EAST ROCHESTER — Keep Phil Tack, Nelson Betances and Newark’s dangerous rushing attack on the bench. That was a task East Rochester/Gananda executed with great mastery last Saturday on homecoming night at Don Quinn Field.
Dennis Greco’s Bombers executed his game plan with perfection, more than doubling the Reds’ time of possession en route to a 35-7 Finger Lakes East victory over the Reds in a tilt of previously 4-1 teams.
In a first half that saw more standing than sitting on the crisp October evening, ER/Gananda used a healthy helping of a patent rushing attack that’s proved successful thus far. Following a Newark turnover on downs, ER/Gananda marched down the field in their first drive of the game, which was capped off on a 3-yard Nick Miller score.
The Bombers attempted — and recovered — the ensuing onside kick to set up their second scoring drive in as many possessions. Chris Folu-Montes sliced off tackle for a 10-yard score with 11:19 left in the second quarter, and Zach Hauser was successful on his second extra-point kick for a 14-0 lead.
ER/Gananda took advantage of a Newark turnover as Hauser dove in from a yard out for the Bombers’ third score of the half. Hauser connected on his third extra-point kick, extending his teams lead, 21-0. Nate Teeter capped the half with a fumble recovery and touchdown as the half ended, making it 28-0.
On their second play in the second half, Hauser connected with Andrew Fischer on a 26-yard touchdown pass, and Hauser booted in the extra-point for a 35-0 lead for the only scoring of the quarter.
Newark logged its only points of the contest with 7:17 left in regulation when Tack heaved an 81-yard bomb to Jaymee Rosser. Cody Cornelius was successful on the extra-point kick.
ER/Gananda improved to 5-1 overall. Newark fell to 4-2.
Check Monday’s Times for a follow up to Saturday’s game.