Groton tops Lansing in high school football opener

Groton tops Lansing in high school football opener


Groton tops Lansing in high school football opener


Zeke Wright rushed for two touchdowns and returned a kickoff for another score as the Groton football team defeated Lansing, 21-13, in Friday night season-opening Section 4 action.

Wright scored a touchdown in the first quarter and then, after Lansing pulled within a point on a touchdown run from quarterback Elijah Burns, Wright returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown to put the Indians ahead, 14-6, with 6½ minutes remaining in the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Indians extended their lead to 21-6 on another Wright scoring run early in the fourth. Burns pulled Lansing within eight points with four minutes left, but the Bobcats could not get any closer.

In other Section 4 action from Friday night, Susquehanna Valley opened with a road victory, defeating Ithaca, 35-20; and Dryden beat Oxford, 32-14, in a game played at Cortland High due to turf problems at Dryden’s Volante Field.

On Saturday, the Trumansburg Blue Raiders open their season against Spencer-Van Etten. That game will kick off at 1 p.m. at Tarbell Field; the game was scheduled for Friday, but pushed back a day due to an eligibility issue at Trumansburg.

One of its players was still ineligible to participate on Friday due to a concussion, and the Blue Raiders were one player below the state minimum (16) without that player, according to athletic director Matt Taves. S-VE agreed to push the game back a day in order for that player to become eligible and Trumansburg to have enough players.


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