The game of the week for Week 3 of the high school football season will take place in Alexander as the Trojans will host defending Class D champion Avon in a rematch of the championship game last season, one dominated by the Braves.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Friday.
The two teams met up twice last season and with the 42-7 title game score, Avon outscored Alexander 63-7, and the two teams return virtually their same rosters this fall from the spring season.
Avon has come out the first two weeks and proven that it will be the team to beat again in Class D as it has rolled past Geneseo/Mt. Morris and York/Pavilion by a combined 69-14 score in two games that weren’t nearly as close as the finals.
For the Trojans, last week was something they had been waiting for for quite some time. After a spring season in which it relied on its defense, scoring just 125 points in seven games, and then scoring just seven in a season-opening win against Bolivar-Richburg, Alexander erupted for 63 points last week in a win over Geneseo/Mt. Morris.
Brayden Woods scored two touchdowns to lead a balanced attack that saw eight players score in all in the easy Week 2 win. Woods and Ben Merrill (one TD) each had 73 total yards of offense, while QB Nick Kramer got on track last week, going 3-of-5 for 86 yards and 48 rushing yards and a score.
The Section V Class D Defensive Player of the Week Clayton Bezon led the always tough Trojans defense with seven tackles, a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery, while Kramer and Jacob Laney each had six tackles and Merrill picked off a pass.
Outside of the two losses to Avon last season, Alexander has not had a setback and allowed just 6.4 points per game over its other seven contests.
“Avon is a tough Class D match up for anyone,” Alexander head coach Tim Sawyer said. “Their size and speed is hard to match. We need to play fast and be disciplined defensively. Offensively we want to churn out first downs and eliminate any penalties. We do not want to play behind the sticks.”
Alexander will get an Avon team that is averaging well over 400 yards of offense early this season, led by a monstrous offensive line and senior running back Thomas Welch.
Welch already has 297 yards and five touchdowns on just 35 carries, while quarterback Andrew Rowland has also ran it well, running 19 times for 173 yards and a score.
Rowland has also gone 18-of-33 through the air for 205 yards and two touchdowns for a team that has yet to turn the ball over.
Defensively the Braves are as balanced as they come with Michael Rowland (11 tackles), Andrew Rowland (10 tackles) and Will Greenwood (nine tackles) leading the way. The Braves have also had 12 tackles for a loss and three interceptions through the first two weeks of the season.
“Alexander will be a real challenge for us they are well coach-programed and their kids are always well-prepared and very physical,” Avon coach Andy Englert said. “We need to match their physicality. I expect another tough game.”
This could very well be a preview of the Class D title game once again.
Batavia (2-0) at Geneva (0-1)
The Blue Devils are off to an impressive start, having obliterated their first two opponents to the tune of 82-8 with much of the offensive damage coming in the first half as the team has sat its starters after the break.
Last week the Blue Devils went to Attica and won easily, 41-8, behind an outstanding performance from senior quarterback Jesse Reinhart, who was 8-of-12 passing for 184 yards and five touchdowns in being named the Section V Class B Offensive Player of the Week. On the season Reinhart is already 15-25 for 268 yards and seven touchdowns.
Meanwhile, behind the big and talented offensive line led by Austyn Fernandez and company, the running game was able to get rolling again. Aidan Anderson had 74 yards on just 10 carries and for the season he has racked up 204 yards on just 17 carries.
The defense has been impressive as well, as the shutout streak ended with plenty of backups on the field last week against Attica. Senior linebacker Kaden Marucci led the Batavia defense with seven tackles, four of which came for a loss, while junior linebacker Garret Schmidt also had a big night, coming away with six tackles, one of which came for a loss.
And this one doesn’t appear as though it will be much of an issue either.
Geneva did not play its scheduled game last week with Bishop Kearney/Rochester Prep because the team was in quarantine due to a COVID-19 issue within the program. This was coming off of a 42-8 blowout loss to Wayne in Week 1.
In that game, Geneva allowed Dylan Vance and QB Mason Blakenberg to run for 201 yards on just 22 carries, while the Geneva offense was limited to just 127 total yards on the night.
