DANSVILLE — The Dansville Mustangs won on Homecoming Friday night at Ralph Clements Field where they would score early and then late while managing to hold off a tough Titans team for a 16-8 victory under the lights.
The task was not easy by any means as the game had its ebbs and flows, with the momentum shifting many times throughout the evening.
After Melina Cueto-Brito was crowned Homecoming queen and Marshall Barron was selected as Homecoming king, the festivities moved from the sidelines to the football field where a heart-warming tribute was staged as Jake Quibell, a 2013 Dansville graduate (now serving overseas) sent a flag back to pay tribute to many others who are serving in the armed forces in memory of departed Mustang favorite athlete and teacher Kyle Button. Tina, Paul, Lynne and Matthew Button were all on hand to accept the flag which was presented and flew over the field for the game.
That tribute in itself was enough to fire up a packed house that was ready for some football.
The Mustangs wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as they would move the football 60 yards in grabbing the lead. Dansville ran the opening kick-off out to the 40 and took over from there. It seemed like the series was over even before it started. Dansville was forced to punt. Dylan Race dropped back to kick the football, but in his dual role as quarterback, would throw the ball instead. The fake would work as Race took the snap, straightened up and fired a strike to Ryan Carnevale in Titans territory for a first down to preserve the opening drive.
Dansville converted deep in Tri-Town territory when Dylan Race completed a short pass for a 1st down to Tanner Dettman, who would leave the game with an injured ankle on the play. The Mustangs marched into the end zone on the very next play when the Dansville offensive wall pushed forward and quarterback Dylan Race called his own number and went over the touchdown on a 4 yard run. Race would also do the honors on the conversion, making it 8-0 with 6:10 showing on the first quarter timer.
Tri-Town got it back just about as quick! The Titans took the ball out to about the Tri-Town 45 yard line. Dansville committed back-to-back offsides penatlies giving the navy & yellow a first down at the Dansville 48 yard line. On the Titans first snap from scrimmage, quarterback Matt Kenyon fired a 48 yard scoring strike to Richie Thomas for a touchdown. Kenyon’s conversion with 5:15 left in the quarter tied the game at 8-8.
Finally with about 5:30 minutes left in regulation, the Mustangs received a punt return from Ryan Carnevale who eluded tacklers and took the pigskin to the Tri-Town 10 yard line in a first & goal situation. With 4:37 left in the game Dylan Race slipped through the defense and into the end zone on a 5 yard run putting Dansville in front. His pass to Austin Simpson would tack on the conversion making it 16-8.
The Titans had one last shot with 1:53 showing on the timer. In an effort to move the ball upfield the Titans went to the air and Dansville’s Ryan Carnevale intercepted the pass at the Mustangs 40 yard line allowing the red & black to run out the clock to start the homecoming celebration!
Dylan Race went 8-for-15 for 109 yards passing, and he had 24 carries for 61 yards with two TDs. Trevor Shotwell had 10 carries for 29 yards. Austin Simpson had 4 catches for 43 yards, Ryan Carnevale two for 47, Trevor Shotwell 1 for 13, and Tanner Dettman one for six.
Defensively, Shane Crandall had 10 tackles. Dylan Race had 9 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass deflection, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery. Karam Ali had 9 tackles, Austin Simpson 7, and Nate Kelly (fumble recovery) 5. Ryan Carnevale had a 1 pass deflection with an INT.
Dansville (3-2) will host St. Mary’s from Lancaster (Section VI) on Friday night (Oct. 5) which will be Senior Night in a 7:30 p.m. kick-off at Ralph Clements Field.
Canisteo-Greenwood 33, Perry/Mt. Morris 0
PERRY — Justin Becker had a big impact on both sides of the ball as Canisteo-Greenwood climbed over the .500 mark with a win over Perry/Mount Morris.
Becker led C-G (3-2) with 21 carries and 76 yards rushing with a touchdown offensively. He also had seven tackles and an interception defensively. John Davis added five carries for 35 yards and a score, plus three catches for 94 yards and a receiving touchdown. Roque Santiago went 6-for-10 through the air for 110 yards passing, with touchdowns passing and rushing.
For the C-G defense, Curtis Quick had eight tackles, Josiah Brott had eight tackles (two for a loss) and a sack, Daymon Walters had two tackles for a loss with two sacks and a fumble recovery. Jacob Houghtaling added five tackles and a 51-yard pick-six.
The Redskins are positioned well, wrapping up the season with two straight home games beginning next week with Pembroke in town.