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SECTION 5 CLASS C CHAMPIONSHIP 2008
Quarterfinals
SSeneca/Romulus
Semifinals
Letchworth


FAR WEST REGIONAL 2008


 

Knights survive 2nd half turnovers to
defeat Letchworth Indians 21-14 to
secure berth in Section V Class C finals


Knights jump out to 21-0 halftime time and then survive 5 turnovers and tough Letchworth Indians.
Andrew Alexander rushes for school record 312 yards. Mike Humphrey stars on defense with 7 stops and INT.


 
Game Recap courtesy of Chris Metcalf - Livingston County News Sports
ROCHESTER — In what he called the “biggest game” of his high school career, Andrew Alexander played with a chip on his shoulder.
And for good reason. The senior running back, who was left off the Livingston Conference D-II football all-star team, ran like a man possessed as he dropped 312 yards on 31 carries with two TD’s as top-seeded Le Roy hung on for the 21-14 victory over No. 4 Letchworth in a Class C semifinal last Saturday afternoon at Wegmans Stadium at Aquinas Institute.

“It definitely motivated me,” said Alexander, who has rushed for 1,347 yards on the season. “I was told last week that I wasn’t picked and that upset me. I used it to motivate me.” Did he ever.

On Le Roy’s first possession, Alexander would help the Knights go on an 8-play, 60-yard scoring drive that ended with him running in from the seven behind excellent blocking by right side linemen Jordan Casper and Alex Cardenas that made it 7-0 with 8:47 left in the first. On the drive, Alexander would run for 27 yards on four touches. But he was just heating up.

After Letchworth turned the ball over on downs at the Le Roy 37, the Knights would execute a 6-play, 63-yard scoring drive that finished with Alexander’s six yard scamper that made it 14-0 with 4:27 still left in the first. On the drive, Alexander would get four more touches for 50 yards.

Le Roy would shoot themselves in the foot a few times in the first half as Travis Fenstermaker’s 27-yard field goal would sail just left early in the second period and then Fenstermaker would fumble on their ensuing series giving Letchworth the ball at their own 32. But Le Roy would fight through it as their defense would force a punt down to the Knights’ 20. Nine plays and 80 yards later the Knights took a 21-0 lead as Fenstermaker would take the shotgun snap up the middle for a 13-yard TD run. On the drive, Alexander ran for 34 yards on three touches. He also caught a 13 yard pass from Fenstermaker.

Alexander, who finished the first half with 240 yards on 19 carries, also had an interception on defense that stymied a late second quarter drive by Letchworth.

“I think Drew took that personal that he wasn’t picked as an all-star and he showed today why he’s the best tailback in all of Livingston
County, and I’ve seen them all play,” said coach Moran. “I know I wouldn’t trade him for anyone.”

With the first half belonging solely to Le Roy, and with the Knights looking to deliver the knockout punch, this Letchworth squad would
begin to punch back.

After Le Roy’s Mike Humphrey intercepted a deep Travis Tones pass at the Knights’ 11, the Indians’ defense would come up big on Le Roy’s second play from scrimmage. On second and 10, Shawn Coveny tipped a Fenstermaker pass that went up in the air as freshman Chris Nevinger caught it and ran in 18 yards for the TD making it 21-7 with 5:50 left in the third.

The miscues continued for Le Roy on their next possession as junior fullback Jon Casper coughed up the rock on the Knights’ very next play as Letchworth’s Bryan Drozdowski jumped on the ball at the 30. The Indians would cash it in. Fueled by Nevinger’s 18 yards on five carries, including two yards on a crucial fourth-and-two call, the Indians would pull to within 21-14 when Tones, the senior quarterback, snuck up the middle on a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter.

Le Roy would try and increase their lead to 10 points with 8:04 left in the game but Fenstermaker’s 27-yard field goal would once again sail wide left. The Knights’ defense would come up big two plays later as Alex Cardenas would sack Tones for a 13-yard loss that would eventually force the Indians to punt the ball to the Le Roy 44.

But Letchworth’s defense would return the favor as they forced Le Roy to punt it back to the Indians’ 21. This is where things got interesting. After Tones would throw eight yards to David Wooley and then 14 more to Alan Bookmiller, he would tack on nine more yards with a run up the middle that put the ball into Le Roy territory. But after Tones’ second down pass would go incomplete, his run up the middle would also go for nothing setting up a fourth and short at the Le Roy 47.

Enter the Humphrey brothers, Mike and Quentin. Nevinger would get the direct snap from center and dart left where both Humphrey brothers were there to meet him at the line of scrimmage. The first down measurement would come up one inch short giving the Knights
the ball back with just 2:15 left on the clock. To rub some salt on the wound, Alexander would seal the victory with a 14-yard run that ran out the clock.

