Livonia 57 Wayland-Cohocton 16
A young & rapidly maturing Wayland-Cohocton football team learned a valuable lesson on Saturday (Oct. 10) at “the Dog House” in a 57-16 setback to Livonia. That lesson is simply this…”its going to take a little more time”. The Golden Eagles have come a long way for coach Jeff Englert since a disheartening loss in Bath in week-2. The maroon & gold were “impressive” in their win over Wellsville over Fall Foliage Festival / Senior Night / Homecoming weekend ! The question then was “where were the Eagles when it comes to measuring up in Livingston County Division One?” The answer was clear, that there was more work to do for Wayland-Cohocton, although the youthful squad did not back down from a talented Livonia group.
The Bulldogs put 14 quick points up on the board in the first period as Ethan Perham ran one in from the 20 & then Nick Gallio plunged in from the one to lift Livonia into the early lead. Wayland-Cohocton battled back as freshman quarterback Connor Englert engineered a drive that resulted in a 5 yard TD pass to Austin Hamilton to get the birds on the board in 14-8 contest after Way-Coh converted the deuce. The Bulldogs put multiple scores on the board late in the 2nd period as John Smith had a 4 yard run & Brody Metcalf went in from the one to widen the orange & blues lead at the half. Wayland-Cohocton’s other score came in the 3rd quarter when Austin Hamilton ran in from the 3 & Connor Englert ran in for the 2 pointer. Livonia responded by closing things out with John Greeley going 67 yards for a touchdown….Brandon Semel caught a 5 yard toss from Brody Metcalf, & then John Smith put the exclamation point on things with a 55 yard run with the final calculation being 57-16 Bulldogs!
Livonia (5-1) was led by John Smith’s 126 yards on the ground & a pair of touchdowns, while John Greeley had 106 yards rushing with a couple of scores. For Wayland-Cohocton (1-5) had a team total of 114 yards rushing & 112 yards through the air. On the individual side of things for Jeff Englert’s club….Zach Barnard had 75 yards on 12 carries, while grabbing 4 passes for 81 yards…in the air game Connor Englert was 13 of 22 for 112 yards with a touchdown, a PAT & ran in a conversion as well with one interception. …Receiving- Austin Hamilton had 5 catches for 13 yards, a touchdown & a 2-point conversion. On the other side of the ball…Austin Hamilton had 10 tackles, 5 assists & one tackle for a loss…Zach Barnard had 11 tackles & 4 assists….while Anthony Sarago & Jeff Hunt each had 9 stops in the game. Livonia visits Leroy in week-7 action on Friday night (Oct. 16), while Wayland-Cohocton takes on Letchworth-Warsaw in Warsaw also at 7;30pm on Friday night.