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

Quarterfinals - Falconer
Semifinals - Walton
Finals - Dobbs Ferry

Game Recap by Brian Hillabush, Batavia Daily News Sports
Knights defeat Marcus Whitman 17-6
for Section V Class C Championship
Coach Brian Moran captures 10th sectional title
Game Action Photography by Michael Johnson, Livingston County News Sports

PITTSFORD - The Le Roy offense was nearly perfect. The defense was. With a dominant performance on both sides of the football, the top-seeded Le Roy football team was able to capture the school's 11th sectional title with a 17-6 win over second-seeded Marcus Whitman in the Section 5 Class C finals at St. John Fisher College Friday.

"We were pumped coming into this game and defense is huge on our team," Le Roy defensive lineman Tim Dieffenbacher said. "We just went out and executed." Nothing but good things can be said about what the offense did for Le Roy. But defense was easily the story.

Marcus Whitman only managed 39 yards of total offense in the first half and 171 in the game. "All together, we played great today," said running back/linebacker Andrew Fox, who rushed for 118 yards on 25 carries. "Marcus Whitman executed well, but it came down to us wanting it more."

With a ball control offense that was able to chew up time off the clock and get yardage, the Le Roy defense had an easy job to do: just make some stops.
The Wildcats didn't have the ball deep in Le Roy territory and the power running game that worked so well against Pembroke last weekend was not able to do anything against the Oatkan Knights.

All but one drive was successful in the first half and the 10-0 Le Roy halftime lead could have been higher.
The Oatkan Knights received the opening kickoff and the offense stalled at midfield. After that, it was all
Le Roy.

Marcus Whitman went three-and-out and the Oatkan Knights were able to mount a long drive that started at their own 23-yard line. After 15 plays and 67 yards, the MW defense made a stop. The drive took seven minutes off the clock and saw Le Roy convert on two fourth downs before Bennetti was sacked on fourth-and-4 at the Marcus Whitman 10. The Wildcats again struggled to move the football and had to punt.

Le Roy started at its own 29 and marched right down the field again. This time, it resulted in a score.
Bennetti hit Fox with an 18-yard pass and Farabella had a 14-yard run on a sweep right that set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Fox, putting Le Roy up 7-0.

"It was intense. When we had the ball we decided to just keep going and going," said Farabella, who rushed for 170 yards on 25 carries and was named MVP. "We knew we needed it because we didn't know how many chances we'd have. When we got the ball, we finished."

After a three-and-out by the Wildcats, Le Roy was able to finish off the first half with another score. The Oatkan Knights took over with 1:41 on the clock and were able to drive with big plays. Bennetti avoided two sacks and then ran for 16 yards. The sophomore quarterback then hit Boo Hinett on a 27-yard pass to the Wildcats' 5. After two Fox runs and a spiked ball on third down, Shaun Swanson hit an 18-yard field goal as time expired.

"We say all the time that in high school football a field goal is as good as a touchdown," Le Roy coach Brian Moran said. "(We made them) have to score three times instead of two. Swanson did a great job with the extra points, field goals and kickoffs."

Le Roy's score in the second half came after Marcus Whitman failed to get a second first down on the opening possession and had to punt. Farabella had a 62-yard touchdown run for the final Oatkan Knights' score.

"I had the stiff-arm going - I learned that from Marshall Silvernail - and I just kept going," Farabella said. "I had momentum and wanted to score on that."

Marcus Whitman (9-1) got on the board with 3:42 left in the game when Chris Wickham hooked up with Adam Dietz on a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Wildcats tried an onside kick, but Le Roy was able to recover and run out the clock.

Phil Niccloy was the outstanding defensive lineman for the game for Le Roy, while Josh Wells was the outstanding defensive back and Adam Dietz was the outstanding offensive lineman for Marcus Whitman.
Le Roy (10-0) will play Section 6 champion Falconer at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"Coach tells us that they are a pretty good team and we are just going to come out, do our best and hopefully win," Dieffenbacher said.



1-LeRoy 7-0
LeRoy 51-13
8-Wellsville 3-4
LeRoy 21-13
5-Can-Greenwd 5-2
Can-Greenwd 42-9
4-Avon 5-2
2004 Section V Class C
Football Championship
LEROY 17-6
3-Pembroke 6-1
Pembroke 42-0
6-Warsaw 4-3
Marc. Whitman 35-13
7-Bishop Kearney 4-3
Marc. Whitman 21-3
2-Marc. Whitman 7-0









LeRoy head coach Brian Moran readies his Knights for action in the sectional championship game.
The Marcus Whitman Wildcats take to the field, ready to battle for the Section 5 Class C title with LeRoy.
Knights capture 11th Section 5 Football Title
with 17-6 win over Marcus Whitman

Farabella, Fox, & Niccloy earn game MVP honors
Recap below by James Johnson, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Sportswriter
November 6, 2004) - Mike Farabella and the rest of the LeRoy running backs provided the points. The defense delivered more big blows Friday until the Oatkan Knights hammered their way to another Section V title. Andrew Fox and Farabella each ran for a touchdown while LeRoy shut out Marcus Whitman for three quarters during a 17-6 victory that brings championship No. 11 to the Oatkan Knights.

