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SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2004
Quarterfinals - Wellsville
Semifinals - Canisteo-Greenwood
Finals - Marcus Whitman

NEW YORK STATE CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2004

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Knights beat heat and Warsaw Tigers in 2004 opener
Farabella runs wild and Fox powers the defense in 43-14 win

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Warsaw - Coach Brian Moran had his Knights prepared for their first contest of the year against the Warsaw Tigers. Off-season lifting and conditioning, rugged 2-a-day practices, and hard hitting intrasquad scrimmages paid dividends as the Knights dominated the host Tigers in a 43-14 win. The game was played under extremely hazy and humid conditions on the gridiron of Warsaw Town Park. At times the game took on the proverbial "3 yards and a cloud of dust" look of yesteryear as the makeshift field, with its mounds of dirt, was a bit of a shame considering a nearby brand new field will not be used until later in the season. The Knights took to the gridiron with their sharp new white uniforms (which even contain a tad of red!) which was a benefit in the toasty conditions as opposed to the all-black attire of the home town team. The game was clean and hard fought throughout. The Tigers, led by second year coach Rick Hoy, were a very strong and physical team which will undoubtedly improve on their 2003 record of 1-7. The Tigers have worked out diligently in the school's new weight room and the results were evident on the field.

The Knights chose to receive after Warsaw won the toss and deferred. Junior strong man Justin Casper got the Knights some excellent field position as he returned the opening kickoff to the LeRoy 40. On the game's first play, junior RB Mike Farabella swept right for 12 yards to set the tone for the contest. It was the start of a big day for the elusive Farabella. The line fired off the ball well from the get-go and the team showed excellent discipline and timing. In just under 4 minutes, the Knights traveled the 60 yards to paydirt as Farabella took in the first TD of the season on a 6-yard dash. In all, Mike had 55 of the 60 yards on the drive. Kicker Shawn Swanson knocked the PAT kick over the 2 by 6 board acting as the goal post horizontal and the Knights led 7-0 at the 8:07 mark.

The Tigers took the ensuing kickoff back to their 34 for their first drive start of the day. The home town boys came out strong and bulled to the LeRoy side of the field with some rugged inside running. A poor toss on a pitch play and a penalty pushed the Tigers backwards, forcing a 3rd-and-long. The subsequent pass by Warsaw QB Pete Marley was intercepted by LeRoy DB Boo Hinett and the Knights took over at their own 30-yard line.

The Knights moved the ball well with Farabella and senior Andrew Fox running well inside and out. LeRoy's third RB, junior Tim Andrews, added yet another threat for the Tigers to key on. The drive stalled around midfield, forcing a rare Knights punt. It was Warsaw ball at their 23 after LeRoy's Aaron Scott laid a lick on the ball carrier. The Tigers went 3-and-out as the interior of the LeRoy defense featuring Tim Dieffenbacher and John Whiting controlled matters well as LBs Fox, Andrews, and Pacer filled the gaps. The quarter ended with the Knights up 7-0.

The second quarter started very well for LeRoy as return man Boo Hinett posted his second big play of the day, returning the Warsaw punt 37 yards to the Tiger 29-yard line. It would take just 83 seconds for the Knights to march to their second score in the contest, a 1-yard plunge by Andrew Fox. The drive was fueled by a 20-yard burst by Farabella after receiving some excellent lead blocks by Dieffenbacher and Fox. Swanson added the PAT kick for a 14-0 LeRoy lead.

Warsaw started their next drive from their 37 and marched well against the LeRoy defense. The Tigers mixed a fine complement of runs and roll-out passing to chew up big yardage and time off the clock. A score before the half would go a long way in adding to the Tigers' confidence. QB Marley was masterful in his execution leading to a first-and-goal for the Tigers. LeRoy defensive coach made some adjustments and sealed the ends while placing quick strong players up the middle. A QB sneak from the 3 was thwarted on 3rd down. On 4th down, senior LB Mike Pacer shot the gap and stuffed the Warsaw runner as help arrived to stop any momentum. The goal-line stand inspired the young Knights as they were able to rest in the shade at half-time with their 14-0 lead intact. Farabella amassed 104 yards in the first half to lead the offense. The much improved Tigers had 93 total yards of offense, thanks largely to their long drive in the waning moments of the half.

