OLEAN, NY – The start of the 2019 season did not quite go the way the Olean High School football team intended. The Huskies battled Dunkirk in a low-scoring, close game, but lost 7-6.

Defense was a big factor for both teams, as neither had too many offensive opportunities.    

In the first half, it was Olean’s defense that was locked in, forcing Dunkirk to punt on every possession while holding them scoreless. 

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The Huskies got on the board midway through the first quarter. After a Dunkirk four-and-out, junior Nick Pantuso returned the Marauders punt 65 yards for a touchdown. The Huskies missed the extra point but took a 6-0 lead. 

The second half didn’t feature much offense either, as it was Dunkirk’s defense shutting down Olean.

With just under seven minutes left in the game, Dunkirk junior Chris Ortiz scored on a four-yard rush. With the extra point, the Marauders pulled ahead 7-6. 

Dunkirk head coach Mike Sarratori was pleased with the effort his team put in, but said he knows they still have a long way to go. 

“Our no-quit attitude is what I was most proud of," Sarratori said. "We have tons of work to do like all teams do after the first game. Our kids deserved that win though. They really worked hard and didn’t give up.”

Olean (0-1) returns home Friday against Pioneer at 7 p.m. Dunkirk (1-0) also plays on Friday as they host Maritime at 7:30 p.m.

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