Knights shut out Letchworth 39-0
in opening round of '05 playoffs

Farabella averages 11.5 yards per carry (173 yds total) as Knights roll up 420 total yards
on tough Indians defense; Casper nabs 3 TDs; Bonacquisti, Epps, and DiFrancisco strong on D

Game Recap by Brian Hillabush - Batavia Daily News Sports

LEROY - If Mike Farabella’s first play from scrimmage is any indication as to what the Le Roy football team is going to do this postseason, a state title is in the works.

Mark Bennetti handed the ball to Farabella on the first play of the game and the senior back rumbled 59 yards for a touchdown. From there, the Oatkan Knights went on to dominate Letchworth on all sides of the ball in a 39-0 victory.

“After that play, I knew it was going to be a good night,” said Farabella, who rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. “As long as our linemen held their blocks, I knew everything would be fine.”

Top-seeded Le Roy showed why they are ranked second in New York state, improving to 8-0. “This is a good way to start (a run towards a state title),” Bennetti said. “There is a different approach you have to take to sectionals. I think we definitely stepped it up tonight.”

After Farabella’s quick score, Letchworth went three-and-out. The Oatkan Knights needed a little more time to score on the next drive, showing a ball-control offense that went 49 yards on 13 plays with Farabella running it in from four yards out. Bennetti threw two key passes on the drive, one to Kevin Brady for 10 yards and another to Craig Tiberio for 14 yards on a third-and-6.

“I think our pass routes are getting better,” Bennetti said. “I’m making better reads than I used to and we are
playing more as a unit.”

“It’s nice to be balanced,” Le Roy coach Brian Moran said. “We are very fortunate to have some athletes that can run the ball, some that can pass the ball and some that can catch the ball. When you have that at this level, it’s an advantage.”


Le Roy opened the third quarter with another drive that resulted in seven points after Bennetti hooked up with Justin Casper on an 8-yard touchdown pass.

Trailing 20-0, the Indians needed a big play, and that’s exactly what they got. Quarterback Jeff Marcy eluded a potential sack, then scrambled and found a wide open Weston Weaver for what looked like a 45-yard touchdown pass. But the officials said Marcy was past the line of scrimmage when he threw the ball.

Mike Alexander sacked Marcy on the next play and the Indians wound up punting the ball away. Le Roy drove again in the closing seconds of the half, and a 34-yard Farabella run set up a Justin Casper 1-yard scoring plunge.

The Oatkan Knights scored on their sixth straight possession when Casper had a 12-yard touchdown run.
Mike Frew — who had 92 yards on six carries — had a 75-yard touchdown run late in the game.

Brady Bonacquisti had seven tackles and Casper had a pair of sacks to lead a Le Roy defense that completely
shut down Letchworth. The Indians end up 3-5, but improved a lot this season and seem to have the program headed in the right direction.

“I’m proud of my kids; the effort is there,” Letchworth coach Tim McMullen said. “They are good kids. They put their butt on the line for me and that’s all I can ask.”

Le Roy (8-0) moves on to face rival Caledonia-Mumford, the fourth seed. The Red Raiders (6-2) beat No. 5
Bishop Kearney 44-18 Friday. Le Roy won the Week 2 game 20-0 in Caledonia.

“Caledonia/Le Roy is always a war,” Moran said. “You get focused during the week and you get yourself mentally ready to play, and show up on Friday.”



LeRoy Knights Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC

Friday, October 21, 2005 (7:00 PM)
League game at Hartwood Park, LeRoy NY

LeRoy Oatkan Knights 39, Letchworth Indians 0

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Letchworth Indians 0 0 0 0 0
LeRoy Oatkan Knights 13 13 7 6 39

Scoring Review
1st quarter:
LR - Mike Farabella 59 yd run (Kick failed) 11:42
LR - Mike Farabella 4 yd run (Shaun Swanson kick) 4:06

2nd quarter:
LR - Mark Bennetti 8 yd pass to Justin Casper (Swanson kick) 9:30
LR - Justin Casper 1 yd run (Kick failed) 0:26

3rd quarter:
LR - Justin Casper 11 yd run (Swanson kick) 6:51

4th quarter:
LR - Mike Frew 75 yd run (PAT run failed) 9:01

Team statistics
First downs
Rushes - yards
Passing yards
Comp - att - int
Return yards
Punts - average
Fumbles - lost
Penalties - yards
Time of possession

Individual statistics

Letchworth Indians - Matt Hendrickson 4-28, Joe Hendrickson 9-23, Branson Gray 3-22, Mark Sutter 4-14, Jeff Marcy 9-(minus 20)

LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Mike Farabella 15-173, Mike Frew 6-92, Mark Bennetti 7-34, Justin Casper 4-18, Tom Bestor 5-13, Dan Horning 2-8, Alex DiFrancisco 5-0

Letchworth Indians - Jeff Marcy 4-10-0-51
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Mark Bennetti 8-13-0-82

Letchworth Indians - Weston Weaver 2-20, Derek Buttles 1-21, Brandon Gray 1-10

LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Craig Tiberio 3-47, Colin Dailey 3-17, Kevin Brady 1-10, Justin Casper 1-8

LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Brady Bonacquisti - 6 tackles & SACK, Marcus Epps - 5, Alex DiFrancisco - 5 (4 solo) & FR, Chad Condidorio - 4 & .5 SACK, Colin Dailey - 4, Tim Andrews - 4, Zack Murray - 3 & FR, Mike Alexander - 3 & SACK, Tim Andrews - SACK, Justin Casper - 1.5 SACKS, Brandon Cooley - FR

Return Yardage
LeRoy Oatkan Knights - Boo Hinett - 4 punts for 35 yds, Craig Tiberio 1 punt for 11 yds, Brady Bonacquisti - 1 kickoff for 14 yds

Game start time: 7:00 PM
Game length: 2:03; Attendance: 1248


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Brady Bonacquisti takes the opening kickoff and returns it hard to set the tone

RB Mike Farabella takes the opening handoff and rambles 59 yards for the score

Marcus "Big Cat" Epps introduces himself to the Letchworth RB

Tough Tommy Smith lays the smackdown on the Letchworth kickoff returner

The Knights convert a 4th-and-1 with ease behind rugged Justin Casper

QB Mark Bennetti takes it around right end for a big gainer

Farabella shows his quickness on defense with this immediate tackle

Mike Alexander sheds the blocker and makes a key sack of the Indians' QB

Colin Dailey and Rob Morgan throw key blocks on this Craig Tiberio catch and run

Bennetti spots Tiberio down field for a huge Oatkan Knights' gain

Alex DiFrancisco wraps up the Letchworth kick returner with a classic tackle

The Letchworth RB hardly has the ball when met by Mike Alexander and Brady Bonacquisti

Farabella receives plenty of key blocks to gain some big yardage against the Indians

Casper scores from 11 yards out for his third TD of the game

Tim Andrews and Dan Horning go low-high to take down the Letchworth returner

Andrews flies into the Letchworth backfield and sacks the QB

Fellow LHS wrestlers Justin Casper (31) and Chad Condidorio take down the QB

Speedy Mike Frew darts through the Indians' defense for a 75-yard TD

Tom Bestor takes the handoff and slashes for some key yardage