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High School Football: Proctor set for clash against Whitesboro

Ben Birnell
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Posted 9/16/22

There’s room for improvement for the Thomas R. Proctor football team. That’s according to longtime Raiders coach Steve Strife following a lopsided road loss last Friday to Christian Brothers …

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High School Football: Proctor set for clash against Whitesboro

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There’s room for improvement for the Thomas R. Proctor football team.

That’s according to longtime Raiders coach Steve Strife following a lopsided road loss last Friday to Christian Brothers Academy – which won a Section III title in Class A last fall – to open their high school football season.

“We’re young,” Strife said. “We have room to get better. … It is a process. At this point, we’re trying to stay healthy.”

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Proctor got some extra time to re-group this week with a match-up on tap against Mohawk Valley-area foe Whitesboro. The non-league meeting between Proctor (Class AA) and Whitesboro (Class A) is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at D’Alessandro Stadium in Utica.

It is a good test for Proctor, which claimed an 11-point win over Whitesboro during an impressive 2019 season.

“We have to be more physical,” Strife said. “And, we have to do a better job with our assignments.”

Proctor had a tough time getting things going against a “well-oiled” CBA team.

Senior quarterback Todd Abraham finished with 28 yards passing. Though, He was among six players to help Proctor a total of 275 yards rushing.

Running back Kenijaymes “Magic” Johnson – in his first game with Proctor after transferring from Notre Dame – led with 95 yards and the Raiders’ only touchdown.

“They play hard and they’re fast,” Strife said of Abraham and Johnson. “Magic ran well. I think he was a little surprised how much more physical the game is at the (Class AA) level. It was a little bit of baptism by fire situation.”

Strife said senior defensive lineman Oliver Rodgers — who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds — had a standout game.

“He played well. He’s a physical kid,” Strife said.

Whitesboro, meanwhile, is off to a 2-0 start, with help from a 28-13 victory last Friday at Corcoran. They’re well-coached by Curtis Schmidt, Strife noted. Schmidt is in his fourth season.

Junior quarterback Kyle Meier “is a great player,” Strife said, in running the offense.

He’s rushed for 460 yards and four scores in two games, according to stats posted to the High School Sports Stats website. He was credited with about 300 yards rushing all of last fall.

“There’s not a coach in Section III that wouldn’t like to have him,” Strife said.

Remember the Spartans

Try not to get confused when New Hartford and visiting East Syracuse-Minoa meet at 6 p.m. Friday.

Why? Well, they’re both nicknamed the Spartans.

New Hartford (1-1) returns to Don Edick Field looking to bounce back from a tough one-point setback last Thursday against West Genesee, 19-18.

ESM has allowed a total of 13 points. However, the team’s offense has scored 12 in both of its losses.

This is the first meeting between the schools since 2016 and ESM has won each of the last five matchups. Though, that was when New Hartford’s program was going through some rough times.

New Hartford senior Alex Collver — one of the area’s best players — has 293 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Junior Cole Raux has four rushing scores.

Big meeting in Herkimer County

The last two meetings between the Mount Markham Mustangs and Little Falls Mounties have been close.

Little Falls has claimed wins in spring 2021 — a 7-6 overtime affair — and last fall with a 28-22 double overtime thriller.

The two Class D teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Little Falls. Mount Markham is 2-0 at Little Falls is 1-1.

Mount Markham has outscored opponents 93-16 in the two games. Senior Shaun Jones has five rushing touchdowns.

Little Falls, which is coming off a 32-0 win over Sherburne-Earlville, got a pick-six by Dylan Mullen and a blocked punt returned for a score by Noah Foster to help last week.

Here are the other Section III high school football games on the Week 2 schedule this weekend involving teams from around the Mohawk Valley:

Friday

Class AA

Rome Free Academy (0-2) at Henninger (1-1), 6 p.m.

Class B

Oneida (1-1) at Homer (1-0), 7 p.m.

Class C

Clinton (1-1) at Solvay (1-1), 6:30 p.m.

Westmoreland/Oriskany (0-2) at Lowville (0-1), 7 p.m.

Class D

Dolgeville (1-0) at Sherburne-Earlville (0-2), 7 p.m.

Waterville (0-1) at Herkimer (0-2), 7 p.m.

8-Man

Frankfort-Schuyler (1-0) at South Lewis (0-1), 7 p.m.

Saturday

8-man

Bishop Grimes (0-1) at West Canada Valley (1-0), noon.

New York Mills (1-0) at Morrisville-Eaton (1-0), noon.

Sauquoit Valley (0-1) at Thousand Islands (0-2), 6 p.m.

Class C

Marcellus (1-0) at Holland Patent (2-0), 6 p.m.

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