Chester crushes Blue Devils 36-6
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed, and some days are best forgotten.
Despite a festive homecoming start to Thursday night’s game under the lights at Sullivan West on September 28, the league matchup between the Roscoe Blue Devils (3-2) and the visiting Hambletonians of Chester Academy (4-1) went rapidly downhill for the combined home team (Roscoe, Livingston Manor, Downsville and Sullivan West) in the wake of a blocked punt.
After a bit of give-and-take football in the opening minutes of the Class C football game, Blue Devils QB Collin Hauschild was sacked in the backfield and Chester took over on downs on the following snap that yielded an incomplete pass, only to have Jason Gorr recover a Hambletonians fumble.
At the 3:00 mark in the first quarter, Chester’s Jacob Delgado posted the game’s inaugural score on a blocked punt, a play that in essence set the tone for the rest of the contest.
Joseph Battiato connected to Hezekiah Frazier with a two-point conversion pass to put the Hambletonians up 8-0.
In the second frame, Chester took a 16-0 lead at 11:50 on a 10-yard rush by Josh Delgado, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Battiato to Kevin Stein.
Adding insult to injury for the home team, Anthony Battiato scored on a 21-yard run at 9:57.
The attempt to add points to the scorebook failed, but Chester was up 22-0.
At 5:33, the Hambletonians added another TD on a 36-yard pass from Battiato to Mike Sannino.
A two-point conversion pass to Stein missed the mark, and Chester marched into the locker room with a 28-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Sannino scored on a 44-yard run, and Josh Delgado scampered into the end zone on a two-point conversion run to put Chester up by a whopping 36 points.
That’s like counting three dozen eggs one at a time.
With less than 30-seconds left on the third frame clock, Hauschild scored on a redemptive 80-yard run.
In the aftermath of a failed PAT, the final tally was Chester 36, Roscoe 6.
“They did everything they had to do,” said Roscoe’s veteran coach Fred Ahart.
“We need to bounce back… we have a hard week of practice ahead… next week is another week.”
Josh Evans, 18, is a senior wide receiver and defensive end from Sullivan West.
“So, far we haven’t met a team that could stop our offense that well… it was a tough loss to swallow,” he said.
Hambletonians coach Ronald Stover summed up the game.
“We’re very consistent on offense this year,” he said.
Tipping his cap to Roscoe’s QB Hauschild, Stover added, “You’ve got to give it to him: he’s a good player.”
Josh Delgado is a 17-year-old senior running back at Chester.
His take on the game?
“We played very well in the first half, but in the second half we let down… we didn’t step on the gas like we did in the first half.”
But when you win by 30 points, that’s leaving a lot of rubber on the road.
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