Oct 02, 2010 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
In vastly different ways, the West Genesee and Solvay football teams met with disappointment Friday night, and saw their respective records fall to 1-4.
The Wildcats went east, to Utica Proctor, and got a career passing night from Matt Naton, but still took a 40-26 defeat to the Raiders at D’Allesandro Stadium.
Meanwhile, Solvay, on its home turf at Earl Hadley Stadium, saw its offense sputter in a 12-7 defeat to Phoenix that ended the Bearcats’ playoff hopes.
WG caught Proctor coming off its first loss of the season to Fayetteville-Manlius, and thanks to Naton and its passing game, the Wildcats would also make the Raiders sweat.
Naton threw 41 passes, completing 21 of them for a career-high 302 yards and two touchdowns. Pat Brown caught 10 of those passes for 116 yards.
All that work was needed for the Wildcats to overcome a 14-0 deficit created by Proctor’s Richard Pete, who scored on runs of 17 and 28 yards in the first quarter.
A series of turnovers and penalties put WG deep in Proctor territory three straight times, and they each turned into touchdowns. Naton threw scoring passes of five yards to Brown and Dan Hillery, and Jalen Thomas ran eight yards for the other TD, also catching a two-point pass.
Now leading 20-14, WG looked to keep that edge into the half. But working from the Wildcats’ 43, Proctor quarterback Jordan Treen found Pete – and the speedy senior sprinted to the end zone. Roy Powell’s extra point allowed the Raiders to inch in front by one at the break.
There it stayed through a tense third quarter. WG spent most of it on a 17-play drive trying to reclaim the lead, only to have Maurice Peace intercept Naton in the end zone.
More damaging was Pete’s interception early in the fourth quarter, for Proctor turned it into points when Treen, who finished 14-for-27 for 271 yards, threw deep and found Walkery Mills for a 57-yard TD pass to make it 27-20.
Yet another Wildcat turnover, this time a fumble, led to Pete’s fourth TD on a two-yard run with 6:42 left. Though Mike Eunice’s one-yard scoring run cut the margin to 34-26, Proctor put it away when Treen scored on a late five-yard run.
Solvay could only wish for such production as it met Phoenix, who had just beaten Hannibal 28-20 to snap a 12-game losing streak.
But all the Bearcats got was Paul Clisson’s one-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter and John Savo’s extra point, which gave Solvay a 7-6 lead.
The Firebirds recaptured the lead on Denver Splawn’s 27-yard TD pass to Tyler Button in the second period, and from there both defenses took over. Solvay shut down Phoenix, but could not score again despite numerous opportunities.
Solvay is again home at “The Pit” to meet Marcellus (4-1) next Friday at 6:30, while West Genesee hosts Henninger in a game it has to win to have a shot at reaching the Class AA playoffs.
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