The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


October 6, 2013

Medina football falls to Lew-Port in homecoming game


MEDINA — Even for a strong offensive team, and even in front of a boisterous homecoming crowd, an early three-touchdown deficit can pose a daunting comeback challenge. Such was the case on Friday night, when the Mustangs football team fell behind 19-0 before it ran even three offensive snaps.


Medina fell victim to a botched kickoff return and two early fumbles in creating the deficit, and the mistakes were ultimately too costly to overcome. The Mustangs made a heroic fourth-quarter comeback, but it wasn't quite enough, and Medina fell 31-30 to Lew-Port in a Class B North game at Veterans Park on Friday night.


The first-quarter woes started on the opening kickoff, as Ben McPherson failed to make clean contact and the ball failed to reach midfield. The Lancers took over and quickly drove for an opening touchdown, and Lew-Port took the ball over again when Medina fumbled the ensuing kickoff at its own 16-yard line. 


Lew-Port took advantage with a one-yard touchdown run, and the Lancers offense quickly regained possession yet again when Munjie Brown fumbled at the 24-yard line on Medina's first offensive possession. Lew-Port used a quick four-play drive to score its third rushing touchdown of the first quarter, and the Lancers took a 19-0 lead with 1:31 left in the quarter.


But the early score was certainly no true indication of the Mustangs' talent and ability, and junior quarterback Jason Hellwig's offense proved it almost immediately. Medina took much better care of the ball on its next offensive possession, as the Mustangs moved inside the Lew-Port 30-yard line on two big runs by Brown. The team capped off a six-play drive with a 19-yard toss from Hellwig to budding star sophomore wideout Dylan Lewis in the back of the end zone, and the two-point conversion attempt was successful on a play-action pass from Hellwig to Kyle Barna.

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