Warrior struggles continue

CSP blanks Salamanca 40-0 for 2nd straight shutout

Even with a blemish on their record, the last two weeks have suggested the defending Class D state champions don’t plan on going away quietly.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama posted its second straight shutout victory on Friday, toppling Salamanca 40-0 on the road at Veterans Memorial Park. Quarterback Gerrit Hinsdale, receiver Cameron Barmore and a balanced rushing attack gave the Wolfpack a potent offense that built a 34-0 halftime lead on the Warriors and the CSP defense led the way the rest of the night.

Since losing to Franklinville/Ellicottville in Week 3, 24-8, the Wolfpack have won two straight by a combined score of 88-0, beating Cattaraugus-Little Valley last Saturday.

“I think any time you lose it’s a valuable learning experience,” said CSP coach Ty Harper, whose team won the state title 26-6 over Moravian last November. “Replacing so many key players from last year’s team, I think that we’ve got a lot of young guys that are learning about varsity football. I think our inexperience showed that night and we’re just focused on getting better every week. I think sometimes when you lose, it can be good for you as long as you learn from it and improve going forward and we just need to keep doing that.”

Hinsdale completed 9 of his 12 passing attempts for 162 yards and three touchdowns, with his main target, Barmore, collecting five catches for 107 yards and a score.

Connor Cooper led the CSP rushing attack with eight carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns, while John Swabik had a rushing and receiving touchdown.

Harper put in mostly second-string offensive and defensive units after the first drives of the second half, securing a 40-point lead.

“I think our guys came out and executed pretty well for us in the first half,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for (Salamanca) coach (Chad) Bartoszek and what he’s building over here. We’ve seen film on these guys obviously and I know they’re young in some spots. I think in a couple years or probably even sooner they’re going to be pretty tough, so we wanted to really put an emphasis on starting well. It’s a tough place to play, so we were pleased with that first half.”