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Wellsville Lions avenge '08 loss
with 36-7 win over the Knights


Lions move on to take on Bishop Kearney in sectional play while Knights fall into pool play.


Game Recap & Photography by Paul Jannace - Wellsville Daily Reporter

LEROY - For the second year in a row, a game against LeRoy left Frank Brown with a very cold feeling down his spine. Only this time, it had nothing to do with a 69-point loss or even the cold weather. It had everything to do with the ice bath he got from his players in the final seconds of Friday night's 36-7 win over the Oatkan Knights.

"I didn't know that was happening," said Brown, who in his second year as head coach of the Lions has won eight out of 10 and clinched the No. 5 seed in Class C with a 5-2 regular season record. "I let the kids get emotional because that's the way we coach and that's the way we play."

Emotions had to be running high in the waning of moments of this one, especially considering the last time they saw LeRoy (1-6), they were absorbing a 77-8 pounding on their home field back on Sept. 19, 2008.

"At the beginning of the season, this is a team we circled on the schedule," said senior Bryan Depew. "We knew it would be their Homecoming, being the last game of the year, and we wanted to come out and put it to them."

Depew, one of many Lions who played in last year's LeRoy game, did a lot to help the cause, making 12 tackles, rushing for 46 yards, and catching five passes for 93 yards.

"I was 0-3 against them and winning this game, it's probably the biggest win of my high school career, in any sport," said Depew, who added a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter on a 4th-and-goal that made it 21-7.

Mike Berardi led the Lions' rushing attack with 89 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns, including a 29-yard scamper early in the second that put Wellsville ahead for good. Wellsville finished with 173 yards on the ground and quarterback Zac Roberts had the best passing day of his career, completing 6 of 9 passes for 98 yards, not including a 71-yard touchdown pass to Berardi that was called back because of a penalty late in the third quarter.

Not normally known as a passing team by any stretch, Wellsville still has shown the ability to spread teams out when they want to and it has been Roberts' development from being a run-first quarterback to a someone who has a knack for throwing accurately on the run.

"A lot of the reasons we were running him so much is this is the first Friday since September 4th that we haven't gotten wet," said Brown. "We will not start throwing the ball in bad weather. We're not going to force the ball. "

"We put together a sprint package for Zac that works with his legs and his throwing ability," added Brown. "He's got two reads and if the reads aren't there, then he's running, and if he sees green, he's running."

Depew was a key target for Roberts against the Knights, making two third-down catches on the opening possession that set up Berardi's first touchdown and put Wellsville up 7-0.

"I was open and he got me the ball," Depew said. "Once he got out there, he turned his hips and put the ball right on the money. All I have to do is catch it. It wasn't very hard for me."

After Wellsville marched 73 yards on 11 plays to start the game, LeRoy answered immediately with its only touchdown drive of the night to tie the game. Mark Kelso connected with Quentin Humphrey twice on third downs as well to keep drives alive, setting up Rick Henry's 12-yard touchdown run on a draw.

"We started out with a touchdown and they got a touchdown, then we just took over from there," said senior Ethan Lamphier, who scored his first varsity touchdown in the fourth from three yards out. "Our coaches gave us a talk and told us that we're not just going to come up here and clean these guys out. We had to work hard to do it and we weren't just going to take it from them."

Wellsville's defense did take over from that point on, holding LeRoy to only 184 total yards of offense, sacking two different Oatkan Knight quarterbacks three times and forcing a pair of fumbles that led to touchdowns.

"We turned the ball over in crucial situations and good teams take advantage of that," said LeRoy coach Brian Moran, whose team is headed to pool play after winning its record 14th Section V title in 2008. "We've just got to work on the little things and get better."

Scott McMorris, who had six tackles, a tackle for loss, and a forced fumble, added a five-yard touchdown run for the Lions, who will travel to No. 4 Bishop Kearney (5-2) for its quarterfinal match-up. No. 1 Letchworth (7-0) will play No. 8 Wayland-Cohocton (2-5), while No. 2 Attica (6-1) hosts No. 7 South Seneca/Romulus (4-3) and No. 3 Holley (6-1) welcomes No. 6 Marcus Whitman (5-2).

