Weekly Feature

2017-10-12 / Sports

Football team gets shutout win over Hutch-Tech

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter

The Quakers’ defense came through with its best performance of the season, leading the Orchard Park football team to a 17-0 win over Hutch-Tech Friday. They held the Engineers to just 145 total yards and 3.8 yards per play. The win moved the team to 3-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.

“Our defense played awesome,” Orchard Park coach Gene Tundo said. “We took it to them on defense. We made a couple special teams mistakes and offensively. At the end of the game, we got going, but we didn’t play well on offense for two and a half quarters. I was glad we got the win, but we didn’t play great. We need to play better to beat the top-ranked teams. We’re improving, but we’ve got a ways to go. I’m optimistic, but I know we can play a lot better.”

The Quaker offense struggled to start the game. They were shut out in the first half and didn’t get on the board until the 6:24 mark of the third quarter, when Brian Strybel kicked a 28-yard field goal. The game would go to the fourth quarter 3-0. After the defense forced one of five Hutch-Tech turnovers, David Perkins used a 9-yard run to put the team up 10-0. After another forced turnover, Perkins found the end zone from 2 yards out. After that, the defense continued to clamp down and the ground game sealed things for Orchard Park.

“Our defense really got us going on offense,” Tundo said. “They created some turnovers, and we were able to turn that into touchdowns. Dave Perkins played well. He ran hard and did a good job. We had a field goal that we connected on. We had one blocked earlier in the game. Really, our defense set us up pretty good.”

Jack Sharp was efficient from the quarterback position, going 10-14 for 95 yards and running for 14 yards. Perkins ran 22 times for 120 yards and two scores. Dylan Bieler also ran for 28 yards and caught two passes for 34 yards. Nic Bruce led the team with four catches for 36 yards.

Zach Bucher led the defense with five tackles. Micael Pataky, Bruce, Ryne Deitz, Bieler and Griffin Harrigan each had one interception.

The Quakers will close the regular season with a home game against Jamestown Friday night. The game will have major playoff implications as both teams have 3-2 records in league play. Depending on how things go, the teams could end up anywhere from the third through the eighth seed.

“I think it’s going to be a battle,” Tundo said. “It’s going to determine the playoff positions. We’re both going to be in the playoffs, but I think a win puts us in a great spot. You’re looking at a possible three or four seed. Whoever loses will be a sixth, seventh or eighth seed. It’s almost like a playoff game for both of us. I think both teams will battle. We’re kind of similar. Our teams have played very well at times, and both of our teams haven’t played well at other times. I think it’s a matchup of two pretty even, similar teams. We’re looking forward to this week. We’re going to work hard, and we’re hoping to get into a very good spot.”

email: tnigrelli@beenews.com

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