Marcellus True, it didn't count in the league standings. But the Marcellus football team's 21-20, come-from-behind, double-overtime victory over visiting Oneida Friday night may serve as a a major turning point, should the Mustangs make a big run later this season.
Once down by 14 points on this wet evening, the Mustangs rallied for its second straight win, helping to erase an 0-2 start, and maintained momentum heading into next Friday's clash with long-time nemesis Westhill, who lost 27-13 to Phoenix to see its record fall to 1-3.
Right at the start, Marcellus got in trouble adjusting to the rain, fumbling on the game's first play from scrimmage. That set up Oneida on a short field, and Tyler Mallinder found Kyle Peck on a 19-yard touchdown pass.
During the second period, Mallinder found Peck again for a 28-yard connection, setting up Dylan Cafalone for a 16-yard scoring run, after which Mallinder found Brandon Worley for a two-point conversion.
So at the break, Marcellus was down 14-0, but its defense, led by Jason Decker and Nick Nye, would blank Oneida in the second half (and hold them to just 139 yards overall), giving the home side a chance, plus lots of time, to catch up.
Sure enough, in the third quarter the Mustangs, aided by a bad Oneida punt, drove to the Indians' five-yard line, from where quarterback Kyle Hastings,on fourth-and-one, found the end zone. Nye's extra point made it 14-7.
Even more important was the swing that took place early in the fourth quarter. Marcellus stopped Oneida inside its own 10-yard line to prevent the visitors from pulling clear, and moments later Brad Kermes found a gap and produced his team's longest play of the season, going 92 yards for a TD. That accounted for nearly half the Mustangs' 226 rushing yards on the night.