Binghamton High’s pedal-to-metal offense has been arguably the fastest-paced hereabouts for a handful of seasons. But for Friday’s game against Elmira, the Patriots appeared to be in intense hurry-up mode returning to the line and snapping the football.
Indeed, coach Mike Ramil confirmed, it was by design.
“I can’t have my buddy from California seeing us run the offense unless we’re running it full-pace,” he said. “He’ll tell me, ‘You’re not running my offense, you look horrible out there, you’ve got to pick up the pace.’
“So, I want to make sure that when he critiques me, that he critiques me on other things, not that my kids aren’t going full-speed. That’s a coaches’ thing, coaches have to take care of that.”
He spoke of Matt Logan, coach of perennial power Centennial High in Corona, Calif. It was Logan’s offensive approach that Ramil tapped into upon becoming Binghamton’s head coach.
In their 47-0 victory, the Patriots focused on Amman Weaver as the featured running back, and Weaver came through with 113 yards on 16 crushes to go with three receptions for 81 yards.
“It depends on who’s doing well,” Weaver said of his full plate of duties. “I was doing well tonight so they kept giving me the ball. Say I was to mess up, they’d put in another running back. We have a bunch of great running backs, whoever’s doing the best will get the most carries.”
Whack of the Week
Though it’ll not be acknowledged on the stat sheet, perhaps the most memorable play of all that went into Union-Endicott’s 50-13 roll past Horseheads on Saturday was turned in by an offensive guard.
The Tigers’ Josh Paugh, a 6-2, 250-pound junior, caught most all of his teammates’ attention when he administered a vicious block near U-E’s players on the sideline that helped free Sammy Davis for a 46-yard first-quarter touchdown.
Those near the action saw an object go airborne as result of the contact.
“It was a clip of (the defender’s) helmet that he knocked off — knocked off a piece of hardware!” U-E coach Shane Hurd said. “I thought it was his mouthpiece, but the referee picked it up and it was a clip. He knocked hardware off the kid’s helmet.”
Seems Paugh is earning a reputation as an especially forceful blocker.
“He was our ‘hit man’ against Norwich, and that doesn’t go to offensive guys,” Hurd said. “Best pulling guard, in that regard, that I think I’ve had, who is so violent on the pull.”
Student of the game
Windsor senior Isma’il Griffin exceeded his first two weeks’ rushing total by 99 yards in Saturday’s 36-13 win at Susquehanna Valley.
Griffin’s 27 carries — nine for double-digit gains — went for 239 yards and four touchdowns as the Black Knights (2-1) matched the program’s win total from 2010 and 2011 combined.
The efforts of linemen Nate Skinner, Brandon Andrews, Mike Vaccaro, Seth Gordon and Matt Abbott provided more than adequate initial space, and 5-foot-7, 190-pound Griffin either eluded or crashed over defenders for the rest.
Asked to describe his rushing style, Griffin said: “I watch a lot of college and NFL running backs. Trent Richardson is a physical runner, I try to run like him, LT, Walter Payton. I just try to mimic what they do, see what they’re doing right.”
Coach Tim Hogan said: “The difference with him this year is his vision is so good. We run a zone offense and his vision is so good he can put his foot in the ground and go, and he’s hard to catch after that.
“I’m his running backs coach and he makes me look good. I can’t teach him that.”
CV bounces back
Chenango Valley absorbed one-sided defeats from powerful Corning and Maine-Endwell the first two weeks, but sprang back Saturday for a 40-13 rout of Oneonta. That put CV in the Division III driver’s seat with a 1-0 record. Neither Norwich nor Windsor has played a divisional game.
“It doesn’t take much when there is a small number of teams in your division,” coach Jay Hope said, “and it doesn’t take much to be out of it in the other direction. There’s a lot of pressure on these divisional games, but we feel like we match up well against the teams in our division. We feel like we have a chance against the teams in our division. It’s going to be interesting.
CV led Oneonta 13-7 at halftime. From there, the Warriors’ ground attack led by Anthony Miller (139 yards) and Dominik Forbidussi (100) wore down Oneonta’s defensive front.
“Even though we got Oneonta today, it could’ve maybe gone the other way,” Hope said. “You never know, a couple bounces here a couple bounces there. It’s an interesting format in terms of the number being small, but also there’s pressure to it because if you lose one you’re kind of behind in a hurry.”
Not all perfect for M-E
After seeing his team roll past its first three opponents by an average margin of 48.7 points, one might figure Maine-Endwell coach Matt Gallagher would be hard-pressed to find anything not to his liking.
But four first-quarter penalties in Saturday’s 60-0 victory against Owego, including a holding call that wiped out a 56-yard touchdown run by Luis Uceta, were enough to cause concern.
“I didn’t like the string of penalties we had in the beginning,” said Gallagher, whose team was flagged seven times for 55 yards. “As a coaching staff we have to look at that, maybe that’s my fault, but it won’t happen again.”
Vestal shows mettle
After beating Horseheads 44-0 last Monday in a game postponed two days due to inclement weather, Vestal had three days to get ready for state-ranked Class AA foe Corning.
The Golden Bears, however, proved more than game despite the short week, staying close throughout before succumbing, 21-7, on Friday night for their first loss of the season.
“Mentally we were ready. Physically we cramped up a lot — whether that was an issue because of the short week, who knows?” Vestal coach Tank Anderson said. “But mentally we were prepared, and focused. They were ready to go.”