By CHRIS BROOKS, wellsvillesports.com
WELLSVILLE — The Friday Night Lights were back on in the Lion’s Den, as Wellsville returned home to continue the search for their first win on the season with a meeting against C.G. Finney/Northstar in store for Week 3.
After a bright and early start right out of the gate for the Falcons, the offense kicked into a completely different gear by the end of the first half, as the visitors in white and green conducted a 22-point second quarter to produce a 28-6 lead over the Lions at the break that they never looked back from, adding much more to their lead while it was being chipped away in the second half to come away victorious with a 50-22 win.
With the Falcons breaking the ice in the first two minutes of the game, the quick boost of momentum would allow them to carry it over into the second, where they scored 22 of the quarter’s 28 total points. In between the scores for the visitors, Wellsville (0-3) would work their way onto the board on a nifty play in the backfield. From the 30-yard line of the Falcons, Jack Davis received the end-around handoff and then rolled to the outside towards the end zone, where he would score untouched.
As time passed in the third quarter for C.G. Finney/Northstar after finding the back of the end zone first, the Lions were able to pick up a second score from their run game with quarterback JJ Howard using his legs on a rollout to the left side of the field, weaving his way past the defense on his way to the end zone for the 16-yard touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, the hosts in orange were able to score one last time on a goal-line stand, as Shane Davidson dove into the end zone from two yards out, as the Falcons put a bow on the victory with a 14-point fourth quarter in between the final Lions score (Unofficial, this was from watching part of the YouTube stream, the game is blocked to watch because of music copyright laws).
Further statistics on the game were not made available to wellsvillesports.com.
The Lions will return to the field next Friday night back on the road, as they prepare for a 7:30 p.m. road trip to Canisteo-Greenwood to face the Redskins.
Finney/Northstar 6 22 8 14 – 50
Wellsville 0 6 8 8 – 22
Notre Dame-Batavia 26, Cuba-Rushford 7
CUBA — The Notre Dame-Batavia Irish accounted for scores in every quarter from within the red zone, establishing an advantage that they would go on to hang onto against Cuba-Rushford, rolling past the host Rebels with a 26-7 victory.
The Irish scored all four touchdowns from the backfield, beginning with a pair of runs in the opening half to give them a 12-0 lead over the Rebels (0-3) at halftime. Before a successful eight-point play, the hosts in blue and gray led by Eli Sleggs under center were able to eliminate the possibility of a shutout from within the Notre Dame-Batavia red zone, as he fired off a 14-yard touchdown to Luke Brooks for their lone score.
The Irish recorded 292 yards worth on offense, the majority of which came on the ground with 189 yards.
On defense for the Rebels, Cody Barton led the team with eight tackles. Kadin Pierce and Alex Baron each had five tackles, while Luke Brooks and Breckham Hunt both had four.
Cuba-Rushford hits the road next Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Clyde-Savannah.
Notre Dame-Batavia 6 6 8 6 – 26
Cuba-Rushford 0 0 7 0 – 7
Total Yards: ND-B 292, C-R 114.
First Downs: ND-B 21, C-R 6.
Penalties: ND-B 6-46, C-R 12-81.
Turnovers: ND-B 1, C-R 1.
Punts: ND-B 0-0, C-R 4-26.
T.O.P: ND-B 28:42, C-R 18:55.