HERKIMER 53, HOLLAND PATENT 13
The tone was set early Saturday for the Herkimer Magicians’ season-opening 53-13 drubbing of Holland Patent’s Golden Knights.
Herkimer kicker Matt Borek wound up with the ball after his opening kickoff hit the leg of a Holland Patent player and ricocheted back to the middle of the field. That turnover did not lead to any points for the Magicians who scored on four of their next five possessions, led 34-0 and got up 47-0 before the Golden Knights got on the board in the fourth quarter.
“We’re the Section III champs,” said senior linebacker Terrence Oldfield, a returning starter from last year’s Class C title team. “We’ve got to keep it up. We’re not going to roll over for anybody.”
Oldfield led the experienced defense with seven tackles and two sacks. Holland Patent struggled to move the ball and failed to score against the Magicians’ starters.
The new-look Herkimer offense performed just as well. After turning the ball over on their first possession, the Magicians scored touchdowns on their next two offenseive plays. A long punt return by Zach Steele was followed by a late hit after he stepped out of bounds and quarterback Austin Mills ran eight yards for the first of his three touchdowns on the next play. Stephen Scialdo led the defensive charge as Herkimer stopped Golden Knight Matt Curtis on fourth down near midfield and Borek followed the change of possession with a 46-yard run for the first of his three scores.
Borek added a 44-yard touchdown run early inm the second quarter and later scooped up a fumble that he ran back 67 yards to cap the first-half scoring. He finished the game with 96 yards on five carries.
“We had awesome running room, Borek said. “The line did a great job with their blocking assignments. Everything was just perfect.”
Mills, who ran 14 times for 102 yards, also took advantage of the space created by Scialdo, Oldfield, Steven Napolitano, James Tangorra and Joseph McKinney, all new starters along the offensive line. He ran 40 yards for his second touchdown following another fourth-down stop in the second quarter — Dan Appley wrapped Curtis up in the backfield on fourth-and-one — and lined up at running back behind Mike Dobek for a five-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Herkimer finished the game with 324 rushing yards as a team. Mills, whose first pass was intercepted, finished 4-for-7 for 60 yards.
The Magicians’ second unit also got in on the scoring act. Steele plunged across the goal line from one yard out after Scialdo blocked a punt in the third quarter and Brennen Thompson ran 36 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.
Marc Grogan and David Meola ran for Holland Patent touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
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Herkimer 14 20 13 6 — 53
Holland Patent 0 0 0 13 — 13
HERK — Austin Mills 8 run (Matt Borek kick), 7:44.
HERK — Borek 45 run (Borek kick), 4:55.
HERK — Borek 44 run (kick failed), 11:02.
HERK — Mills 40 run (Borek kick), 8:42.
HERK — Borek 67 fumble return (Borek kick), 6:49.
HERK — Mills 5 run (Borek kick), 4:49.
HERK — Zach Steele 1 run (run failed), :20.5.
HP — Marc Grogan 1 run (kick failed), 11:09.
HERK — Brennen Thompson 34 run (kick failed), 6:45.
HP — David Meola 7 run (Cameron Williams kick), 4:48.
Records — Herkimer 1-0, 1-0 C East; Holland Patent, 0-1, 0-1 C East.