• In a game that had more than its share of “whatifs” and couldashouldas”, BR dropped their first of the season to Canisteo Greenwood 36-6, Friday night in Canisteo. Going into this one it promised to be a hard-nosed, well fought game and for the most part, both sides delivered.  The home side bookended their offense with two massive 60 yard chunk plays for scores.  They also benefited from a short field following the first BR turnover since game 1 to work a third score in.  Of course, doing all that math and BR is still on the short end of the score. 

    The victories are so much easier to recap!

    BR took the opening kick and earned one first down before putting it into reverse to face a 3rd and 21.  Not surprisingly, they were not successful converting the first down and punted the ball away.  Canisteo took one play to put it in the endzone hitting a pass from 59 yards out. The 2 point try was no good, CG 6-0 with 8 minutes still in the first.

    BR’s second chance at offense was much like their first.  One first down, but that was all, turning the ball over on downs at their own 39.

    Canisteo worked one first down and faced 3rd and long as the quarter expired.  Caden Allen, Zach Mitchell, Tavyn MacDonell and Trent Sibble all chipped in with solid plays on defense.  After the change of ends, MacDonell made a nice tackle to prevent Canisteo from gaining a second movement of the chains.  BR taking over on their own 19.

    From there, disaster. BR turned the ball right back to the home squad, just outside of a goal to go situation.  Canisteo was able to punch it in on their 4th down passing play.  Another completion on the 2 pointer, made it 14-0, not us.

    The Wolverines’ score came on the ensuing drive.  Starting at their own 33 following Ethan Coleman’s kick return, BR moved the ball down the field with some tough sledding runs at first.  MacDonell, Coleman, Allen, back to MacDonell brought them out near midfield.  A false start moved them back 5.  Then on 3rd and 10, some trickeration as Coleman running right, pulled up and threw back to the left where a diving Allen made the catch past the sticks to keep the drive alive at the Canisteo 44.  Next play, Coleman broke some tackles to the left and sprinted down the sideline for the score.  The PAT was stuffed at the line, 14-6, C-G, 6 minutes left in the half.

    From there, Canisteo worked their way down the field using up most of the first half clock.  This despite some fine defensive work by the aforementioned quartet of Wolverines, throw in Maddox Day on a short gain stop and it seemed as if BR would get to intermission in decent shape.  Unfortunately, Canisteo worked in a short passing score with the 2 point bonus, to go to the break 22 -6.

    The 3rd quarter was scoreless.  Canisteo’s first drive ended quickly with the quarterback pooch punt on a 4th and manageable, but they were kind of deep in their own end. At least probably farther back than their coaches felt comfortable with.  

    Following that, both sides turned the ball over on downs.  BR had picked up one first down before they turned it back.

    Canisteo had a big play but Kingston Loucks prevented a score on their first play of the series. Following that there were several nickel and dime sorts of tough runs. Setting up 4th and 5 at the BR 12.  A pass to the endzone was broken up nicely by Coleman who veered far to his left to swat the ball away from the would be scorer.

    BR’s drive was short and uneventful ending with Charlie Millitello’s punt right before the quarter ended. Unfortunately, the punt was brought back deep into BR territory to set the stage for the 4th quarter. Two plays into the final stanza and the home team had another score with the PAT, 28-6 them.   

    Some mayhem took place on the ensuing kickoff, leaving BR backed up, big time.  Unable to work their way out, Millitello had to punt again getting the ball out near midfield.

    After three short runs, with tackles by Allen, Coleman and Trevor Pforter, Canisteo called a timeout.  My guess is what they drew up was NOT what happened, as Sibble chased down the QB for a 13 yard loss, turning the ball back to the Wolverines.

    BR collected a couple of firsts before the offense hit a wall. A series of incompletions turned the ball back to Canisteo at their own 39. 

    With the clock working its way toward the end, BR’s coaches emptied the bench.  Apparently, the home side didn’t get the memo as their BMOC took off for another score.  They clicked on one more 2 for the final outcome.

    BR had the ball back but there wasn’t going to be any miraculous 32 point plays before the final gun.  

    For the number crunchers, Coleman had 86 yards on the ground and the lone score.  He also completed his one passing attempt for a dozen more yards.  MacDonell was next high on the rushing list with 23 hard fought yards.  Allen completed three balls. 

    As has been mentioned before, the D stats will always be hit or miss as the official numbers come from tape study by the coaching staff.  But, I had Sibble with 5 stops including that big sack. Allen was in on 5 tackles as well. MacDonell matched them also with a sack.

    So, not the outcome that we had hoped for, but the boys fought through some adversity and were still working at the end.

    The team will get to stay home to complete the regular season as Pembroke visits next Friday at 7. The Dragons will come to town with a matching 5-1 record, following a big win against Holley Friday night.  

    The rare high school “home and home” with Red Jacket coming down to BR on the 27th.  As that will be the final game of the regular season, that will also be BR’s Senior Night.