Wayland-Cohocton’s D.J. Harris went over the 1,000-yard mark anyway, as the Golden Eagles handed Leroy a 26-14 setback to earn their first ever home sectional football game on Friday.


“This was a huge win for our program,” Eagles Coach Jim Brownell  said. “We managed to get a couple of breaks and we stopped them, plus we also had some big plays on offense.”

Wayland-Cohocton’s D.J. Harris went over the 1,000-yard mark anyway, as the Golden Eagles handed Leroy a 26-14 setback to earn their first ever home sectional football game on Friday.


“This was a huge win for our program,” Eagles Coach Jim Brownell  said. “We managed to get a couple of breaks and we stopped them, plus we also had some big plays on offense.”


The wet track and deteriorating conditions favored a straight-ahead, grind it out, team like Leroy, rather thank Way-Co’s reliance on quickness, speed and agility. Despite the weather, Wayland-Cohocton still made the plays to ignite the Eagles’ explosive offense, while the defense stood their ground in clutch situations against the  Knights.


Following a first down, Evan Englert scrambled on a busted play and raced all the way to Leroy’s five-yard line to set up Harris for a 4-yard touchdown. Englert connected with Ryan Gibbs to tack on the two-pointer making the score 8-0.  After stopping the Knights and forcing them to punt, Way-Co moved the ball to Leroy’s 30 before giving it back on downs. The Eagles defense managed to stop the Knights again.


To start the second, Way-Co put together a  70-yard drive. Dylan Shaffer came up with a big play on a 50-yard touchdown.


Leroy was determined to get something going and moved the ball to Wayland-Cohocton’s 29-yard before losing it on downs. Wayland-Cohocton again made short work of their next drive when Harris broke free and went up the left sideline for 70 yards and a score to end the half 20-0.


Leroy finally got in to the end zone on their second possession of the third quarter by running back Tom McQuillen. The Eagles stopped the point after attempt.


Way-Co team went to work from their own 20 yard line and picked up a couple of first downs, then the Eagles had to face a crucial fourth-and-five situation on Leroy’s 29. Englert rolled out to the right side and found Zach Nobles with a short completion for a first down at Leroy’s 21-yard line. Harris ran the 17-yard touchdown run which put him over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. With Way-Co up by 20, the Knights started a scoring drive from their own 30-yard line that would be capped by Tyler Fenstermaker’s six-yard touchdown and a 26-14 final score for as Way-Co.


The Eagles will host hosting their first ever sectional football game this Friday night at the Sports Complex in Cohocton at 7:30 p.m.


Harris eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau carrying the football 23 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns. Dylan Shaffer ran for 98 yards and a score on nine carries. Englert ran for 41 yards and was 3-6 passing for 28 yards. On the defensive side, Tyler Thielges had seven tackles, Dyaln Shaffer had six tackles, Brandon Matthews had five, Zach Nobles had four stops and an interception, Kyle Wallace also added four tackles in the victory.