The Journal Register (Medina, NY)


October 31, 2013

Medina football defeats Wilson in season finale


From the opening kickoff, it was readily apparent that Medina's seniors had no intention of losing their final football game on Wednesday night.

On the opening kick, senior Kyle Barna took the ball on a hop near the 30-yard-line. Barna found a seam and raced down the right sideline, breaking a few tackles and barreling his way inside the Wilson 10-yard-line.

Two plays later, on second-and-goal from the five, senior Munjie Brown took a handoff and sprinted into the end zone for a touchdown. Less than a minute into the game, Medina already had the lead.

The Mustangs would not relinquish that lead. Coach Eric Valley shuffled a variety of players in and out of the lineup, as Medina put the finishing touches on a playoff season with a 44-7 victory over visiting Wilson in a non-league matchup game at Veterans Park on Wednesday evening. With the win, Medina finishes the season at 5-4 overall, 3-3 in Class B North.

"Having those seniors in the program as long as we did, it's going to be a huge void," Medina head coach Eric Valley said. "We'll have a lot of returning players, but those are some kids that we really can't replace."

Later in the quarter, Barna picked up right where he left off, taking a handoff and running 26 yards for a touchdown that put Medina up 16-0. Midway through the second quarter, after a fine Wilson drive led to a touchdown that cut the deficit to 16-7, Barna struck again, this time on a 56-yard scoring run where he started inside and broke free with a dynamic cutback to the right edge.

Just before halftime, on the final play of the first half, Brett Pecoraro found the end zone on a make-or-break two yard run where he plowed his way through the Lakemen defense. This made the score 30-7 at halftime, and the Mustang victory was all but secured.

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