.

However, Henderson again made a big play for the Raiders. On fourth and long, Meier fired a pass across the middle, but Henderson delivered a big hit to jar the ball loose and cause an incompletion with 2:24 to play. 

Proctor managed the clock from there.

“At the end of the game, we went back to our regular defense, and it did better,” Strife said. “Sometimes, it is just like flipping a coin.”

West Canada Valley 79, Bishop Grimes 28

West Canada Valley quarterback Brayden Shepardson also had a big day, finishing with eight touchdowns in the eight-man win.

The win pushed West Canada Valley to 2-0 after defeating Thousand Islands 40-20 behind Shepardson’s four total touchdowns. The team, with help from its high-powered offense, won a sectional title in eight-man last fall.

Individual stats were not provided for Saturday's game.

Shepardson had seven passing touchdowns. Cam Ludwig, Josh Grabowski — who also was credited with a safety on the defensive side — and Iain Farber each had two touchdown receptions. Jace Bartlett also had one.

Shepardson also had a rushing touchdown for 44 yards.

John Tubia added a rushing score and Jarrett Brelinsky also scored one on the ground and returned a kick 70 yards

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