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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 drain Bath Rams 55-6
Farabella returns to top form with 140 yds rushing; Horning & Scott pace the D

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LeRoy - Week 6 saw the Haverling-Bath Rams arrive at Hartwood Park under pristine weather conditions. The conditions of the 2 football programs, the Knights and the Rams, however were on opposite ends of the gridiron spectrum. The winless Rams are going through a most difficult season after capturing the Section V Class B title the past 3 years. During that timespan, the Rams were an incredible 30-3 as they featured a physically dominant style of gridiron play that left teams crumpled in their wake. One of those victims during the win streak was Brian Moran's 2003 Oatkan Knights. Bath manhandled the Knights 31-0 on the Bath home turf last year as they controlled the game in every facet. They were bigger, stronger, meaner, and more talented. What Coach Wayne Carroll had brought to the Bath program over the past several seasons was severely reduced by the graduation of 20 seniors. No starters from the '03 season returned for the Rams and the lack of experience has led to a dismal '04 campaign.

"What a difference a year makes", LeRoy defensive coach Andrew Paladino exclaimed in the 2nd quarter, noting the much better outing for the Knights this year. The Knights fired on all cylinders and by halftime would lead by a 49-0 margin. Paladino's defensive play calling limited the visitors to but 52 yards of total offense. Meanwhile, LeRoy QB Mark Bennetti led the Knights' offense to 402 yards of production, throwing for 2 TDs in the process. A treat for the fans and the program was the return of junior RB Mike Farabella who had missed Games 2 through 5 as he mended a broken bone in his left hand. Farabella continued where he "left" off in Game 1 against the Warsaw Tigers as he darted past the Rams' defenders for 140 yards on 13 carries. The 55-6 final has pushed the #1 state ranked Knights to a 6-0 record with the season finale against Wellsville due up this Friday, the 15th.

The game got off to a very bad start for the visitors as Mike Frew's tricky kickoff was fumbled and recovered by special teams extraordinaire Mike Alexander at the Bath 40. The Knights marched those 40 yards in 3 1/2 minutes on 7 plays to take the lead at 7-0 when QB Mark Bennetti threw a 19 yard TD pass to Boo Hinett who had beaten 2 defenders on the play. Shaun Swanson added the PAT kick.

Bath held onto the ball on the ensuing kickoff and started their first offensive drive of the night at their 34. LB Andrew Fox and DL Kevin Brady popped the Bath ball carrier hard on the first play, setting the tone for the tough night it would be for the visitors. The drive garnered 0 yards as a penalty, incomplete pass, and a takedown tackle by wrestling stalwart Zac Condidorio caused the first of many 3-and-outs for the Rams.

LeRoy received the ball at their own 46 and needed but 2 plays to find paydirt once more. RB Marshall Silvernail got the Knights into Bath territory with a 7-yard first down run to the Bath 47. From there, Fox would utilize his Don Beebe Speed Camp skills to jet 47 yards to the end zone while teammates Tim Andrews and Kevin Brady provided him blocking and company. Another true Swanson boot and it was 14-0 Knights with 5:42 remaining in the 1st quarter.

The Rams covered the short LeRoy kickoff at their 39 and looked to bite into the LeRoy lead or at least take some time off the clock. Tim Dieffenbacher and Mike Pacer, guards on offense, played their roles of DT and LB on defense to perfection and smothered the Bath O attack to force another punting situation for the Rams. The punt was a good one for the visitors, but the return was even better for the Knights as Zac Condidorio darted 24 yards to give Bennetti and company a drive start at the LeRoy 48.

The Knights benefited from an interference call on 1st down as RB Justin Casper was bumped before the arrival of the ball downfield. The ball was placed at the 37 and the Knights handed off to a hungry and anxious Mike Farabella. Mike turned the left side corner, legs ablur, and raced to the end zone for the TD. Or so it seemed. A holding penalty brought the ball back to the 24 for but a 13-yard gain. RBs Casper and Fox mowed through the big holes on the O line picking up sizable gains with each touch. Fox broke the goal line from 6 yards out for his second TD at the 1:52 mark to cap the 8-play , 52-yard drive. 21-zip at this point after the kick.

Bath started at the their 47 after the short LR kickoff. More Fox. Andrew stopped the 1st down play for no gain and then recovered a Bath fumble at the 50. Farabella was showcased on the offensive series for the Knights, running on 4 consecutive plays for 36 cumulative yards, including a 24-yard gem. Thirty seconds into the 2nd quarter Bennetti once again found Boo Hinett in the end zone. A high spiral was corraled nicely by Boo as he timed his leap over the Bath defender nicely to take down the 14-yard scoring strike. Swanson added the PAT for a 28-0 LeRoy lead.

