LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — The Little Falls Mounties got tricky Friday and earned their second win in a row at the expense of the Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton Vipers.
Quarterback Brian Ewanyk was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass and a fake punt set up another score in the Mounties’ 26-14 victory under temporary lights on the high school field.
“We’re playing good football and getting better every week,” said coach Bryan Shepardson whose squad defeated Mt. Markham 14-13 six days earlier to end a season-opening four-game losing streak. “The effort is where it needs to be. We’re working hard in practice during the week and it’s showing in games.”
Split end Tyler Wallace threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Ewanyk 71 seconds into the game and gave Little Falls (2-4) a quick 6-0 lead. E.J. Hackney ran for a Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton touchdown later in the first quarter and the teams remained tied at halftime.
Jesse Talbot set up the go-ahead touchdown for Little Falls when re turned the second-half kickoff 57 yards to the Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton 29. Rahmere Greene, making his Mountie debut in the backfield, ran 11 yards to extend the drive on fourth-and-two and Devin Dawley scored on a 10-yard run up the middle on the next play. A false start negated Dylan Hapeman’s run for the conversion and Ewanyk passed to Wallace on the second try to get Little Falls its two points.
The Mounties drove deep into Vipers territory on their next possession but turned the ball over on downs at the 14-yard line. Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton went three-and-out and a short punt gave Little Falls the ball inside midfield entering the fourth quarter. Freshman Preston Trumbull’s 13-yard run gave Little Falls a first down at the Vipers’ 15 but two short runs and Nick Christman’s third-down sack put the Mounties in a fourth-and-15 hole. Little Falls went back to the bass and Will Robinson fell across the goal line as he caught Ewanyk’s pass to the left pylon.
Trailing 20-6, the Vipers quickly struck back, driving 65 yards in four plays to put a touchdown of their own on the board. Patrick Ashcraft’s 44-yard pass to Brad Smalley set up a 21-yard touchdown run by Christman. Hackney ran in the conversion to make it a six-point game with 6:20 left to play.
An 11-play drive took almost five minutes off the clock and Trumbull scored on a three-yard run for Little Falls. The 67-yard drive almost stalled before it reached midfield. The Mounties lined up to punt from their 40 on fourth-and-three and snapped the ball to upback Andy Mucica who ran 31 yards for a first down.
“We’ve been working on that in practice and I trusted the guys to execute it,” Shepardson said.
A facemask penalty tacked onto a 13-yard run by Trumbull gave Little Falls another first down and forced the Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton coaches to start using their timeouts.
Page 2 of 2 - When they finally got the ball back, the Vipers (1-5) had time to run four plays. Included among them was a sack by Mountie Sean Rood.
Dawley ran for 91 yards to lead Little Falls. Ewanyk completed seven of his 11 passes for 117 yards and caught two passes for 58.
Hackney ran for 94 yards and Christman added 74 for the Vipers.
The Mounties finish the regular season at home Saturday with a game against Frankfort-Schuyler.
LITTLE FALLS 26, MORRISVILLE-EATON/HAMILTON 14
Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton 6 0 0 8 — 14
Little Falls 6 0 8 12 — 26
LF — Brian Ewanyk 38 pass from Tyler Wallace (kick failed), 10:49.
M-E/H — E.J. Hackney 3 run (pass failed), 2:05.
LF — Devin Dawley 10 run (Wallace pass from Ewanyk), 9:50.
LF — Will Robinson 20 pass from Ewanyk (kick failed). 8:20.
M-E/H — Nick Christman 21 run (Hackney run), 6:20.
LF — Preston Trumbull 3 run (pass failed), 1:25.
Records — Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton 1-5, 1-4 D East; Little Falls 2-4, 1-4 C East.