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By Robert Cornell

Canisteo-Greenwood comes back from 14-0 to reach Section V football championship!

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The Canisteo-Greenwood football team had not trailed all season.

Friday night, they were down 14-0 in the Section V semifinals to Red Jacket

However, it is very apparent that if you are going to take to the field and play the the C-G 8-man football team, you best be ready for a hard hitting game on both sides of the ball.

With the beast of a running back in Keegan Foote that has steam rolled over some of the biggest defenders to the defensive line with the likes of Brody Houghtaling and Wyatt Hulburt, who seem to have a hand on every tackle that gets near the line of scrimmage.

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In an amazing effort, Canisteo-Greenwood stormed back with 68 points and the undefeated, 10-0 C-G squad won, 68-34.

C-G is #1 in the state and Section V as Red Jacket ended a great season 6-4 with the #4 seed.

Early on, C=G didn’t have an answer for junior Micah Harshfield who ran for four touchdowns, returned two kicks for touchdowns and threw a 65-yard touchdown pass.

These two teams met in week three with Canisteo-Greenwood winning, 50-18 and C-G seemed to remember that as they started playing tougher defense and scored five times in the final two minutes of the first hald.

Another thing that helped was the crowd.

The stands in Canisteo were packed which helped shake off the early jitters on a beautiful night for football in the Canisteo Valley with temperatures in the 50’s.

With the win, C-G will now move on to the 8-man championship game against Pembroke.  This will be a rematch from week two as CG won, 28-14. The 8-man sectional final is slated to kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Pittsford-Sutherland High School Nov. 12.

One of the key notes about the game is not that of any one player but to the coaching staff, with the game getting out of reach for the red jackets Head Coach Steve Donlon and his coaching staff drilled into the players to stay within themselves and not create unnecessary flags.

As the season closes in on a team and some players their high school careers things might get a little heated and players might become overly physical out of frustration. Bravo to the C-G coaching staff from instilling winning with dignity and not reacting to anything.

This attitude will help these young men as they navigate in life. High School Sports are truly a life lesson thank you CG coaching staff!

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