Bath could do nothing on offense. They went the entire 1st half without getting a single 1st down. Their possession after the Hinett TD netted minus-4 yards as the blue-and-white were consumed by the defensive efforts of the black-(red)and-white clad Pacer, Casper, and Dieffenbacher. The Knights started at their 34 after the Bath punt. It would take but 1:28 for the Knights to score again. Farabella scooted for gains of 36 and 16 yards in the drive that was capped off by Bennetti faking the handoff and running through the Bath defense for an 11-yard TD to push the score to 35-zip after the PAT.

The Knights added two more scores in the final 7:37 of the half. Farabella cut back beautifully against the grain on his 13th and final carry of the game (at the 2:10 mark of the first half) for a 22-yard score and DE Matt Forti scooped up a Ram fumble and ran 29 yards untouched for a score. At the half it was 49-0 LR.

Reserves, already into the game in the 2nd quarter, played out the string for the Knights in the 2nd half. Tommy Smith, who packs a punch with his all-out style, led the defensive charges with similar tough play from teammates Steve Lapp, Colin Dailey, Aaron Scott, and Dan Horning. By game's end, Horning would post 6 tackles on D and 42 yards on 12 carries on O. Exciting Marshall Silvernail carried the pigskin 16 times for 57 yards, including the Knights' lone score in the 2nd half, a 14-yard TD run at the start of the 4th quarter. Garrett "Butterbean" Luckey figured in on a sack that got his teammates calling out his nickname. The loan score for the Rams occurred with 6:22 left in the game when punt returner Eric Crowe left a mass of Knights behind him as he raced 72 yards down the sideline in front of his team's bench for a score to nix the shutout. The final from Hartwood Park read LeRoy 55, Bath 6.

The Wellsville Lions are here on Friday and will be at Hartwood Park perhaps the following week as well. A LeRoy win and a win by Bishop Kearney over their opponents (DeSales) would put the Knights as the #1 seed and the Lions as the #8 seed in the upcoming sectional championship. #1 plays #8 in the first round of sectional action, so the Lions could be making the long trek up to LeRoy on consecutive Friday evenings.

 

Rushing
Passing/Receiving
Defense
Mike Farabella 13-140 yds, TD
Andrew Fox 7-79, 2 TDs
Marshall Silvernail 16-57, TD
Dan Horning 12-42
Mark Bennetti 2-28, TD
Justin Casper 3-23


Mark Bennetti 2 of 5 for 33 yds
and 2 TDS

Both receptions by
Boo Hinett for TDs
of 19 and 14 yds


Dan Horning - 6 tackles
Aaron Scott - 5, FR
Steve Lapp - 4
Tommy Smith - 4
Mike Pacer - 3
Fox & Alexander - FR
Luckey & Casper- SACK

 
Total Yardage
 
LeRoy - 402 yards (369 rush/33 pass)
Bath - 52 yards (23 rush/29 pass)
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Kicker Mike Frew squibs the kickoff to perfection for a Mike Alexander recovery

WR Boo Hinett hauls in this 19-yard TD toss from QB Mark Bennetti

RB Andrew Fox takes the handoff and darts to the end zone on this 47-yard run

Defensive Coordinator Andrew Paladino makes it known how he feels

Hinett goes high for his second TD reception from Bennetti

RB Mike Farabella returned to action in grand style as evidenced by this gain

Farabella cuts back against the grain to score from 22 yards out

DE Matt Forti picks up the loose ball and returns it 29 yards for a TD

LB Tommy Smith darts in to stop 2 Bath runs in this action sequence

RB Marshall Silvernail runs around left end for 14 yards and a LeRoy TD

Garrett "Butterbean" Luckey and company nullify another Ram offensive play


 

SCORING SUMMARY - Bath vs. LeRoy - Friday, October 8, 2004
1st Quarter
       
LeRoy
Boo Hinett - 19 yd pass from Mark Bennetti Swanson kick
LR 7  Bath 0
LeRoy
Andrew Fox - 47 yd run Swanson kick
LR 14  Bath 0
LeRoy
Andrew Fox - 6 yd run Swanson kick
LR 21  Bath 0
       
2nd Quarter
       
LeRoy
Boo Hinett - 14 yd pass from Mark Bennetti Swanson kick
LR 28  Bath 0
LeRoy
Mark Bennetti - 11 yd run Swanson kick
LR 35  Bath 0
LeRoy
Mike Farabella - 22 yd run Swanson kick
LR 42  Bath 0
LeRoy
Matt Forti - 29 yd return of Bath fumble Swanson kick
LR 49  Bath 0
       
3rd Quarter
  No scoring    
       
4th Quarter
       
LeRoy
Marshall Silvernail - 14 yd run Kick failed LR 55  Bath 0
Bath
Eric Crowe - 72 yd punt return Kick failed LR 55  Bath 6