COHOCTON — The 2018 Dansville "Senior" Mustangs picked up where they left off last year following a successful 2017 campaign. In the new season under the lights at the Cohocton Sports Complex, coach Ron Cartwright's club scored early and often in an opening night 44-8 win over host Wayland-Cohocton in prime time.
The red & black's offense was paced by Zaiden Blackmon's 74 yard rushing with touchdown runs of 25 and 30 yards, and he also added 4 tackles, an assist, a forced fumble and a fumble reception. Peter Frisiras with 57 yards on the ground including a 27 yard touchdown run. Wyatt Everman had a 50 yard touchdown run with a P.A.T. reception Jackson Zangerle ran for 53 yards including a 37 yard touchdown and also had a P.A.T. pass, and a fumble recovery. Owen Kysor had 7 yards rushing with a 3 yard touchdown run. Braden Henchen ran for 11 yards with a P.A.T. and had 5 tackles. Aiden VanAuken rushed for 23 yards. Gage Frazier added 22 yards and 3 tackles while Quinn Dixon had 16 yards on the ground and had a P.A.T. run.
Other defensive numbers saw Matthew Fronk with a fumble recovery. Aiden York made two stops and had one assist. Josh Stanley also had 2 tackles. Meigiyah Hall added an assist, a tackle and a pair of fumble recoveries. Carson Mays had a tackle, an assist and a fumble recovery. Brody Sick, Devon Hamilton, and Caden Cartwright each had a tackle and an assist while Ethan Frazier, Logan Quick, and Brycen Lemmon each had one tackle, while Caleb Knapp added an assist for the Mustangs.
Dansville is off for the Labor Day "bye" before resuming action on Sunday Sept. 9 when they host Livonia at Babcock Park.
Coach Shawn Harvey's Eagles saw Aiden Schafer light it up on the offensive side of things with 147 yards rushing including a touchdown and 3 tackles. Noah Ott ran for 12 yards and a 2-point conversion and had 2 stops plus an assist. Xavier Taylor ran for 10 yards, with one tackle and another for a loss. Presten Aldrich added 4 yards on the ground.
The Way-Coh defense was led by Zachary Cansdale's 10 tackles (4 for a loss). Garrett Johnson made 8 tackles (one for a loss). Ean Gaylord made 4 stops with one behind the line of scrimmage. Ricky VanCuren III and Jaxin Eddy finished with 3 tackles. Hunter Delaney had 2 tackles. Dolan Cotter had a tackle and an assist and Ethan King added one tackle on opening day.
Dansville 36, Wayland-Cohocton 0
The Community Youth Football season opened with a "bang" for the Dansville "Junior" team on Saturday as they visited the Sports Complex in Cohocton and came home with a convincing 36-0 shutout over rival host Wayland-Cohocton in the first gridiron action of the 2018 campaign.
The Jr. Mustangs, many of whom were playing their very first tackle football game, came in ready for action. Coach Robert Sick's squad found the end zone on each of their first 4 offensive possessions as Peter Caldwell, Clayton Rigdon, and Devin Schafer all ran for scores as the red & black rolled out to a large, early lead in the season's initial action of the fall.
Defensively Dansville dominated the line of scrimmage by not allowing Wayland-Cohocton a first down in the entire game. The Mustang defense also capitalized on fumble recoveries by Mason Forrester and Clayton Rigdon as well.
The Dansville numbers shook down this way offensively: Peter Caldwell had 107 yards rushing, two touchdowns and 3 extra point runs. Clayton Rigdon had 117 yards rushing, plus 2 touchdowns. Devin Schafer had 27 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Mason Forrester 15 yards rushing. Alex Madison 12 yards rushing. Karter Palma 2 yards rushing.
Defensively — Clayton Rigdon had 7 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery, Ryan Frazier 7 tackles, Devin Schafer 4 tackles, Peter Caldwell 3 tackles, Alex Madison 2 tackles, Mason Forrester 1 tackle and a fumble recovery, Robbie Mosko 1 tackle and a sack, Tristan Bratcher 1 tackle, Carter Sylor 1 tackle.
For Wayland-Cohocton, coach Mark Johnson reported some defensive highlights for the Eagles: Matthew Harvey had 4 tackles, 2 sacks and an assist, Isaak Taylor 3 tackles and 2 assists, Adrian Burr 3 tackles, a sack, and 1 yard rushing, Blake Sleight 3 tackles, Dawsyn Collins 2 tackles and 1 assist, Cole Johnson 2 tackles, Ethan Bauer 1 tackle, 1 assist, and 1 yard rushing, Wyatt Mayer 1 tackle and 1 assist, John VanCuren 1 tackle and 1 assist, Xaiden Brent 1 tackle and 1 assist, Colton Collins 1 sack and 1 yard rushing, Cole Hanggi 1 tackle, Logan Hally 1 assist.
Flag teams lift lid on 2018 Grid campaign
COHOCTON — Seeing that each team is granted one Saturday night game in the course of the season, the Dansville Junior Mustangs and the Wayland-Cohocton Junior Eagles Community Youth Football Programs put their privilege to rest quickly as the two local "Flag" teams squared off at the Elsie Tripp Sports Complex in Cohocton on Saturday afternoon to initiate the league season.
The respective teams very quickly renewed both the players and the fans love for the game as the contest unfolded on a warm afternoon in the southern tier. Coaches Jeremy Pifer, Jeremy Amato and John Rachow's Way-Coh team would show a strong balance on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Skipper Beau Mickey's Dansville club struggled defensively due to the low numbers this year, but the Mustangs' brain-trust was very pleased with the offensive output in the opener for each team.
Statistically for Wayland-Cohocton the offense was led by Justin Lane's 90 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns as he added a trio of tackles on the defensive side as well. Xander Cartella ran for 55 yards and a pair of scores with 1 tackle. Korbyn Wright had 5 yards on the ground including one TD and made 4 stops. Defensively Jaxson Kendall had 4 tackles, Dominick Pifer and Wyatt Strasburg had 2 each in the season's first game.
For Dansville flag team Coach Beau Mickey's offense was paced by Hunter VanAuken's six carries and a touchdown. Noah Cava ran 5 times and also hit paydirt with a score. Macson Hartson had 2 carries, while Hunter Kendall, Jacob Forrester, Aiden Beckman, Gage Smith, Mason Graham, Carson Chase, and Aubrey Bratcher each had 1 carry in the contest.
Dansville will be hosting their annual "Flag Football Tournament" at Babcock Park on Sept. 8 with a large number of area teams taking part in the action.