For the game, Fenstermaker, who rushed for 77 yards on 15 carries, was 5-of-10 passing for 60 yards. Mike Humphrey, his leading receiver, was held to just one catch. Mike Humphrey and Alexander led the defense with 7 and 6 tackles respectively to go along with one interception each, while Joe Schwab (6), Scheuing (5), and Cardenas (5) all posted solid defensive efforts. Evan Sylor led Letchworth with 10 tackles while Bucky Hendrickson had 9 stops. Nevinger added 8 tackles as did Brandon Maines, while Adam Luczak added 6 stops.

“This is a great bunch of guys and I can’t tell you how proud I am of every one of them,” said Letchworth coach Tim McMullen, whose Indians finished the season with a 5-3 record, with two of those losses coming against Le Roy.

“We had a great week of practice and I thought we came in here ready to play. After that first quarter I think our kids knuckled down. We might have came up a little short today, but not for lack of effort. I love every one of those guys.”

“We had five turnovers and two missed field goals and these kids still hung in there and got the win,” said Le Roy coach Brian Moran. “I said all week in practice that our mental preparation needed to be better and we were fortunate enough today to still get the win. But we’re just happy to still be playing.”

The victory lifted the Knights into contention to win the program’s 14th sectional title. They will take on No. 2 Oakfield-Alabama Friday at 6 p.m. at PAETEC Park in Rochester.

“This game means everything to us,” said Le Roy linebacker John Scheuing. “We’ll have a great week of practice I’m sure and we’ll be ready.”

“We can’t have five turnovers that’s for sure,” said Fenstermaker. “We’ll get back to playing Le Roy football. The GR (Genesee Region) has been talking a little about us so we’ll be ready for them. I expect our team to have a great week of practice.”

“This will be the biggest game of my career,” said Mike Humphrey. “This being my senior year, there’s no tomorrow. We need to get this done.”

Coach Moran, who has guided the Knights to 12 of those sectional titles, feels his team is ready for the challenge. “We graduated 18 seniors from last year’s team — and that’s a lot of firepower,” said coach Moran. “I’m not sure there are many people who expected us to get back (to the finals). This year’s team has taken that personal.” Just like Andrew Alexander did.
Game Recap courtesy of Brain Hillabush - thebatavian.com
Aquinas Institute, Rochester, NY - The Le Roy football team turned the ball over five times, missed two field goals and nearly gave up a 21-0 lead, but managed to hold on and beat Letchworth 21-14 in the Section 5 Class C semifinals Saturday at Aquinas High School. Andrew Alexander was a big reason why, rushing for 312 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

The Oatkan Knights were dominant early with a high-powered rushing attack, but wound up seeing it turn into a game in the second half. Le Roy marched right down the field and Andrew Alexander had his first touchdown of the game 3 minutes in on a 7-yard run.

After the Indians went three-and-out, Alexander broke off a 30-yard run and eventually scored on a 10-yard rush. Le Roy had a 14-0 advantage after the opening quarter of play as Alexander picked up 139 on the ground in the first 12 minutes.

The game appeared to start becoming a blowout in the second quarter when Travis Fenstermaker scored on a 13-yard run. Alexander had an interception right before the half and the Oatkan Knights held a 21-0 lead at the intermission.

The Oatkan Knights fumbled the ball away at the start of the second half, but Mike Humphrey saved a score when he picked off a pass. Le Roy turned the ball over again when freshman Chris Nevinger caught a tipped pass and returned it 20 yards for a TD.

The Oatkan Knights coughed the ball up again, with the Indians recovering. Quarterback Travis Tones scored a little bit later on a 1-yard TD run to make the score 21-14 Knights.

Le Roy had a shot to score early in the fourth quarter, but missed a second field goal attempt. Letchworth failed to drive on its first series of the final frame, but forced Le Roy into a three-and-out. Letchworth moved the ball into Le Roy territory and came up just short on a 4th-and-1. Nevinger took the handoff and was stopped inches short, allowing the Oatkan Knights to run out the clock and move on to the finals next week at PAETEC Park.

Tones finished with 103 yards rushing to lead the Indians. Letchworth falls to 5-3 while Le Roy improves to 9-0.




LeRoy Knights Stats courtesy of the accounting firm,
B. Mase Associates LLC

Saturday, November 1, 2008 (01:00 PM)
Playoff game at Aquinas Institute,Rochester NY (Neutral site)
Section V Class C Semifinal

LeRoy Oatkan Knights 21, Letchworth Indians 14

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Letchworth Indians 0 0 14 0 14
LeRoy Oatkan Knights 14 7 0 0 21

Scoring
Qtr
Time
Scoring play
Let
LR
LeRoy
1
8:47
#24 Andrew Alexander 7 yd run (#1 Travis Fenstermaker kick)
0
7
LeRoy
1
4:27
#24 Andrew Alexander 6 yd run (#1 Travis Fenstermaker kick)
0
14
LeRoy
2
1:31
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 13 yd run (#1 Travis Fenstermaker kick)
0
21
Letchworth
3
5:50
#30 Chris Nevinger 20 yd int return (#2 Travis Tones kick)
7
21
Letchworth
3
0:49
#2 Travis Tones 1 yd run (#2 Travis Tones kick)
14
21

