Week 2 of the high school football season is upon us and there are a number of key games that will dot the schedule on Friday and Saturday.
After the opening week, many teams will be looking to start to assert themselves, while others are still trying to find an identity.
Here is a look at this week’s games:
Geneseo/Mt. Morris (0-1) at Alexander (1-0)
The Trojans once again showed that they will be a tough defensive unit this season as they blanked Bolivar-Richburg 7-0 in the season-opener but they will have to start getting more going offensively if they hope to make a run at their sixth straight trip to the Class D championship game.
Geneseo/Mt. Morris opened with a 25-16 loss to reigning Class D champion Avon, a game in which the Blue Devils trailed 25-0 before a pair of late touchdowns made the final look closer.
Rick Townley led the impressive Alexander defense with nine tackles and an interception as the Trojans forced three turnovers in all, while Nick Kramer added four tackles and a fumble recovery. Tyler Marino recovered a fumble late in the game to secure the victory for Alexander, while Clayton Bezon and Gavin Smith Crandall both had five tackles; Bezon added a sack and Cole Dean collected a pair of sacks of his own.
This all coming after the Trojans allowed under 10 points per game last season before the title game loss to Avon.
Kramer scored Alexander’s only touchdown on a two-yard run, but the running game was never able to get going, with Brayden Woods leading the team with just 30 yards on the ground.
Alexander might have a chance to get going this week against a Geneseo/Mt. Morris team that allowed over 400 yards of total offense to Avon last week.
Rowen Gross (36 yards on 12 carries) and QB Ryan Whitney (nine carries for 34 yards) each scored last week for the Blue Devils, but each came in the fourth quarter with the game well out of reach.
Eric Cole paced the Geneseo/MM defense with 11 tackles, with Gross and Whitney adding seven stop each.
York/Pavilion (0-1) at Avon (1-0)
The Braves had their way with Geneseo/Mt. Morris last week, opening up a 25-0 lead and cruising to a 25-16 win after a pair of late touchdowns, while the Golden Knights saw their defense play well but the offense struggle in a 15-0 opening loss to Notre Dame.
For an offense that produced over 400 total yards, senior running back Thomas Welch had himself a day as he carried 23 times for 144 rushing yards and caught four passes for 46 receiving yards, scoring all four Avon touchdowns in the process. Andrew Rowland also had a big day with 119 passing yards and 116 rushing yards, adding five tackles on defense for a Braves team that took their foot off the gas late.
Dylan Smith had a tackle for a loss and an interception and Darrik Graham had five tackles, while Welch and Chris Thompson had four; Nicklaus Antkowiak and Logan Austen each added a tackle for a loss for Avon, which has high hopes of making it two in a row this season.
York/Pavilion did well defensively, holding Notre Dame to just the 15 points but the Knights were only able to muster 60 yards of total offense in the loss.
Maverick Coffey, Austin Flynn, Robert Haberger and Brennan Royce all collected five tackles in the loss for Y/P.
Kadin Peete had 37 yards on the ground last week for the Knights, but head coach Kurt Schneider admitted after the game that his team would definitely have to get better up front, especially this week against an a good, experienced team in the Braves.
Le Roy (1-0) at East Rochester/Gananda (1-0)
The Oatkan Knights took care of Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen last week 20-6 in the rivalry game that was scheduled at the last moment but it wasn’t always pretty, at least offensively.
As it was last year, the defense was impressive, led by the work of Ty Strollo and Zach Vanderhoof, who combined for 11 total tackles, including four for a loss, while Drew Strollo recovered a pair of fumbles as Le Roy forced the Raiders into three turnovers. The Le Roy defense also held Cal-Mum/BB to zero first downs until midway through the fourth quarter, all coming off of a season in which the Knights allowed just six points per game.
The Le Roy offense, though, struggled to get anything going consistently. Drew Strollo had a nice game on the ground, running for 92 yards and a score on 16 carries but as a whole the Oatkan Knights had just 160 yards rushing — just 211 total yards — and averaged well under four yards per carry.
In just his second start John Panepento was efficient, going 7-of-11 through the air but for just 51 yards.
This week, Le Roy is bound to get a much bigger test in the Bombers.
ER/Gananda had no issues last week as it jumped out to a 32-0 lead and cruised to a win over LetSaw/Perry. A balanced offensive effort saw Caleb Carpenter, Michael Daniels, Carter Lathrop, Adrian Letta and Manuel Sepulveda all find the end zone, with Letta leading the way with 75 yards on 13 carries.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Ricci and Sam Morgante led a defense that kept LetSaw/Perry off the board until the fourth quarter. In all, the ER/G defense allowed just 130 yards and forced a pair of turnovers, though in turn, the Bombers produced just 191 yards of their own, averaging 4.7 yards per carry on the ground. ER threw for minus-7 yards in the win last week.
Le Roy has won the last two matchups, including 40-14 in ER last season.
Batavia (1-0) at Attica (1-0)
This game will be broadcast LIVE on the Batavia Daily News and Livingston County News Facebook and YouTube pages.
This one is shaping up to be a good one on Friday night as both sets of Blue Devils coasted to opening-week wins — Batavia hammered Bishop Kearney/Rochester Prep/Rochester Academy 41-0, while Attica did the same to Mynderse, 36-0, in head coach Jeff Cusmano’s return to the sideline.
Led by junior running back/defensive back Aiden Anderson, Batavia opened up a 13-0 lead less than a minute into the game and never looked back against the Kings. Anderson returned the opening kickoff 30 yards into Kings’ territory before he scored on a 45-yard TD run Batavia’s first play from scrimmage; three plays later, Anderson intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown and the rout was on. Anderson finished with 130 yards and two TDs on just seven carries and had two interceptions and a fumble recovery to be named the Class B Offensive Player of the Week.