"The nice part is we're finishing off with two wins right in a row on the road," said Brown, whose team won in Dansville the week before and went 4-0 away from their temporary home field of Pioneer Stadium at Alfred State College. "We're so used to playing on the road because we don't really have our own home field. The reality of it is, we're on a roll right now and it matters what you do in the dance."

Henry led LeRoy with 83 yards rushing on 12 carries, but field position and turnovers did the Oatkan Knights in. Wellsville started five of its nine drives inside LeRoy territory.

"Things just fell into place for us," Brown said. "I looked out into the field and not one player, even when we put our twos and threes in there, nobody took a single play off and that's something I'm really proud of with this program."

Brown also noted that LeRoy might be having a rare down season, but is better than the 1-6 record might indicate.

"They had a lot to play for in front of their Homecoming crowd and I can respect that," Brown said. "We came up here and took care of business and got the fifth win and we wanted those five sectional points. "

"We marched right down the field and that felt good to get the first one because that's something, as long as I've been around, we've never been able to do," added Brown. "However, they did come down and drive on us and the kids knew we were going to be in for a fight."

Lamphier finished with 11 tackles and a sack, Glenn Rifenburg had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Berardi and Matt Brown each registered 6 stops.

LR

 

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

Friday, October 16, 2009 (07:30 PM)
League game at Hartwood Park, LeRoy NY
Livingston County Division I

Wellsville Lions 36, LeRoy Oatkan Knights 7

Score by quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Wellsville Lions 7 14 8 7 36
LeRoy Oatkan Knights 7 0 0 0 7

Scoring
Qtr
Time
Scoring play
Wel
LeR
Wellsville
1
6:25
#33 Mike Berardi 3 yd run (#71 Cody Gustin kick)
7
0
LeRoy
1
1:35
#20 Rick Henry 12 yd run (#85 Austin Steinbrenner kick)
7
7
Wellsville
2
7:33
#33 Mike Berardi 29 yd run (#71 Cody Gustin kick)
14
7
Wellsville
2
4:24
#1 Bryan Depew 2 yd run (#71 Cody Gustin kick)
21
7
Wellsville
3
5:04
#35 Scott McMorris 5 yd run (#11 Zac Roberts run)
29
7
Wellsville
4
8:28
#56 Ethan Lamphier 6 yd run (#71 Cody Gustin kick)
36
7

Team stats Wellsville LeRoy
First downs 13 8
Rushing yardage 173 94
Pass completions - attempts 6-9 5-10
Passing yardage 98 97
Pass touchdowns - interceptions 0-0 0-0
Total plays 49 43
Total offense 271 191
Fumbles - lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties - yards 4-25 5-35
Defensive sacks - yards lost 2-13 0-0
Time of possession 26:12 21:48
3rd down efficiency 7 for 11 6 for 12
4th down efficiency 1 for 2 0 for 2
Punts - average 2-29.5 3-36.3

Wellsville

Rushing
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#33 Mike Berardi 11 89 8.1 29 2
#1 Bryan Depew 11 46 4.2 19 1
#11 Zac Roberts 6 18 3.0 9 0
#83 Alex Hewlett 1 10 10.0 10 0
#35 Scott McMorris 3 5 1.7 5 1
#56 Ethan Lamphier 7 5 0.7 6 1
Total: 40 173 4.3 29 5
  LeRoy

Rushing
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#20 Rick Henry 12 83 6.9 46 1
#43 Jon Casper 9 22 2.4 5 0
#21 Tim Wortman 3 12 4.0 6 0
#7 Quentin Humphrey 3 1 0.3 4 0
#48 Mark Kelso 5 -23 -4.6 5 0
Total: 33 94 2.8 46 1

