CSP rolls to win after play resumes in Salamanca
SALAMANCA — Clymer/Sherman/Panama played a 20-point quarter, drove home and came back in the morning to score another 20 in its next quarter of football on Saturday.
The pair of dominant quarters over Friday night and Saturday morning showed why the Wolfpack currently ranks No. 1 in New York State in Class D and spoiled Homecoming for Salamanca, which fell 47-19.
The teams attempted to play their Section 6 Class D league matchup Friday, moving up a 7 p.m. kickoff to 5:30, but a tornado warning west of Salamanca caused an evacuation and suspension of play after the final play of the first quarter with CSP holding a 20-6 lead. After an hour-long delay for a thunderstorm and heavy rain, officials pushed the rest of the game to Saturday, when the Wolfpack extended a 40-6 halftime lead and left with its perfect record (4-0, 3-0) intact.
"That was a unique situation," CSP coach Ty Harper said of the delay and suspension. "I've never seen anything like that before and there's really nothing you can do to plan for that, but I am proud of the way the guys handled basically every adverse situation that was put in front of us. We got a call (Friday) around 1:30 to move the kickoff up so that kind of threw off our schedule yesterday, got on the bus early, came over here, played a quarter, felt like we had some good momentum going. Then we're back in the locker room for an hour, they tell us you've got to come back tomorrow morning, we're going to postpone it.
"But really there's nothing you can do, it's just a matter of handling an adverse situation and you have that all the time in sports and our guys did a good job with that."
CSP’s John Swabik ran back the opening kickoff 83 yards, but Salamanca responded with a 69-yard drive capped by Zariah Armstrong’s 37-yard pass to Tyler Hedlund for an early 6-6 tie. But it would be all Wolfpack from there until the fourth quarter, scoring the next 41 points.
CSP running back Michael Beatman compiled 173 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Quarterback Gerrit Hinsdale was 7-of-9 for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Derek Ecklund scored twice, on a 21-yard run and 5-yard pass from Hinsdale.
The Wolfpack never punted and had just one turnover on downs in the fourth quarter with its second-string offense. CSP defensive back Cam Meeder produced the game’s only turnover on an interception.