SENECA FALLS — With its two starting running backs injured during the first two quarters of play, Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen turned to wide receiver Jake Cappotelli down 20-6 at the half against host Clyde-Savannah.
Boy, were they glad they did.
Cappotelli had a big game for the Raiders in their 35-20 comeback win over the Golden Eagles, helping lead C-M/B-B to 29 unanswered points in the second half. The junior wideout finished the game with 10 carries for 59 yards and two rushing touchdowns.
“On the road and down 20-6 at halftime was a tremendous challenge,” said C-M/B-B head coach Billy Donegan. “We’re proud of the resilience and character our guys showed tonight.”
The Raiders are now 2-1 and have won two straight games.
“We need to keep this going,” said Donegan. “We just need to believe in ourselves while staying positive and supportive of each other.”
Junior quarterback Kyle Wade contributed a solid performance through the passing game, finishing just 4 of 11 for 71 passing yards but with two passing touchdowns. Junior defensive back Evan Raniewicz, who is playing football for the first time this season due to the soccer and football seasons being separated, helped lead the Raiders’ defense with a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown. Fellow soccer standout, senior kicker Sebastian Kresge, also had an excellent game and finished 3 of 3 on point after attempts.
The C-M/B-B defense held C-S to just four net rushing yards and 25 net passing yards in the win. Junior running back Alexander Fowler scored once for the Eagles, while quarterback Steven Dunn found the endzone twice for C-S.
“(Senior defensive lineman) Nick Lenhardt was all over the field defensively,” added Donegan.
The Eagles took an early lead with 8:41 remaining in the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run from Dunn. The Raiders responded before the first frame was through with the INT return from Raniewicz, but then another TD scamper from Dunn and a touchdown run from Fowler regained a 14-point lead for C-S going into the break. Out of halftime, junior wide receiver Nick Walters caught a 21-yard TD pass from Wade followed by two scoring runs from Cappotelli, and just like that, it was 28-20 C-M/B-B out in front.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, junior WR Alex Carnes caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to seal the deal.
Next up for the Raiders will be a matchup with Alexander (2-1) next week.
Clyde-Savannah is now 1-2.