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Warriors lose opener at Corning West, 21-18

Varsity vs Corning-Painted Post West HS on 9/5/2008
Posted Saturday, September 06, 2008 by Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin

(From Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin report)

CORNING -- Chenango Valley made the big plays early, but Corning West made them late -- on both sides of the ball.

The Vikings overcame an 11-point second-quarter deficit to defeat the Warriors 21-18 in a Section 4 non-league football game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Austin Rose scored the game-winning touchdown near the midway point of the fourth quarter on an 87-yard burst up the middle on a misdirection play, capping a comeback from an 18-7 deficit.

The defense took over from there, as Tyler Johnson sacked Warriors quarterback Rocco Testani for a 9-yard loss on CV's first possession after the TD. The Warriors were still able to get a first down, and a 15-yard penalty against West had them threatening to either tie the game or go ahead.

But on the next play, Gerry Calton came roaring into the backfield to break up a pitch-out attempt and force a fumble that the Vikings recovered. West then ran out the clock.

"We played physically well enough to win, but I think we had some mental lapses here and there that kept us from putting more points on the board," CV coach Jay Hope said.

CV held an 18-15 advantage in the fourth quarter and appeared in good shape to keep it after a 53-yard punt to Corning West's 1-yard line.

Anthony Nybeck made some short, tough runs to get West some breathing room. On first down from the West 13, Rose broke through for his 87-yard TD run. He finished with 137 yards on 12 attempts.

The Warriors dominated the second quarter after West opened the scoring on Greg Riff's 1-yard run to cap a seven-play, 67-yard drive.

CV produced touchdowns on three straight possessions to take an 18-7 lead, getting a 28-yard pass from Testani to Kyle Christoffersen and runs of 30 and 46 yards, respectively, from Brian Stinson and Cam Moochler.

West was able to regain momentum before halftime, keyed by Brian Guilfoyle's 43-yard kickoff return that allowed the Vikings to start on the CV 45. The Vikings scored six plays later on Riff's 5-yard run, cutting the deficit to three.

"I felt like they probably outplayed us on special teams a little bit, they had better field position throughout the game," Hope said. "There were a couple of good returns on kickoffs that set them up pretty good for good drives."

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