The Oswego High School varsity football team nearly came home with a road win on Friday night while the golf team continued to do well on the links with two wins. Meanwhile, the boys jayvee soccer team remained unbeaten.
Buc Gridders do Battle
It was an offensive explosion between the Oswego and New Hartford football teams on Friday night.
With less than three minutes remaining the Bucs held the lead.
However, Steve Tomaino ran in from nine yards out and a point after was successful as New Hartford rallied for a 31-28 victory.
The Bucs got off to an early lead as Alex Makin ran it in from 10 yards out. However, by the end of the first quarter the home team had put 14 points on the board with a Dustin Deon one yard run and an 81 yard pass play from Adam Zobgy to Tomaino for a 14-6 lead.
Things didn’t appear bright for the Bucs as Tarik Kulosman kicked a 22 yard field goal in the second half for a 17-6 lead.
However, the Bucs rallied behind a one yard touchdown run by Garrett Dunsmoor and a two yard scoring run by Makin as the score at half time was 20-17 in favor of the Bucs.
New Hartford had the lone score in the third quarter with Tomaino running over from eight yards out and the kick was good.
Entering the final 12 minutes the Bucs trailed 24-20. Ryan Lavner gave Oswego the lead with an eight yard scoring jaunt and then he ran it over for two points after for a 28-24 advantage.
Oswego played solidly, but gave up a late home team score to fall to 0-2 on the year.
The Bucs will host Carthage this Friday at Joe Wilber Field with kick off scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Golfers Sweep Two
Sophomore golfer Sean Dain was admittedly disappointed with his freshman season as an Oswego Buccaneer. Although he played well at times in 2012, Dain was hindered by inconsistent scoring and was often visibly frustrated – both on and off the course.
“I could tell Sean expected much more out of himself last season,” said Oswego High golf Coach Dan Rose, “I could tell he wanted to compete with the best players on our team day in and day out. As a freshman, though, I never quite know how bad they want it until the off-season rolls around. The great players in all sports work the hardest in the off- season.”
To say Dain ‘worked hard’ in the off season would be a gross understatement. Sean blanketed the Oswego Country Club driving range last spring. He wore paths between holes on the putting green this summer.
“I know there were some days he had all three meals there,” Rose said with a smile. “I would often drive by the course in the morning and see Sean out on the range, alone, hitting balls. Later in the evenings when I would come home he would be on the putting green.”
Dain is a new player this season.
With his team leading stroke average and his new-found confidence, Dain led the Bucs to two straight victories last week over West Genesee and Central Square. Both victories were at home and both victories came with solid 195 totals (West Genesee finished with a total of 210 and Central Square had 245).
Against West Genesee, Dain fired a match low score of even par 35 on Oswego’s front side. Senior Josh Dumas, who is also having a stand-out season for the Bucs, came in with a four-over 39. Junior Alec Kunzwiler and Senior Brandon Tracz had respectable scores of five-over 40.
On Friday, against Central Square, Dain shot a year low two-under round of 33 at Oswego (his second under par round of the season). His nine holes included birdies on holes one and eight and no bogeys.
“What is most impressive about Friday’s score,” said Coach Rose, “is that he (Dain) did it in rain, wind, and cold. It was not a particularly opportune scoring day.”
Joining Sean in the Buc scoring column were fellow golfers Josh Dumas (38), Brandon Tracz (39), Alex Kemper (42), and Alec Kunzwiler (43).
“Josh (Dumas) is quite a story this season as well,” commented Coach Rose about his senior starter. “So far, he has five scores in the 30s and seems to be there is every match for us. This is another player who put a lot of time in this spring and summer.”
After the recent two wins, the Bucs have evened up their record at 5-5. With matches on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (one home, one away), the Bucs look to add to their win total.
Jayvee Soccer Victory
The Oswego boys jayvee soccer team continued their successful season as they won a hard fought game at Red Creek by a score of 3-2 to move to 4-0 on the season.
Red Creek got on the scoreboard first early in the game off a corner kick.
The Bucs responded about midway through the first half when Hunter Mazuroski tucked the ball into the right hand corner of the Red Creek goal from inside the 18. Unfortunately for the Bucs Red Creek responded with a goal of their own just seconds later to again take the lead 2-1. For the remainder of the half both teams saw opportunities, but neither could cash in and the half ended with the hosts ahead 2-1.
In the second half Red Creek came out and controlled much of the flow of the game.
However, the Buc defenders led by keeper Carson Smith (9 saves) were able to limit the number of dangerous opportunities for the hosts.
Near the halfway point of the second half, the Bucs were awarded a corner kick. As the ball was cleared out of the Red Creek 18 yard box, it fell at the feet of defender John Khamis who lofted the ball back into the 18, over the head of the Red Creek goalie and into the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2. The game remained tied until the Bucs were awarded a penalty kick with just 4:30 left in the game for a handball inside the Red Creek 18 yard box.
Martin Orta then finished off the play by beating the Red Creek goalie to his right, giving the Bucs their final 3-2 margin of victory.
Coach Don Fronk said, “This game was a testament to the hard work the boys have been putting in at practices this season. Both teams only had 14 players, so the winning team was going to be the team with the better fitness level. The boys have committed themselves to maintaining a high level of fitness due to our low numbers, and that commitment is paying dividends for them.”