Cuba-Rushford Rebels Roll on in Solid Season


CUBA, NY - The Cuba-Rushford High School varsity football team has put together a solid season thus far, currently ranked 13 in New York State for Class D and tied for second in its division in Section V with a 4-1 record.

“It feels good to be recognized, but it is kind of not the biggest goal here,” head coach Chris Fee said.

Fee said that the biggest contributing factor for the Rebels this year has been those players that have stepped up to push the team forward.

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“I’ve seen good senior leadership,” Fee said. “Last year, at this point, I think we were 4-1 also, so this isn’t new for that senior class led by Dylan Jones, Jack Hardy and Joe Sherlock, so I think we have a good supporting cast around Trevor Smith.”

Fee also said that consistency on his team has been part of the foundation that has made them as good as they are.

“We have three guys that have at least been three-year starters, so they’ve had three different years of having a 1,000-yard [running] back,” Fee said. “We do a nice job running the football. Defensively, take out the Avon game and sometimes late in games, we have had a nice defense all year, so I think we are physically bringing it with those guys.”

The team’s only loss of the season thus far came on Sept. 30 against Warsaw/Letchworth, a uncharacteristic loss by the team,which had scored at least 45 points in each of its first four games. Fee said that discipline and unexpected moments played a part in the loss, which dropped them three spots in the Class D rankings. There is, however, a way to recover, he added.

“I think you take the good with the bad,” Fee said. “We had a touchdown called back; we had nine penalties for 95 yards, so you just show the kids, if we do the little things and clean some things up, then it is a different game.”

Mixing things up and working on the basics are also a part of Fee’s plan to regroup and get ready for the rest of the season.

“We have to be more multi-dimensional on offense," Fee said. "Right now we are a run-heavy team. We have to be able to pass. Defensively, just tackle. We have given up a lot in the passing game defensively as well.”

The Rebels next game will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. against rival Bolivar-Richburg, a team with which they are tied with for second place in the division. Fee said that while the game might be difficult, sticking to what they are doing should help them get the win.

“I’m expecting it to be a hard-fought game, it is their homecoming and there is a rivalry,” Fee said. “I would like to continue the process and build on the mistakes we made a week ago.”

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