By Todd Palmatier
The Ellicottville Little Eagles Pee Wee football team march into the Super Bowl this Saturday at 3:30 p.m., when they will take on the Randolph Raiders. The Pee Wees beat the Salamanca Sabers on Sunday 12-6 behind the stout running of Ryan DeKay and Logan Grinols. The team was without three of their best linemen but continued to pound the running game, and both Grinols and DeKay were able to break some large runs. First year back Owen Chudy also had a great run to help keep the Eagles offense on the field. Brett Kryniski and Aidan Joyce, who both had impressive stops on the defensive line, led the defense!
The Super Bowl will be a rematch of last year’s game, and the Eagles will be seeking their revenge! The Eagles encourage all to come to Cattaraugus/Little Valley on Saturday, Oct. 25 to support the Little Eagles.
The Little Eagle cheerleaders competed in the CCMFL Cheer competition on Saturday in Salamanca, and the Midget Cheerleaders came away with a first overall in the competition, while the Pee Wees finished third.
The varsity football team took on Nichols Collegiate Institute on Saturday afternoon and left victorious with a 45-20 win. The Ellicottville – Franklinville squad racked up 331 offensive yards. Junior quarterback Tommy Easton was 4-7 for 141 yards passing with two touchdowns. Senior running back Phalla Musall gained 117 yards on 17 carries and had three touchdowns. He also led the defense with nine tackles. Sophomore Preston Hutchinson had a great day on both sides of the ball, leading all receivers with 57 yards and tallying six solo tackles, eight assists and a sack.
The varsity team completes its regular season this Friday night at 7 p.m. in Franklinville against Portville. The varsity team has locked up second place in the class D playoffs and will be hosting a playoff game on Oct. 31.
In soccer, the playoffs are upon us and begin this week for both Coach Mary Neilon’s girls’ squads and Coach Matt Finn’s boys’ squad. The girls will be taking on Pine Valley this Saturday on Oct. 25 in Pioneer with time to be determined. The boys host their first playoff game at ECS on Oct. 23 as they take on Pine Valley at 3:30 p.m.
The ECS Sports Boosters are looking for volunteers to help with the EVL Half Marathon. If you can give 2–3 hours of your time, please contact Debbie Golley or Kevin Watt. The race is on Nov. 1, and help is needed from 10 a.m. on. The race coordinators have graciously offered to make it a fundraiser event for the Sports Boosters. It is an easy way for student athletes, coaches and parents to help our organization and it is a wonderful chance to raise funds for the Sports Boosters.