Waverly scores 70 in title clinching win over Dryden
WAVERLY - The Wolverines scored early and often. They scored on offense, they scored on defense and they scored on special teams.
When the carnage was complete, Waverly had improved to 7-0 on the season with a school-record 70 points in a 70-21 demolition of Dryden here Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
Jason Miller was pleased with the show his team put on for a smaller-than-usual Homecoming crowd that braved the 38-degree temperatures.
"I think you saw what we're capable of in the first half.
"We were pretty sharp offensively tonight," said Miller "We connected on some deep balls and we ran the ball well.
"The difference tonight early on was that their athletes just didn't match up with our athletes," added Miller.
After forcing Dryden to punt on its first possession, Waverly took over at its 40.
Zack Cooney opened the night with a 15-yard pass to Bostwick, then found Cody Marchese along the home sidelines for a 44-yard gain to the 6, but a dead-ball flag against the Wolverines moved the ball back to the 21.
On third-and-10, Dylan Gutierrez ripped through the center of the Dryden line for 15 yards to the 6. He finished off the drive on the next play with a 6-yard TD run with 6:31 left in the first quarter.
Dan Hyland gave Waverly a 7-0 lead with the first of his 10 extra points on the night
Dryden punted again on its next possession and Cooney returned it 15 yards to the Purple Lions' 40.
On the first play, he found Marchese wide-open again on the home sidelines for a 40-yard TD. Hyland's PAT made it 14-0 with 4:25 remaining in the first quarter.
After forcing another 1-2-3-punt Dryden possession, Waverly moved 35 yards on four plays, capped by an 8-yard TD pass from Cooney to Bostwick to make it 21-0 with 1:04 left in the first quarter. The key play in the possession was a 26-yard scamper by Cooney on third-and-9.
The Purple Lions' next possession ended at the Waverly 31 on an interception by Bostwick.
On Waverly's first play, Bostwick laid out for a diving 26-yard reception to the Dryden 43. Gutierrez finished off the two-play, 69-yard drive with a 43-yard TD run to make it 28-0 with 10:42 left in the first half.
Just 15 seconds later, the Wolverines were in the end zone again. After a Dryden fumble at its 19, Cooney tossed his third TD of the half, a 19-yard strike to Bostwick. Hyland's fifth PAT kick of the half made it 35-0.
Less than a minute later the Wolverines would increase the lead to 42-0. On Dryden's second play of its next possession, Waverly linebacker Mark Connor picked off a pass and rumbled 19 yards for a score.
The Purple Lions answered with its best drive of the night, a 10-play, 79-yard drive capped by a 7-yard TD pass from Alan Davis to Chris Keeler with 4:51 left in the half to cut the deficit to 42-7.
After the Wolverines recovered an onside kick at their 39, it took them 29 seconds to find the end zone again. Gutierrez ripped off a 36-yard run and Connor scored on a 25-yard run to push the lead to 49-7.
On their next possession, the Purple Lions were forced to punt, but Gutierrez broke free off the edge, blocked the punt and scooped it up at the Dryden 2 and scampered into the end zone to make it 56-7 with 2:15 remaining in the half.
Cooney completed 7 of 11 passes for 168 yards and three TDs - giving him 14 on the season without an interception.
Marchese hauled down three receptions for 100 yards and a TD and Bostwick caught four balls for 68 yards and two TDs.
Gutierrez led a Waverly ground game that piled up 233 yards on 23 carries with 98 yards and two TDs on just four carries.
"Dylan (Gutierrez) ran the ball really hard," said Miller. "He's starting to run to the right spots and it's getting him to the second level a lot quicker."
Connor added 39 yards and a TD on two carries, Cooney had 28 yards on one carry and Tyler Schouten had 28 yards on five carries.
The Wolverines played their reserves the entire second half, which wasn't the plan, said Miller.
"We intended on playing our guys three quarters tonight and almost didn't make it trough one," he said.
Miller was pleased with an historic Waverly performance.
"It's nice to win Homecoming games and it's nice to set the school record in points and to get everybody involved in it throughout the entire game.
"Danny Hyland got the school record for extra points in a game tonight. Ten-for-10 is not easy to do, especially with them really coming at you.
"I'm really happy with that - that's a big deal," added Miller. "Being able to execute an extra point 10 times in a row is a big positive. Every single points critical when it comes to the postseason.'
The Wolverines tacked on a pair of TDs in the second half to take a 70-7 lead.
Brighton Wood scored on a 7-yard run to cap a 60-yard third-quarter drive.
In the fourth quarter, Dylan Perry scored on a nifty 19-yard run with 6:25 remaining.
Dryden scored a pair of TDs in the final 2:20 of the game. Davis scored on a 11-yard run and then hit James Seeley on a 56-yard TD pass on the final play of the game.
Waverly wraps up the regular season Friday night at Trumansburg.