EAST SYRACUSE The first 7 1/2 minutes of Watertowns 2013 football season couldnt have been any worse. The Cyclones fell behind East Syracuse-Minoa by 32 points and were on the verge of being blown out.
But, after an abysmal start, Vince Williamss club gamely fought back, drawing to within 11 points at halftime before being shut out in the second half during a 47-21 Section 3 Class A crossover loss to the Spartans in the season opener.
Watertown gave up a touchdowns on ES-Ms first two plays from scrimmage, fumbled on its own first two plays and then yielded two more big scoring plays to find itself in a 32-0 hole with 4:29 left in the opening quarter.
But the WHS offense finally produced something positive as Juan Ruiz scored on a 50-yard run late in the first quarter. Kenneth Singletary added a 1-yard TD run early in the second quarter, and Ruiz scored from a yard out late in the half to bring the Cyclones back within striking distance.
WHS couldnt sustain that momentum the second half. New starting quarterback Malik Evans threw three interceptions, and the Spartans turned two of them into TDs to ruin the Cyclones debut.
Singletary, a speedy junior, finished with 28 carries for 122 yards. Evans was 7 of 12 for 133 yards passing, while Eric Soderquist caught five passes for 72 yards.
Henninger transfer RiQuelle Othman gained 112 yards on 18 carries for ES-M and scored three TDs, including a 63-yard scamper on the games opening play. Quarterback Sean Richardson completed 12 of 25 passes for 192 yards and three scores, two to Evan Underwood.
IHC 6, CARTHAGE 1
Jude Fusilli scored four consecutive goals to propel the host Cavaliers to a season-opening victory in a Frontier League A Division game.
After Chris Rowland opened the scoring for IHC (1-0), Fusilli tallied the final two goals of the first half and the first two goals after the break. Rowland added three assists, and Matt Guyette scored on a penalty kick.
Nate Kepler scored an unassisted goal for the Comets (0-1).
INDIAN RIVER 4, LOWVILLE 2
Erick Torres scored a goal and recorded two assists to spark the Warriors to a crossover victory in Lowville.
Junior Malinoski, Tyler Cook and Ben Godin also scored for Indian River (1-0), and goalie Hunter Mullican made two saves.
Collin Farquhar scored on a penalty kick for the Red Raiders (0-1), and Melvin Zehr also scored.
SOUTH JEFFERSON 7, SANDY CREEK 0
Ethan Smith scored three goals and assisted on two others as the visiting Spartans earned a B Division win to provide new coach Harry Powers with his first varsity win at the school.
Scott Richardson contributed two goals and two assists for defending division champion South Jefferson (1-0). Jayson Kellogg chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Spartans. Goalie Pete Lumley only had to make three saves to register the shutout.
COPENHAgen 3, alexandria 1
Antonio Figueroa and Brenden Jacobs each recorded one goal and one assist to spark the Golden Knights to the D Division win at Copenhagen.
Connor Eddy added a third goal for defending division champ Copenhagen (1-0).
Alexandria (0-1) received a penalty-kick goal from Jordan VanBrocklin.
LYME 4, SACKETS HARBOR 1
Tanner Wiley scored twice as the Indians opened their D Division season with a home win over the Patriots.
Timmy Morrow and Sam Liakhovitch also scored for Lyme (1-0), and goalie Christian Sanford made six saves.
Shean Lynch scored for Sackets Harbor (0-1).
LAFARGEVILLE 2, BELLEVILLE HENDERSON 0
Matt Barton accounted for one goal and one assist as the Red Knights secured a season-opening D Division victory at LaFargeville.
Kelly Ryan also scored, and Colton Denny added an assist for LaFargeville (1-0). Tom ODriscoll made seven saves for the Red Knights.
NEW HARTFORD 106, WATERTOWN 72
Maya Smith was a part of four wins to help power the visiting Spartans to a season-opening nonleague victory.
Smith captured the 100- and 200-yard freestyles and swam on two fastest relays.
Julia Marilley tied for first place in the 50 free and contributed to the victorious 200 medley relay for Watertown.