Mustangs edge past Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 October 2019 at 10:36 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina/Lyndonville’s Lincoln Pace (50) puts pressure on Akron’s Aidan Smith at left forcing an off target pass which was intercepted by Brian Fry, at right,  in the final minute to seal the Mustangs 20-14 win over the host Tigers this evening..

Two touchdowns by the offense in the second half combined with two big fourth quarter turnovers by the defense earned Medina/Lyndonvile/Barker a narrow 20-14 victory over host Akron this evening in an interdivisional football game.

The Mustangs  jumped out to a 6-0 lead on an 11 yard touchdown pass from Brian Fry to Jarin Rhim with 1:26 to go in the first quarter.  Runs of 16 and 11 yards by Emanuel Taylor highlighted the drive. (Click here to see Fry throw to Rhim for M/L/B’s first TD.)

However, Akron battled back to take a 7-6 lead midway through the third quarter on a 6 yard touchdown run by Aidan Smith and an extra point kick by Liam Regan.

It was a sea-saw battle the rest of the way.

The Mustangs answered right back on an 18 yard touchdown pass from Fry to Caleb Cudzilo and a two-point conversion run by Taylor to regain the lead at 14-7 four minutes later..

The Tigers though again came battling back to knot the contest at 14-14 on a 7 yard touchdown run by quarterback Jacob Mazza and an extra point kick by Regan with 8:58 to go in the fourth quarter.

Once again the Mustangs offensive unit answered the challenge, this time with what proved to be the game winning score on a big 52 yard touchdown run by Fry, highlighted by a nifty spin move and cut to break into the clear,  just over a minute after the Tigers TD.

The Mustangs defensive unit did the rest to preserve the slender 20-14 lead by coming up with clutch interceptions to stop the Tigers final two drives.

First Bobby Geiger had an interception deep in Mustang territory with 4:16 to go as strong pressure by Lincoln Pace and Chris Johnson forced a hurried throw by Mazza.

Then with just 48 seconds to go Fry intercepted a pass at the Mustangs 27 to seal the victory as strong pressure by Pace on Smith forced an errant throw.

The Mustangs are now 2-4 and the Tigers 3-3.

Frewsburg 40, Holley 6

Holley scored on its opening drive but couldn’t find the endzone again as host Frewsburg bested the Hawks 40-6 in an 8 Man Division game.

Jacob Affronti scored Holley’s TD on a 6 yard run.

Frewsburg took the lead for good by a 12-6 margin at the half by scoring on a 60 yard hook and ladder play in the final minute and a half of the second quarter.

Frewsburg is now 1-3 and Holley 2-1.

Bobby Geiger breaks loose for big yardage for the Mustangs.