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Midget football finds success on the road

September 19, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Saturday, Sept. 1

Westfield 20, Chautauqua Lake 6

MAYVILLE - The Westfield Goldenhawks varsity midget football team recorded a 20-6 victory over neighboring Chautauqua Lake on Saturday, Sept. 1.

After a slow start in the first quarter, the Westfield offense found its stride and ran for 106 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter. Quarterback Eric Fermier led the rushing with 77 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. Chris Catalano scored the second of the team's three scores when he turned the corner on a 23-yard sweep around the left side. Mike Poletto, Max Bates and Simon Williams rounded out Westfield's rushing effort with 49, 35, and 27 yards, respectively.

On defense, Westfield held Chautauqua Lake to 42 yards rushing and one touchdown. Brandon Chamberlin and Thomas Ackendorf led the tackling with a combined 14 stops. Catalano, Patterson and Bates also showed solid performances with four tackles a piece. Westfield continued to show good team defense with 18 different players recording tackles.

Westfield 28, Chautauqua Lake 14

MAYVILLE - The Westfield Minihawks improved to 2-0 on the season with a 28-14 victory over Chautauqua Lake this past Saturday, Sept. 1. Once again, the offense used a strong running game to eat up clock and score. Running backs Ryan Jafarjian and Shawn Horr had two touchdowns each while the two point conversions were tallied on a pass from Evan Hauser to Ryan Schermerhorn and a run by Horr.

On the defensive side of the ball, Austin Bourgeois had many tackles from his linebacker position, as did Nathan Culbreth. The defense held fast after a Westfield turnover to keep the momentum from swinging back to the home team.

The line play, both offensive and defensive, was a main contributor to the victory as they freed up backers to make tackles and opened up holes for the back to run through all game.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Cassadaga Valley 40, Westfield 36

CASSADAGA - The Westfield Goldenhawks suffered its first loss of the season in a hard fought and high scoring slug match with Cassadaga Valley.

The Goldenhawks faced early challenges of Cassadaga's hard running game, poor field position, a key running back injury and a botched punt snap leading to an early 14-0 deficit in the first quarter. Suddenly in unfamiliar territory, Westfield needed to regroup and find a way back into the ball game, and they did it on the legs of Chris Catalano. In the second and third quarters, Cassadaga and Westfield both showed impressive offense and exchanged eight touchdowns blow for blow. Catalano scored all four of Westfield's touchdowns in the exchange and racked up 166 yards rushing on 18 carries in the process.

Still down 40-30 in the fourth quarter, Westfield quarterback Eric Fermier hit Max Bates down the center of the field in a rare pass attempt and Bates raced 75 yards for Westfield's fifth touchdown of the day. Down just four points after a 20-point deficit margin earlier in the game, Westfield was unable to capitalize on its final possession and the game ended with a final score of 40-36.

An exciting game for spectators, both teams drove for 698 yards of total offense with Cassadaga Valley recording 377 yards to Westfield's 321 yards). The defensive effort by Westfield was also led by Catalano, who recorded 14 tackles on the day. Other high tacklers for the Goldenhawks were Brandon Chamberlin with five, Bates, Simon Williams, Fermier with four each and Thomas Ackendorf with three.

The Goldenhawks play next on Saturday night at home against Frewsburg.

Westfield 28, Cassadaga 20

CASSADAGA - The Westfield Minihawks improved to 3-0 on the season with a 28-20 victory in Cassadaga on Saturday. The weather was a factor, but the Minihawks used their strong running game to grind out the win. Once again, fantastic line play on both sides of the ball was key to the Minihawks success.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Ryan Schermerhorn scored two touchdowns while his other backfield mates, Ryan Jafarjian and Shawn Horr, had one score each. Two point conversions were completed by quarterback Evan Hauser and Horr. Big holes were opened all day by the offensive line allowing Westfield to run to either side and inside or outside all game long. Chase Warner and Montana Reardon turned in strong performances on the line all day.

The defense had to deal with a very fast running back from Cassadaga and did a very good job in containing him. Andrew Baribeau, Logan Miles and Brett Babcock tallied numerous tackles each for the Minihawk defense. Also, Westfield had to deal with a passing game for the first time on defense this year and adjusted well to shut it down late in the game.

The balance on the Minihawk squad this year has been great on both sides of the ball and all the players deserve a great deal of credit for all their hard work and focus. The Minihawks will look to keep the streak going this Saturday night at home against Frewsburg.



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