By DAVE YATES
PENCILED, N.Y. — Penfield and Eastridge endured a 2 hour weather delay on Friday night, but that was about the only thing that could slow both offenses down as they combined for 81 points in a 48-33 Lancer win.
The start time for the game was moved up from 7:00 to 5:30 in hopes of getting a good portion completed before the storms moved in. The Lancers picked up on the early start trend, striking on their first possession when Jalen Hannah Rose busted a fifty yard run.
Penfield did have their chances in the early going, putting together two drives that took them deep into Eastridge territory but coming up empty both times, once with a missed field goal, and once when the Lancers defense came up with a stop on fourth down.
But halfway through the second quarter the storm that was forecast arrived-bringing rain, wind and lightning that stayed in the area long enough to drive everyone for cover and keep them off the field for the next two hours.
When they got back to action the Patriots got back into the game. Allen Styles plunged in from 2 yards out to make it a 7-6 game.
Before the second quarter came to a close Eastridge managed to extend their lead thanks to a Matthew Brantley 21 yard touchdown run, making it 14-6 at the half.
Eastridge started the second half with the ball and soon found themselves up by two touchdowns. Sher’ron Davis hooked up with a wide open Jeff Capers for a fifty yard scoring play and it was 21-6.
The Lancers held Penfield to a 3 and out on their next possession and the ensuing punt turned into points for Eastridge. A short kick that went as high as it did far was caught by an alert Brantley who surprised just about everyone and weaved his way into the end zone to make it 28-6.
Styles would get one of those scores back with another short td run but Eastridge responded with another big play early in the fourth quarter. This time it was Hannah getting a hole up the middle and turning on the jets for a 76 yard run.
Styles completed his hat trick with another short scoring run but Koby Jones provided the answer for Eastridge on their next drive. Shaking off a tackler in the backfield and diving for the pylon to convert a 23 yard scoring play.
The scoring onslaught in the fourth quarter would continue when the Patriots’ Javion Monroe took it to the house from 27 yard to make it 41-26. Brantley wrapped up a big night for himself on the very next play from scrimmage, taking it 57 yards for his third score of the night that saw him pick up 121 yards on the ground.
Penfield closed out the scoring when Max Hoadley’s final run of the game took him into the end zone, his tenth carry to close out a 128 yard performance.
With the win Eastridge hits the 500 mark at 2-2 and will host Edison on Saturday. The Patriots fall to 0-4 and will travel to Pittsford on Friday.