On September 21, Sullivan West hosts Fallsburg, which won its first game in the three-year history of the program by downing winless Livingston Manor 52-6. That will be the Westies’ first league game of the season.
Eldred travels to Tri-Valley, which won its first game of the season by downing Pine Plains 54-27 in a league tilt. After losing to O’Neill and Millbrook, the hungry Bears dominated the short-handed Bombers with TDs on their first two plays from scrimmage, including a 42-yard option pass from Justin Swarthout to Cody Exner, who then added a 34-yard gallop. Sophomore kicker Zach Nilsen would go six for eight in PATs on the day. Senior quarterback Shatik Smith scored on a 42-yard run as T-V led 20-0 at the end of the first quarter. Smith added two more rushing strikes of 12 and 37 yards to stake T-V to a 33-6 lead at the half. Exner got his second rushing TD, this one of 18-yards and Brendan Tierney raced 57 yards for another strike. Jared James returned a kickoff 85 yards for the 1-2 (1-1 Class C) Bears’ final tally. Pine Plains fell to 0-3 (0-1 Class C).
In cross-country, Sullivan West’s Reed Scott prevailed over runners from Eldred, Liberty, Monticello and Family in a meet on the Liberty loop on September in 16:52 ahead of Monticello’s Joe Klein (17:36), Liberty’s Luis Campos (18:16) and Eldred’s David Powers (18:37). Eldred’s Alex Campanella did not run. He was returning from a college visit to DePaul University. In the girls race, Monticello’s Camryn Johnson (20:06) edged her sister Sydney (20:23), Sullivan West’s Corrine VanWagner (20:45) and Kelsey Dutton (21:01). The teams will vie again this week at Liberty where they will wrangle with Tri-Valley as well.
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