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.