Photo by Michael Johnson - Livingston County News Sports

Above 2 photos by Kris Murante - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Sports

Oatkan Knights claim 14th sectional title in
back-and-forth battle with the Hornets of
Oakfield-Alabama - Final LR 27, O-A 17

Mike Humphrey named game MVP after brilliant 12-catch evening for 155 yards; Andrew Alexander
rushes for 119 yards and 26-yard knockout TD in waning moments; Eric Stella named top Offensive
Lineman after battle in the trenches; Andrew Miller snags Roger Bunce Sportsmanship Award

Below 2 photos by Kris Murante - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Sports
Game Recap courtesy of William "Bilko" Pangrazio
Paetec Park - Rochester: The Friday "Knight" Lights shined bright as the Oatkan Knights captured a record 14th Section V football title defeating the previously unbeaten Oakfield Alabama Hornets 27-17 at Rochester's Paetec Park. Led by captains Mike Humphrey, Travis Fenstermaker, Andrew Alexander, and Jordan Casper, the Knights continued their dominance at play-off time. Humphrey, the game MVP caught 12 passes for 155 yards and a TD while adding 7 tackles on defense; Fenstermaker was spectacular connecting on 15 of 19 passes for 204 yards and 2 scores; while Alexander continued his brilliant senior season as he carried the ball 19 times for 119 yards and a TD, caught a 26-yard screen for a knockout score, while adding 8 tackles on defense.

The talented Hornets got on the scoreboard first after driving 71 yards on 16 plays before the Knights held, forcing a Jon Fisher field from 27 yards out to make it 3-0 O-A.

LeRoy stormed back with an 11-play 51-yard scoring drive of their own culminating with an Alexander TD dive from 1 yard out. Fenstermaker's PAT was true to give the Knights a 7-3 lead as 9:10 remained in the 1st half.

After forcing a Hornet punt, Fenstermaker ran up the middle for a 12-yard gain, delivering a thunderous hit on O-A's Tim Smith that sent Smith to the sidelines for the remainder of contest with a concussion. Smith, a 2-way star for the Hornets, had 63 yards on 8 carries prior to the play as well as a fine kick return and defensive play. The score remained 7-3 LeRoy at the half.

The 2nd half saw both teams rendering few yards via strong defensive play. Five minutes into the 3rd quarter, Oakfield-Alabama QB A.J. Kehlenbeck hit huge tight end Tyler Kowalcyck with a 30-yard toss to give the Hornets a 10-7 lead much to the delight of their fans.

The Knights countered the O-A score in but 2 plays as a short pass from Fenstermaker to Mike Humphrey resulted in a 55-yard score after Mike raced past the Hornets defense around left end for the TD that put the Knights up 13-10 margin after the blocked PAT.

Late in the 3rd quarter O-A RB Jason Stanley, playing for the injured Smith, darted 57 yards after some fine blocks from his big O-line to the end zone to give the Hornets the lead once again, 17-13 with 2:02 to go in quarter 3.

Showing the strength and resolve of a championship team, the Knights marched 68 yards in 12 plays to regain the lead when FB Jon Casper plowed in from the 1 to put Brian Moran's squad up 20-17. The key play in the drive was an incredible 4th-and-7 conversion when Fenstermaker threw a perfect sideline pass to Quentin Humphrey who was playing in the game with just one contact lens as one fell out earlier in the battle with no spare in sight.

Quentin blasted the ensuing kickoff straight into a Hornet return team member making for a mad scramble for the 'free' ball. LeRoy's Eric Stella came up with the huge recovery to give the Knights the ball at midfield and a grand opportunity to add a score that could conceivably put the game away.

LeRoy did just that. Fenstermaker led the offense 51 yards in 8 plays as Andrew Alexander snagged a screen from Travis and zig-zagged 26 yards through the O-A defense for a game ensuring score with 5:01 left in the game.

O-A's attempt at a possible comeback was halted as Jordan Casper sacked O-A QB Kehlenbeck and 2 plays later the Knights regained possession as the Hornets failed to convert a 4th-and-22 scenario.

The 27-17 win allowed LeRoy to capture their 14th sectional football crown, more than any other program in Section V championship history. The first was registered in 1984 when LeRoy's last undefeated squad (10-0) led by then head coach Jim Laemlein shut out Red Jacket 17-0. Coach Brian Moran since arriving in 1989 has added 13 more in his 20 years at the helm while compiling a fantastic 168-42-2 record in his illustrious career.

