Silver Creek-Forestville jumps out to early lead, takes down JFK, 41-14
SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek-Forestville football team defeated JFK, 41-14, Friday night in the first round of the Section 6 Class C playoffs.
Silver Creek-Forestville scored touchdowns on its first five possessions of the game, jumping out to a 35-0 halftime lead. JFK had three turnovers on its first four possessions. The game was all but decided before the second half even began.
“Silver Creek came out ready to play,” JFK coach Jeff Sabatino said. “They were more ready to play than us.”
Three different rushers had rushing touchdowns in the first half, highlighted by touchdowns on each of the first two possessions by sophomore running back Angel Caraballo. Caraballo finished the night with 12 carries for 56 yards and the two scores.
The Black Knights’ leading rusher on the night was senior running back Austin Eggleston, who carried the ball 11 times for 131 yards and a touchdown. Senior Brad Yochum scored as well, along with 52 yards on 10 carries.
“That comes from the guys in front of them,” said Silver Creek-Forestville coach Sean Helmer. “I thought (the line) did a great job.”
As a team, the Black Knights rushed for 249 yards on 42 attempts, which amounts to nearly six yards per carry. In comparison, JFK finished with only 27 rushing yards on 19 attempts, which is less than a fourth of the yard-per-carry average for Silver Creek-Forestville.
Silver Creek-Forestville quarterback Tom Galfo connected with junior receiver Macadem Gadewoltz for two touchdowns in the victory, as well. Gadewoltz had four receptions for 65 yards as the team’s leading receiver. The second of his two touchdowns was a highlight-reel performance, as he came down with the diving touchdown catch over a defender.
“On the offensive side, we really clicked,” said Helmer.
Zach Rybak and Dylan Weber had interceptions for the Black Knights in the first half.
“Defensively, we did what we’ve been doing all year long,” said Helmer.
JFK only managed 144 yards of total offense against the Black Knights, despite running 43 plays on offense. Both touchdowns scored by JFK came in the second half, while facing a sizable deficit.
Nearly half of the total yardage by JFK came on one play, a 67-yard touchdown pass by senior quarterback James Bailey to fellow senior Justin Bohrer. The long touchdown pass was the final score for either team on the night, making the score 41-14.
“They out-coached us, they out-played us,” said Sabatino. “They deserve to move on and we don’t.”
JFK finishes the season (3-4), while Silver Creek-Forestville (6-2) has won six games in a row.
“I’m really proud of our kids,” said Helmer. “We started 0-2. … It’s pretty easy to quit when you’re 0-2 … but they didn’t do that.”
Silver Creek plays the winner of today’s matchup of No. 1 Cleveland-Hill against No. 4 Allegany-Limestone.
On the other side of the Class C bracket, No. 1 Southwestern will face No. 2 Wilson.