Way-Co, Wellsville football fall in Week 5

Staff reports

COHOCTON — Down through the years East Rochester football teams have had a solid reputation for the passing game and being able to put points on the board. Few teams have been able to contain the Bombers offense.

On Tuesday night at the Cohocton Sports Complex, a fire-up Wayland-Cohocton crew gave East Rochester / Gananda a run for their money on the gridiron in Week 5 action. ERG had a quick start that propelled them into the lead. The team held the upper hand all night, but a pesky Way-Coh defense limited the visitors to just one score in the second half, while putting some points of their own on the board. The Eagles would come up short however in a spirited 36-27 offensive affair in an entertaining contest. 

E.R.G. had an explosive start with a pair of quick scores in the opening period of play. Wayland-Cohocton was shut out in the first quarter and attempted to tighten things up on the other side of the football to stop the brown & white.

The Golden Eagles got their own offense going a bit in the second quarter when they cut the visitors' lead in half when quarterback Tom Mead called his own number on a draw play and beat the defense in an 11 yard dash to the end zone. Brogan Cotter converted the extra point.

Late in the second the scoring was fast and furious. ERG put another score on the board to go up 22-7, but Way-Co had some big play offense brewing as Mead went up top and found Cotter for a 70 yard scoring strike. The conversion made it 22-14. Coach Darren Knapp was hoping to keep that momentum going into the locker room, however E.R.G. would make some timely plays, the biggest of which was a touchdown with just :11 remaining on the first half clock as the Rochester-based club would take a 28-14 lead in at the half.

The story of the second half was Wayland-Cohocton's offense and defense. The Golden Eagles stood tough on a few defensive stands what were spear headed by sack artists Michael Gammell and Charley Drew. The offense played off the defense's efforts and Calem Hanggi went in from the 3 yard line tightening things up with the Bombers holding a 28-21 lead.

East Rochester/Gananda could feel the heat and managed to punch in their only score of the second half as the third quarter ended making the count 36-21. Both defenses became stingy in the final quarter of action as the game was in the balance. Way-Co managed to sneak a bit closer on a big play by Cotter who broke on off for a 52-yard touchdown run making it 36-27 which would conclude the scoring as ERG escaped with the win on the road.

Wayland-Cohocton coach Darren Knapp praised his team's efforts.

"The boys came back from an early deficit that was created by an explosive E.R.G. offense and a very talented quarterback," he said. "Our guys never threw in the towel, and  stepped it up big-time in the second half of the game." 

Mead went 10-for-25 with 176 yards passing and a TD, plus 34 yards rushing with a TD. Cotter had four receptions for 86 yards and a TD, plus four rushes for 90 yards and a score. 

Caleb Hanggi added a rushing touchdown with seven tackles (one for a loss) defensively. Charley Drew had five tackles and a sack, while Michael Gammel had six tackles and a sack.

Wayland-Cohocton (1-3) wraps up its regular season at home on Monday at the Sports Complex against Let-Saw.

Wellsville senior Blake Beckwith runs in the open field at Livonia in Week 5 football action.

Livonia 56, Wellsville 6

LIVONIA — Livonia raced to a 40-6 halftime lead on its way to a 56-6 win over the visiting Wellsville Lions in Week 5 football action. 

Wellsville (0-5) broke up the shutout with a touchdown in the first half. Quarterback Liam McKinley hit Alex Perkins on a touchdown strike to get the Lions on the board. 

Wellsville is back home for Monday night football in Week 6, hosting Hornell.