Sauquoit’s Jacob Miles (21) breaks out of the pack for a second quarter score.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/ PGI Photo
Ethan Martin ran for three touchdowns and the Sauquoit defense shut down Canastota after an opening drive touchdown, leading the Indians to a 26-12 to win over the Raiders to claim the 2013 Tri-Valley Pop Warner Division 3 Pee Wee Championship in a game played in Holland Patent.
Sauquoit, entered today’s contest with a perfect (6-0) record in the TVL, found themselves in unfamiliar territory early on in this one, as Canastota took the opening drive to pay dirt.
The Raiders (5-1) on the season coming in, utilized a power running game to move the ball 60 yards, on 9 plays, leading to a 4 yard touchdown run by Nick Rouse.
The conversion attempt was no good and with 4:55 to go in the first quarter, Canastota had the early 6 point lead on the Indians.
Canastota’s three headed running attack of Rouse, Andrew Parkhurst and Matt DiGeorge looked unstoppable on the Raiders first possession.
Sauquoit, made up of most of the same kids that took home the Division 3 Jr. Pee Wee title in 2012, was a little stunned, but certainly not overwhelmed by the early deficit.
After the two teams traded scoreless possessions, Sauquoit knotted things up with 6:41 to go in the second quarter.
Martin also got the call for the point after run and Sauquoit grabbed a 7-6 lead.
Sauquoit seemed to solve the Canastota running plan and forced Canastota into a three and out on its next possession. The Indians got good field possession at their own 45 yard line after a “Stota” punt.
Jacob Miles took a hand off from Seth Zimmer and big #21 dashed 55 yards for a touchdown, to put Sauquoit up 13-6 with 3:41 to go in the first half.
Miles ran for the extra point and the kids clad in black and red had a 14-6 lead, which is the way we’d go to the half.
The two clubs battled it out between the 40 yard lines for much of the third quarter, until Canastota strung together a series of big gainers by the three big fellas in the backfield.
Then, with 22 seconds remaining in the third, Andrew Parkhurst, who is also known for his hockey talents with the Center State Stampede, went 23 yards for a Canstota score, making it 14-12.
Ethan Martin answered the bell for Sauquoit on the Indians very next possession, going 44 yards around the right edge for his second touchdown of the afternoon, making it 20-12 with just 3 seconds to go in the third frame. The extra point try was no good.
The Sauquoit defense held strong on two more Canastota possessions in the fourth quarter, allowing just two more Raiders first downs on the day.
The Indians offensive line came through yet again, paving the way for Ethan Martin to go for the hat trick.
Number 33 ran behind his o-line and broke free for a 58 yard touchdown run to ice this one for the Indians.
The extra point try was no good and the Indians took a 26-12 lead with 2:11 to go, which is the way this one would end.
Sauquoit improves to (7-0) and will now head into State Regional play next Sunday, when the Indians will host a team from the Albany area.
Canastota drops to (5-2) and completes a fine season of their own!
Congratulations to the Indians on the 2013 Division 3 Pee Wee Championship and best of luck at the next level.
MHTS would also like to thank the Northern Community Pop Warner volunteer staff members for the help and hospitality this afternoon!
Sauquoit 26 Canastota 12
1 2 3 4 Total
Canastota 6 0 6 0 12
Sauquoit 0 14 0 12 26