Running backs Ryan Pruitt, Jordan Rappleye, Austin Dalrymple and Ian Chedzoy combined for 499 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour rolled past Lansing, 60-32, to claim the Section 4 Division V football title on Homecoming Saturday night at Watkins Glen’s Alumni Field.
The Seneca Indians (7-1 overall, 3-0 Div. V) extended their win streak to seven games and earned the first division title for either school of the newly combined program in more than 25 years. Lansing finishes the regular season at 2-6, 2-1.
“It’s unexplainable. It feels amazing,” said Dalrymple, who rushed for 82 yards on nine carries while scoring two touchdowns. “We wanted this so much that everyone did exactly what they needed to do.”
Pruitt led the Seneca Indians with 174 yards on nine carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game. The junior added a 28-yard touchdown scamper late in the first quarter to up the Seneca Indians’ advantage to 16-8. Pruitt didn’t carry the ball in the second half.
Rappleye, who did the bulk of the running in the second half, finished with 139 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns.
The hosts led 30-20 at halftime and 36-26 after three quarters but scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes of the final quarter to increase their lead to 34 points.
Senior Chedzoy, who was crowned Homecoming king at halftime, added 94 yards and two TDs on seven carries. The Seneca Indians finished with a 499-302 advantage in total yardage.
Junior back Tim Kelley led Lansing with 157 yards on 26 carries and the first four Bobcat touchdowns. Mason Boothe, Lansing’s freshman quarterback, was 4-for-12 passing for 58 yards and an interception. Zach Detrick capped the game’s scoring with a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.
Next up for WG/O-M is the first postseason appearance by either school since the state tournament began in 1993. The Seneca Indians, ranked 21st in Class C, will face Div. IV runner-up Newark Valley in a Section 4 Class C semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium.
Lansing was to play state champion Chenango Forks in the other semifinal but withdrew because of injuries suffered in Saturday’s game, Athletic Director Adam Heck said Sunday. The Bobcats were forced to forfeit a regular-season meeting with No. 1-ranked Forks on Oct. 16 due to an insufficient number of healthy players. Dryden will play Forks instead.
Newark Valley 47, Whitney Point 6: On Saturday at Whitney Point, Chad Wright’s 78-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Newark Valley a 13-0 lead and sparked its offense as the Cardinals went soaring into the Class C sectional playoffs.
Wright’s interception return came after a fumble by the Cardinal offense and squashed Whitney Point’s momentum.
Dryden 21, Thomas A. Edison 6: At Dryden, the Lions broke open a close game with two third-quarter touchdowns in a Section 4 Division V game.
Edison (2-6, 0-3 Division V) trailed 8-6 before Dryden’s run. The win earned Dryden (5-3, 1-2 Division V) third place in the division over the Spartans.
Dryden will face two-time defending state champion Chenango Forks at 12:30 p.m. in the other semifinal at U-E.
Moravia 39, Notre Dame 13: On Friday at Notre Dame, Blue Devil senior running back Jared Lyon carried 43 times for 348 yards and five touchdowns as the visitors advanced to the Section 4 Class D semifinals with a rout of the Crusaders.
Notre Dame held Lyon to 69 yards in a 30-8 regular-season victory, but he made that a distant memory and continued his recent torrid pace. Last week against Spencer-Van Etten he rushed for 347 yards and five scores and stands at 1,784 yards for the season.
Lyon also had an interception to snuff a Crusaders drive at the end of the first half.
Lyon gave the Blue Devils (5-3) the lead for good, 19-13, when he ran in from 14 yards out with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining in the first half. He also had touchdown runs of 3, 10, 14 and 70 yards.
Moravia earned a semifinal berth against Deposit/Hancock on Oct. 31 at Binghamton Alumni Stadium as part of a Class D doubleheader. Deposit/Hancock was a 66-12 quarterfinal winner over Groton on Friday.
Notre Dame finished the season with a 5-3 record.
Deposit/Hancock 66, Groton 12: On Friday in Hancock, senior back Ronnie Ballard ran for 214 yards and four scores to lead second seed D/H past the Indians and into the Class D semifinals.
Ballard, a converted quarterback who also threw a 60-yard pass to Colby Hall off a flea-flicker, has 1,797 rushing yards this season despite not playing past the eight-minute mark of the third quarter in the past three games.
“He’s an incredible player, and a big weapon,” Deposit/Hancock coach Jeremiah Johnson said.
Dylan Cooper gave No. 7 seed Groton (4-4) an early 6-0 lead, but D/H scored the next 38 points before Matt Gombas (19-59) scored the Indians’ second touchdown in the third quarter.
Tioga 59, Oxford 26: On Friday at Tioga, senior back Jesse Manuel rushed 31 times for 265 yards and five touchdowns as the top-seeded Tigers (7-1) ousted Oxford (4-4) in the Class D quarterfinals.
Manuel increased his record career rushing total to 7,381 yards and also scored his 100th career touchdown.
Tioga, the four-time defending Class D sectional champion, will face fourth seed Walton in a Class D semifinal next Saturday at Binghamton Alumni Stadium. The Warriors advanced on Saturday with a 36-18 quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Harpursville.
Maine-Endwell 56, Ithaca 20: On Friday at Spartan Stadium in Endwell, the top-ranked Spartans (8-0) ran their state-record win streak to 59 games with an easy victory over the Little Red (0-8), who lost for the 32nd straight time over the past three seasons.
Coach Kelly Gordon’s Ithaca squad (0-4 Div. I) is scheduled to end the regular season this weekend at Norwich (2-6, 1-5 Div. III), at time to be announced. M-E hosts Union-Endicott at 7 p.m. Friday in the Section 4 Class A semifinals.