John Scheuing had a monster game from his linebacker post with 15 tackles. Andrew Alexander added 8 stops, while Mike Humphrey, Joe Schwab, and Jon Casper each had 7 tackles.

The Knights now advance to the Western Regional final Saturday, November 15th, with a 10 AM kickoff at the University of Buffalo. They will face Southwestern Jamestown (10-0) of Section 6.

Following 8 photos by Kris Murante - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Sports
Game Recap courtesy of Chris Metcalf - Livingston County News Sports

ROCHESTER - With memories of the late Don "Hooks" Robertson surrounding the entire Le Roy football program, the top-seeded Oatkan Knights went out and captured a record 14th Section 5 championship with a thrilling 27-17 victory over No. 2 Oakfield-Alabama in the Class C finals Friday at PAETEC Park.

"Hooks," a longtime volunteer coach and program supporter, died last summer after a long bout with cancer.

"From the first day of practice, we've said it all along, that this season was dedicated to 'Hooks,'" Le Roy senior captain Travis Fenstermaker said. "We are going to take this game ball, give it to his family, and we're all going to deliver it to his grave."

The victory lifted the Oatkan Knights to the head of the Section 5 football title class as they passed both Clyde-Savannah and Caledonia-Mumford, who each have 13 sectional titles. It was Le Roy's third straight Section 5 crown. This championship game was better than advertised as the Oatkan Knights - ranked No. 3 in the state - had to battle back from three separate deficits to get the win over the Hornets, who entered the game ranked sixth in the state.

Oakfield-Alabama's Jon Fisher put the Oatkan Knights in a 3-0 hole with 1:50 left in the opening period when his 27-yard field goal split the uprights to cap off a 16-play drive.

The Oatkan Knights came back with an 11-play, 51-yard scoring drive that was capped off when Andrew Alexander dove in from a yard out with 9:01 left in the first half. Fenstermaker's extra point made it 7-3.

The biggest play of the first half didn't change anything on the scoreboard. Fenstermaker's 12-yard run ended with him running right over O-A's Tim Smith with five minutes left in the first half. Smith got the worst of it and suffered a mild concussion, forcing the star running back/defensive back to the sideline for the rest of the game.

"I saw him there and the only place to go was right over him," said Fenstermaker, who finished with 28 yards on 12 carries. "It was one of the hardest hits I've ever been involved in."

Although the hit was damaging to O-A's potent running game, it didn't hurt their spirits as the Hornets responded with a scoring drive on their second possession of the second half. A.J. Kehlenbeck went play-action pass to find 6-foot-3, 230-pound Tyler Kowalcyzk wide open for a 30-yard scoring pass that finished up a six-play, 67 yard drive to give O-A a 10-7 lead with 4:28 left in the third.

It took Le Roy exactly 54 seconds to answer. On the Oatkan Knights' second play from scrimmage, Fenstermaker's quick throw to Mike Humphrey went for a 55-yard TD. Oakfield-Alabama blocked the PAT, leaving the Le Roy lead at 13-10.

The Hornets responded just three plays later as Jason Stanley - filling in for Smith - went up the gut for a 56-yard TD run that gave O-A a 17-13 lead with 2:02 left in the third.

Le Roy answered, showing its offensive balance as Jon Casper scored from a yard out to put the Oatkan Knights on top 20-17 with 9:16 left. On the 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive, Fenstermaker went 4-of-4 passing for 32 yards while Alexander rushed four times for 33 yards. The biggest play of the drive came on fourth-and-7 at the Hornets' 23 when Le Roy's Quentin Humphrey hauled in a 7-yard pass to keep the chains moving. He did it with just one contact lens.

"I could barely see anything," he said. "I was trying to focus on the ball and somehow I caught it."

"That was what we needed," Fenstermaker said. "We needed to answer them and we did. That was big."

"That was the play of the game," Le Roy coach Brian Moran said. "If we don't get that first down, it's a completely different ballgame."

