Maybe Greece Athena was not at its best Friday night, but the Trojans played well enough to turn back Brighton and maintain a perfect record.
Athena senior quarterback Tavon Granison scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter, then ran in the team’s conversion attempt to push the Trojans past the Barons at Brighton, 28-21.
Granison also threw three touchdown passes, plays that covered 52, 40, and 33 yards for Athena (5-0), in a matchup of undefeated teams. The Trojans took a 20-point lead, then watched the Barons fight back, with the help of 13 Athena penalties for 110 yards.
“We came out and played really good at the beginning of the game,” Granison said. “We executed, but penalties killed us. They got back into the game.”
A one-yard run by Brighton junior quarterback Shea McDonald with 24.3 seconds remaining in the third quarter evened the score, before Jonathan Vaysman made the extra-point kick, moving the Barons ahead 21-20. Athena answered with a 67-yard drive to go ahead with 9:22 remaining.
“Thankfully we were able to overcome our mistakes and get the win in the end,” Athena senior receiver Kenny Speed said. “They are a very good team. We respected them, especially since they beat Canandaigua (last week), the team we lost to (during the Section V Class A semifinals).”
Athena’s Thaj Avies intecepted a pass at the Brighton 45 after Granison’s touchdown run, but the Trojans had to punt. The Barons started their final drive at the five and worked their way to the Athena 35. There, the Barons converted a fourth down, but failed to do so again at the Athena 24, because of a sack by Israel Dudley.