Black Knights easily handle C-LV

OBSERVER Photo by Joe Conti Silver Creek-Forestville’s Dylan Weber (20) stretches for a catch as Cattaraugus-Little Valley’s Quentin Martinez trails during Friday’s game.

SILVER CREEK — A balanced offensive attack and stingy defense led the Silver Creek-Forestville Black Knights to a 39-6 non-league win over the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Timberwolves on Friday night.

The Black Knights’ defense gave up just 71 yards of offense during the game.

“We played great defensively and tackled well,” stated Silver Creek coach Sean Helmer. “Their quarterback got hurt early and they were limited for the rest of the game, but our kids were disciplined.”

Silver Creek (4-2, 2-1) scored early and often with great contributions from the entire team. Austin Eggleston got the hosts off to a quick 6-0 lead with Eggleston’s 14 yard touchdown run.

On Silver Creek’s next possession, a long run by Angel Caraballo set up the Knights for a 4-yard touchdown run by Brad Yochum.

Shortly before halftime, quarterback Tom Galfo connected with Macadem Gadewoltz for a ten yard touchdown to give the Black Knights a 21-0 lead at halftime.

“We executed a lot better tonight,” said Helmer. “Tom threw the ball well, especially for a wet night. Cattaraugus-Little Valley had everybody in the box, so that allowed for some play action, which allowed us to pick up some positive yards.”

Silver Creek’s defense continued to shine in the second half as the Timberwolves had a quick three and out. A 58-yard punt by Austin Baker pushed the Black Knights deep in their own end, but that did not stop Silver Creek’s offense. A 57-yard touchdown pass from Galfo to Dylan Weber down the sideline capped off an 89-yard drive for the score.

Cattaraugus-Little Valley (3-3, 2-2) came up with their only score of the game to start the fourth quarter as Dylan Bradfield hit Scott O’Donnell in stride for a 24-yard pass up the middle.

Eggleston ran for a 12-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter with Yochum adding a 48-yard touchdown run to conclude the scoring.

“It was a great night for our seniors on Senior Night,” stated Helmer. “It is always a bonus for the season to do well on Senior Night. Many of the kids played and did a great job so it will always be a memorable night for them.”

“Our quarterback was hurt early and our backup was not as prepared as he should have been,” said Cattaraugus-Little Valley coach Tim Miller. “He twisted his knee and that forced us to go one dimensional and that never goes well. Silver Creek played great tonight as they were aggressive and all over us. They did a good job of crowding the line which we could not adjust to.”

Silver Creek concludes its season next week at Allegany-Limestone.

This was the fourth consecutive victory for Silver Creek. According to Helmer, “We talked about building some momentum. Going into the last week of the season, we have shown improvement and we will see how we do in next week’s battle.”

NOTES: Silver Creek had 472 yard total offense while Cattaraugus Little Valley gained 71 yards… The Black Knights had 20 first downs… Galfo went 3 for 12 with 88 yards… Yochum led the run game for Silver Creek with 182 yards on 13 attempts, Caraballo had 116 yards and Eggleston had 78yards.