CUBA – The biggest goal for Cuba-Rushford heading into Week 3 of action – momentum building. Having knocked off Pembroke in their home opener a week ago, that momentum was built, and they needed all of it with a fully sized, fully skilled Notre Dame-Batavia team in town Friday night.
The Irish put the Rebels and their momentum building on hold, as they put them on lockdown in a 20-0 road win over the Rebels.
It was not the start the Rebels (1-2) were hoping to get in the first quarter of play, as they forced the ball over on their first drive from scrimmage, which resulted in a three-yard touchdown from Irish quarterback Tim Klotzbach.
In the second quarter, the penalties began to plague the Cuba-Rushford sidelines once more. After a personal foul call on the defense, the ball was moved 15 yards up to within the five yardline, resulting in a three-yard touchdown run from running back Gabe MacDonald, his first of two touchdowns on the night.
On their first possession of the new quarter, the Rebels were stuck in neutral, including a blocked punt that set the Irish up inside the 10-yardline. But a stand-up job by Cuba-Rushford’s defense prevented the drive from resulting in a score, as the hosts ended the half on a big pickup of yardage from Alex Tylor to Sean McNell down the far sidelines after a Skylar Coleman interception.
The third quarter was the icing the Irish needed to put the game away, as they used a big 54-yard run on 3rd-and-11 by MacDonald to set up their final score of the night on a one-yard run.
C-R's best chance to find the end zone came in the waning minutes of the contest, when the passing game came to life. Alex Tylor used a pair of back-to-back 20-yard connections to Sean McNell and Joey Jablonski to fuel their final drive of the night that led them to the Notre Dame-Batavia 24-yardline.
But a heads-up play by the Irish secondary put the game away, as they came up with their third interception and fourth takeaway in all to seal the win.
Cuba-Rushford will now look to regroup and rebound Saturday afternoon, as they head for the Cohocton Sports Complex to take on Section V, Class D rival Red Jacket.
Notre Dame-Batavia 6 8 6 0 – 20
Cuba-Rushford 0 0 0 0 – 0
Scoring Summary 1st ND-B – Tim Klotzbach 3-yard run, PAT no good (6-0 ND-B). 2nd ND-B – Gabe MacDonald 3-yard run, 2-pts good (14-0 ND-B). 3rd ND-B – Gabe MacDonald 1-yard run, PAT no good (20-0 ND-B). 4th None
Lyons-Sodus 42, Dansville 6
LYONS — It was a long trip for the Dansville Mustangs on Friday night and an even longer trip back home as the horses were humbled by previously winless Lyons-Sodus by a lopsided score of 42-6.
Dansville head coach Rich Welch simply commented, "It was one of those nights when you want to go back to the drawing board. It was ugly, we simply didn't play very well tonight at all. I don't know if it was the long bus trip or what but it was a long night for us in more ways than one."
Lyons-Sodus (1-2) led the game 36-0 at the half. Welch noted that Dansville gave up the football a couple of times that resulted in scores. Once the Mustangs fumbled it away inside their own 20 yard leading to one touchdown. On another occasion a punt snap sailed over the punter's head and the home team recovered it inside the 20 yard line leading to another TD.
The lone highlight of the evening for Dansville came in the fourth quarter when Elliot Mapes connected with Tyler Baker for a seven-yard touchdown pass for the red & black's lone score of the contest.
Welch added, "I sure hope its not the bus trip, because we have a real long one this coming weekend. I believe poor execution was the biggest factor in tonight's game. That will be something we will surely focus on this week in practice!"
Ryan Carnevale had eight carries for 75 yards to pace Dansville (2-1). Brody Stone had one carry for 23 yards. Tanner Dettman had four catches for 60 yards. Austin Simpson had two catches for 37 yards and Tyler Baker had one catch for 13 yards and a TD. Dylan Race went 14-for-22 with two INTs through the air. Elliot Mapes was 1-for-2 for 13 yards and a TD.
Defensively, John Wilkinson had eight tackles. Karam Ali and Dylan Race had six, with Ryan Carnevale making five.
Dansville (2-1) visits Sandy Creek (near Watertown) on Saturday Sept. 22 with kick-off at 2 p.m.