DeWitt Nearly three years after it last basked in the glow of a gridiron victory, the Bishop Grimes football team was happy once again.
The Cobras went to New York Mills last Saturday afternoon and, by showing some boldness down the stretch, fought its way past the Marauders 21-20.
Grimes had last won a game in 2009. Following that, the program was shut down in 2010 due to lack of participation, only to return to the varsity level in 2011, where under new head coach Bill Cloonan the Cobras remained winless.
After a season-opening defeat to Westmoreland on Sept. 1, Grimes worked hard for its trip to Mills, and then faced wet, windy conditions that kept both sides in check during the first half.
In fact, the Cobras did not get any offensive points. But trailing 6-0 in the second quarter, Grimes’ defense forced a Marauders fumble deep in its own territory, and Bill Blasland returned it 78 yards for a tying touchdown.
The missed conversion left it 6-6 going into halftime, and once again Grimes fell behind, 12-6, as Mills’ Zach Griffith threw a TD pass to D.J. Kirilko.
An exciting fourth quarter saw Grimes move ahead, 13-12, when Casey Evans scored on a three-yard run and added his own extra point. Promptly, the Marauders answered, as Shawn Kula found the end zone from 11 yards out and Zach Griffith threw a two-point pass to Cody Mariotti.
Now trailing 20-13, the Cobras got a jolt when Evans returned the ensuing kickoff 65 yards. Set up with a short field, quarterback Tyler Carbonaro took full advantage, driving his team to the Marauders’ six-yard line and running in from there himself.
So now it was 20-19, and Grimes lined up for what looked like a tying PAT. But it was a fake, and Carbonaro, the holder, got up and threw a pass to Connor Evans in the end zone for what proved to be the winning points.