By Todd Palmatier
The Ellicottville Little Eagles Football program concluded it regular season home schedule this past Sunday with two great wins. The Pee Wee program, under the direction of longtime coach Brad Hurley, ran its regular season record to 5-0 with a 15-0 shutout win over the Pine Valley Long Horns. The offense was led by Ryan DeKay with two touchdown scores on the day and he was closely followed in the ground game by Reece Benjamin, Aidan Murray and Owen Poling, all three contributing positive yardage on the ground for the Eagles. On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles were led by Joshua Coolidge, Aidan Joyce and Brett Kryniski. All of them stopped the Longhorns offensive attack and created a shutdown defensive front. The team travels to Springville this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. to take on the Griffins.
The Midget Eagles put up 39 points on the Longhorns on Sunday with Jordan Peplinski leading the offense with two touchdown runs of 65 and 58 yards. Jonah Rust, Jordan Grinols and Thomas Hackett each scored touchdowns for the offense as well. Brenden Chudy and Clayton Rowland each had two and one extra point scores for the offense. Wyatt Chudy led the defensive squad with a 68-yard fumble recovery touchdown for the Eagles. Steve Rowland and Griffin Haley led the team in tackles. The Eagles also had their annual Family Appreciation Day on Sunday, and all players and cheerleaders presented their moms and dads at midfield in between games. The program is aging out 19 kids this year as they will be moving to the high school program.
The Ellicottville-Franklinville varsity football team (4-0) took a long bus ride to Brocton to take on the combined team of Westfield-Brocton on Friday night and stamped out a 50-0 victory. Senior Callum Watt led the offensive charge with eight rushes for 94 yards and one TD. Senior Phalla Musall, wearing a tribute to his mom, Kathy Musall, on his sleeve, had 12 rushes for 80 yards and two TDs. Junior Caleb Rinko had two TDs. Also, Tanner Colucci had a 60-plus punt return for a touchdown. The defense again stood tall on Friday as they held their opponents to 60 total yards on the night. Tyler Slaughenhaupt led the team with six tackles and on interception, and Zack Rathbun had two sacks and five tackles. The varsity program takes on the Randolph Cardinals on Friday night at 7 p.m. in Randolph. This is a huge midseason matchup, as Randolph is ranked as the No. 1 small school football team in WNY.
The JV football team took on Cattaraugus-Little Valley on Monday night and laid a 49-22 smack down on the Timberwolves. Griffin Chudy led the team in rushing, and Austin Grinols and Brock Blecha both scored for the JV squad. The defense was led by Deric Leiper and Sam Erickson, who both laid out some of the loudest hits of the night. Tyler Penrod led the Timberwolves offense with two TD runs of over 60 yards, one of them good for 86 yards. The JV team takes on Randolph Cardinals next Monday at Franklinville.
In girls’ soccer, the varsity team finished the week 0-1-1 with a 0-0 tie against Salamanca, and then lost to Williamsville 5-0. The JV girls finished the week 0-3 with losses to much larger schools — Holland, Williamsville and Olean. The girls modified team won 2-1 over Salamanca.
The boys’ varsity soccer program finished the week 3-1, 7-3 overall. They lost to Fillmore 2-0, beat Portville 2-0, West Valley 4-0 and Allegany-Limestone 3-1. Patrick McMahon Eagan had three goals over the four games. Robert Sawicki and Jack Haley had two goals, while Nick DiDonato and Cameron Eddy each chipped in one goal. The modified boys are 7-1 and finished the week 2-0, with shut outs over West Valley and Allegany-Limestone.
In other sports news, the Ellicottville Little Eagles and the ECS Sports Boosters have begun the process of installing the new sound system on the athletic fields. They are both donating this state-of-the-art system to help enhance the fans’ experience at ECS.