heard about the team that has been shutout twice, has a 2-4 record,
and after losing 13-0 Friday night became sectional contenders? That
is the 2013 Wellsville Lions football team. Playing the No. 3 team in
New York state Class C and No. 1 seed in Section V, Class C, the Lions
fell to LeRoy (6-0), 13-0, at Hartwood Park Friday.
the score was 7-0 LeRoy in the fourth quarter was staggering.
Consider these numbers:
o Wellsville turned the ball over six times and were called for nine
penalties for 72 yards.
o LeRoy held a 29:55 to 16:38 advantage in time of possession
o LeRoy had six drive starts inside the Wellsville 40-yard-line and
came away with six points.
did have the ball, first-year coach Wayne Stonemetz mixed in a traditional
and hurry-up offense that had LeRoy off balance and the defensive game
plan and calls of coach Scott "Don" Hallock once again kept
his team in the game.
The effort was not lost on LeRoy coach Brian Moran, who has seen a lot
of Wellsville football games, but not coaching and an effort like Friday
"I thought we played OK defensively but I thought Wellsville played
very well, they are very well coached and defensively they played extremely
well," said Moran. "You have to make plays when you can and
I thought they made plays, but a lot of credit to them, they are well-coached
and a classy football program."
Moran's defensive backs had five interceptions and his line held Wellsville
to just eight net yards rushing.
"We made plays when we had to," said Moran. "We put them
in third-and-long when we needed too, there were a couple turnovers
and you have to take advantage."
The first LeRoy score was earned. The Lions' defense had already shocked
the Knights, as the Lions fumbled the opening kickoff yet forced a four-and-done,
a drive that gained three yards on four plays starting at the Wellsville
The Lions then stopped a 14-play, 77-yard drive at the 5-yard-line when
Tyler Brion and the short-yard defense led by linemen James McNeill
and Drew Stonemetz forced a fumble recovered by Brion.
After another three-and-out netting two yards, LeRoy marched 62 yards
on six plays for a touchdown. Wellsville's Cory Harris dropped a back
for a two-yard loss, but on 4th-and-14, LeRoy quarterback Mike McMullen
hit a streaking Ryan McQuillen between two defenders in the end zone
for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
The final LeRoy offensive series of the half netted six yards and the
Lions had life.
But the LeRoy defense took that away. In the first quarter, Wellsville's
first drive resulted in a first-and-goal at the 7-yard-line, but a penalty
pushed them back and a touchdown pass was not held onto in the endzone.
A bad snap on a field goal attempt didn't give the Lions a chance to
even make the kick.
In the fourth quarter, Wellsville's first drive was stopped in LeRoy
territory, then three straight drives ended on interceptions.
The Knights capitalized on one, as Peter Privitera ran for a 2-yard
score on a 5-play drive that started on the Wellsville 26 for a 13-0
lead with 9:53 left in the game.
Wellsville gave LeRoy the ball on the 30 and drove to the 13 where again,
the Lions defense held. The final Wellsville drive of the game ended
with a sack by Eric Egeling.
"I'm pleased with the whole team how we played defensively,"
said Stonemetz. "We shot ourselves in the foot offensively with
turnovers and penalties. Now we have to get ourselves in the dance and
try to turn some heads.
"Nobody in Section V, I am willing to bet, thought the game would
be like this, they thought 38-0," Stonemetz continued. "I
knew we could play with them, but you have to take your hat off to them,
they are a well-disciplined football team, they don't make mistakes
and they don't turn the ball over. We get inside their 20 and they dig
their heels in and stopped us."
High school teams do not have to list an injury report, but if they
did, running back and linebacker Cory Harris would have been questionable
along with RB/WR and defensive back Rich Ewell.
"We didn't advertise it, but both were hobbled. Cory was a game-time
decision and I don't know the stats, but he played a heck of a game,"
said Stonemetz. "It seems offensively, we have five guys we keep
in. On defense, we rotate guys in and out on the line and they all did
a great job when they came in."
It showed in the stats.
Brion led both teams with 12 tackles (seven solo), while Trystin Plummer
had three solo tackles (10 total), Harris had nine tackles while James
McNeill had seven tackles, Gavin Shea seven and a QB pressure and Jacob
Knapp six. The defensive backs, Raymond Embser, Dusty Baldwin, Jared
Costello, Ewell and Bryce Hamlin all had three tackles and Embser and
Hamlin each broke up two passes.
For LeRoy, Kody Lamkin had seven solo tackles and nine stops while McQuillen
had two of the five interceptions. On offense, Privitera ran for 108
yards on 28 carries for LeRoy, as total offense was in favor of the
Knights by just 33 yards.
Dusty Baldwin threw for 207 yards as Harris had four catches for 69
yards, Plummer had four grabs for 62 yards, Ewell hauled in three passes
for 55 yards and Embser once again made a big play, catching a 21-yard
pass. Embser also had the hit of the day, a crushing blow on a pass
to Harris that set him free for a long gain. Brion also had several
In years past, Wellsville would come into LeRoy with a losing record,
make mistakes and the game was over early. That was not lost on Stonemetz,
who is pleased with the direction the program is going in.
"We just didn't quit. Don sets the defense up every week,"
said Stonemetz. "We go over game plans, but I'll be the first to
tell you, Don puts a lot of time into this, the game plans are his and
he puts the boys and the team in a position to win."
Wellsville had actually won the previous two meetings with LeRoy, including
once at Hartwood Park in 2009. LeRoy's last win over Wellsville came