The momentum swung dramatically on the ensuing kickoff. Quentin Humphrey's kick rocketed off the pads of Oakfield-Alabama's Brandon Richardson. Le Roy's Eric Stella fell on it near midfield. Seven plays later, the Oatkan Knights increased their lead to 27-17 as Fenstermaker's second-and-22 screen pass found Alexander, who juked his way for a 26-yard touchdown. Ironically, the touchdown came one play after Alexander's apparent 16-yard TD run was negated by a holding penalty on Le Roy.

The Le Roy defense put the finishing touches on the win as Jordan Casper sacked Kehlenbeck to force a third-and-long situation. Two plays later, the Hornets turned the ball over on downs.

"This is the greatest feeling in the world," Fenstermaker said. "After what happened last year (state semifinal OT loss), this makes it better."

Mike Humphrey - who was held to just one catch during Le Roy's 21-14 semifinal win against Letchworth - had a monster game with 12 catches for a game-high 155 yards and one TD. "Our game plan coming in was to pass a little more," said Humphrey, who was named MVP for the game. "Travis made some nice throws, and our line did a nice job protecting him."

Fenstermaker was 15-of-19 passing for 204 yards and two TDs. Alexander finished the night with a game-high 115 yards on 19 carries with two TDs.

Stanley led the Hornets with 108 yards on 13 carries, while Brad Riner ran for 58 yards on 15 carries. Before he left with his concussion, Smith ran for 63 yards on eight carries. Kehlenbeck was 2-of-8 passing for 36 yards and one TD.

John Scheuing led the Le Roy defense with 15 tackles, while Alexander added eight and Jon Casper, Mike Humphrey, and Joe Schwab each were in on seven stops.

Oakfield-Alabama was led defensively by Derek Hicks with 10 tackles, while Chris Williams added nine stops. Josh Athoe had 7 tackles and Kehlenbeck and John Koenig five each.

Williams was named the game's top defensive lineman while Hicks was named top defensive back. Le Roy's Eric Stella was named top offensive lineman, while Fenstermaker was named top offensive back. The sportsmanship award went to both Le Roy's Andrew Miller and O-A's John Koenig.

"I am very proud of each and every one of these guys," said O-A coach John Dowd, whose team suffered its only loss of the season and finished 9-1. "I have six guys that are three-year starters, and Chris Williams who is a four-year starter, and we've spent a lot of time in this program together. Give Le Roy credit, they played a great game and they deserve the win."

"But I can tell you this: My guys never gave up and they left it all out on the field. I love them to death."

"This was a great high school battle between two outstanding programs," Moran said. "This game was as physical as we expected it would be. Coach Dowd has done an exceptional job, not just with his coaching, but him and his staff are to be commended for the effort that program puts out. "That's a tremendous football program that Oakfield-Alabama has."

The victory lifted the Oatkan Knights into next Saturday's Far Western Regional against the Section 6 champion - either Southwestern or Silver Creek - at the University of Buffalo at 10 a.m.

"We're going to celebrate this one tonight, and we'll get right back at it tomorrow," said Moran, who has guided the Knights to 13 of the program's 14 sectional titles. And they will prepare for next week's game with memories of "Hooks" continuing to motivate the program.
"He was everything right about Le Roy football, and to keep his memory alive tonight - and we all know he was smiling from above - made this moment very special for the Le Roy community," Moran said.


Le Roy looks for record 14th Section V football title
Oatkan Knights can set a record with their 14th Section V title

Scott Pitoniak - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Sports
LE ROY — Travis Fenstermaker joined the LeRoy High School football program as a ballboy when he was 5 years old. A dozen years later, he is the starting quarterback for the unbeaten Oatkan Knights, who will gun for a record 14th Section V football title against unbeaten Oakfield-Alabama tonight at 6 at PAETEC Park.

"I've pretty much been here for every practice since I first showed up way back when," he said. "I've grown up in the program."

He has plenty of company.

The majority of players on this year's 9-0 squad dreamed the same dreams when they were 5. And that's the way it's been for decades in this football-crazed village on the eastern border of Genesee County.

"All the little kids look up to us," Fenstermaker said. "It's like we are Derek Jeter to them. It was the same way when I was little. I looked up to Joe Shaughnessy, who was the starting quarterback back then. I wanted to be just like him."

Twelve years later, he is.