Team stats Letchworth LeRoy
First downs 10 22
Rushing yardage 139 422
Pass completions - attempts 8-20 5-10
Passing yardage 73 60
Pass touchdowns - interceptions 0-2 0-1
Total plays 50 65
Total offense 212 482
Fumbles - lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties - yards 6-29 6-45
Defensive sacks - yards lost 0-0 1-13
Time of possession 20:16 27:44
3rd down efficiency 4 for 12 6 for 10
4th down efficiency 1 for 3 1 for 1
Punts - average 5-33.4 1-31.0

Letchworth

Rushing
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#2 Travis Tones 16 92 5.8 23 1
#30 Chris Nevinger 13 44 3.4 15 0
#44 Alan Bookmiller 1 3 3.0 3 0
Total: 30 139 4.6 23 1
  LeRoy

Rushing
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#24 Andrew Alexander 31 312 10.1 50 2
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 15 77 5.1 13 1
#43 Jon Casper 7 23 3.3 5 0
#48 John Scheuing 1 10 10.0 10 0
#7 Mike Humphrey 1 0 0.0 0 0
Total: 55 422 7.7 50 3

Passing
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#2 Travis Tones 7 19 61 0 2
#37 Ryan Owens 1 1 12 0 0
Total: 8 20 73 0 2
  Passing
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 5 10 60 0 1

Receiving
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#88 David Wooley 3 37 12.3 17 0
#22 Karter Button 2 15 7.5 10 0
#44 Alan Bookmiller 1 13 13.0 13 0
#12 Chris Costello 1 13 13.0 13 0
#32 Buck Hendrickson 1 -5 -5.0 0 0
Total: 8 73 9.1 17 0
  Receiving
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#21 Quentin Humphrey 1 19 19.0 19 0
#84 Brian Calmes 1 16 16.0 16 0
#24 Andrew Alexander 1 13 13.0 13 0
#43 Jon Casper 1 13 13.0 13 0
#7 Mike Humphrey 1 -1 -1.0 0 0
Total: 5 60 12.0 19 0

Fumbles
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#32 Buck Hendrickson 0 0 1 0
#88 David Wooley 0 0 1 0
#54 Bryan Drozdowski 0 0 1 0
Total: 0 0 3 0
  Fumbles
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 1 1 0 0
#24 Andrew Alexander 1 1 0 0
#43 Jon Casper 1 1 0 0
Total: 3 3 0 0

Kicking
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#2 Travis Tones 0 0 0 2 2
  Kicking
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 0 2 0 3 3

Punting
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#2 Travis Tones 5 167 33.4 38 1
  Punting
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 1 31 31.0 31 0

Kickoffs
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#2 Travis Tones 3 104 34.7 39
  Kickoffs
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#21 Quentin Humphrey 4 100 25.0 37

Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#44 Alan Bookmiller 3 6 2.0 3 0
  Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#35 Tyrone Wyckoff 1 19 19.0 19 0
#21 Quentin Humphrey 1 12 12.0 12 0
Total: 2 31 15.5 19 0

Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
  Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#24 Andrew Alexander 1 14 14.0 14 0
#7 Mike Humphrey 1 1 1.0 1 0
Total: 2 15 7.5 14 0

Defense
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#52 Evan Sylor 10 1 0.0 0.0 0
#32 Buck Hendrickson 9 1 0.0 0.0 0
#30 Chris Nevinger 8 3 0.0 0.5 1
#65 Brandon Maines 8 3 0.0 1.0 0
#56 Adam Luczak 6 1 0.0 0.5 0
#59 Chad Gawel 5 1 0.0 0.0 0
#12 Chris Costello 4 0 0.0 0.0 0
#2 Travis Tones 3 0 0.0 0.0 0
#11 Bob Sampson 3 1 0.0 0.0 0
#88 David Wooley 3 1 0.0 0.0 0
#23 Frank Day 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#22 Karter Button 2 0 0.0 0.0 0
#5 Shawn Coveny 2 0 0.0 0.0 0
#44 Alan Bookmiller 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#77 Ron Caryl 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
#54 Bryan Drozdowski 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#72 Bryant Thompson 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 70 16 0.0 2.0 1
  Defense
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#7 Mike Humphrey 7 2 0.0 0.0 1
#24 Andrew Alexander 6 1 0.0 1.0 1
#13 Joe Schwab 6 2 0.0 0.0 0
#48 John Scheuing 5 0 0.0 1.0 0
#58 Alex Cardenas 5 2 1.0 1.0 0
#1 Travis Fenstermaker 4 2 0.0 1.0 0
#51 Jordan Casper 3 0 0.0 0.0 0
#70 Josh Sackett 3 1 0.0 0.0 0
#72 John Kelso 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#21 Quentin Humphrey 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#43 Jon Casper 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#77 Joe Carubia 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#50 Vince Kovach 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 46 12 1.0 4.0 2