Chiefs surge past Mustangs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 September 2019 at 10:44 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Joe Cecchini of Medina/Lyndonville/Barker looks to head up field as the Iroqois trio of Tyler Barry, Kendall Mariacher and Phil Mercurio move in to make the tackle during the Mustangs loss to the Chiefs this evening at Vets Park.

Three unanswered second half touchdowns powered Iroquois to a 34-14 victory over Medina/Lyndonville/Barker this evening at Vets Park in the B2 Division opener for both teams.

Breaking away from a 14-14 half-time deadlock, Iroquois took the lead for good at 21-14 on a 3 yard touchdown run by Tyler Barry and an extra point kick by Kendall Mariacher with 6:07 to go in the third quarter.

The Chiefs then put a lock on the win with a pair of fourth quarter scores as Blake Nolan scored on an 11 yard run with 11:52 remaining and Noah Kedge caught a 20 yard pass from quarterback Troy Kleitz with about a minute to go.

The Mustangs had grabbed leads of 6-0 and 14-6 in the first half.

Brian Fry opened the scoring for the Mustangs when he caught a 20 yard TD pass from quarterback Jarin Rhim two minutes into the opening quarter and Nate Sherman added the extra point kick.

Iroquois did cut the deficit to 7-6 on a TD pass from Kleitz to Jonathan Bool.

However, the Mustangs got that one right back as Fry returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for a score and Sherman added the PAT to make it 14-6.

The Mustangs then had two second quarter drives stopped inside the Chiefs 20, the first on downs and the second on an interception in the end zone. (To see a fourth-down pass play by the Mustangs late in the game, click here.)

Iroquois tied the game at 14-14 on a 47 yard TD pass from Kleitz to Barry with 2:46 to go in the second quarter.

The Chiefs improve to 2-0 while the Mustangs slip to 0-2 heading into next Friday’s game at Maryvale.

In another B2 contest, Maritime/Health Sciences defeated Dunkirk 20-6.

In a Class C North Division contest, Cleveland Hill defeated host Roy-Hart 52-12.

The two Roy-Hart touchdowns came in the second half on runs of 15 yards by Michael Huntington and 25 yards by Justin Terwilliger.

Bobby Geiger of the Mustangs looks for running room against the Chiefs defensive duo of Tyler Barry and Mike Shady move in to make the tackle.