The Greece Athena Trojans are matching the hype, as they build toward the Section V football tournaments.
Pegged as one of, if not the team to beat in area Class A high school football, the Trojans remained undefeated after a 34-18 win at Brockport’s homecoming game Friday night.
“We haven’t had the feeling of a loss, and we all like that,’’ Athena senior quarterback Tavon Granison said. “I just like feeling confident with my team, but not too confident to the point where we are sleeping on other teams.
“We are in a real good spot in the season, we haven’t peaked yet, but we’re going to continue trying to see what happens.’’
Granison finished with more than 100 yards running and passing in wet conditions. The third-year starter ran for a touchdown and passed for another.
Athena senior running back Diamonte Raby scored two touchdowns, as the Trojans rushed for 285 yards on 56 carries. Granison led Athena ball carriers with 123 rushing yards on 22 carries, including a 7-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He also completed 9 of 15 pass attempts for 140 yards.
Thaj Avies, a senior listed at 5 feet 5 inches and 160 pounds, also topped 100 rushing yards, as he ended up with 110 on 12 attempts. It was an impressive showing for Athena against the defending sectional champions, who sag to 1-3.
Athena (4-0) has played like a contender for the Section V Class A championship. The Trojans face undefeated Brighton, another Monroe County league team that plays Saturday at Canandaigua (3-0), Sept. 30.
“I like how we responded, because Brockport kept coming back, ’’ Athena coach Rob Cerone said. “There’s a big crowd and a huge swing in momentum when (Brockport junior running back) Cory Gross goes 95 yards for a touchdown (early in the third quarter), and we came right back in our next possession, drive down and score, expand the lead to a two-touchdown lead.
“We have to clean up, we still have too many penalties. Brockport is the first team to really put pressure on us defensively.’’
The scoring run by Gross cut Athena’s lead to eight points, with 8:01 remaining in the third quarter.
Athena then put together a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive that came to an end with junior Patrick Meisenzahl at quarterback, after Granison may have been injured.
The Trojans trusted Meisenzahl to throw on back-to-back plays, and he connected with 5-6 senior Kenny Speed for a 6-yard touchdown pass. Athena’s led 27-12 with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter.
Brockport reduced Athena’s lead again with four seconds to play in the period, as Ashton Scott found Jacob Jurhs for a 12-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal. The Blue Devils remained nine points down when the Trojans broke up Scott’s conversion pass attempt.
Athena still led 27-18 when it blocked a Brockport punt with 9:17 remaining. The Trojans ran off more than six minutes off the clock, before Raby scored his second touchdown with 3:05 remaining.