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Eastridge clobbers Canandaigua for Section V Class A football title


1:00 AM, Nov. 04, 2012 EDT

Eastridge's Jake Allen shares a moment with his coach Chad Green after the Lancers won the Section V Class A championship against Canandaigua on Sunday. / KRIS J. MURANTE/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Chyron Brown-Wallace figured that East Irondequoit Eastridge was due to win another Section V football title.

Brown-Wallace, an offensive tackle and nose guard for the Lancers, had plenty of company among his teammates.

"We knew this is something we wanted last year," Brown-Wallace said. "McQuaid upset us in the first round. We were a No. 2 seed.

"The win last week was big."

The Lancers edged McQuaid in overtime during last week's semifinals and made the Section V Class A final on Sunday no contest as they stopped Canandaigua 47-7 at Sahlen's Stadium.

Eastridge (10-0) fell behind early, but scored four touchdowns in the second quarter to get on its way to a matchup in the state quarterfinals with Section VI champion Sweet Home.

The Lancers and Sweet Home, one of the state's top programs, meet 8 pm. Friday at All High Stadium in Buffalo.

"We didn't take (Canandaigua) for granted," Eastridge senior running back/defensive back Jeremiah Ortiz said. "I told you at the beginning of the season that we were determined.

"We've went through adversity since we were freshmen."

Some of the adversity included three consecutive first-round exits out of sectionals, including the stunner against McQuaid at Eastridge in 2011.

Canandaigua (6-4) fell to Eastridge in Week 5, during a three-game losing streak for the Braves. When this fall's Section V Class A Tournament began, the Braves came back and defeated two of the teams that gave some doubt to a playoff berth for them.

Eastridge would have been the third.

"We thought we had the edge," Canandaigua running back/linebacker Sean Outhouse said. "We made some mental mistakes, and just lost it.

"It was something I never imagined. I just wish we came here and pulled off three straight, but we played hard and played tough."

The Braves turned a short punt by Eastridge into the game's first touchdown, a a six-yard run by Outhouse, who stretched across the goal line.

A 34-yard pass that Alec Mortillaro looped to Nate Corbett sent Eastridge to the tying score. Corbett completed that series with a 3-yard touchdown run.

The Lancers kept coming. Their defense forced a short punt, which the Eastridge special teams nearly blocked. It took six plays from scrimmage for the Lancers to break the 7-7 score, including a 5-yard touchdown run by Ortiz.

"The first game they scored 35 on us," Mortillaro said. "Then they came out and scored first on us.

"We thought, 'All right, we were going to have another shootout.' Defensively, we stepped up and took it to another level. Our defensive backs (which include Mortillaro) played a lot better this game."

The Eastridge special teams stepped up first. Mortillaro bounced the ensuing kickoff over a member of Canandaigua's return team and the ball was recovered by 135-pound Eastridge defensive back Joel Rivera at the Canandaigua 26.

Mortillaro, who was named the final's Most Valuable Player, sprinted through a big hole in the middle of Canandaigua's defense on the next play. That was two touchdowns in 11 seconds that gave the Lancers a 20-7 lead.

When Ortiz, who finished with 151 yards on 13 carries, bounced a run outside to his left to score his second touchdown -- an 11-yarder with 28 seconds remaining in the first half -- the Lancers were in control.

They could sense one overdue trophy would arrive in their hands.

 

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