It was a difficult opening night for local high school football teams. Fulton, Oswego and Hannibal all lost by large margins.
Hannibal was first to fall, playing Jordan-Elbridge at home on Friday afternoon.
J-E scored 21 points in the first quarter, taking advantage of Hannibal miscues on offense and running the ball with power. The Eagles won, 35-0.
Fulton’s Red Raiders held a 16-14 lead over Cortland in the second quarter after Joe Cortese scored from four yards out and Jake Crucetti, who scored the game’s opening touchdown, added the two-point conversion.
But Cortland took the lead back moments later and then the Purple Tigers’ Jonathan Prior scooped up a Fulton fumble on the ensuing kickoff and ran it 33 yards for the third of his five touchdowns, and the rout was on.
Cortland featured an effective passing offense, often splitting four receivers out wide. That forced Fulton to spread its defense and opened the middle for runs. Prior and Devin Darrow gashed Fulton for 188 yards. Darrow completed 62% of his passes for 179 yards.
A bright spot for Fulton was the running of sophomore Mark Pollock, who covered 166 yards to lead all runners. He averaged more than 7 yards a carry and scored twice.
Cortese scored twice for Fulton.
As for Oswego, they scored the last touchdown of the game, but West Genesee had scored 10 times by then, in a 66-8 rout at West Genny.
Oswego gave up more than 250 yards on the ground and nearly 100 more through the air (on just three completions).
Alex Martin’s 24 yard TD run was the highlight for the Buccaneers.
Other scores from around the county:
Chittenango 27, Phoenix 6. Tyler Morris’s 3 yard run was the lone score for the Firebirds.
APW 42, Pulaski 26. The Rebels ran for about 300 yards and ran away from Pulaski early. Greg Palmer and Erik Kranz each scored twice for APW.
Sandy Creek 38, Port Byron 28. Port Byron led 20-7 after the first quarter, but nearly 400 yards of rushing offense from the Comets’ Jared Soule and Wyatt Bush wore down the home team. Soule scored four times; Bush scored twice.
In other sports:
Joe Sutton’s hat trick led Fulton to a season-opening win over Mexico, 8-0, in the first round of Fulton’s weekend soccer tournament.
Carson Vono scored twice for the Red Raiders, while Jeff Waldron scored one goal and assisted on three others.
Jeremy Langdon and Ryan Knopp each scored for Fulton, while Ross Maxam provided two assists.
Fulton keeper Robert Borrow had to make just one save to keep a clean sheet, while two Mexico keepers stopped 11 of 19 shots on goal.
Fulton is reloading after losing a dozen seniors from last year’s team.
For Oswego, Matt Skinner stopped 13 shots, but couldn’t keep three others out of the net as the Bucs fell to Central Square, 3-0.
Sean Kerns, Tom Sager and Kyle Peterson scored for Central Square.
Chittenango 7, Phoenix 3. Douglas Hillpot made 12 saves for the Firebirds.
In girls soccer, Jodi Kester’s first-half goal gave Oswego a season-opening win over Watertown, 1-0. Jamie Bouffard made 8 saves for the Lady Bucs.
Watertown beat Central Square, 4-1, with Amanda Cesta scoring the lone goal for Square.
F-M beat Central Square in girls volleyball, 3-2. Catie Shelton had a solid all-around game for Central Square, with 24 assists, 5 digs, 3 blocks and 2 kills. Sheena Dignean and Casey Chase each had 11 kills, while Erika Reakes contributed 20 digs.
And Mexico fell to Chittenango in boys golf, 220 to 236 at Rogues’ Roost. Josh Hartley’s 44 led the Tigers.