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

Quarterfinals - Falconer
Semifinals - Walton
Finals - Dobbs Ferry


Knights move into sectional finals with 21-13
win over Canisteo-Greenwood Redskins

Drew Fox rushes for 137 yards and 2 TDs; Mike Farabella races for 126 yards;
Phil Niccloy (7 tackles) stars on defense that allows just 27 yards of rushing



Recap by Batavia Daily News Sportswriter Brian Hillabush

PITTSFORD — The Canisteo-Greenwood football team had never won a sectional playoff game before last weekend. The Redskins will be waiting until next fall to try for that second win because powerhouse Le Roy had little problem doing what they do best, winning come sectional time. The top-seeded Oatkan Knights made the plays that an experienced program would make and the Redskins made a big mistake late in the game in leading to the 21-13 Le Roy win in the Section 5 Class C semifinals at St. John Fisher College Saturday.

“We’re a disciplined ball team,” lineman Tim Dieffenbacher said. “They showed that they are not a disciplined ball team. It matters a lot when you are disciplined. Obviously they weren’t and it worked out for us.”

The Le Roy defense forced Canisteo-Greenwood to punt with just 7:37 left in the game, and then it was time for some clock management with a heavy dose of Andrew Fox. The senior running back had four straight carries on a drive that took the clock down to 2:54 before Redskin linebacker Lyle Ellis stopped Fox at the line of scrimmage on a fourth-and-2 at the C-G 21-yard line.

“That was huge because it took a lot of time off (the clock),” said Fox, who rushed for 137 yards on 28 attempts. “We were able to take time off the clock because our offensive line was blocking great.”

“When you are in that situation, you want to score obviously,” said Le Roy coach Brian Moran, whose squad is now 9-0. “But you still want to run the clock and get out of here.”

The Redskins moved the ball with Jay Kothen throwing pass after pass, but an intentional grounding was called on the quarterback, setting up a second-and-27 with little time left on the clock. Canisteo-Greenwood couldn’t convert and the Oatkan Knights will move on to the finals.

“We played our hearts out and we are where we want to be,” Dieffenbacher said. “This is what we worked for, we want a sectional title.”

The first 26 minutes of the game were ugly, but the Oatkan Knights were able to run the ball and not turn it over after an early fumble in the second half. Fox fumbled that ball on Le Roy’s first possession after halftime and Kothen picked up his second fumble of the game and returned it 25 yards. Lyle Ellis scored on a 6-yard run a few plays later.

“It was a rough game for me,” Fox said. “I only fumbled once during the regular season and I had two in this one game. It was a problem, but the team is so positive and they picked me up. I was able to work through it.”

But Le Roy answered back with the game-winning touchdown, a Fox 15-yard scoring scamper on a fourth-and-2. Mike Farabella had 10- and 20-yard runs on the drive. Fox was stopped at the line of scrimmage, but kept his legs moving and got in the end zone. “I wanted the ball and I wanted to prove myself. That just picked me right up,” Fox said.

Turnovers were the story of the first half. The Redskins fumbled the ball away on the first possession of the game and Mark Bennetti scored on a 7-yard keeper. Canisteo-Greenwood fumbled on its second drive as well when Ellis coughed up the ball in Redskin territory. Fox recovered this fumble and Le Roy drove 53 yards on 10 plays with Fox capping off the drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge.

The Oatkan Knights then let Canisteo-Greenwood back in the game with a turnover of their own. Bennetti fumbled the ball twice on one play. He recovered the first one, but Devan Bertch jarred the ball loose a second time and Kothen picked up the ball and ran 21 yards for a score. The kickoff was muffed and the Oatkan Knights had to start the next drive at their own 10-yard line. Mike Farabella had a 17-yard run but Nick Clark stripped the ball from Fox’s hands on a second-and-7. Bertch recovered the ball, but the Redskins were forced to punt.

Le Roy couldn’t mount much of a drive and had to punt, making the score 14-7 at the half. Farabella had 126 yards rushing on 27 carries. Phil Niccloy led a LeRoy defense that allowed just 27 net yards of rushing with 7 tackles. Teammate John Whiting registered 5 tackles and Mike Pacer 4 tackles and a sack. The Oatkan Knights will play Marcus Whitman at 5 p.m. Friday at St. John Fisher College in the finals.



Andrew Fox 28-138, 2 TDs
Mike Farabella 27-126 yds
Dan Horning 2-13
Mark Bennetti 7-9, TD

Mark Bennetti 0 of 2

Phil Niccloy - 7 tackles
John Whiting - 5
Mike Pacer, Mike Farabella,
John Zinni, & Andrew Fox - 4 ea.
Tim Dief, Justin Casper,
& Aaron Scott - 3 ea.

Kevin Brady, Andrew Fox - FR
Mike Pacer - SACK/FF

Total Yardage
LeRoy - 285 yards (285 rush/0 pass)
Canisteo-Greenwood -111 yards (27 rush/84 pass)


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LB Mike Pacer races into the backfield to cause a fumble, recovered by Kevin Brady

QB Mark Bennetti receives great blocking from the offensive line and RB Drew Fox to score

Fox snags a mishandled ball in the Redskin backfield to set up a LeRoy scoring drive

Fox slithers through a sea of red to gather some key yardage for the Knights

RB Mike Farabella takes the pitch for a 17-yard gain to move the Knights out of a hole

Farabella shows that he can play defense as well as he goes low to take down the rusher

TE Kevin Brady and RB Drew Fox throw some key blocks to fuel this Farabella gain

Fox literally shrugs off the Redskin defender to find the end zone on this 4th-and-2

DL Phil Niccloy eyes and finds the Canisteo ball carrier deep in Redskin territory

LB Tim Andrews say 'nothing doing' on this play as he stuffs the outside run

FB Dan Horning gives Fox a rest and bulls his way through would-be tacklers


SCORING SUMMARY - Canisteo vs. LeRoy - Saturday, October 30, 2004
1st Quarter
Mark Bennetti - 7 yd run Swanson kick
LR 7  C-G 0
Andrew Fox - 1 yd run Swanson kick
LR 14  C-G 0
2nd Quarter
Jay Cousins - 21 yd return of fumble recovery Ellis kick
LR 14  C-G 7
3rd Quarter
Lyle Ellis - 6 yd run Kick failed
LR 14  C-G 13
Andrew Fox - 15 yd run Swanson kick
LR 21  C-G 13
4th Quarter
  No scoring