Earlier this week, Fenstermaker was named the 2008 Ontario Honda Section V Class C Offensive Player of the Year. The honor was in recognition of his do-it-all season in which he has thrown for 1,030 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 425 yards and four scores. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior also plays defensive back, punts, kicks off and boots extra points.

"He's been a jack of all trades for us, and a great leader," said coach Brian Moran of the quarterback who is 20-1 in two years as a starter. "He'll do anything it takes to win. I think that's been a big part of our success through the years. We've had players and coaches and people in the community who are willing to make sacrifices for the good of the program."

High school football has long been a galvanizing force here, in the birthplace of Jell-O. They call their autumnal tradition Friday "Knight" Lights and, for big games, it's not unusual to see the town literally shut down, with more than 3,000 fans stuffing the bleachers and ringing the field at Hartwood Park, where LeRoy has won 44 straight.

The program's roots can be traced to 1897. The winning tradition was in place when Moran arrived 20 years ago, but he has taken it to another level. He's guided the Knights to a 167-42-2 record and 12 sectional titles in that span.

A victory against Oakfield-Alabama would add more hardware to their bulging trophy case and give the Oatkan Knights more sectional championships than any football program in the area.

"I credit the kids, my staff and the community," Moran said. "We have kids who come from hard-working families, and we have a community that gives us tremendous support. Football is a source of pride here."

A star defensive end at Livonia High School and Cortland State, Moran showed up here after two years as an assistant under Pat Stark and Ray Tellier at the University of Rochester, and three years as an assistant at his high school alma mater.

His first team at LeRoy in 1989 didn't get off to a sterling start.

"We were 3-2 after five games and really struggling," he said. "Only four teams made the sectionals in those days, so it wasn't looking good."

But Moran righted the ship and the Knights ran the table, capping the season with a 26-12 victory in the sectional championship game against a Livonia team that had beaten them by a point early in the season.

That win gave the Oatkan Knights their second title — they won their first under coach Jim Laemlein in 1984.

In last week's 21-14 victory over Letchworth, LeRoy was uncharacteristically careless with the ball, but was able to overcome five turnovers thanks to Andrew Alexander, who had a spectacular game, rushing for 312 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

Fenstermaker had a solid showing, directing the attack with 77 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and five completions in 10 attempts for an additional 60 yards.

Loyalty is a huge part of the program's success. The coaches and players have dedicated this season to one of their most devoted supporters, Hooks Robertson, a former assistant coach who died in the offseason after a long bout with cancer.

"He was a guy who started showing up about 10 years ago, just wanting to help out," Moran said. "He would do whatever he could for us. He was a great guy to have around the kids and around the coaches because he was such a positive person.

"He was one of the unsung heroes of our program."

And one of the many reasons the Oatkan Knights have been enjoying such a great run of success.

Tonight they can add to their legacy. A victory would give them their third consecutive sectional crown and sixth in this decade.

Fenstermaker and his teammates are well aware what's at stake.

"Coach has talked about us having the opportunity to win more titles than anybody else," he said. "We have a chance to make history.''

And give little boys here another reason to dream about experiencing Friday "Knight" Lights for themselves someday.





Photography by Michael Johnson - Livingston County News Sports


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LeRoy vs. Oakfield-Alabama Game Videography by EJ Henry

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

Saturday, November 8, 2008 (06:00 PM)
Playoff game at Paetec Park, Rochester NY (Neutral site)
Section V Class C Final

LeRoy Oatkan Knights 27, Oakfield-Alabama Hornets 17

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Oakfield-Alabama Hornets 3 0 14 0 17
LeRoy Oatkan Knights 0 7 6 14 27

Scoring play
#3 Jon Fisher 27 yd FG
#24 Andrew Alexander 1 yd run (#1 Travis Fenstermaker kick)
#10 A.J. Kehlenbeck 30 yd pass to #82 Tyler Kowalcyzk (#3 Jon Fisher kick)
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 55 yd pass to #7 Mike Humphrey
#44 Jason Stanley 57 yd run (#3 Jon Fisher kick)
#43 Jon Casper 1 yd run (#1 Travis Fenstermaker kick)
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 26 yd pass to #24 Andrew Alexander (#1 Travis Fenstermaker kick)

