BATAVIA — The nightcap of a double-header at Van Detta Stadium in Batavia featured an eight-man matchup that saw Pembroke get the better of South Seneca, 36-6.
The Dragons received a massive performance from senior quarterback Garrett Totten, who carried the ball 12 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and added three completions for 101 yards and a TD. Freshman fullback Tyson Totten also helped carry Pembroke’s offensive effort, taking seven totes for 121 yards and two scores while adding two catches for 79 yards, including a 72-yard receiving score.
“Garrett and Tyson put in a lot of work this offseason,” said Pembroke head coach Jamie Johnson. “They were at every lifting session we had, plus they would go home and workout more on their own. I’m extremely pleased with the results of their hard work. I hope younger players in our program take notice of the rewards of hard work.”
In total, the Dragons gained 402 yards on offense against the Falcons’ defense.
Pembroke took a 12-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter and extended their lead to 18 at halftime. The rest was history as the Pembroke defense stood its ground and limited SS to just one score.
“Our defense has played very well to begin the year,” added Johnson. “Our defensive line has been our strength to this point. They’ve been aggressive and have played with tenacity.”
Junior linebacker Peter Farrington made seven tackles to lead the Dragons and also recovered a fumble and a sack. Freshman defensive tackle Jeremy Gabbey made six tackles and forced a fumble. Both Garrett and Tyson Totten made six tackles, and senior defensive end Brandon Florian recorded four stops, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack.
“Jeremy has been a force in the middle for us,” said Johnson. “We’ve been getting some great open-field tackles out of our linebackers and defensive backs as well, which is key in eight-man football. There is so much room on the field that one missed tackle in the open field results in a touchdown.”
With the win, Pembroke is now 2-0 and looks ahead to a matchup with Red Jacket on Saturday at 1 p.m.
“The guys brought excitement to the first day of practice, and each day we just continue to build on that,” said Johnson. “I believe all these young men are having the time of their life playing this great game.”
South Seneca is now 0-2.
HOLLEY 50 BARKER/LYNDONVILLE/ROY-HART 28
Senior running back Jake Affronti’s five touchdowns were enough to help push Holley past Barker/Lyndonville on ‘Senior Night’.
“Jake has grown into a leader. He never came off the field last week and stayed positive all week in practice,” said Holley head coach Wil Prince, whose team was coming off of a tough loss. “He’s kept pumping up the younger kids.”
Affronti finished with 253 yards on 25 carries to go with four rushing scores and a receiving touchdown. Quarterback Destin Kuyal, an eighth-grader, threw two touchdown passes in the win, while senior RB Chuck Turpyn recorded 70 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown.
“After last week, it was huge,” said Prince of the win. “A lot of young kids were feeling pretty down. They really stepped up today.”
Defensively the Hawks were led by senior linebacker David Faruggia who recorded 12 tackles and two sacks in the win.
“We knew David was capable,” added Prince. “The difference today was his reaction. He stuck to his keys and trusted his instincts.”
Senior defensive lineman Triston McFadden made nine tackles and recorded a couple of sacks, while senior defensive back Mason Neale and sophomore defensive back Mike Fallato each came away with an interception. Junior defensive back Broeck Ostrom recovered a fumble for the Hawks.
“One win at a time. We kept telling the guys all game that it doesn’t matter what you have already done - it’s about how you finish,” said Prince. “That philosophy We’ll have to go into this week with that philosophy. It’s been a long time since Holley football has been to sectionals. Losing last year on a coin flip has still not settled with the upperclassmen.”
The Hawks are now 1-1 and look forward to a pivotal matchup with Frewsburg on Saturday.
RED JACKET 68 PERRY 34
Senior quarterback Justice Fanaro threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Yellowjackets fell to the Indians on Saturday.
Sophomore WR Braeden Wolfanger caught two passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, while senior WR Riley Kowasz caught a team-high seven passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Michael John Grover added a receiving score, while making eight tackles on defense. Lucas Sears led the Perry defense with 11 tackles, two of which came for a loss.
The Yellowjackets are now 1-1 and look ahead to a matchup with Barker/Lyndonville/Roy-Hart next week.