SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2012
Quarterfinals - Holley
Semifinals - Bath
Finals - Hornell



Knights battle tough with
Hornell Red Raiders in Class C

Championship Game

Oatkan Knights limit champion Raiders to just 2 first downs before
intermission. Turnovers and a heavy dose of MVP Zach Bacon (165
yds rushing) leads the Raiders to a 4th straight sectional crown and
their 49th consecutive victory.

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Game recap by Chris Metcalf - Livingston County News Sports

ROCHESTER — Don’t let last Sunday’s 21-7 Hornell victory over Le Roy fool you. It was much closer than that. Unfortunately for the second-seeded Knights in their Class C title game, poor second half field position, a few costly penalties, and two huge fumbles, was the difference maker in No. 1 Hornell capturing the program’s 12th sectional title in the contest played at Sahlen’s Stadium.

“We just couldn’t get any field position throughout most of the game,” said Le Roy coach Brian Moran. “But these kids played really hard, and as a coach, that is all you can ask for. They left it all out on the field.”And they nearly left Hornell on the wrong end of the scoreboard for the first time in 49 games.

Le Roy led 7-0 at the half before Hornell scored back-to-back TDs within a two-minute span of the third quarter, then added a fourth quarter safety and a late touchdown to make the score appear much more lopsided than it was.

Le Roy showed its fury from the start, and after forcing Hornell out on the Red Raiders’ first series, the Knights went right to work with an eight-play, 55-yard scoring drive that started with four straight carries from Dylan Johnson for 42 yards and finished with four straight runs for 16 yards by Tommy Kelso, including a 5-yard TD run that made it 7-0 following Johnson’s PAT kick. It was only the second time all season that Hornell had trailed.

Neither team would get past the pylons the rest of the first half as Le Roy held the seven-point advantage at the break. The Le Roy defense was the standout in the first half as the Knights limited Hornell to just two first downs and 53 total yards in the first 24 minutes of football.

A poor punt by Le Roy following its second possession of the second half allowed Hornell to take over on the Knights’ 36 with just over six minutes left in the third. Just four plays later, Zack Bacon culminated the scoring drive with a 15-yard TD run that made it 7-6 with 5:23 left in the third.
Hornell missed its attempt at a two-point try, keeping the Knights in front. At least for the moment.

On Le Roy’s next play from scrimmage, a fumbled pitch would be recovered by Hornell’s Matt Mauro at the Knights’ 24. A three-yard run by Bacon followed by a 19-yard run by junior running back Luke Morgan would set up Morgan’s 2-yard TD run with 4:21 left in the third. Another missed two-point try left the game at 12-7.

A 26-yard slant pass from sophomore QB Mike McMullen to senior Marcus Mistersaro would pump some life into Le Roy, but the drive would stall out on downs at the Hornell 28 late in the third. After the Le Roy defense came up with a big ‘D’ stand on fourth and two at its own 30, an ill-advised chop block penalty on the Knights’ ensuing offensive play from scrimmage would force a first and 26 deep inside their own territory. That’s when Hornell senior defensive end Richie Harkenrider came up with a big forced fumble on a McMullen pass attempt as Patrick Deebs fell on the ball at the Le Roy 10.

The Knights’ defense, like it had done all game, would come up with the turnover on downs following Harkenrider’s incomplete pass on fourth and goal at the 8. But Harkenrider would make amends for the poor pass as four plays later he would sack McMullen in the endzone for the safety, giving the Red Raiders the 14-7 lead with 2:27 left.

“I was anticipating the snap, and that time it paid off,” said the senior Harkenrider, who was named the game’s top defensive back. Le Roy’s attempt on the onside kick from their own 20 would be recovered at the 28, and four plays later Bacon was in the endzone once again — this time from 14 yards away and a 21-7 advantage with just over a minute left.

“We made some mistakes which really hurt us,” said Kelso, who played a great game on both sides of the ball with 42 yards rushing and one TD on offense and a game-high 12 tackles on defense. “We came out and played hard. But when you make mistakes they can beat you. They weren’t as good as everyone said they were.”

