The weather left much to be desired on Friday night as the Dansville Mustangs closed out the regular season on at Ralph Clements Field.


Despite the rain, the cold and the sloppy turf, the Mustangs got revved up in the second period as they pulled away from the visiting Wildcats to close out the campaign with a 39-12 victory.

The weather left much to be desired on Friday night as the Dansville Mustangs closed out the regular season on at Ralph Clements Field.


Despite the rain, the cold and the sloppy turf, the Mustangs got revved up in the second period as they pulled away from the visiting Wildcats to close out the campaign with a 39-12 victory.


It didn’t take the Mustangs long to get a big play despite the weather. On the second play from scrimmage, Dansville’s Sammy Diaz sprinted 76 yards for a score. The Wildcats clawed right back as on Marcus Whitman’s second possession they would drive the length of the field to score on a short run. The Mustangs got a break when a penalty was called on the Wildcats moving the PAT attempt out of range as the game remained tied at 6-6.


Early in the second quarter Dansville’s Sammy Diaz was at it again, this time he went in from the 11 to give the home team the lead once more. Jason Boots-Lovetro rumbled in for the two-point conversion.


The Wildcats came right back with a 76-yard run of their own. Dansville’s defense stopped the PAT and the Mustangs kept their lead. Dansville’s defense took over as they would not allow another point the remainder of the night.


Just prior to the half, the Mustangs began to pull away. Following a 10-play 55-yard drive, Diaz went over from the two-yard line.


Early in the second half Will Brooks fell on a fumble deep in Mustang territory. Dansville turned things around by going 73 yards in six plays with Diaz scoring from the three-yard line. In the fourth, Dansville would get a five-yard touchdown run from Jason Boots Lovetro and finally Patrick McMullin returned and scored on a three-yard run, then booted the PAT making the final 39-12.


Diaz rushed for 172 yards on 13 carries and four touchdowns. Jason Boots Lovetro carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards and a touchdown. Defensively for Dansville, Doug Gridley had six tackles and a fumble recovery, Brooks and Marshall Forbes each had a fumble recovery in the game. Diaz added an interception. Phil Longo did a great job kicking off by booming the ball deep and allowing the Mustang special teams to get down and put Marcus Whitman deep in their own end much of the time. Chase Furia and Matt Belanger each had seven tackles, while Boots-Lovetro added five stops on the night for the victorious Mustangs.