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Bensley boosts Owego

Posted Saturday, October 13, 2007 by Gannett News Service
Bensley boosts Owego

JASON WHONG / Gannett News Service

Owego's Justin Bensley ran for one touchdown and Byron Worthing caught a touchdown pass in Friday Friday's 21-8 victory against Elmira Notre Dame.

SOUPORT -- Owego Free Academy jumped out to a quick lead, then methodically ran time off the clock Friday night in a 21-8 Section 4 Football Conference Division IV victory over Elmira Notre Dame at Brewer Memorial Stadium that earned the Indians a playoff spot.

Owego's Class B playoff berth, its third straight, was assured with the combination of its win and Waverly's victory over Dryden. Notre Dame's bid to make the postseason ended with the loss.

Notre Dame (3-4, 2-2) fumbled on its first possession and Owego took over at the Crusaders' 41-yard line. It took the Indians (4-3, 4-1) just two plays to score, as Justin Bensley went 17 yards around left end on the first play and Harley Edwards grabbed a Dan Brainard pass from 24 yards out for the first touchdown.

"The dives were working at first, then we went to the sweeps," said Bensley, who added two second-quarter touchdowns. "Our offense is playing with a lot of trust in each other right now. We like to share the ball, and everybody's working together."

Bensley scored from 6 yards out with just under five minutes until halftime, concluding a drive that covered 72 yards in 12 plays. Junior end Byron Worthing added a 10-yard touchdown catch of a Brainard pass just 36 seconds before the end of the half to give Owego a 21-0 lead.

Notre Dame got its offense in gear for a 46-yard drive that spanned the end of the third quarter and the first two minutes of the fourth. The culmination was a 7-yard run by Zack Homerda up the middle. Brett Shay passed to Dave Norton in the back of the end zone on the two-point conversion.

Bensley finished with 79 yards on nine carries and added two catches for 18 yards. The Indians' leading ground gainer was sophomore tailback Parker Evans, who had 101 yards on 19 carries and one catch for 10 yards. Junior fullback Ethan Farabaugh added 80 yards on 12 carries.

"Early in the game we did some things right up on the line," Owego coach Steve Virkler said. "But I was most pleased with how we came back and moved the ball after Notre Dame scored. We didn't push it in, but we ran a lot of time off the clock."

For Notre Dame, Monttryal Jones finished with 99 yards on just nine carries. He also caught two passes for 34 yards and made several solid hits out of the defensive backfield in the second half.

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