Quarterfinals - Wellsville
Semifinals - Canisteo-Greenwood
Finals - Marcus Whitman

Quarterfinals - Falconer
Semifinals - Walton
Finals - Dobbs Ferry


Knights open playoffs with 51-13 win over Wellsville
QB Mark Bennetti connects on 5 of 6 for 97 yards and 2 TDs; Team rushes for 395 yards



LeRoy - The Oatkan Knights started the 2004 Section 5 Class C Sectional tournament with a familiar opponent, the Wellsville Lions. The Knights dismantled the visiting Lions a week prior at Hartwood Park by a final score of 42-0. One week later, a similar plot was played out once more on the Hartwood turf as the unbeaten and #1 state ranked Knights raced to a big halftime lead, and cruised to victory, this time by a 51-13 final. QB Mark Bennetti, cold in the regular season finale against Wellsville, more than found his touch in this contest as connected on 5 of 6 passes for 97 yards and 2 TDs (to Boo Hinett and Tim Andrews). Mark guided the high powered LeRoy offense to perfection as 8 of his teammates combined for 395 yards rushing in the 30th consecutive home win for Brian Moran's squad. For the 6th consecutive season, the Knights were unbeaten at Hartwood Park. With the victory the Knights move into the Class C semifinals to face a very good Canisteo-Greenwood Redskins squad. C-G is 6-2 on the season, their 2 losses coming to always tough Cal-Mum and unbeaten 2004 power Bolivar-Richburg. These boys from down south know how to play smashmouth football and will be ready to put a lick on the Knights come Saturday at 1 PM at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. The Final 4 in Class C is full of talent as Pembroke (7-1) and Marcus Whitman (8-0) comprise the other semifinal contest.

Wellsville received the opening kickoff and the Lions' returner met the likes of special-teamers Aaron Scott, Steve Lapp, and Marshall Silvernail. First-and-10 at the 20 soon became 4th-and-6 from the 24 as Kevin Brady, John Whiting, Drew Fox, Mike Pacer, and Tim Dieffenbacher wreaked havoc on the Wellsville ball carriers. The punt was downed at the LeRoy 40.

The Knights required just under 2 minutes to put their first score on the scoreboard. LeRoy's season leading ground gainer Drew Fox carried the ball for 53 of the 60 yards needed to reach paydirt. Fox steamrolled through the Wellsville defense for a 39-yard jaunt at the 8:14 mark to put the Knights up 6-0. The score remained as such when the kick for PAT sailed wide.

Another LeRoy kickoff, another Wellsville returner dotted by the Knights' Aaron Scott. The Lions began their second drive from their 33 and collected 6 yards on 2 runs to force a 3rd-and-4 scenario. The 3rd down play would muster but a yard as Kevin Brady made a textbook low tackle of the Wellsville ball carrier in quick fashion to force the second Wellsville punt of the night. Said kick was deemed "poison" by the LR coaches and was downed at the Knights' 27.

The Lions received a heavy dose of the LeRoy dashing duo of Mike Farabella and Drew Fox. The speed and strength of the twosome has been problematic for opposing defenses all season long and it was obvious the same was in store this evening for Wellsville. The line of Swanson, Pacer, Whiting, Dieffenbacher, Forti, and Brady and the efforts of blocking back Tim Andrews were spectacular as all charged off the ball in unison to open large holes for the hard charging running backs. Farabella broke off a strong 16-yard gain to the Wellsville 35. QB Mark Bennetti followed that effort with a 28-yard bootleg around the right end for a 1st down at the 7. Farabella sliced through the line at the 2:37 mark from 5 yards out to push the lead to 13-zip Knights after Swanson was true on the PAT boot.

After just 2 offensive possessions, the Knights had already totaled 135 yards of rushing. The Lions downed the subsequent kickoff at their 32 and again went 3-and-out when DE Matt Forti crashed through and snuffed the 3rd down play which needed to gain only 2 yards for a 1st down. The Wellsville punt was deflected by speedy Zac Condidorio and the Knights were in business again, this time with a drive start from the Wellsville 44.

