ORISKANY, NY– For Oriskany quarterback Ryan Enos, it was likely his last game at Bernie Block Field on Saturday, barring an NFF playoff home game.
That being the case, Enos went out with a bang. The senior scored all seven touchdowns for Oriskany, throwing six and running for another, as Oriskany decimated an undermanned New York Mills team, knocking off the Marauders 52-14.
Enos was not one to keep all the credit for himself, though. “The line gave me the help I needed,” Enos said. “Everyone gets the credit, not just me.”
However, the defense started off the scoring for Oriskany. After trading fumbles, the Redskins’ fumble coming on the opening kickoff, a long snap sailed over the head of the New York Mills punter. By the time the punter fell on the ball, it was in the end zone, and the Oriskany defense came up with the first two points of the game.
Enos would start off the offensive scoring for the Redskins on the ensuing drive. Helped along by a long pass to junior Mykal Warcup, Enos would find his favorite receiver, junior Chad Jackson, on a 41-yard pass to put Oriskany up 10-0.
When asked about his amazing day through the air, Enos let it be known it was a team effort. “We got the matchups we wanted…it feels good to execute our stuff,” Enos said.
“I was happy with the way he managed our offense today… he made good decisions today,” Oriskany head coach Jerry Tine said of his quarterback. “I’m proud of him…it means a lot.”
Enos would come up with three touchdowns of 19, 40, and 46 yards, spreading the ball around between Jackson and junior Joshua Strauss, and suddenly, the score was 30-0 just as quickly
The defense would come up with more points in the second quarter on a very odd play. On another New York Mills punt, the Redskins blocked the ball and it ricocheted off the goalpost. Amidst all the confusion, the Redskins tried to pick it up, but the ball was blown dead and the referees called a safety.
For New York Mills head coach Bruce Curtis, it was a good showing by his Marauders, despite losing two players today to bring his team below the state minimum and in jeopardy of having to forfeit next week’s game. “We felt good coming into this game, but early on we ran into problems,” Curtis said. “We came out strong, but we just got physically knocked around.”
Coming out of the halftime break, Enos came out firing yet again. Early in the third quarter, Enos found his little brother, sophomore Matt, on a six-yard pass to make the score 38-0. However, the elder Enos kept spreading the ball around, and on the ensuing drive for Oriskany, found senior Sam Corrigan to put the game at 46-0 and by rule, mercifully institute the running clock.
Early in the fourth quarter, Enos would end the Redskins’ scoring for the day by himself, on a three-yard run to finally put the game away.
Unfortunately for the Marauders, the scariest moment for any football player, high school or professional, came on the ensuing kickoff. Marcos Mariotti would take the kickoff and take a very hard hit from the Oriskany kickoff coverage. After the play, Mariotti would lay on the ground for several minutes, flanked by his coach and several members of the training staff. Eventually, Mariotti would be carried off in an ambulance. However, this seemed to light a fire under the Marauders, who were determined to end the game on a good note, chanting his name as they came out of their huddle.
It didn’t take the Marauders long to send a message to their fallen friend. Two plays later, Mariotti’s subsitute, freshman Mike Jones, would find a hole in the Oriskany (4-1, 4-1 NFF) offense. his finger raised in honor of his fallen friend, and score New York Mills’ first points of the game on a 38-yard run.
The Marauders (0-3, 0-2 NFF) weren’t done, as they managed to force a fumble against Oriskany’s second-string offense that bounced around before junior defensive end Jordan Kostera managed to fall on it for another touchdown late in the game to end the game with a more respectable 52-14 score.
Despite the loss, Curtis was proud of the way his team rallied at the end of the game. “We’ve got four kids that have never played before…they have a lot of heart,” Curtis said. “This year has been very difficult.”
For Tine, his weekly practices were cut short after the village was locked down on Friday. “It was kind of weird,” Tine said. “We had a lockdown yesterday, and my players asked, ‘Coach, is this what people in real life do, go home at 2:30?’”
That may not be how the real world works, but this week, it certainly worked for the Redskins.
Oriskany Redskins 52, New York Mills Marauders 14
Oriskany 10 20 16 6 52
NY Mills 0 0 0 14 14
O- Safety (NYM high snap downed in end zone), 4:57
O- Chad Jackson 41 yard pass from Ryan Enos (R. Enos run), 1:00
O- Jackson 19 yard pass from R. Enos (run failed), 11:42
O- Joshua Strauss 40 yard pass from R. Enos (run failed), 7:39
O- Safety (NYM blocked punt off goalpost) 6:50
O- Strauss 46 yard pass from R. Enos, 4:30
O- Matt Enos 6 yard pass from R. Enos (Sam Corrigan pass from R. Enos) 9:20
O- Sam Corrigan 6 yard pass from R. Enos (R. Enos run), 5:50
O- Ryan Enos 3 yard run (run failed), 9:00
NYM- Mike Jones 38 yard run (Joe Marchese run), 6:41
NYM- Jordan Kostera fumble recovery in end zone (run failed), 1:24