The Le Roy defense limited Harkenrider and Hornell’s passing game to 0-of-10 passing with one interception (Kylan Carter).Bacon, who was named the game’s MVP, would rack up 165 yards on 30 carries, while Morgan ran for 40 yards on nine totes.

“They hit hard,” said Bacon, of Le Roy. “That was the hardest I’ve been hit all year. We didn’t come out as hot as I thought we would, but we picked it up. Now we get to keep on playing, and that’s what I live for this time of year.”

Le Roy didn’t fare much better throwing the ball on what was a very windy day as McMullen went 2-of-17 passing for 30 yards and two picks. Kelso led Le Roy with 43 yards on the ground while Johnson finished with 42 yards on eight carries. Kelso led the LeRoy defense with a dozen tackles, followed by Johnson (9) and Mistersaro (7). Kody Lamkin and Sean McMullen split 12 tackles while Ryan McQuillen, Kylan Carter and Frank Conte each were credited with 5 stops. The Knights played mostly without top RB Peter Privitera, who was hampered by an injury and ran just once all game.

While Bacon was named MVP, Harkenrider earned top defensive back honors with teammate Zach Oyer being named top defensive lineman. Kelso was named top offensive back while Le Roy’s Archie Cappotelli was named most outstanding offensive lineman. The victory for Hornell tied the Section 5 record with 49 straight Ws along with Caledonia-Mumford.

“I am very proud of these kids, they had a great week of preparation and they played their hearts out,” said Moran, whose Knights finished 8-2, earning a share of the Livingston Conference Division II title. “Hopefully this group that returns will continue to get in the weight room and have the desire to get back here again next year.”

“(Le Roy) did some things we hadn’t seen before on their first drive and they played hard the rest of the way,” said first-year varsity head coach Erik Werner. “There wasn’t a sense of panic at halftime, we just came out and played our game, and our defense saved our butts. We have all the respect in the world for coach Moran and his team, and they put up a heck of a fight today."

Hornell (10-0) will advance to this Saturday’s state quarterfinals against Cleveland Hill (Section 6) at noon at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. A victory would give them 50 straight wins and the Section 5 record outright.


Game Photos Courtesy of Michael Johnson
www.m-johnsonphotography.com

 

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

 

Sunday, November 4, 2012 (12:00 PM)
Playoff game at Sahlen's Stadium, Rochester NY (Neutral site)
Section V Class C Final

Hornell Red Raiders 21, LeRoy Oatkan Knights 7

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
LeRoy Oatkan Knights 7 0 0 0 7
Hornell Red Raiders 0 0 12 9 21

Scoring
Qtr
Time
Scoring play
LeR
Hor
LeRoy
1
6:05
#22 Tom Kelso 5 yd run (#30 Dylan Johnson kick)
7
0
Hornell
3
5:23
#40 Zack Bacon 15 yd run
7
6
Hornell
3
4:21
#39 Luke Morgan 2 yd run
7
12
Hornell
4
2:31
#9 Richie Harkenrider safety
7
14
Hornell
4
1:06
#40 Zack Bacon 14 yd run (#6 Jake Perno kick)
7
21

Team stats LeRoy Hornell
First downs 7 12
Rushing yardage 92 223
Pass completions - attempts 2-17 0-10
Passing yardage 30 0
Pass touchdowns - interceptions 0-2 0-1
Total plays 54 57
Total offense 122 223
Fumbles - lost 2-2 1-0
Penalties - yards 4-35 6-40
Defensive sacks - yards lost 1-11 2-11
Time of possession 21:33 26:27
3rd down efficiency 2 for 11 2 for 11
4th down efficiency 1 for 2 0 for 4
Punts - average 6-29.0 5-35.6