Passing
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#11 Zac Roberts 6 9 98 0 0
  Passing
Name Cmp Att Yds TD Int
#48 Mark Kelso 4 9 59 0 0
#21 Tim Wortman 1 1 38 0 0
Total: 5 10 97 0 0

Receiving
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#1 Bryan Depew 5 93 18.6 22 0
#33 Mike Berardi 1 5 5.0 5 0
Total: 6 98 16.3 22 0
  Receiving
Name Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
#7 Quentin Humphrey 2 52 26.0 29 0
#1 Tyler Fenstermaker 1 38 38.0 38 0
#43 Jon Casper 1 5 5.0 5 0
#20 Rick Henry 1 2 2.0 2 0
Total: 5 97 19.4 38 0

Fumbles
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#73 Glenn Rifenburg 0 0 2 0
  Fumbles
Name Fum FL FR Yds
#48 Mark Kelso 1 1 0 0
#20 Rick Henry 1 1 0 0
#7 Quentin Humphrey 1 0 0 0
Total: 3 2 1 0

Kicking
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#71 Cody Gustin 0 0 0 4 4
  Kicking
Name FG FGA Lng XP Pts
#85 Austin Steinbrenner 0 0 0 1 1

Punting
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#1 Bryan Depew 2 59 29.5 42 1
  Punting
Name Num Yds Avg Lng I20
#7 Quentin Humphrey 3 109 36.3 47 0

Kickoffs
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#71 Cody Gustin 6 271 45.2 54
  Kickoffs
Name Num Yds Avg Lng
#85 Austin Steinbrenner 1 41 41.0 41
#7 Quentin Humphrey 1 12 12.0 12
Total: 2 53 26.5 41

Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#1 Bryan Depew 1 13 13.0 13 0
#11 Zac Roberts 1 4 4.0 4 0
Total: 2 17 8.5 13 0
  Kickoff returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#7 Quentin Humphrey 2 37 18.5 21 0
#21 Tim Wortman 2 27 13.5 14 0
#48 Mark Kelso 1 17 17.0 17 0
#30 Brandon Monteleone 1 12 12.0 12 0
Total: 6 93 15.5 21 0

Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD
#11 Zac Roberts 1 17 17.0 17 0
  Punt returns
Name Att Yds Avg Lng TD

Defense
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#56 Ethan Lamphier 10 1 1.0 3.0 0
#1 Bryan Depew 9 3 0.0 0.0 0
#73 Glenn Rifenburg 6 4 0.0 0.0 0
#33 Mike Berardi 5 1 1.0 1.0 0
#35 Scott McMorris 5 1 0.0 1.0 0
#20 Matt Brown 4 2 0.0 0.0 0
#30 Chris Hess 3 2 0.0 0.0 0
#9 Jared Joyce 3 0 0.0 0.0 0
#50 Jake Lorshbaugh 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#2 Kurtis York 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#5 Tyler Tascone 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#34 Kyle York 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
#44 Tyler Green 0 0 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 50 16 2.0 5.0 0
  Defense
Name Tkl Ast Sac TFL Int
#75 Jevon Johnson 6 1 0.0 1.0 0
#43 Jon Casper 5 3 0.0 0.0 0
#57 Eric Stella 5 1 0.0 1.0 0
#48 Mark Kelso 5 0 0.0 0.0 0
#30 Brandon Monteleone 5 4 0.0 0.5 0
#85 Austin Steinbrenner 5 1 0.0 1.5 0
#50 Vincent Kovach 4 1 0.0 0.0 0
#21 Tim Wortman 3 2 0.0 0.0 0
#7 Quentin Humphrey 3 0 0.0 0.0 0
#20 Rick Henry 2 1 0.0 0.0 0
#70 Josh Sackett 2 0 0.0 1.0 0
#1 Tyler Fenstermaker 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
#13 Jerry Green 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#58 Zach Plath 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#84 Dylan Ashley 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#78 Ryan Frank 1 0 0.0 0.0 0
#56 Ben Eadie 1 1 0.0 0.0 0
Total: 51 16 0.0 5.0 0