At this rate it doesn’t appear as though Batavia will be tested until an Oct. 8, Week 6 game against defending Class B champion Honeoye Falls-Lima.
York/Pavilion (0-2) at Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen (1-1)
After a tough opening week loss to Le Roy, the Raiders bounced back in a big way with a 36-0 rout of Notre Dame last week, while the struggles for Y/P continued as the program looks to continue to build this season.
Cal-Mum/BB, after being limited without a first down until the fourth quarter against Le Roy, was able to get the offense going against the Fighting Irish, while also taking advantage of numerous ND mistakes. After a rough opening game, Kyle Wade through for three touchdowns, two of which went to Scott Essig, while the ground game was able to control the game.
Unlike against Le Roy, Cal-Mum/BB dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. After rushing for just 19 yards in the opener as a team, the Raiders saw Jake Cappotelli rush for a game-high 97 yards. Cal-Mum would finish with 156 yards on the ground and controlled the time of possession.
All three of Wade’s completions last week went for touchdowns and he is now 7-of-18 for 123 yards on the season.
For the second week in a row Mike Yokopovich’s defense played exceptional and this time they had something to show for it. The Raiders limited Notre Dame to just 66 yards on the ground and 89 total yards for the game.
On the other side, Y/P continued to scuffle, this time against a superior opponent in Avon. A week after falling 15-0 to ND, Y/P took a 44-0 loss to the Braves last week and the Golden Knights have been held to under 100 total yards of offense combined in each of the first two games.
Carl Szczech continues to get it done in a losing effort for the Knights as he produced 11 total tackles last week.
Things won’t get any easier after this week for Y/P with games against O-A/Elba, Bolivar-Richburg and Alexander among its final five games. A chance for a win could come in the final week of the season against Cuba-Rushford.
Attica (1-1) at Bishop Timon (0-2)
Dealing with a couple of injuries against a powerhouse in Batavia, the Blue Devils came back to earth a little bit in a 41-8 Week 2 loss after blanking Mynderse in Week 1.
Last week the offense wasn’t able to get much going at all, finishing with under 100 total yards, including just 62 yards rushing on 24 carries against a stout Batavia defense.
Wyatt Kauffman has been Attica’s leading rusher through two games, running 17 times for 103 yards and a score. The Blue Devils didn’t see carries from two other top runners last week in Jeremiah Donohue and Jake Bukowski, who each had solid opening weeks.
Quarterback Jake Dressel threw for 116 yards in the opening-week win but overall has scuffled a bit to start the season, going just 4-of-16 for 127 yards and three interceptions against just one TD.
Andrew Newell has paced the Attica defense with 14 tackles this season, while Donohue has 13 and Kauffman and Thomas Strzelec each have 12. Five of Strzelec’s stops have come for negative yardage.
In all, Attica has 14 stops for a loss and seven sacks (two from Newell) through the first two weeks.
Timon bounced back a little bit last weekend, only falling to Portville 14-0 after being routed by defending Section VI Class C champion Medina in Week 1.
Through two games the Tigers are averaging under 100 total yards per contest on offense, as they have rushed 54 times for just 78 yards in all. QB Makari Inabenett leads the team with 38 yards and a score on 12 carries. Three QBs — Inabenett, Jayvon Newkirk and Jeff Pilarski — have combined to go 21-of-44 through the air for just 99 yards and three interceptions against zero touchdowns.
This should be a good week for Attica to bounce back before a tough contest with East Rochester/Gananda waiting next week.
Hornell (2-0) at Le Roy (1-1) | This game will be streamed LIVE on the Batavia Daily News YouTube Channel.
The Oatkan Knights struggled on the road last week with a humbling 18-6 loss at East Rochester/Gananda in another game in which the defense held its own, though the offense struggled to get anything going at all.
A week after getting just enough done offensively to beat rival Cal-Mum/B-B, the Oatkan Knights could muster only 162 yards last week against the Bombers, led by just 50 yards on 18 carries from Drew Strollo. Strollo has gotten off to a solid start with 144 yards on 35 but in all the Le Roy ground game has managed just 255 yards, running for just 3.4 yards per carry.
