After taking the field for the first time in two years, the Proctor Raiders broke in the new facility at D’Alesandro Stadium with a 20-14 victory over the Corcoran Cougars.
“I’m just happy the kids are playing,” Coach Steve Strife said following the win. “The kids haven’t had a chance to play, they’re very excited to play.”
Early on, the players’ excitement may have been too much for the Raiders as they fumbled the ball away twice in the first quarter.
Corcoran took advantage of the Raiders’ mistakes and jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Raiders responded with a 65-yard touchdown run from newcomer Treshawn Patterson to cut the lead to 7-6.
“I just wanted to put my team in a good position because we needed points so I thought I came up big on that play,” Patterson said of his first career varsity touchdown.
Corcoran added another score before the half to take the 14-6 lead.
After a less-than-stellar first half, the Raiders came out inspired after halftime.
“First game of the season, we haven’t even scrimmaged,” Strife said of the slow start for the Raiders. “The mistakes we were making (in the first half), we didn’t even know we were making them. Guys (coaches Byron Abraham and Paul Fillietti) did a good job making adjustments at halftime and we came out and played hard.”
The Raiders controlled play in the second half. Proctor’s defense forced a punt on the first possession and then the offense took the ball down the field to score on a one-yard Brandon Peterson run. The ensuing two-point conversion was successful and the Raiders tied the game at 14 in the third quarter.
“I had faith,” Peterson said. “I brought everyone together at halftime and said we’re going to get this win. I know we are.”
Peterson made good on his halftime promise when he rushed for a 32-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter go give the Raiders a 20-14 lead.
Proctor maintained control to close out the game and earn the victory in their first action since 2019.
Proctor is scheduled travel to Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday to take on the North Stars in a 2019 Section III Class AA championship game rematch.
Section 3 football, Week 1: Top players, performances from Saturday
Treshawn Patterson: Proctor senior running back rushed for 115 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries in his varsity debut.
Antonio McLeod: Proctor senior defensive lineman was in on three sacks, had multiple tackles for loss and helped disrupt Corcoran’s offensive attack in the second half on Saturday.
Nick Brady: Morrisville-Eaton senior quarterback had three rushing touchdowns and threw two others in the 8-man team’s 64-16 win over Thousand Islands.
Brayden Shepardson: West Canada Valley quarterback threw for two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown and kick return touchdown as well.
Shaun Jones: Mount Markham junior quarterback finished with 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 16 carries in team’s 43-20 setback against General Brown.
Section 3 football, Week 2: Top games from Saturday
West Canada Valley 46, Weedsport 20
The West Canada Valley Indians scored touchdowns on the first play and the last Saturday when they defeated Weedsport in a rematch of Section III’s 2019 eight-player championship game.
Brayden Shepardson, a junior playing his first varsity football game after opting out of the Fall II season in the spring, dropped the game’s opening kickoff, picked it up on a bounce and ran 83 yards for a touchdown to start the game. The Indians added two points when Michael Tubia ran in the conversion and the Indians never trailed at Gus Koch Field.
Leading 40-20 after taking possession on the free kick following a safety in the fourth quarter, John Michael ran 45 yards for the final touchdown. The Indians were trying to run out the clock and the teams agreed to stop the game at that point with 2:33 remaining on the clock.
West Canada Valley (1-0) recovered a squib kick following Shepardson’s initial touchdown and the team’s new quarterback ran 13 yards for another score the first time he carried the ball five plays later.
The Warriors (0-2) trailed 14-0 a little more than two minutes into the game but closed to within two points before halftime. Andrew Seward ran 72 yards for the Warriors’ first touchdown on the play following a West Canada Valley turnover in the second quarter. Parker McBride threw for another score a short time later and two failed two-point tries left Weedsport trailing 14-12.
West Canada Valley drove for a Tubia touchdown before halftime and led by eight points at halftime.
The West Canada Valley defense held tough against Weedsport threats throughout the game. The Warriors had first downs at the Indians’ 10- and 12-yard lines and turned the ball over on downs in the first half, and ended the half with a pass knocked down in the end zone one first down from the 9. The trend continued after halftime when the Indians knocked down another fourth down pass into the end zone after the Warriors had a first at the 1.
Shepardson added touchdown passes to Cam Ludwig and Iain Farber during the second half, and Josh Grabowski ran for touchdown while subbing for Shepardson at quarterback and teamed with Michael on the tackle in the end zone that produced the West Canada Valley safety.
Weedsport had dealt West Canada Valley both of its losses during the 2019 season, including the 68-44 win in the sectional championship game, and also won an eight-player game in Newport the previous fall.
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