Marauders, Hillbillies each bring home wins in Week 2 under the lights

Road Warriors

OBSERVER File Photo Dunkirk running back Quantavis Kleckley rushes during the season opening win over Eden/North Collins. Kleckley led Dunkirk in rushing in that game, as well as Friday’s thrilling 24-22 win over Tonawanda on the road, eclipsing the 100 yard mark with multiple touchdowns in back to back games to begin the year.

The Dunkirk Marauders and the Fredonia/Brocton Hillbillies each came away with victories on the road on Friday night to move to 2-0 on the year, but the story of each game could not have been much different.

Fredonia/Brocton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a fumbled snap by the Alden punter in the endzone. Shortly after, Trey Swartz completed a pass to Parker Rivera for a 37 yard touchdown, which gave the Hillbillies a 9-0 lead.

“I thought we played really well,” said Fredonia/Brocton coach Greg Sherlock. “We made some decent adjustments early in the game.”

It would only keep on rolling from there, as Fredonia/Brocton running back Joelle Colon scored three rushing touchdowns in the first half to put Fredonia up 30-0. The Hillbillies added a long touchdown on a pass from Swartz to Dalton Gardner for a 57 yard score, on only the second pass of the game, to finish the first half with a 37-0 advantage.

The Hillbillies did not use the majority of their starters in the second half, instead opting to get playing time for other players in different situations. Sherlock was pleased with the depth of his team after the win.

OBSERVER File Photo Fredonia/Brocton’s Joell Colon (23) rushes for a gain against Newfane during the season opener in Brocton in Week 1.

“I think we’re pretty deep, including at quarterback,” said Sherlock. “I think I can count on a lot of guys to come in to fill a spot and help us win a game.”

Nate Shuart, a lineman who sometimes lines up at fullback, added a long touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter to push the score to 43-0. Anthony Gullo caught a 13 yard pass from Owen Nicosia for the Hillbillies’ last score of the night. All three passes Fredonia/Brocton threw in the game were for a touchdown.

Sherlock praised the efforts of tight end Jake Skinner for his blocking, as well as his efforts as a middle linebacker, Dom Gullo for his rushing of the ball and Gio Russo for his play on the defensive end. Sherlock also said his defensive backs “played very well and continue to improve.”

Dunkirk also came away with an important road win to move to 2-0 on the season, but for the Marauders, it was anything but easy this time around. Dunkirk trailed 22-16 with under a minute to go, yet still came away with the win.

“I think we’ll grow a lot from that win,” said Dunkirk head coach Mike Sarratori.

Dunkirk led 8-0 after the first quarter and 16-9 at the half. However, a pair of early fourth quarter touchdowns off of good field position thanks to a turnover put the Marauders behind 22-16 on the road.

That’s when Quantavis Kleckley took over.

Kleckley led the Marauders on a 94 yard scoring drive, capped off with his second touchdown of the game to tie the score at 22 with only 32 seconds left. Kleckley then ran in the go-ahead two point conversion that gave the Marauders the lead for good.

“With a young quarterback and with it being our first road trip of the year, then include being without Tywon Wright, we had a lot of things to overcome,” said Sarratori.

Sarratori said Friday night that Kleckley “really stepped up,” in the absence of Wright. Sarratori also acknowledged his team had not faced adversity like it did on Friday in a long time.

“They gave us all we could handle,” said Sarratori after the game. “I think a win like this will go a long way. We haven’t been tested like that in the regular season in a long time.”

Dunkirk returns home this week to face Alden, the Hillbillies’ opponent this past week. Fredonia/Brocton travels to Eden to face the Marauders’ opponent from Week 1.

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