Farabella was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class C final at Growney Stadium after he carried the ball 25 times for 170 yards. His 61-yard run early in the third quarter pushed LeRoy (10-0) to a 17-0 lead.

"Last year we weren't lucky enough to get this far," Farabella said about LeRoy's sectional semifinalist team in 2003. "This year we worked hard. "We came ready to play."

Farabella, a junior, appeared doomed to a one-game season after he suffered a broken hand in a kickoff return in his team's opener. He was out for five weeks. "The doctors basically told me that my season was done," Farabella said. "I told them to do what they needed to get me back for sectionals. "I came back and had to step it up."

The LeRoy defense didn't let down against the Wildcats. Whitman (9-1) crossed midfield once during the first three quarters at St. John Fisher College and needed 46 plays to muster 171 yards of offense, compared with 361 for LeRoy.

Wildcats quarterback Chris Wickham was 9-for-18 passing for 110 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
"Their offensive and defensive lines are the strongest parts of their team," Wickham, also a defensive back, said. "They opened up huge holes for their backs and just overpowered us. "They are a pretty simple team. We just didn't make tackles."

Fox, the LeRoy fullback, also found room to run. He finished with 118 yards on 23 carries.
The Wildcats advanced to their first sectional final by playing stingy defense and knocking off 13-time champion Clyde-Savannah in the semifinals.

"It was the time of my life," Whitman junior nose tackle Jared Proctor said. "I've never had more fun. All great things end, and tonight it did. We'll be back. "They are a bunch of big guys and they definitely get after it. They know how to shut you down."

LeRoy, which averaged 4.8 yards a carry during the first half, picked up its first score with 2:51 remaining in the second quarter. Fox plunged over the goal line. Whitman trailed 10-0 at halftime after a 27-yard pass by Mark Bennetti to Boo Hinett set up an 18-yard field goal by Shaun Swanson.

LeRoy's lead jumped to 17-0 on its first series of the second half. Farabella broke off-tackle to his left for his long TD. Whitman moved 78 yards in 20 plays to score with 3:42 remaining. Adam Dietz grabbed a 17-yard pass from Wickham, but the Wildcats missed the extra-point kick attempt and LeRoy covered Whitman's onside kick. The sectional trophy just about belonged the Oatkan Knights at that point.

"We got what we deserved," LeRoy defensive lineman Phil Niccloy said.

The Oatkan Knights play Falconer-VI (9-1), the Buffalo-area champion, in the West Regionals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

Three of the game's MVPs ready for action. Josh Wells (48 - MVP Def. Back), Andrew Fox (30 - MVP Off.
Back), and Mike Farabella (32 - MVP Championship Game). Also shown are the excellent interior linemen of
LeRoy - Tim Dieffenbacher (56), John Whiting (78 - just a freshman), and Mike Pacer (54).
Marcus Whitman QB Chris Wickham spots an open target. Wickham was 9 of 18 for 110 yds and a TD.


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for these video clips from high atop Growney Stadium

FB Andrew Fox rambles through the Whitman line for a 12-yd pickup

Fox blasts through the middle of the Wildcats' D for a 21-yd gain

RB Mike Farabella finds the Fisher turf to his liking for a 13-yd scoot

LBs Mike Pacer and Kevin Brady team up with Tim Andrews to stop the MW rusher

Game MVPs Phil Niccloy and Drew Fox put a quick end to this Whitman play

Fox runs through and over the Whitman defense into Wildcat territory

Mike Farabella stiff-arms and darts to the Whitman one yard line

Fox is not to be denied on this one yard TD plunge to put the Knights up

LR QB Mark Bennetti, flushed from the pocket, scrambles for 16 yards

Bennetti throws a beautiful spiral to WR Boo Hinett to set up LR's field goal

Kicker Shaun Swanson splits the goal posts for an 18-yd FG to put LR up 10-zip

LB Justin Casper gets in quickly on the MW QB, forcing a lateral to a lineman

Note the awesome stiff-arm and acceleration of Farabella on this 61-yd TD run

DL Tim Dieffenbacher uses his strength and quickness to snag the Whitman QB

The center of the LeRoy defense stuffs the TD leap of the Whitman ball carrier

Farabella seals the deal with a late game 1st down pickup around right end


SCORING SUMMARY - MWhitman vs. LeRoy - Friday, November 5, 2004
1st Quarter
No scoring  
2nd Quarter
Andrew Fox - 1 yd run Swanson kick
LR 7  MW 0
Shaun Swanson - 18 yd FG  
LR 10  MW 0
3rd Quarter
Mike Farabella - 61 yd run Swanson kick
LR 17  MW 0
4th Quarter
Adam Dietz - 17 yd pass from
Chris Wickham
Kick failed
LR 17  MW 6