OLEAN, NY -- The Olean Huskies defeated the Springville Griffins in a close one Friday evening. The game went back and forth until halfway through the third quarter when the Huskies, who made a critical stop on defense.
The score at the time was 8-7 Griffins, and they were looking to add on to the lead. The Griffins were driving as the second half begun and were putting the Huskies back on their heels. It was fourth and goal on the eight-yard line when the Griffins' senior, running back James Marcuse was stopped and stripped of the ball. Junior linebacker Dylan Vincent picked up the ball and took it 91 yards for a Huskies touchdown.
At this point in the game the Huskies had the momentum and ran with it, causing three turnovers in the second half -- two as the Griffins were in the red zone.
Vincent had three touchdowns in the Huskies' 26-16 victory. One came from a screen pass that he took back 61 yards for a touchdown; one was the fumble recovery, and the other was a 19-yard run to close out the game and help his team remain undefeated.
Vincent said that the team had no doubt that they would perform well tonight.
“We were confident coming over," he said. "We knew we had a tough game, but I knew we were going to win because of how hard we worked in practice.”
Huskies head coach Phil Vecchio told his team at halftime that they were the better team.
“We were bringing it," he said. "Our effort was complete."
Indicating the Springville team, he said, "That is a tremendous football team over there, but I thought we competed with them every bit of the way.”
The win puts the Huskies atop the Class B South Division and undefeated at 4-0.
Vecchio recalled giving his team a bit of advice before the game.
“We lost 20 seniors. We only have 20 to 21 guys, but we care for one another. We play for one another and it doesn’t matter who gets the credit,” he said. “You know I challenged them. Bill Parcells talks about the ‘Man in the Mirror,’ and I said 'When you get home tonight, I hope you can look yourself in the mirror and say there’s nothing else I could’ve done.' ”
The Huskies will take on Pioneer Central High School at home Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.