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Chenango Valley endures long wait to beat OwegoLightning delays game nearly 3 hours

Posted Sunday, September 09, 2007 by Press & Sun-Bulletin

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By Robert Bonaparte
Press & Sun-Bulletin

OWEGO -- Not even a long delay due to weather could slow down Chenango Valley's Trevor Cola.

Cola scored three touchdowns Saturday: a 90-yard opening kickoff return, a 14-yard reception and a 61-yard run in the Warriors' 21-6 non-league football victory over the Owego Indians.

The game was called with 4:03 left in the fourth period because of lightning.

"That opening return made me feel pretty good," Cola said of his game-opening TD return. "All my teammates had a block on that so I just ran straight down the right sideline and I was gone. As far as its run defense, Owego's was pretty good but I think that break just made everyone down a little bit."

Lightning was spotted by the referees with 2:50 left in the third quarter. The game was immediately stopped with Owego, trailing 14-6, in possession at CV's 35-yard line.

"It was the worst thing I ever experienced," CV lineman Vincent Palmeri said of the 2-hour, 44-minute delay. "We played almost three quarters of hard football and then we had to just sit and wait for three hours, good thing our touchdown club brought us some sandwiches."

Said CV quarterback Matt Mullins, "It was like playing two games in one day."

Play resumed at 6:06 p.m. and soon after Owego (0-2) was at CV's 1 on third-and-goal.

Ethan Farabaugh fell inches short of the goal line. On fourth down Parker Evans was pushed back 2 yards by Palmeri and Mark Smith, as the Indians loss possession on downs.

"On fourth down we just hoping to get a little push," Owego coach Steve Virkler said. "We ran behind our two big guys, tackle Jesse Mettit at (6-foot-3, 325-pounds) and John Conklin (5-10, 275) but we just didn't get it

"We did talk about a quarterback sneak, but the kids didn't want it, they were afraid that it was going to be loaded up the middle."

After the stop, CV (2-0) took possession on its 3 and gained 5 yards when Owego's Colin Lounsberry was called offside.

The Warriors then ran the clock by running the ball with Cola, Brian Stinson, and James Sodan.

On CV's 39-yard line, Cola ran straight up the middle, jumped over an Owego defender and took it straight to the end zone to make it 20-6. Michael Biviano's third PAT made it 21-6.

"When the chips are down, we have kids that make plays," CV coach Jay Hope said. "Going into Owego it was a good test for our team, we did a good job."

Owego received the ball and later on Farabaugh's 8-yard run got a first down on CV's 34 when the game was ended

"I would've liked to play out, we still had a chance," Virkler said. "At least we came back out and played a little bit more."

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