TRR photo by Richard A. Ross
Eldred’s Nick McCormick (2) gets good blocking from Kevin Prunka (44) and gets set to fire a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sean Colley on Eldred’s first series.

Football

Eldred overpowers Hancock in mistake fest

Gritty running and Eldred’s toughness outweigh miscues and mental lapses

By RICHARD A. ROSS

ELDRED, NY - Eldred proved something in its first win of the season, a 39-18 victory over a tough young team from Hancock. Despite committing a spate of miscues, Eldred dusted itself off and showed its resiliency and moxie. Hancock had its chances to pull off an upset and got close on several occasions, but Eldred’s running game proved dominant and its defense stopped Hancock when it had to.

The defending Section 9 Class D champions demonstrated that the 2006 version of last year’s juggernaut has the capacity to push teams around on the line of scrimmage and to pound out hard-nosed football. In coach Frank Kean’s words, “We bent but we didn’t break.”

And bend they did.

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Football

Turnover stirs Bears to action in win over Ellenville

By RICHARD A. ROSS and PHIL DUSENBURY

GRAHAMSVILLE, NY - Joining Eldred as the only other Sullivan County football team to post a win in week one, Tri-Valley capitalized on a third-quarter Ellenville fumble. Kevin Drown picked up the loose ball and headed for the end zone for the game’s first score on September 2. Throughout the wind and rain, the two teams played a scoreless first half dominated by good defense on both sides.

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Football

It’s a dog eat Dawg world again

By RICHARD A. ROSS

DELHI, NY - History repeated itself at the Sullivan West season opener against their namesakes, the Delhi Bulldogs. It wasn’t quite as bad as last year’s 62-6 lashing, but this year’s 58-13 loss to Delhi was a severe wake up call.

Sullivan West coaches and players can only hope that the team’s woeful performance arouses the kind of passion that fueled a dramatic turnaround that ended in a Section 9 Class C title last year.

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