LeRoy

Rushing
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#22 Tom Kelso 19 43 2.3 9 1
#30 Dylan Johnson 8 42 5.3 17 0
#16 Jon Pierce 3 10 3.3 12 0
#40 Marcus Mistersaro 2 7 3.5 6 0
#36 Peter Privitera 1 1 1.0 1 0
#1 Mike McMullen 2 -11 -5.5 0 0
Total: 37 92 2.5 17 1
  Hornell

Rushing
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#40 Zack Bacon 30 165 5.5 15 2
#39 Luke Morgan 9 40 4.4 19 1
#25 Julian Reinhart 4 25 6.3 11 0
#24 James Cipriano 1 3 3.0 3 0
#9 Richie Harkenrider 2 -10 -5.0 1 0
Total: 47 223 4.7 19 3

Passing
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#1 Mike McMullen 2 17 30 0 2
  Passing
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#9 Richie Harkenrider 0 10 0 0 1

Receiving
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#40 Marcus Mistersaro 1 26 26.0 26 0
#22 Tom Kelso 1 4 4.0 4 0
Total: 2 30 15.0 26 0
  Receiving
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD

Fumbles
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#22 Tom Kelso 1 1 0 0
#1 Mike McMullen 1 1 0 0
Total: 2 2 0 0
  Fumbles
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#40 Zack Bacon 1 0 0 0
#32 Matt Mauro 0 0 1 0
#50 Patrick Deebs 0 0 1 0
Total: 1 0 3 0

Kicking
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#30 Dylan Johnson 0 0 0 1 1
  Kicking
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#6 Jake Perno 0 0 0 1 1

Punting
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#16 Jon Pierce 6 174 29.0 34 0
  Punting
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#40 Zack Bacon 5 178 35.6 56 3

Kickoffs
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#16 Jon Pierce 2 53 26.5 46
  Kickoffs
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#2 Brendan Buisch 3 127 42.3 49

Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#22 Tom Kelso 2 37 18.5 25 0
#43 Nick Egeling 1 10 10.0 10 0
Total: 3 47 15.7 25 0
  Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#39 Luke Morgan 1 11 11.0 11 0

Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#22 Tom Kelso 1 12 12.0 12 0
#40 Marcus Mistersaro 1 11 11.0 11 0
Total: 2 23 11.5 12 0
  Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#25 Julian Reinhart 2 42 21.0 37 0

Defense
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#22 Tom Kelso 12 8 0.0 0.5 0
#30 Dylan Johnson 9 7 0.0 0.5 0
#40 Marcus Mistersaro 7 1 0.0 0.0 0
#51 Kody Lamkin 6 3 1.0 1.5 0
#20 Sean McMullen 6 2 0.0 0.5 0
#23 Ryan McQuillen 5 1 0.0 1.0 0
#27 Kylan Carter 5 3 0.0 0.5 1
#53 Frank Conte 5 4 0.0 0.5 0
#72 Brandon Van Grol 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#67 Zack Fitzsimmons 2 2 0.0 0.0 0
#41 Steve Cappotelli 2 2 0.0 0.0 0
#52 Archie Cappotelli 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#85 Alex Dunn 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#16 Jon Pierce 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#43 Nick Egeling 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 66 34 1.0 5.0 1
  Defense
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#2 Brendan Buisch 8 3 0.0 0.0 0
#37 Zach Oyer 7 6 0.0 0.0 0
#9 Richie Harkenrider 6 2 2.0 2.0 0
#40 Zack Bacon 5 1 0.0 0.0 0
#59 Dustin Johnson 5 3 0.0 1.0 0
#39 Luke Morgan 5 2 0.0 0.0 0
#32 Matt Mauro 4 3 0.0 0.0 0
#51 Dylan Carlton 3 1 0.0 0.0 1
#52 Brandon Cavalier 3 1 0.0 1.0 0
#34 Matt Smith 2 0 0.0 0.0 0
#6 Jake Perno 2 0 0.0 0.0 0
#50 Patrick Deebs 2 2 0.0 0.0 0
#25 Julian Reinhart 0 0 0.0 0.0 1
Total: 52 24 2.0 4.0 2