Team stats Oakfield-Alabama LeRoy
First downs 12 17
Rushing yardage 235 153
Pass completions - attempts 2-8 15-20
Passing yardage 36 204
Pass touchdowns - interceptions 1-0 2-0
Total plays 50 56
Total offense 271 357
Fumbles - lost 1-1 1-1
Penalties - yards 1-5 6-40
Defensive sacks - yards lost 0-0 1-8
Time of possession 23:10 24:50
3rd down efficiency 5 for 13 4 for 9
4th down efficiency 3 for 4 1 for 2
Punts - average 3-31.7 1-37.0


Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#44 Jason Stanley 13 108 8.3 57 1
#23 Tim Smith 8 63 7.9 29 0
#20 Brad Riner 15 58 3.9 12 0
#10 A.J. Kehlenbeck 4 5 1.3 9 0
#22 Josh Athoe 2 1 0.5 1 0
Total: 42 235 5.6 57 1

Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#24 Andrew Alexander 19 119 6.3 24 1
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 10 30 3.0 12 0
#43 Jon Casper 4 7 1.8 3 1
Total: 36 153 4.3 24 2

Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#10 A.J. Kehlenbeck 2 8 36 1 0
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 15 19 204 2 0
#7 Mike Humphrey 0 1 0 0 0
Total: 15 20 204 2 0

Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#82 Tyler Kowalcyzk 1 30 30.0 30 1
#20 Brad Riner 1 6 6.0 6 0
Total: 2 36 18.0 30 1
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#7 Mike Humphrey 12 155 12.9 55 1
#21 Quentin Humphrey 2 23 11.5 14 0
#24 Andrew Alexander 1 26 26.0 26 1
Total: 15 204 13.6 55 2

Name Fum FL FR Yds
#65 Brandon Richardson 1 1 0 0
#73 Chris Williams 0 0 1 0
Total: 1 1 1 0
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#7 Mike Humphrey 1 1 0 0
#57 Eric Stella 0 0 1 0
Total: 1 1 1 0

Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#3 Jon Fisher 1 1 27 2 5
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 0 0 0 3 3

Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#3 Jon Fisher 3 95 31.7 38 1
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 1 37 37.0 37 1

Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#3 Jon Fisher 4 83 20.8 33
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#21 Quentin Humphrey 3 77 25.7 42
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 1 49 49.0 49
Total: 4 126 31.5 49

Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#23 Tim Smith 1 34 34.0 34 0
#20 Brad Riner 1 10 10.0 10 0
#10 A.J. Kehlenbeck 1 2 2.0 2 0
#65 Brandon Richardson 1 0 0.0 0 0
Total: 4 46 11.5 34 0
  Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#7 Mike Humphrey 1 14 14.0 14 0

Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
  Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD

Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#55 Derek Hicks 10 5 0.0 1.0 0
#73 Chris Williams 9 5 0.0 1.0 0
#22 Josh Athoe 7 2 0.0 1.0 0
#77 John Koenig 5 2 0.0 0.0 0
#10 A.J. Kehlenbeck 5 2 0.0 0.0 0
#23 Tim Smith 4 1 0.0 0.0 0
#44 Jason Stanley 3 0 0.0 0.0 0
#80 Noah Seward 3 1 0.0 1.0 0
#20 Brad Riner 3 2 0.0 0.0 0
#82 Tyler Kowalcyzk 3 0 0.0 1.0 0
#17 Tyler Tamblin 2 2 0.0 0.0 0
#54 Craig Campbell 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#56 Evan Kotarski 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 57 24 0.0 5.0 0
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#48 John Scheuing 15 12 0.0 0.0 0
#24 Andrew Alexander 8 4 0.0 2.0 0
#7 Mike Humphrey 7 4 0.0 0.0 0
#13 Joe Schwab 7 6 0.0 0.0 0
#43 Jon Casper 7 2 0.0 0.5 0
#21 Quentin Humphrey 6 5 0.0 0.0 0
#51 Jordan Casper 6 4 1.0 1.5 0
#70 Josh Sackett 3 3 0.0 0.0 0
#58 Alex Cardenas 3 2 0.0 0.0 0
#72 John Kelso 2 2 0.0 0.0 0
#77 Joe Carubia 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
#60 Josh Casper 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
#50 Vince Kovach 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
#84 Brian Calmes 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#30 Brandon Monteleone 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 69 48 1.0 4.0 0