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  • FOOTBALL: Bombers complete perfect regular season

  • The Ilion Golden Bombers finished their regular season undefeated on Friday with a 42-14 victory over Frankfort-Schuyler.

    Ilion’s victory assured the Golden Bombers home-field advantage in next week’s Section III playoff opener.

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    The Ilion Golden Bombers finished their regular season undefeated on Friday with a 42-14 victory over Frankfort-Schuyler.
    Ilion’s victory assured the team of home-field advantage in next week’s playoff opener.
    “What we told the kids is that now the second season starts,” Ilion coach Jon Cole said. “We’re always big on (asking), ‘How do you want to be remembered?’ (Being) league champs is great, but they have a chance at being one of the best teams ever at Ilion.”
    Throughout the game, the Golden Bombers hued to the strategy that has allowed them to outscore their opponents by an average of 32 points per game: trust their double-wing offense to run the ball. The plan worked; quarterback Kris Klosner threw the ball just once, on a 47-yard touchdown pass to Connor Morris. Ilion’s strong ground game also helped to neutralize the playing conditions. A steady rain fell throughout the game, forming wide mud puddles at the 50-yard line.
    “We don’t throw the ball, so the field conditions actually play into our hands,” said Cole. “If we’re the offense, we know where (the ball)’s going, they’ve gotta react. On a sloppy field, it gives you that one extra step.”
    In the first quarter, Ilion took advantage of a Frankfort-Schuyler fumble on third-and-four to start a six-play offensive drive that culminated in an eight-yard touchdown run by senior Kyle Salvagni.
    The rain took its toll on Frankfort-Schuyler’s offense after kickoff, when a pass from Joe Cooper slipped through Vinny Fumarola’s hands on second-and-four. Golden Bomber Zach Smith tackled Pat Fraccola on the next play, forcing Frankfort-Schuyler to punt on fourth-and-eight.
    With the Golden Bombers’ offense back on the field, Jon Treen continued his push for the Class C East rushing title, carrying the ball on four of Ilion’s five plays before capping the drive with a five-yard touchdown run. Treen’s touchdown put the Golden Bombers up 14-0.
    Frankfort-Schuyler’s offense took over and put together a string of three first downs, anchored by strong passes from Cooper to Sam Salamone and Gio Morocco. The Maroon Knights took the ball to Ilion’s 40 before the Golden Bombers forced two incompletions and took over on downs.
    Ilion needed just three plays before Treen broke through the Frankfort-Schuyler defense on a 54-yard run. Treen appeared to enter the end zone upright and in control of the ball, but officials marked him tackled at the two, leaving Salvagni to finish the touchdown drive.
    After the kick return, the Maroon Knights put together a 50-yard drive before Golden Bomber Josh Darling intercepted a pass from Cooper. Shea Murphy carried the ball three times before Klosner threw his only pass of the game, a 47-yard touchdown to Morris with two seconds remaining in the first half.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Murph has struggled here and there, but he never gives up,” said Cole. “Tonight some things broke. He read well, he went inside, he went outside. He ran a nice game.”
    The touchdown put the Golden Bombers up 28-0 at halftime. Ilion opened the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown run from Treen, before the Maroon Knights recovered an Ilion fumble and turned it into four-play scoring drive. The drive was marked by a four-yard carry from Gerald Post, who picked up three of those yards while towing Salvagni, and Cooper’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Morocco.
    The Golden Bombers answered with another touchdown push that relied on Murphy and Treen. Murphy carried for 23 yards before Treen evaded the Maroon Knights’ secondary for a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter, putting the Bombers ahead 42-6.
    Frankfort-Schuyler put together a final offensive push in the fourth quarter. Post carried the ball five times for 39 yards, ending with a 10-yard scoring run, but the Golden Bombers were too far ahead.
    “I thought their kids came to play,” said Cole of the Maroon Knights. “They made a couple mistakes early that just took them out of the game. (Without) those mistakes I think we would have been looking at a closer game.”
    Ilion finished the regular season undefeated, and will turn its attention to playoffs, which will open Friday at home against Bishop Ludden of Syracuse.
    “I think that’s great,” said Cole of having home-field advantage. “(You’re) getting out of your locker room and going to war.”
    Ilion    14  14  14    0 — 42
    Frankfort-Schuyler      0    0     8    6 — 14
    First Quarter
    ILION — Kyle Salvagni 8 run (Shea Murphy run).
    ILION — Jon Treen 5 run (pass failed).
    Second Quarter
    ILION — Salvagni 2 run (pass failed).
    ILION — Connor Morris 47 pass (Treen run).
    Third Quarter
    ILION — Treen 3 run (Murphy run).
    FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER — Gio Morocco 2 pass from Joe Cooper (Pass failed).
    ILION — Treen 19 run (pass failed).
    Fourth Quarter
    FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER — Gerald Post 11 run (Post run).
    Records — Frankfort-Schuyler 4-3, 2-3 C East; Ilion 7-0, 5-0 C East.
    Compiled From Telegram Staff Reports