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JV Football:

The JV football team couldn’t solve the strong line play and backs of Pittsford High School Wednesday night falling 23-6. The Comets drove to the Wildcats 5 yard line in the 1st quarter but an illegal procedure and a holding call forced the Comets to give the ball up on downs. Pittsford then drove 88 yards for the only score in the first half.

Pittsford controlled the line of scrimmage for much of their first drive in the 3rd quarter taking a 15-0 lead after a roughing the holder call gave the Wildcats a second chance at the extra point and from the one they ran it in for 2 points. The ensuing kick-off was returned 70 yards by Corbin Garcia-Vance to cut the lead to 15-6. The Wildcats scored midway into the 4th quarter to make the final score 23-6. The Comets finished 5-3-1 in a very successful season.

Varsity Football:

The Hanover-Horton 2016 football season came to an end Thursday night with perhaps the best two minute stretch of the season. In a high scoring entertaining game that saw the lead change hands 6 times the Comets turned back Union City 44-26. With the Comets clinging to a four point lead, the Chargers moved the ball to the Comets 30 yard line. After a short run and two incomplete passes Union City faced 4th down and 8. Union City QB Josh Watson threw a deep pass that was intercepted by Hunter Zieman and returned to the Comets 35. Austin Kilgore then broke out of the pile on second down and ran up the left sideline 65 yards to seemingly put the game out of reach with 1:12 to go. Union City then drove back down the field and with 18 seconds remaining in the game, threw another pass towards the right sideline. Zieman was there again but this time ran the ball back 84 yards for another TD and giving the Comets one last time to celebrate.

The game started slow for the Comets as they were forced to punt on their first drive. Union City scored the first points of the game on a 1-yard QB sneak by Watson with 1:12 remaining in the 1st quarter. Extra points became very important again for the Comets but this time were in their favor as Union City’s 2-point try pass fell incomplete. The Comets came right back as QB Frank Bird ran 20 yards to tie the game up at 6 just 41 seconds into the 2nd quarter. Trevor Keeler’s two-point conversion run was good giving the Comets their first lead.

After holding the Chargers to two yards on the next possession, a short Union City punt hit a Comet player who was blocking and was recovered by the Chargers. Union City took advantage of the turnover and scored on a two yard run by Austin Mosher after a 48 yard pass on third and long had given Union City the ball at the two. Again the Chargers missed the extra point attempt but led 12-8 with 5:39 to go before halftime. A short kick that was caught by Evan Harrold and returned to midfield set the Comets up with a short field. Trevor Keeler ran 35 yards to give the Comets back the lead and when he ran in the 2-point conversion, the lead grew to 16-12.

Union City came right back down on the passing of Watson and scored on a 1-yard run by Watson. The Chargers finally got a two point conversion to go their way on a run by Elijah Harris and had a 20-16 lead. The Comets weren’t finished yet for the half as they moved the ball quickly and scored on Keeler’s second TD of the game. Bird’s pass to Harrold for the conversion gave the Comets a 24-20 halftime lead.

The 3rd quarter started with Union City not being able to handle the opening kick and the Comets recovering inside the Chargers 20 yard line. On second down, Bird found Zach Miles on a bootleg pass in the left hand corner of the end zone to increase the lead to 30-20. The Comets missed their first two-point conversion of the night. Union City came right back again led by the power running of Harris and Deacon Dey, the lead was cut to four on Dey’s 3 yard plung. The Chargers conversion run failed again and the Comets held a four point lead heading into the exciting 4th quarter.

The Comets were led on the ground by Ty Lapshan who had 99 yards and Austin Kilgore who added 88 yards. Bird finished 2-5 for 41 yards and the one TD. Kilgore led the defense with 9 tackles. Miles and and Chandler Vance each had 7.5.

The Comets finish the season with a 2-7 record.

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