SAUQUOIT, N.Y. — Central Valley Academy’s Mykel Farley ran for two touchdowns Thursday but Chris Beavo stole the show at the Section III’s annual Mohawk Valley edition of the John Arcaro Memorial Football Classic.
Beavo ran for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of the senior all-star game at Sauquoit Valley High School and led the White team — designated East on its jerseys — to a 36-18 come-from-behind win over the Blue.
The White made its comeback in the second quarter. Blue led 12-0 after the opening period and 18-7 in the second. A 22-point second quarter put the White on top 22-18. The lead changed hands in the final minute of the half Sherburne-Earlville tight end Austin Jasper went out of bounds on the 1-yard line after catching a pass form Waterville/Madison quarterback Jon Piersma. Dolgeville Blue Devil Jason Nastovski scored on the next play and gave his team the lead with 14.6 seconds left on the clock in the first half.
Farley, who led the Blue team with 73 rushing yards, had two touchdowns in the first half. The other Blue touchdown immediately followed a score by Farley when White fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Mt. Markham’s Eric Taylor-Holmes scooped up the loose ball and ran it back 21 yards for another score.
Devin Coonradt, Nastovski’s classmate in the Dolgeville backfield, had the first White touchdown and Nastovski set up the second with a long run that saw him forced out of bounds just short of the goal line; the scoring drive started with a 75-yard kickoff return by Beavo.
Trailing 18-13, White pinned Blue deep on a kickoff and Clinton’s Will Jarrett sacked New Hartford quarterback Stephen Tomaino in the end zone for a safety with two minutes left in the first half.
Neither team scored in the third quarter. Beavo’s 47-yard touchdown run extended the White lead in the middle of the fourth quarter and he added a 40-yarder after Vernon-Verona-Sherrill teammate Matt McCoy intercepted a pass intended for West Canada Valley quarterback-turned-receiver Ryan Moody. Piersma, who passed to Beavo for the conversion after the first fourth-quarter touchdown, hit the right upright with his initial kick on the second. Blue was penalized for running into the kicker and Piersma was given a second chance only to have his kick blocked by West Canada Valley Indian Riley Synenki.
Nastovski ran for 76 yards and received his team’s Warrior Award from the U.S. Army, an award which went to Oriskany’s Ryan Lockwood for the Blue. The teams’ most valuable players were Farley and Beavo. Beavo was credited with 86 rushing yards and returned the free kick 32 yards after Jarrett’s safety. Hamilton/Morrisville-Eaton’s E.J. Hackney ran for 78 yards and Coonradt had 27 for the White. Taylor-Holmes ran for 29 for the Blue.
Page 2 of 2 - Other area players selected to participate in the game included Dolgeville’s Austin Kollbeck and Caleb Voorhees, and Little Falls’ Will Robinson, Travis Dawley and Cody Cotton for the White team, and West Canada Valley’s Ryan Grogan and Jordan Yaworski, Central Valley Academy’s Tyler Brown, Tyler Urich, Mitchell Werenczak and Jake Sweeney, Frankfort-Schuyler’s Nate Brown, Joe DeSarro, Mitchel Shortt, Ralph Walker and Zach Perri, and Mt. Markham’s Gabe Dorie or the Blue.
Six Herkimer players were selected but were unable to participate because they remain active in the sectional playoffs.