In his first season at QB, senior John Panepento has struggled to get anything going consistently as well, going just 14-for-33 for 112 yards and two picks; Adam Risewick has gotten off to a decent start with eight grabs for 56 yards.
The Le Roy defense, though not as stout as last year, has still just allowed 12 points per game, with Zach Vanderhoof being as advertised, as he already has 13.5 tackles, including four for a loss and a pass breakup.
Tyler Stollo has been strong as well with 10 stops, with three for a loss, and Tony Piazza has seven tackles and two pass breakups.
Le Roy will get a Hornell team that is undefeated but has been rather underwhelming. The Red Raiders edged out Waterloo 23-21 in Week 1 and squeaked by Marcus Whitman/Bloomfield — a team that played eight-man football last season — 6-0 last week.
Mynderse (0-1) at LetSaw/Perry (0-2)
After a tough, opening week loss to East Rochester/Gananda, LetSaw/Perry had a better night last week, falling to Penn Yan 20-14, a game in which it led 14-6 at halftime.
Chris Shearing had another decent outing at QB for LetSaw/Perry and for the season he has gone 14-of-27 for 142 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. However, the running game has failed to get going.
LetSaw/Perry rushed for just 64 yards and 34 carries last week and for the season it has rushed 66 times for just 128 yards, just 1.9 yards per carry. LetSaw/Perry managed just nine first downs in the Week 2 setback.
Tucker Owens continues to get work done on the defensive end as he finished with 9.5 tackles last week, including one for a loss, for a defense that has been fairly good. The LetSaw/Perry defense has forced six turnovers through two games and held Penn Yan to just over 200 yards of total offense last week.
While the pass defense was strong in Week 1 against ER/Gananda, last week it was the run defense performing well, holding Penn Yan to just 65 yards on the ground on 39 carries.
With Attica, Le Roy and Livonia up next, this could be a good week for LetSaw/Perry to get in the win column, against a Mynderse team that was routed 36-0 in Week 1 against Attica and did not play last week.
Notre Dame (1-1) at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba (2-0)
There haven’t been many teams better than the Aggies through the first two weeks of the season, though the competition hasn’t exactly been stout. With a 68-0 win over Clyde-Savannah on Monday, O-A/Elba has now outscored its first two opponents 132-6 and neither one has been difficult.
In racing out to a 53-0 halftime lead last week, the Aggies rushed for 589 yards in all, with four runners eclipsing 100 yards. Gaige Armbrewster has been outstanding in taking over for the graduated Ty Mott and with 113 yards last week he now has 215 yards and seven touchdowns on just 12 carries through two games.
Noah Currier got it done last week as well with 149 yards and two scores on six carries, Aiden Weisbrodt carried twice for 117 yards and Connor Scott added 74 yards and a TD on just eight totes.
Junior LB Brayden Smith (6 Tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery returned for a TD) and senior DL CJ Gottler (5 tackles, 2 TFLs) paced the defense last week after Nate Finta led the defense with 13 tackles, including one for a loss and Angelo Penna had 10 tackles of his own in the opening week win.
Notre Dame will be hoping to give the Aggies their first test of the season but things will have to get better for the Fighting Irish from last week’s home loss to Cal-Mum/BB.
Notre Dame was completely dominated in nearly every aspect on Saturday in a 36-0 loss to the Raiders. The offense all but disappeared as the Irish finished with just 66 yards on the ground and 89 yards of total offense in all. Meanwhile, Notre Dame racked up the penalties and was unable to get off the field on numerous occasions on key third downs.
With Evan Cummings seemingly banged up, Bryceton Berry led the ND offense with 31 yards on the ground but missed opportunities cost the Irish early and they were never able to get back up.
George Woodruff was outstanding for Notre Dame with 19 tackles, while Drew Edwards played well as well but Notre Dame surrendered nearly 170 yards rushing to a Cal-Mum/BB team that finished with just three first downs the previous week.