Dundee overwhelms Notre Dame 76-13 for sectional title
ROCHESTER—The Dundee Scots football team won the Section V Class D championship Thursday night, Oct. 29, beating Batavia Notre Dame 76-13. In the game, Katie Zebrowski, the first girl to play on a Dundee football team, set a Section V record of 10 extra points in a sectional game. The record is across all classes of football in Section V, from the largest AA schools to the smallest D schools. Zebrowski was flawless for 10 straight extra points but missed her 11th attempt.
For the first time all season, the Scots had to play catch-up football after Notre Dame scored first in the game with 3:45 left in the first quarter. “Playing from behind is something we just have not had to do at all this year,” stated Coach Sheldon Gibson. “We didn’t like that feeling.It got the boys fired up and when they’re fired up, well, they’ve been unstoppable.” The boys got the points right back. Ryan Ballard took the ensuing Notre Dame kickoff and ran it back 85 yards to score Dundee’s first touchdown of the game with 3:27 left in the first quarter. With the extra point from Zebrowski, Dundee tied the game at 7-7. On its next possession, Ballard caught a seven yards pass from quarterback Tommy Pratt. With Zebrowski’s kick, Dundee led 14-7, going into the second quarter.
The Scots scored four touchdowns in the second quarter. Steven Webb scored the first three and Ballard scored the fourth. With Zebrowski’s kicks, Dundee led 42-7 at halftime. Webb’s first touchdown, at 11:56 in the second quarter, was on a 20 yard run. Webb’s second touchdown was on a 38 yard run which capped off a five play, 92 yard drive. After Notre Dame failed to advance the ball and punted, Webb scored his third touchdown on a 73 yard punt return. Ballard scored the fourth touchdown of the second quarter with a 30 yard run. Each extra point attempt of the second quarter by Zebrowski went straight through the uprights.
Three minutes into the third quarter, Webb scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 61 yard run. Kyle Spinks scored the first of his two touchdowns with 4:51 left in the third quarter on a 13 yard pass from Pratt. Zebrowski had two more extra points. The score at the end of three quarters was 56-7.
Notre Dame scored first in the fourth quarter on a 68 yard pass play. The two point conversion attempt failed. Dundee went on to score three more touchdowns in the final quarters. The first was from Spinks who scored on a nine yard pass reception from Pratt. Tony Webb scored on a 16 yard run, with Zebrowski’s record setting 10th extra point. Jeff Mullins scored the final Dundee touchdown with 1:05 left in the game on a 14 yard run. For the first time in the game, Zebrowski’s extra point attempt failed.
Dundee had 26 rushes for 347 net yards and four pass completions for 29 yards for 376 total net yards. Penalties, a problem for the Scots in some games, were dramatically improved. Dundee had four penalties for 27 yards lost. Steven Webb rushed 12 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns, a punt return for a touchdown, had six solo tackles, a force fumble and a sack. Ballard had six carries for 131 yards and one touchdown, two receptions for seven yards and one touchdown, six solo tackles, one interception, and a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Andrew Earl had a punt return for 20 yards, two solo tackles and a blocked punt. Joe Tortolon had an interception and four solo tackles. Dustyn Thompson had an interception for 42 yards, six solo tackles and a fumble recovery. Cody Gilbert had five solo tackles. Jordan Cady had four solo tackles. Nick Raplee, Dustin Warren and Jesse Jayne each had three solo tackles. Zach Carruthers had Patric Perez had two and one unassisted tackles, respectively.
Perez was awarded the Section V Class D Tournament Sportsmanship Award and the Outstanding Offensive Lineman award. Thompson was named the Tournament’s outstanding offensive back. Thompson was named the Tournament’s outstanding defensive back. Steven Webb was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Gibson stated, “Ballard is probably one of the most focused players I have seen. When he plays, he plays with heart and when he wants something he plays hard for it. And when you combine Ballard with Webb, well, that’s an awesome combination. Webb has to be one of the best athletes I have ever seen play, not just coached. He is such a complete player. You just watch him and he’s unbelievable. Webb and Ballard complement each other so well. They make each other better.”
Dundee is ranked #2 in NYS Class D football. In addition to Zebrowski’s Section V record, the team set a Section V record for the most points in a tournament game with 71 points (previously held by Leroy in 2008 with 69 points), and a school record by repeating as Section V Class D champions for the first time.
The Scots will play at noon, Saturday, Nov. 7 at Marina Auto Field (formerly Paetec Park), Rochester, N.Y. The Scots will face Avon, the Class DD champion for the overall DD/D championship and the right to advance in the state tournament to play the Class D champions from Section VI.
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