New Hartford’s Dustin Deon (23) is upended by Whitesboro’s Edward Zegarelli (6) early in the ball game.
In a rare Monday night junior varsity football game, the New Hartford Spartans traveled to Whitesboro to take on the Warriors at Chiz Frye Stadium.
My Hometown Sports was at “The Chiz” to take in part 2 of the 2011 rivalry between these two schools, which reaches every level and every sport.
When the mud and chunks of sod finally settled, the Warriors defense was king and the home team won the 2011 JV version of “thee game” by a score of 14-0, in front of several hundred fans from both communities.
The Warriors defense contended with Spartans varsity starters Steve Tomaino (qb) and Dustin Deon (rb), both sophomores, who were allowed to play JV, after waiting the mandatory 48 hours following the varsity game last Thursday night.
Whitesboro, which entered tonight’s matchup with a (4-2) record, faced a very young Spartans team with a (1-4-1) record on the season.
The Warriors struck first in this big rivalry game when sophomore Mike Divicarro rattled off an 11 yard touchdown run to give the home team a 6-0 lead with 4:37 to play in the first quarter. The extra point was blocked.
Divicarro’s run capped a 9 play, 42 yard drive that took almost five minutes off the clock.
The Spartans offense then took the kickoff and managed to get over midfield and into Warriors territory for the first time in the game.
Penalties for illegal motion, false start and holding put the Spartans back in their own territory and would force the Spartans to ultimately punt the ball back to Whitesboro.
On their second possession of the ballgame, Whitesboro’s running attack softened the Spartans interior line enough to have the Spartans thinking run all the way.
Then, on first and ten from his own 30 yard line Warriors quarterback Bodhi Forbes connected with wide receiver Pat Andrews on a 65 yard strike, giving the Warriors first and goal from the Spartans 5 yard line.
Two plays later, Fullback Cody Stewart slammed over from the 1 yard line to give Big Blue a 12-0 lead. Forbes called his own number on the two point conversion and strolled into the end zone to give his Warriors a 14-0 lead with 10:56 remaining in the first half.
The Spartans established a very nice drive of their own, moving the ball 60 yards, 24 of which came on a pass from Tomaino to wide receiver Adam Zogby to give the Spartans a first and 10 at the Warriors 22 yard line.
That’s when the Warriors defense really showed their muscle. Freshman lineman Tyler Hudson dropped Tomaino for a loss on first down and the Spartans never recovered, turning the ball over on downs with 24 seconds remaining in the first half.
The second half was a seesaw battle between the 20 yard lines, with neither team mounting any serious scoring threat.
Each team was bitten by the turnover bug in the second half, but the most spectacular play may have been a long pass attempt by Tomaino which was intended for Dustin Dion over the middle.
Whitesboro defensive back Andrew Teachout went way up and deflected the pass away from Dion, sending the ball into teammate Travis Eberley’s hands for the interception midway through the third quarter.
Both defensive units deserve tons of credit for containing the high powered offenses for both teams in the second half, which saw neither team score a point.
In the end, the Warriors captured the win by a score of 14-0, to complete their season at (5-2). New Hartford finished the 2011 campaign with a record of (1-5-1).
Congratulations to both schools on a very hard fought contest and best of luck as you move up through the ranks!
Whitesboro 14 New Hartford 0
1 2 3 4 Total
New Hartford 0 0 0 0 0
Whitesboro 6 8 0 0 14