The Durham/Middlefield Falcon’s “C” squad, which was navigated by head coach Beth Grant, and assistant coaches Doug Harkins, Rick Lanning, John Palo II and Travis Vumback, celebrate their CTYFL championship.
November 22, 2016 03:06PM
History has been made.
On Sunday, Nov. 20, the Durham/Middlefield Falcons “C” football squad became the program’s first-ever CTYFL champion, defeating the New Hartford Wolverines 26-6.
The Falcons, led by captains Tyler Doyle, Justin Garretson, Ryan Grant, John Palo III, Michael Seward and Donovan Vumback, proved they were more than ready to take on the Wolverines on a cold and windy morning.
The match up started out as a great defensive battle, as neither team scored in the opening quarter.
The Falcon “D” is comprised of Tyler Ufferfilge, A.J. Viera, Donovan Vumback, Ryan Grant, Michael Seward, Jake Manning, Tyler Doyle, Justin Garretson, Tyler Lanning, Jacob Harkins, Jack Franceschet, Logan Young and Lucas Harkins.
On the Falcons’ first possession of the second quarter, the game began to turn as Michael Seward capped off the drive with a 38-yard run behind the offensive line of Brady Hayden, A.J. Viera, Tyler Ufferfilge, Jack Martin and Bradford Dragon to take a 6-0 lead.
After another great defensive stop by the locals and a Wolverine punt, the Falcons scored again, this time on a Ryan Grant scamper up the middle for 68 yards followed by Tyler Doles 1-point conversion run, making the score 13-0.
Durham/Middlefield carried that advantage into the second half and after a failed onside kick attempt by New Hartford, the Falcons expanded their lead to 19-0 on a 21-yard TD run by Michael Seward.
And the Falcons kept coming.
Durham/Middlefield began the fourth quarter with two great runs by Donovan Vumback and Jake Manning, setting up a Tyler Doyle 3-yard TD run capped off with a Ryan Grant 1-point conversion which made the score 26-0.
New Hartford scored with six minutes left in the game, but that’s as close as the Wolverines would get. The Falcons moved the ball down field and ran out the clock behind great blocking from Carmen DeFilio, Hayden Brady, Alan Clark and Mathew Francisco, Kevin Lee and A.J. Turman.