|SECTION IV FOOTBALL: EARLY MISCUES PROVE COSTLY IN WAVERLY'S 34-13 LOSS AT OWEGO (16 PHOTOS) (2017-10-06)
Valley Sports Report
OWEGO — Early miscues set the tone for Waverly here Friday night in a 34-13 loss to Owego in Section IV, Division III football action.
On the opening kick-off, Owego kicker Zach Reynolds lofted a perfectly-placed pooch kick over the head of Waverly’s up men and it rolled dead near the sideline, where Justin Peacock pounced on the loose ball before the Wolverines could get to it.
Four plays later, Dustin Dann scored on a 6-yard run, and Reynolds’ PAT kick made it 7-0 with just 88 seconds into the game.
Waverly freshman David Hallett returned the ensuing kickoff to the 42, then broke off a 15-yard run to the Owego 43. Three plays later, junior QB Gavin Judson connected with 6-6 tight end sophomore Scott Woodring for a 16-yard gain, but he coughed up the ball and Owego recovered at its 27.
The Wolverine defense forced a punt, but it was a beauty as Owego’s Kobe Bogart hit a rugby-style punt 66 yards to the Waverly 6-yard line.
Three plays later, Waverly fumbled again and the Indians recovered at the Wolverine 18.
However, a pair of penalties proved costly and Owego turned the ball over on downs at the Waverly 32.
After runs of 15 yards by Judson, and 3 yards by Hallett moved the ball to midfield, Hallett broke loose up the middle on an apparent 50-yard TD run, but a holding call negated the score, and the Wolverines were forced to punt moments later.
Three plays later — on the final play of the first quarter, Owego QB Tyler Phelps connected with Bogart on what appeared to be a 62-yard TD pass, but a block-in-the-back at the tail end of the play brought the ball back to the Wolverine 15.
It just delayed the inevitable as the same duo connected on a 15-yard TD pass on the first play of the second quarter. Reynolds’ PAT kick made it 14-0 with 11:52 remaining in the first half.
Following a Waverly punt, Owego put together an eight-play, 66-yard scoring drive to take a 20-0 lead. Phelps capped the drive with a 1-yard TD on a QB sneak with 3:24 remaining in the first half.
Waverly’s next possession was a 14-play drive that included a pair of fourth-down conversions — one a 17-yard run by Hallett on fourth-and-14, but it ended on downs at the Owego 19 in the closing seconds of the half.
Zach Miner added a 20-yard TD run on the opening possession of the third quarter to give the Indians a 27-0 lead.
The Wolverines finally lit up the scoreboard with a nine-play, 80-yard drive that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
Hallett had consecutive run of 38 and 12 yards in the drive, and Judson hooked up with Woodring on a 14-yard completion. Senior Jason Morales capped the drive with a 6-yard TD run with 11:01 left in the game. Junior Nate Bowers’ PAT kick trimmed the deficit to 27-7.
Senior Todd Loper gave the Wolverines back with an interception on Owego’s ensuing possession, but the Wolverines were forced to punt.
Moments later, Owego’s Cameron Bundy broke loose on a 41-yard TD run to seal the victory.
The Wolverines provided the final margin with an 11-yard TD pass from Judson to senior Mike Shaffer with 2 minutes left in the game.
Hallett led Waverly with 95 yards on 16 carries, while Judson completed 7 of 12 passes for 62 yards and a TD.
Waverly, now 1-5, hosts Chenango Valley Friday night in its annual Homecoming Game.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s David Hallett. IN PHOTO 2: Waverly assistant coach Pete Girolamo is flanked by Waverly’s captains during a pre-game ceremony to honor his son, who was killed in a traffic accident in August. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.