OLEAN, NY - The Olean Huskies football team had not won a Class B South regular season title since 2004.
Friday night that changed.
The change came in dramatic fashion in the second overtime of the Huskies game against Pioneer Panthers. After a Huskies’ touchdown, the team had to choose between kicking for an extra point to send the game into a triple overtime or opting for a 2-point conversion, which would give then the win if successful, but leave them with a loss if the play failed.
The Huskies decided to take the risk, and it proved to be the right choice.
Senior quarterback Garrett Boldt took the snap, followed his blockers and reached for the end-zone as he kept his team’s perfect season still intact with a 5-0 record and the Class B South Regular Season Championship.
“It is something that we work for all year long; it is a great honor for us,” head coach Phil Vecchio said. “All the credit should go to the kids. They have worked very hard; they have stayed together; they deserve it.”
Not only did the Huskies clinch the league championship with the win Friday night, the team earned home field advantage in the playoffs.
“We have had great student support,” Vecchio said. “It is just easier to play home where this is not a lot of distractions. We enjoy playing at home. We have had a great turnout and it is just huge to play home.”
Vecchio always had faith in all his players.
“I always said from the beginning, even though we have few numbers, we had very capable back-ups, and when those guys were called upon, they performed very well,” he said. “We have the core group of guys that we lean on. The seniors that have come back have given us great senior leadership.”
The Huskies will head to East Aurora Friday and try to extend their winning streak to six. Game time is at 7 p.m.
“We know East Aurora is a very good team; they can hurt us offensively. In fact they haven’t given up a point at home their two home games this season,” he said. “We know we aren’t good enough to just walk in somewhere and win easily. Our players know they have to work hard and we have been talking about it all week.”
The Huskies are aiming to remain undefeated, a goal that will be more challenging laying on the road.
“Our goal is to go 6-0, and we will worry about whatever happens after that,” Vecchio said. “It is a tough place to play and we haven’t been to successful up there, but were looking forward to going up there and going at it.”