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Senecas retain bucket in homecoming game

WATKINS GLEN—The Watkins Glen varsity football team keeps possession of the bucket after defeating the Odessa-Montour Indians 49-0 during the annual Bucket Game Friday, Oct. 12.

The game was also homecoming for Watkins Glen. The homecoming court was announced during halftime of the game. Katrina Swarthout, April Ruda, Chelsea Kennard and Mikaela Suddaby represented the girls and Josh Teeter, Juan Tolosa, Kyle Beebe and Billy Brennan represented the boys. Teeter and Suddaby were revealed as this year's homecoming king and queen.
"It was great for the kids to have homecoming, senior night and the Bucket Game all wrapped up into one," Watkins Glen Head Coach Lou Condon Jr. said.
Watkins Glen seized the initiative early, recovering the opening kickoff and scoring on their first drive, making it a 6-0 lead for the Senecas.
"I thought they executed offense very, very well," Condon said. "Defense played exceptionally well. They were very physical."
The Senecas accumulated all of their 389 yards of offense on the ground, with no passes attempted throughout the game. Senior running back Brady Myers led the team with 15 carries for 146 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Junior running back Anthony Simiele had 10 carries for 88 yards and one touchdown, while senior Brennan, senior Brandon Palmer, sophomore John Brown and senior John Wasson each added one rushing touchdown during the game.
"The seniors really took over the leadership role," Condon said.
The Indians were held to three and out on their first offensive series, but the Senecas proceeded to march down the field and score on a three yard rush by Brennan, converting the two-point conversion and taking an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Odessa-Montour suffered yet another injury on the next kickoff, as senior running back Lee Sidle had to be carried off the field in an ambulance after being hurt while attempting to return the ball.
"What killed us was when Lee Sidle went down, my starting tailback," Odessa Head Coach Bob Lee said. "That just basically took us right out of the offensive scheme that we worked on all week. Especially on power offense."
The Odessa-Montour offense was only able to accumulate 112 total yards on the day. Junior quarterback John Reasor completed four of 11 pass attempts for 64 yard and two interceptions, while on the ground the Indians only managed 48 yards on 19 carries.
Palmer and Simiele added their touchdown rushes during the second quarter, putting the score at 29-0 in Watkins Glen's favor at halftime.
"I give credit to Watkins, they beat us up," Lee said. "There's no question about it. We are just not physical enough, and we've had that problem the last four weeks. We just don't hit people."
The second half played out similar to the first, with Myers opening the scoring with a 20 yard touchdown run in the third and scoring runs by Wasson and Brown capping off the game in the fourth, making the final score 49-0.