Kenny Kahler led a standout rushing attack, gaining 127 yards, in helping Frontier to a win at Clarence. (Photo courtesy of Anne Licata)
Frontier made some strides in a Week 2 win over Riverside, but the third week was supposed to be a different ball game. The Falcons headed to Clarence to take on a tough Red Devils squad angry after a lopsided loss to powerhouse Orchard Park six days earlier.
Most expected Clarence to make quick work of the young Falcons. “Yeah, I heard that,” Frontier quarterback Ben Koch said.
He heard, but apparently Koch and his teammates weren’t too concerned with what anyone outside the Frontier locker room was expecting. The Falcons erased a 17-point second-quarter lead and posted a big 27-24 win over the Red Devils on Friday (Sept. 14).
“The kids played really hard,” Frontier head coach Tim Myslinski said. “Coming back from 17-0 with a young team, to really hunker down and get after it, is awesome. I’m really proud of them.”
The Falcons did it with a balanced rushing attack, using three different players quite effectively. Kenny Kahler led the trio with 127 yards, while Cameron Coon added 110 and Koch, 86.
“They made some good plays,” Clarence coach Mark Layer said. “We contained them for a while, but they stayed with what they’re good at and ended up breaking off some long ones. That’s to their credit.”
Koch ran for three touchdowns and got Frontier on the board with nine seconds left in the first half, cutting the Clarence lead to 17-6. That proved much more than just window-dressing when Coon broke a 66-yard scoring run on the second play from scrimmage of the second half and suddenly the Clarence lead was down to five.
“I think that touchdown got us going,” Koch said. “Then we got the ball back (to start the second half) and scored again.”
Koch gave Frontier the lead for good with 2:35 left in the third quarter when he ran it in from nine yards out on fourth-and-five. Kahler’s 70-yard run set up Koch’s third score, a one-yard rollout to the right corner of the end zone.
The Red Devils got back within three and had a chance to tie after a short punt gave them the ball at Frontier’s 29-yard-line with four minutes left. Clarence had a first-down at the 15 when Falcons’ senior Kyle Shanley came up with a huge play, stuffing Emaure Williams for a five-yard loss. The Red Devils had to settle for a 35-yard field goal attempt, which was off the mark.
“We told our kids that we put ourselves in a hole,” Frontier coach Tim Myslinski said. “We told the kids, ‘You can’t worry about the last play. After one play’s done, it’s on to the next play. It’s like Marv Levy said, ‘what’s in the past is history. What’s in the future is a mystery.”
Note — The Frontier High School football program will host an exhibition of both of its youth feeder programs — Carnegie Scranton Recreation Association and Hamburg Little Loop Football & Cheerleading, at the halftime of the varsity home game against Orchard Park on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. CSRA and HLL will have each of their two youngest levels (Peewee and Freshman) participate in the third annual event to showcase the future stars of Frontier in celebration of all the hard work put in by present and future players, coaches and parents. Despite being cross-town youth football rivals on the weekends, many of these young players may someday be teammates. Eden defeats Gowanda with ease, 48-0By Mark Benton, Gowanda News
Eden made the short trip south on Route 62 to Gowanda on Friday, Sept. 14 but made it a long night for the Panthers, posting a 48-0 whitewash. This was the third consecutive win for the Raiders to open the 2012 season, while Gowanda fell to 0-3.
Early in the week, Gowanda head coach Sean Gabel said that his team would throw everything at Eden including the kitchen sink in hopes of getting his squad out of their two game funk in which they had not yet registered a point this season. But Eden scored first and never looked back. Joe Trippi scored on a five-yard run at the 8:06 mark of the first quarter. Kyle Gibbon booted the PAT and the visitors led 7-0. Gowanda countered with a good drive into Eden territory before turning the ball over on downs.
The visiting Raiders went to work early in the second quarter as Connor Gallivan raced 42 yards to push the score to 13-0. After Gowanda fumbled deep in Eden territory, the Raiders struck yet again. This time is was Jon Lyndsley hauling in a 45-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Bialy. That hookup would turn out to be the only completion by Eden in the game. Alex Smythe ran in for the two-point conversion. A third touchdown in the quarter was recorded by Eden as Smythe sprinted 17 yards with 3:27 to play before intermission. Leading 27-0 to begin the third, Smythe and Kyle Wagner each scored on running plays. Gibbon was successful on both PATs. In the final period, Trippi’s 24-yard jaunt capped the scoring with Gibbon again booting the PAT.
Eden rushed for 430 yards in the contest. Smythe was the team’s top ground gainer with 130 yards on 13 attempts. Trippi had 98 yards on just nine carries. For Gowanda, junior Brennan Geiger compiled 63 yards on the ground in 18 attempts. Walker Cygan also ran hard between the tackles for the Panthers with 41 yards on 11 attempts. The junior quarterback also completed three passes for 54 yards.
Eden is off to yet another hot start to a season at 3-0 with difficult games coming up at Dunkirk and then in hosting Olean.