Warsaw opened the 2nd half with the ball and the Knights were determined not to give the hosts any breathing room. The drive was hampered by a recovered fumble, a run stuff, and a 3rd down sack by freshman phenom John Whiting. Three-and-out is what Dr. Paladino ordered and it was delivered nicely. The Knights benefited nicely by a shanked Warsaw punt that gave them their initial drive start of the 2nd half at the Warsaw 36. Fox and Farabella followed the excellent blocking of the boys upfront (Swanson, Pacer, Whiting, Dieffenbacher, Niccloy, Forti, and Brady) and 3:08 elapsed before Farabella darted across the goal line from 7 yards out for his second TD of the day. Swanson's kick was true and the Knights were up 21-0 and in total control.

More of the same followed. A 3-and-out series by Warsaw and a quick 2-minute drive featuring the running of Fox, Farabella, and Andrews. Sophomore QB Mark Bennetti notched his first varsity TD on a 4-yard run that faked out a majority of the Warsaw team and myself trying to film it. Mark did a great job all day leading the team as nary a procedure penalty was called on the Knights during the contest. Swanson made it 4-of-4 on PATs to make the tally 28-0 LeRoy.

Warsaw got on the board in quick fashion. A great run-back on the kickoff and a penalty gave the Tigers the ball at the LeRoy 37. Warsaw executed a slick draw play that moved the pigskin to the LeRoy 16. From there, Warsaw QB Marley hooked up on a sweet 16-yard TD reception to WR Cory Carlson. The PAT kick failed and the score read 28-6 after 3 quarters of play.

The Knights added 2 more scores in the final quarter as the reserves took over and played very well. Justin Casper ended a 60-yard, 9-play drive with a 3-yard run to put the Knights up 35-6 at the 9:26 mark of the quarter after Shawn Swanson booted his fifth and final PAT of the day. Warsaw went on a 82-yard drive upon receiving the ball, utilizing 17 plays to score their 2nd TD on another hookup between QB Marley and wideout Carlson, this time from 8 yards out. The PAT toss was good for 2 points, making it LeRoy 35, Warsaw 14. LeRoy tallied their final score of the contest as Tim Andrews crashed over the goal line in the latter moments of the game from 5 yards out. QB John Zinni added the 2-point PAT run on a fine rollout and run to make the final Oatkan Knights 43, Tigers 14.

The Knights are away again this coming week as they travel to Avon (1-0), shutout winners over Wellsville this past weekend.

 

Rushing
Passing/Receiving
Defense
Mike Farabella 19-162 yds, 2 TDs
Andrew Fox 10-67, TD
Tim Andrews 8-54, TD
Justin Casper 3-32, TD
Mark Bennetti 4-18, TD
John Zinni 1-5


Mark Bennetti 1 of 8 for 5 yds
Reception by Boo Hinett




Andrew Fox - 10 tackles
Mike Farabella - 6
Tim Andrews - 6

John Whiting - SACK
Boo Hinett - INT

 
Total Yardage
 
LeRoy - 343 yards (338 rush/5 pass)
Warsaw - 225 yards (139 rush/86 pass)
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RB Mike Farabella sets the early tone with this sweep left gain

RB Drew Fox powers his way through a host of Warsaw Tigers

DL Tim Dieffenbacher snags the Tiger RB as LB Tim Andrews helps out

Punt returner Boo Hinett gives the Knights a great drive start with this 37-yd return

Fox and Dieffenbacher lead the way for another big Farabella gain

Freshman DL John Whiting earns his first varsity sack of the QB

Dieffenbacher and Whiting block for a fine rush by RB Tim Andrews

QB John Zinni turns this rollout pass into a 2-point PAT run


 

SCORING SUMMARY - Warsaw vs. LeRoy - Saturday, September 4, 2004
1st Quarter
       
LeRoy
Mike Farabella - 6 yd run Swanson kick
LR 7  Warsaw 0
       
2nd Quarter
       
LeRoy
Andrew Fox - 1 yd run Swanson kick LR 14  Warsaw 0
       
3rd Quarter
       
LeRoy
Mike Farabella - 7 yd run Swanson kick LR 21  Warsaw 0
LeRoy
Mark Bennetti - 4 yd run Swanson kick LR 28  Warsaw 0
Warsaw
Cory Carlson - 16 yd pass reception from Pete Marley Kick failed LR 28  Warsaw 6
       
4th Quarter
       
LeRoy
Justin Casper - 3 yd run Swanson kick LR 35  Warsaw 6
Warsaw
Cory Carlson - 8 yd pass reception from Pete Marley Pass good LR 35  Warsaw 14
LeRoy
Tim Andrews - 5 yd run John Zinni run LR 43  Warsaw 14