Jamison Richardson added 52 yards on the ground and QB Jesse Reinhart was 7-of-13 for 84 yards and two TDs as Batavia took its foot off the gas in the second half.
Kaden Marucci, Vincent Arroyo and Garrett Schmidt all led a stifling Batavia defense which should get a much stiffer test this week.
Much like Batavia, Attica produced a balanced effort offensively as five different players — Adam Bukowski, Jeremiah Donahue, Wyatt Kauffman, Levi Pearl and Landyn Thomas — all scored a touchdown to lead them in the shutout victory.
Kauffman led the way with 74 yards rushing on just seven carries, while Donahue added 37 and Bukowski 31. Meanwhile, Jake Dressel did what he was asked at QB, completing three passes for 110 yards and a score, a 65-yard strike to Thomas.
Donahue (10 tackles), Andrew Newell (eight) and Thomas Strzelec (seven) all paced a dominating defensive effort as Attica was never seriously threatened.
These two teams last met in 2018, with Batavia rolling to a 49-6 win at Van Detta Stadium.
Lyons/Sodus (0-0) at Pembroke (1-0)
Considering Lyons/Sodus played only one game before folding last season, and has yet to play a game this year, on paper, this one seems like an easy Dragons win.
Pembroke is coming off of a fantastic campaign that saw it reach the sectional championship game and put forth a strong performance in Week 1.
The Dragons handled Wellsville last Saturday, 55-26, behind a breakout game from sophomore running back Tyson Totten. Totten carried Pembroke past the Lions using 13 carries to amass 291 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
In front of Totten, seniors Tyler Smelski and Alex Lamb, along with sophomore Jayden Mast provided a solid punch on the offensive line, while the Dragons’ defense also had a big day, paced by senior Pete Farrington, junior Chase Guzdek and junior Jacob Dulski.
There is a reason they play the games, but it would be a surprise if Pembroke doesn’t emerge from Week 2 at 2-0.
LetSaw/Perry (0-1) at Penn Yan/Dundee (0-1)
Newly combined LetSaw/Perry didn’t have the start it was hoping for last week as it fell behind big early in a 32-14 loss to a strong East Rochester/Gananda team. On the other side, Penn Yan is coming off of a heartbreaking 26-25 loss to Marcus Whitman/Bloomfield, a team in its first season as a combined program.
Chris Shearing had a solid day for LetSaw/Perry going 6-of-12 for 66 yards through the air and rushing for 31 yards and the team’s only two scores, but L/W/P couldn’t muster much else, falling behind 26-0 at halftime.
In all, LetSaw/Perry rushed for just 64 yards on 32 carries and finished with just seven first downs in all.
On the bright side, despite the score, the defense performed well against a tough Bombers offense. LetSaw/Perry held ER/Gananda to just 191 total yards, including minus-7 yards through the air, while the defense forced a pair of turnovers.
Shearing was a beast on defense as well with seven tackles and three for a loss, while DQ Meyers-Johnson and Bailey Schell each added four stops. LetSaw/Perry will need big defensive efforts again to stop a potent Penn Yan/Dundee offense and QB Carter Earl.
Early threw for 175 yards and three scores last week and ran for 96 yards in the PYD’s narrow loss. John Bell was clearly his top target as he finished with four grabs for 85 yards and three touchdowns.
Nick Slavick (15 tackles last week) will lead the Penn Yan/Dundee defense, with Alexander Foster (nine tackles and a sack) and Bell (seven tackles, two sacks) also coming up big last week.
With the season closing with games against Attica, Le Roy and Livonia, LetSaw/Perry would love to get a win this week and a win next week against Mynderse if they hope to make a run at a sectional berth.
Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen (0-1) at Notre Dame (1-0)
This game will be broadcast LIVE on the Batavia Daily News and Livingston County News Facebook and YouTube pages.
Judging from Week 1, this one could be the defensive battle that it was last season as both the Raiders and the Fighting Irish put together outstanding efforts on the defensive side of the ball but both left things to be desired offensively.
Notre Dame, as it was for the majority of last season despite battling injuries, was strong defensively last week. The Fighting Irish allowed York/Pavilion 0 total yards in the first half and just 60 for the game in a 15-0 shutout on the road. That defense, which finished with three sacks on the night, was led by 10 tackles from Cody Henry and nine tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery from Class D Defensive Player of the Week Drew Edwards.
Offensively, Notre Dame did just enough behind running back Evan Cummings and quarterback Jimmy Fanara. Cummings rushed for 76 yards and a score and Fanara was 8-of-12 for 126 yards and a score — a 38-yard TD to Henry, who caught four passes for 96 yards.
That offense will be tested against a Cal-Mum/BB team that seemed to manhandle Le Roy at times in the trenches last week. The Raiders held the Oatkan Knights to well under four yards per carry and to just over 200 total yards, despite being on the field for the majority of the night as the offense didn’t produce a first down until midway through the fourth quarter.
Robert Poles-Harrison showed strong signs at times out of the backfield, including his touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but QB Kyle Wade was under distress for much of the night and was never able to get anything going through the air or on the ground. Cal-Mum/BB finished with just 77 total yards, including just 19 yards rushing on 26 carries against Le Roy’s stout defense.
Wade finished just 4-of-13 for 58 yards.
Last season this was the game that all but ended Notre Dame’s season. After the Fighting Irish won 40-0 in Week 1, they fell 16-8 to the Raiders in Week 2 and never got up, losing QB Colin McCulley in the process.