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J-E football topples Hannibal in overtime

Westhill drops turf opener; Solvay blanked by Chittenango

Stepping up once more on the defensive side, J-E stopped Hannibal. The Eagles pounded away on its possession and got the winning points when Trexler scored from four yards out.

Kyle Humberstone led the J-E defense by snagging three interceptions and recovering a fumble. Matousek managed 10 tackles, while Sean Ryan had nine tackles. Tyler Landers helped out in eight tackles as Luke Schwarting and Dan Kopp managed seven tackles apiece.

As J-E gears up for Skaneateles (who rallied for a 31-24 win over Bishop Ludden in its season opener), Westhill, 1-6 a season ago, could take good and bad points from the effort it put out against Camden as Warrior fans got a look at the new turf that was just installed.

The bad part was that the Warriors never scored until the fourth quarter, by which point it trailed 27-0. A key moment came in the second quarter when, trailing 7-0, Westhill had a chance to pull even, only to see Camden's Ward Seymour intercept Reed Derrenbacher's pass in the end zone.

Led by Jeremy Zeitchel, who had 20 carries for 148 yards, and Ryan McCarthy, who completed 10 of 13 passes for 86 yards, the Blue Devils built a 21-0 halftime margin, adding a score in the third quarter.

Finally, Westhill got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Derrenbacher hit Richie Easterly on a 31-yard scoring strike. Minutes later, Derrenbacher ran 22 yards for another TD, but the rally came too late as the Warriors look ahead to next Friday's battle with long-time rival Marcellus.

Solvay, for its part, was determined to put aside 2011's struggles, but found the wrong opponent to deal with as Chittenango, who returns its entire starting backfield from last fall's state semifinal squad, wasted little time taking control.

It was 21-0 by the end of the first quarte and 35-0 by halftime, Devin Phelps connecting on TD passes of 25 yards to Matt Cretaro and 31 yards to Josh Cretaro to set the night's tone.

For the most part, though, the Bears hurt Solvay through its powerful ground game. Combined, the trio of Joe Gilona, Kyle Zimmer and Connor Mills ran for 275 yards, with Gilona gaining 132 of those yards and Zimmer adding 71 yards and scoring three times.

Solvay will seek its first points of the season when it returns home to Earl Hadley Stadium next Friday to face Cortland, who dropped its season opener to Homer 16-6.

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