Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen, Alexander each advance to Section V Football Finals

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Batavia, Pembroke each fall short of reaching Championship Game

Monday, October 30, 2017 |


What a great weekend of Section V High School Football. The local area saw five of our teams compete in the Semifinals of their respective classifications, with two of the five advancing to the next stage of the Playoffs – the Finals.



Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen outlasts Le Roy – Raiders on to Class C Championship

It was a wet, cold, cruddy night at HF-L high school, as the Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen Red Raiders avenged an early-season loss to the Le Roy Knights – and moved on to the Class C Championship Game, where they will meet #1 East Rochester/Gananda.

Saturday’s game began with a strong LR drive, as the Knights worked the ball all the way into the C-M/B-B red zone, where it seemed as if they were bound to punch the ball across the goal line. However, the Raiders’ Joe Butler had different ideas.

As Le Roy faced a fourth down and five from the Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen eleven yard line…..

The huge play from Butler completely swung the momentum which the Knights had built on their first drive, and the Raiders were now the team who seemed destined to win the game. Unfortunately for Le Roy, they never seemed to regain their footing in this one.

Following a punt from Le Roy on the ensuing drive, Cal-Mum-Byron-Bergen scored again rather quickly as it was Bobby Stevens galloping into the end zone from about 20-yards out – giving the Raiders a 13-0 lead with about 10:00 to go in the first half.

The Knights would come back quickly and cut their deficit to only 13-7 before the half….

But that was all LR was able to get until Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen would add a field goal in the fourth, and then look to their defense to ensure the victory.

Throughout the final 8:00 of play, Le Roy showed brief flashes but continued to falter on offense. The Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen defense was simply too strong as they were throughout the game, as they led their team to the semifinal victory over the Knights.

Following the game, I caught up with Raiders’ HC Billy Donegan, RBs Bryce Yockel & Bobby Stevens, and OL Paul McDermott, who shared their thoughts on the win – as well as what comes next.

Six-seed Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen will now move on to face top-seed East Rochester/Gananda in the Class C Finals this coming Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm @ Alfred University. Stay tuned for a complete Scouting Report & Prediction for this game – coming soon.

Alexander topples Red Jacket – Trojans ready to defend Class D Title

The #2 Alexander Trojans are headed back to the Class D Championship after handling #3 Red Jacket in the Semifinals by a final score of 42-14. Aiding the Trojans’ efforts on Saturday was junior RB Chris McClinic, who continued his strong year in the Alexander backfield.

McClinic carried the ball 17 times vs the Indians, amassing 255 yards, and scoring 3 TDs. He also added 3 receptions for 47 yards.

Also contributing a strong day for the Alexander offense was quarterback Dylan Busch, who finished the day 10/18 passing, with 158 yards and 1 passing TD. Busch has been in the background throughout the year due to McClinic’s efforts, but with his continued progression is what might push this team over the edge next week – towards a second-straight Title.

Alexander will face-off with #1 Clyde-Savannah next week at 6:00 pm Saturday @ Alfred University. Stay tuned for a complete Scouting Report & Prediction for this game – coming soon.



Pembroke’s resurgent season falls short of Finals – Dragons fall to Clyde-Savannah

It wasn’t meant to be for Pembroke, as despite a resurgent season which saw the Dragons finish the regular season 6-1, and enter the postseason as the #4 seed in Class D, they fell just short of the Sectional Finals – after a loss to top-seed Clyde-Savannah in the Semifinals.

Clyde’s Derrick Chance carried the day for the Golden Eagles, carrying the ball 18 times for 193 yards and 4 TDs. He outdeueled Pembroke running back Zack von Kramer, who surpassed 2,000 yards for the season with a 44 carry, 293 rushing yard, and 4 TD performance in a losing effort on Saturday.

Chance will be a tough matchup in the Finals for Alexander, as the Trojans haven’t faced a back quite up to his talent level all season long.

Batavia falls short of 4-straight Finals appearances – Devils drop tough one to Hornell

The Batavia Football program has seen quite the turnaround take place over the past 5 years, as what was once a dormant team in Class B suddenly rose from the ashes and turned themselves into a perennial Title contender, and three-time defending Section V Champion.

However, all of that was forgotten for at least a little while over the weekend, as the Blue Devils were unable to keep the streak alive – falling to Hornell in the 2017 Class B Semis.

Hunter Babcock led the Red Raiders into the Finals with a 23 carry, 182 rushing yard, and 2 TD performance, and will be a tall task for Livonia – who Hornell will face in the Finals next week.

For Batavia, they will look ahead to a long offseason, where they hope to get RB Ray Leach back healthy – as the Devils runner appeared hobbled throughout the stretch run of the season. This will be key if they hope to return to form as a Title contender.



Stay tuned for Section V Football Finals coverage this week.



Other articles you may like:

Saturday’s Section V Football Playoff Scoreboard (10/28/2017) – C-M/B-B, Alexander both win

Semifinal Saturday: ALEX, BAT, C-M/B-B LR, PEM all vying for a shot at the Title

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