TIMES STAFF REPORTS
SAUQUOIT, N.Y. — The Sauquoit Valley Indians trailed for three quarters Friday but pulled out a 32-28 win against the Mt. Markham Mustangs.
Mt. Markham led 14-6 after the first quarter and held two-point leads at halftime and the end of the third quarter.
Jason Simon ran an interception back 47 yards for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Indians kept their neighbors out of the end zone as they held on for the win. Forced to punt from deep in its own end of the field, Sauquoit Valley took a safety but maintained its lead.
Mike Tanzillo’s three-yard touchdown run opened the scoring for the Mustangs and Eric Taylor-Holmes made the score 14-6 by running for the first of his three touchdowns. In between, Zach Freeman ran back the kickoff after Tanzillo’s score for the first Sauquoit Valley touchdown.
Taylor-Holmes scored again in the second quarter and Mt. Markham took a 20-6 lead. Sauquoit Valley quarterback Korey Lewandrowski threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to bring his team back within two points at the end of the half.
Taylor-Holmes, who ran for 66 yards, ran the second-half kickoff back 78 yards for his third touchdown of the night. The Mustangs would not return to the end zone after that.
Lewandrowski threw his second touchdown pass to Simon, a 37-yarder, and brought the Indians back within two points at the end of the third quarter.
Lewandrowski threw for 125 yards and Simon ran for 75 for Sauquoit Valley.
Tanzillo ran for 69 yards to lead the Mustangs. Josh Fargo led the team with 10 tackles and Gabe Dorie sacked Lewandrowski three times. Adam Westbrook intercepted two passes.
Mt. Markham plays at home Friday against Sauquoit Valley.
SAUQUOIT VALLEY 32, MT. MARKHAM 28
Mt. Markham 14 6 6 2 — 28 Sauquoit Valley 6 12 6 8 — 32 First Quarter MtM — Mike Tanzillo 3 run (Dillion Bleaking kick). SV — Zach Freeman 95 kickoff return (kick failed). MtM — Eric Taylor-Holmes 15 run (Bleaking kick). Second Quarter MtM — Taylor-Holmes 6 run (kick failed). SV — Jason Simon 37 pass from Korey Lewandrowski (run failed). SV — Lewandrowski n/a run (run failed). Third Quarter MtM — Taylor-Holmes 78 kickoff retun (kick failed). SV — Freeman 45 pass from Lewandrowski (run failed). Fourth Quarter
SV — Simon 47 interception return (Kevin Owens run).
MtM — Safety.