Chester’s second faux pas came as it was driving deep into Sullivan West territory seemingly enroute to a two-score lead before failing to convert on a third and fourth attempt. Credit is due to the enlivened Bulldogs defense, which stopped Young in his tracks. Chester punted and the Dawgs had the ball back with 2:54 remaining in the game, albeit 75 yards away from the endzone. Senior captain Sawyer Erlwein made good on a couple of key pass plays, including a 32-yard third-down completion to Hemmer, to advance the ball into Chester territory. Erlwein kept the drive going on third- and fourth-down scenarios with help from Eli Peters and his own running guile until things looked dire as the Westies faced a fourth and five yards to go with a mere 31 seconds left. Erlwein’s pass fell incomplete but Chester was flagged for a flagrant pass interference penalty, giving the Westies a first and goal at the eight. Erlwein hit Brian Stauch with a pass across the middle for the game-tying score with 8.4 seconds remaining. Michael Sedlack’s PAT just cleared the crossbar for the 15-14 lead. The Bulldogs nixed Chester’s kickoff return and lone final play to garner the non-league win.
Drama will continue on September 8 as Sullivan West travels to Liberty, a team they beat 22-21 in overtime to earn a playoff berth last fall, while barring the Indians from postseason contention. The memories live on and the rivalry is stronger than ever.
In other local football action Monticello defeated Saugerties 36-14 in a league tilt as Jaybel Hatcher rushed for 165 yards and a TD. Terry Duncan returned a kickoff 80 yards and Mistah Ali scored as well. Liberty downed Delhi 42-6 as Kenny Jaycox rushed for 174 yards and three TDs. He also returned a kickoff 70 yards for another score. Tri-Valley lost a non-league opener 49-12 to Section 9 Class C defending champion James I. O’Neill, while Eldred trounced Livingston Manor in a league encounter by the score of 56-0. At the Monticello Soccer Tourney, Liberty boys prevailed over Fallsburg 5-0, while the Lady Indians beat the Lady Comets 1-0. Monticello girls downed Eldred 4-0, while the Monties boys team bested Eldred 5-1. The tournament will be completed on September 8 with consolation and championship games on the docket. Visit www.sportsinsightsny.com for complete up-to-the-minute sports coverage and albums of photos.