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

Quarterfinals - Falconer
Semifinals - Walton
Finals - Dobbs Ferry



Game Recap written by Brian Hillabush - Batavia Daily News Sports

SYRACUSE — Mark Bennetti messed up. The sophomore defensive back/quarterback made a mistake when he was beaten by Chad Gardepe on a 51-yard touchdown pass just before the half in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse Saturday. But Bennetti more than made up for his mistake — which gave Walton an 8-3 halftime lead — in the second half when he guided Le Roy to a 25-14 win over the Warriors, giving the Oatkan Knights a chance at a second state title. Le Roy (12-0) moves on to face Dobbs Ferry (12-0) in the finals at 5 p.m. this Saturday at the Carrier Dome. Walton finishes at 11-1.

“I’m very impressed with the performance by Mark today,” Le Roy coach Brian Moran said. “He’ll be the first to tell you he made a mistake in the first half defensively, but that’s a sign of character when an individual can make a mistake and come out in the second half and play well. I’m very proud of his effort in the second half.” In fact, the entire offense backed up Bennetti in the second half as the Oatkan Knights totally turned things around. After gaining just 75 yards of total offense in the first half, Bennetti led an attack that only had to punt once in the second half — and that was on the first possession. His main target was Boo Hinett. Bennetti hooked up with the junior receiver four times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Because of those numbers, Hinett was named offensive player of the game. “I always figured it would be the running backs,” Hinett said. “We always have the passing game when the run isn’t there. Today it wasn’t.” “He had like five inches (of height) on the guy covering him today,” Bennetti said. “I just aired it up to him and he went up and had to catch it. That’s really all we did.”

The Oatkan Knights trailed 8-3 when they took over with five minutes left in the third quarter. That drive went 73 yards on 14 plays and ended when Bennetti hooked up with Hinett on a 14-yard touchdown pass at the start of the fourth quarter. Tim Andrews caught the two-point conversion pass, giving Le Roy an 11-8 lead. “That was a wheel route,” Hinett said. “It was a good ball. He led me perfectly, just a little low. I had to make a play and I dove at it and got under it and came up with it.”

Walton went three-and-out and the Oatkan Knights drove again, going 62 yards on six plays. Andrew Fox was on fire on this drive. The big plays on the drive were a Fox 11-yard run and a 26-yard screen pass from Bennetti to Fox. The score came on a 19-yard Fox run. Le Roy got the ball right back when Brady picked off a Trevor Tomeo pass on the Warriors’ first possession. A few plays later, Bennetti tossed his second touchdown pass to Hinett, this one going for 25 yards. “They put in another cornerback and he was playing inside me,” Hinett said. “I just went around him, made a play and jumped on the ball.”

Walton scored a late touchdown after moving the ball through the air. The touchdown was a 3-yard pass from Tomeo to Gardepe. It was a far different game than the first half. That was a defensive battle that saw the Warriors score with 30 seconds left to take an 8-3 lead to the half. Neither team was able to get a first down until Le Roy finally got one on a penalty midway through the opening frame. But after that first down, Le Roy could not move the ball and had to punt. The defense caused another three-and-out and the Oatkan Knights started at midfield. Fox got his first carry of the game early in the second quarter after Bennetti hooked up with Hinett on a 29-yard pass. The drive stalled and Shaun Swanson kicked a 31-yard field goal.

The Warriors finally got a first down, but gave the ball away when Fox picked off a Tomao pass near midfield. Bennetti hit Fox with a 27-yard pass and Farabella had a 2-yard run before Bennetti just missed an open Brady in the end zone and then had a pass tipped on third down. Rather than kick a second field goal, the Oatkan Knights went for it and Hinett was covered in the end zone, allowing the pass to fall incomplete. Walton took over at its own 15 and moved the ball to the Le Roy 46. Marc Jacobs’ 18-yard gain on a reverse was nullified by an illegal procedure penalty. That play though, made a big impression on the Le Roy defense. A few plays later, Tomao faked the reverse to Jacobs and the defense bit, allowing the quarterback to hook up with Gardepe on the 51-yard bomb. The two-point conversion gave the Warriors an 8-3 halftime lead. “We shouldn’t have bit because of down and distance,” Moran said. “There was only 50 seconds left in the half.”






LeRoy Game MVPS - #30 Andrew Fox (Defense) & #80 Boo Hinett (Offense)

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The center of the LR defense puts a stop on the Walton RB

Mike Farabella and Drew Fox put a quick end to this Walton sweep

QB Mark Mark Bennetti throws a perfect over-the-shoulder pass to WR Boo Hinett

Sophomore LB Kevin Brady corrals the hard-charging Walton RB

Billy Fox Jr. leads the 'Drew Crew' in pumping up the Carrier Dome volume

The Walton RB is met with some serious LeRoy gang-tackling

Hinett puts the Knights up in the 4th quarter with this TD grab

Fox refuses to go down easily when met by the Walton D

The 'Drew Crew' lets everyone know their favorite past-time

Fox picks up some big yardage with this screen reception and run

Fox powers the Knights to a 17-8 lead with this 19-yard TD burst

Hinett completes LeRoy's scoring explosion with this 25-yard TD reception

DB Colin Dailey finishes off the Walton RB with this up-top pop

DE Matt Forti reads this Walton screen perfectly and lowers the boom


SCORING SUMMARY - Walton vs. LeRoy - Saturday, November 20, 2004
1st Quarter
No scoring  
2nd Quarter
Shaun Swanson - 18 yd FG  
LR 3  Walton 0
Chad Gardepe - 51 yd pass from Trevor Tomad  
Walton 8  LR 3
3rd Quarter
No scoring  
4th Quarter
Boo Hinett - 14 yd pass from Mark Bennetti Tim Andrews - pass from Bennetti
LR 11  Walton 8
Andrew Fox - 19 yd run Kevin Brady - pass from Bennetti
LR 19  Walton 8
Boo Hinett - 25 yd pass from Mark Bennetti Run failed
LR 25  Walton 8
Marc Jacobs - 3 yd pass from Trevor Tomad Pass failed
LR 25  Walton 14