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Wildcats pull away, stop Corcoran 38-18

Turnovers help WG rebound from CBA loss

West Genesee defenders Jake O'Donnell (13), Brendan Flanagan (28), Brandon Bertelli (26) and Corey Dunlap (23) combined to tackle Corcoran's Nasheem Walker during Friday night's game, where the Wildcats defeated the Cougars 38-18 to improve to 3-2 on the season.

West Genesee defenders Jake O'Donnell (13), Brendan Flanagan (28), Brandon Bertelli (26) and Corey Dunlap (23) combined to tackle Corcoran's Nasheem Walker during Friday night's game, where the Wildcats defeated the Cougars 38-18 to improve to 3-2 on the season. Dana Northrop

— Turnovers are a big part of football. And when a team capitalizes on them, it usually wins.

Such was the case for West Genesee, who scored on three of Corcoran’s four turnovers and cruised to a 38-18 victory over the Cougars to improve to 3-2 on the season, 2-1 in Class AA-1 division play.

Coming off a bitter 41-7 loss to Christian Brothers Academy last week, Wildcats head coach Joe Corley said it feels great to be back on track.

“Our guys, they responded to the little mistakes we had there in the first half,” Corley said. “No one panicked. We refocused and got things done in the second half.”

Neither team scored on its first possessions, but WG got on the board with 2:16 left in the first quarter. Aided by a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty and 62-yard run by Duane Rolfe, the Wildcats turned a lackluster possession into a scoring drive. Quarterback Dashon Turner capped off the drive with a sneak off the right tackle for a 1-yard touchdown.

On its next possession, another big play ignited the Wildcats. Turner lofted a beautiful pass over the Corcoran defenders to Michael Schmidt, who took the ball 55 yards to the Cougars' five.

A few plays later, fullback Sean Marks busted into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. A failed fake extra left the Wildcats with a 13-0 lead midway though the second quarter.

But a turnover allowed Corcoran to climb back in the game. A bad toss by Turner led to a Wildcat fumble, which Malcolm Bynum picked up the ball and returned 75 yards to WG's six.

With less than 40 seconds remaining in the half, the Cougars capitalized on the turnover with Nasheem Walker's two-yard scoring run, and narrowed its deficit to 13-6. The Cougars also recovered an onside kick at the Wildcat 46, but failed to score after three straight WG sacks.

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