Alex Brasky | @BataviasBestHS
Sunday, October 28, 2018 | BataviasBest.org
This past weekend at St. John Fisher College, Oakfield/Elba furthered what has already been a historical 2018 season with a 55-2 win over CG Finney in Section V’s first-ever Eight-Man Football Championship game.
“I am so proud of these young men,” said OA/E head coach Mike Cintorino following the win. “Our season started not knowing if we were going to have a team. When we made the switch (to eight-man) it was a tough decision, but our goal was the same; compete for a Section V Championship.”
Now that OA/E has accomplished their primary goal, the feeling is sweet says Cintorino.
“Winning a sectional title is a great feeling,” he said. “But we are thankful that we get an opportunity to continue on. It just gives us more of an opportunity to grow as a team and continue to develop.”
Moving forward Cintorino’s team will compete for the first-ever Upstate NY Eight-Man Football Championship on November 12th at noon at Pittsford Sutherland HS, where they will face the Section III Eight-Man champ – which will be either Weedsport or Altmar-Parish-Williamstown.
In their win over CG Finney on Saturday, Ty Mott helped lead the way with 2 rushing touchdowns on his way to 160 rushing yards on only 7 carries. QB Colton Dillon, the MVP of the game, totaled 4 rushing touchdowns in the first half and finished with 132 rushing yards on only 7 carries. Jayden Hughes also had a big night, going for 104 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown on just 4 carries. Ty Kropelin added 1 rushing touchdown for OA/E.
For the OA/E defense Mott, and Peyton Yasses each recorded 15 tackles, while Nick Munger, Jayden Hughes, and Nick Wissinger all came away with interceptions. Gage Dieterle totaled 4 tackles for a loss, 2 of which were sacks.
“The last few games I think our defensive performances have shown that we have truly become a team and everyone knows their assignments,” said Cintorino to conclude his comments. “Offensively we have been explosive, but all of our athletes have stepped up on the other side of the ball when called upon.”
OA/E will have another chance to prove their abilities in a couple of weeks, but what they’ve done to date has been mighty impressive.