Fox and Farabella moved the ball on back-to-back runs to the 35. The Lions were thinking run once more on 3rd-and-1. Instead, Bennetti dropped back and lofted a sweet 35-yard scoring toss to sticky fingered Boo Hinett who never broke stride as he easily raced across the Lions' goal line untouched. Swanson came on with his kicking shoe and popped another through the posts for a 20-0 LeRoy lead as the 1st quarter came to an end.

Second quarter - more of the same. Tommy Smith, Steve Lapp, and Mike Frew crunched the Wellsville kick returner at the Lions' 24. Farabella nearly picked off the Wellsville pass attempt on 1st down. An 8-yard run gave the visitors some hope with a 3rd-and-2 at the 32. Nothing doing. Wellsville QB Jake Gardner was flushed out of the pocket by lineman Phil Niccloy and eventually smashed out of bounds, short of the 1st down, by hard-charging Tim Dieffenbacher. The Wellsville punter made his entrance once more and popped the rock to the LeRoy 32.

The Knights once again moved the ball through the Wellsville defense with relative ease. Farabella sparked the drive with runs of 31 and 17 yards. The Lions' defense held tough at their 10-yard line, forcing the Knights to think over their strategy. Head Coach Brian Moran elected to go for the field goal and was not disappointed. Shaun Swanson kicked the 27-yarder through with ease to move the score to 23-0 Knights.

A 23-point lead and 6:40 left on the clock until intermission. Instead of trying to milk the clock with running plays, the Lions chose to take it to the air against the stingy LeRoy defense being called by coordinator Andrew Paladino. Mistake. Bennetti picked off his counterpart Gardner, to put the ball at the LeRoy 33. The Knights were at the Wellsville 33 in but one play as Bennetti lobbed a perfect pass to TE Kevin Brady. The sophomore Brady knows how to run and protect the ball when he receives it, as the 34-yard gain proved. Fox picked up 9 yards to move it to the 25. Farabella ripped off a 23-yard burst to put it at the 2. Two plays later Fox crashed over from a yard out to make it 30-nadda LR after the Swanson PAT.

The Lions were able to cover a rather short LeRoy kick at the their 47 on the kickoff. Run out the final 3.5 minutes? Nothing doing. Gardner was smothered on 1st down, Zac Condidorio popped the RB on the 2nd down draw play, and Drew Fox picked off the 3rd down pass and returned it 20 yards to the Wellsville 34.

The Knights went to their hurry-up offense approach and blended some timely running and passing around a few miscues (penalty and sack) to set up another score. With time running out in the 1st half, Bennetti connected on his 2nd scoring strike, this one to RB Tim Andrews who slipped through the Wellsville D for a 15-yard TD. Swanson was good on the PAT kick. Halftime saw the scoreboard read LeRoy 37, Wellsville 0.

The reserves played the entire 2nd half and well at that. Wellsville managed their offense better in the 3rd quarter and put together an impressive 18-play scoring drive that covered 66 yards, culminating with a 4 yard TD run at the 7:37 mark by Don Joyce. The kick was good. LR 37, Well 7.

Kick returner Zac Condidorio received the Wellsville kickoff and found a seam in the Lions' coverage. Playing with an injured foot and plenty of guts, Zac raced 57 yards to the Wellsville 31. From there, it was the Marshall Silvernail Show as the charismatic runner raced around left end from 9 yards out with 25 seconds left in the 3rd quarter to push the Knights up to a 43-7 lead. The PAT run was not successful.

Wellsville looked to score again on their next possession which began at their 37-yard line. The 4th quarter started on a sour note for the Lions as LeRoy's Mike Frew sacked the Wellsville QB for a 10-yard loss back to the 27. The visitors called for a halfback option pass on the next play and it worked to perfection as Matt Brown raced to the end zone to put the finishing touches on the 73-yard gem. The PAT run again failed and the score moved to 43-13 Knights.

The Knights countered the Wellsville score with the inside running of tough Dan Horning and the outside threat of Marshall Silvernail. The Knights marched 67 yards for their final score of the evening as these 2 backs received fine openings by their upfront linemen. Marshall added his 2nd TD of the night on a 19-yd sweep around left end at the 3:27 mark. Junior newbie Brandon Cooley received the nod for the PAT run and used his deceptive speed to break the goal line for 2 points. 51-13 LeRoy.

Wellsville was unable to muster any more offense as Aaron Scott, Tommy Smith, and Colin Dailey stepped up on defense. DE Mike Alexander was seemingly in on every Wellsville pass play down the stretch. Mike must have leaped up and altered at least a half dozen Wellsville passes in the 2nd half. Look for him to be an incredible all-out force through the end of this season and throughout all of 2005. Cooley ended the contest to teammate cheers as he gazelled through the Wellsville defense for a 26-yard beauty.

Remember, game time for the Canisteo-Greenwood semifinal is 1 PM at Fisher this coming Saturday. The Knights have not played the Redskins since 1988. LeRoy is 8-3 in the varsity series, but recent youth contests with Canisteo have been in their favor. It will be a close, physical contest. Good luck to all.



Mike Farabella 13-118 yds, TD
Andrew Fox 14-100, 2 TDs
Marshall Silvernail 9-65, 2 TDs
Mark Bennetti 2-41
Dan Horning 9-41
Brandon Cooley 1-26

Mark Bennetti 5 of 6 for 97 yds
and 2 TDs

Boo Hinett 2-46 yds, TD
Kevin Brady 1-34
Tim Andrews 1-14, TD
Fox 1-3

Dan Horning - 7 tackles
Andrew Fox - 6, INT
Aaron Scott - 5
Mike Frew - 4, SACK

Zac Condidorio - BPunt
and 90 return yards (3 runs)
Mark Bennetti - INT

Total Yardage
LeRoy - 492 yards (395 rush/97 pass)
Wellsville - 179 yards (90 rush/89 pass)

Playing their last game at Hartwood Park

Andrew Fox
Tim Dieffenbacher

Jon Cordeiro
John Zinni
Marshall Silvernail

Zac Condidorio
Matt Forti
Mike Pacer
Phil Niccloy



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RB Drew Fox bursts through the Lions' defense for a 39-yard TD run

RB Mike Farabella displays great leg drive on this pigskin carry

QB Mark Bennetti fakes the handoff and bootlegs for 28 yards

Bennetti hits WR Boo Hinett in stride for a LeRoy score

A LeRoy specialty - excellent kickoff coverage

Rugged Tim Dieffenbacher launches through the Wellsville QB

Farabella picks up a huge gain on this misdirection play

Bennetti throws a perfect pass to sophomore TE Kevin Brady

DB Zac Condidorio demonstrates how to go through the ball carrier

RB Tim Andrews slips in for a 15-yard TD as the first half expires

Junior LB Dan Horning has displayed a nose for the ball all season long

Condidorio jets through a seam in the Wellsville D on this kickoff return

Shifty Marshall Silvernail adds yet another TD run to his resume'

Junior LB Mike Frew speeds into the Lions' backfield for a QB sack

Football newcomer Brandon Cooley had a PAT score and this 26-yard gain


SCORING SUMMARY - Wellsville vs. LeRoy - Friday, October 22, 2004
1st Quarter
Andrew Fox - 39 yd run Kick failed
LR 6 Well 0
Mike Farabella - 5 yd run Swanson kick
LR 13  Well 0
Boo Hinett - 35 yd pass from
Mark Bennetti
Swanson kick
LR 20  Well 0
2nd Quarter
Shaun Swanson - 27 yd FG  
LR 23  Well 0
Andrew Fox - 1 yd run Swanson kick
LR 30 Well 0
Tim Andrews - 14 yd pass from
Mark Bennetti
Swanson kick
LR 37  Well 0
3rd Quarter
Don Joyce - 4 yd run Gardner kick
LR 37  Well 7
Marshall Silvernail - 9 yd run Run failed
LR 43  Well 7
4th Quarter
Matt Brown - 73 yd pass from
Wellsville halfback
Run failed
LR 43  Well 13
Marshall Silvernail - 19 yd run Cooley run
LR 51   Well 13