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Class AA football state semifinal: West Genesee 30, Orchard Park 27

ROCHESTER -- We're live from the Class AA state semifinal football game between Orchard Park and longtime lacrosse nemesis West Genesee.

5:50 p.m.: I’m surrounded by plywood and plexiglass. Extension cords are hanging from an unfinished ceiling with exposed insulation. People are wearing winter hats and heavy coats. Welcome to the Paetec Park “press box.” Hey, I’m not complaining. I’ve been in much worse when it comes to covering high school sports. The facility might not be finished, but we've got portable heaters and wireless internet. Great job by Section V making all the necessities available for reporters.

5:55 p.m. In the earlier games, Chenengo Forks beat Geneva, 14-13, in the Class B game while Bishop Ludden won the Class C game in overtime, 34-33, over Leroy.

6:03 p.m. Orchard Park wins the toss and will receive.

6:10 p.m. That didn't take long. Orchard Park, behind a first-down run by Kyle Hoppy on third-and-13 and six runs by Jeff Tundo, have taken a 7-0 lead. Tundo went right, then cut back through the middle for a 10-yard TOUCHDOWN run. Michael Maggioli added the extra point with 8:05 left in the first quarter.

6:21 p.m. West Genesee moved the ball well behind its vaunted passing attack, moving as deep as the 6-yard line. But a delay of game penalty on fourth-and-2 pushed the Wildcats back to the 11, where they missed a field goal with 3:04 left in the first quarter.

6:25 p.m. OP quickly was forced to punt, but a roughing-the-kicker penalty gave them new life and a first down at its own 42. One play later it's the end of the FIRST QUARTER with OP leading, 7-0.

6:28 p.m. The new life doesn't last long. OP punts it away and West Genny takes over at its 26 with 11:45 to go in the second quarter.

6:32 p.m. We're tied. West Genny moved the ball almost at will during its drive, earning four straight first downs. On second-and-10 at the OP 31, Tim Moran hit George Eunice over the middle and he sprinted into the end zone for a TOUCHDOWN. Luke Cometti added the extra point and we're tied at 7-7

6:37 p.m. West Genny could be on the march again after OP goes three-and-out. The Wildcats take over at their 21.

6:40 p.m. Not marching for long. WG recovered its own fumble and had a false start penalty, then punted. OP takes over at its 25.

6:42 p.m. Another three-and-out for OP after Tundo gets stuffed twice and Hoppy is tripped up on a draw. West Genny starts its drive at its 37 less than three minutes before halftime.

6:49 p.m. Another impressive drive by West Genesee as they take the lead. Three first-down passes by Moran moved West Genny to the OP 14, where Moran hit a wide-open Ben Waldron, the running back coming out of the backfield, on the left side and he strolled to the left pylon for the TOUCHDOWN with 42 seconds to play in the second quarter. Cometti's extra point puts West Genny ahead, 14-7

6:51 p.m. Maybe a spark for OP? On first down at its 25, Hoppy takes a draw to the right, bursts into the secondary and gains a first down at the West Genny 47. There's 26 seconds to play and OP takes a timeout.

6:54 p.m. Not so fast, OP. On its next play, Hoppy throws a pass over the middle that West Genesee's Eunice is waiting to intercept. He nearly returns it all the way before getting knocked out of bounds at the OP 19.

6:57 p.m. Moran hits Joe Fazio for a first down, and after an incomplete pass with three seconds left, Cometti booms a 22-yard FIELD GOAL and West Genesee takes a 17-7 lead to HALFTIME.

7:03 p.m. Some halftime stats, thanks to the outstanding, always-on-top-of-things Section V stat team: Tundo has carried 13 times for 65 yards, Hoppy 4 for 50. Hoppy is 0 for 2 with the interception. For West Genny, Moran's numbers back up what has been a very impressive performance: 14 of 18 for 192 yards and the two touchdowns. West Genny has run 10 times for 43 yards.

7:15 p.m. OP kicks off to start the second half, and West Genesee will start at its 30.

7:16 p.m. OP stuffs a pass out to the left side for no gain near its sideline and the Quakers bench roars with approval.

7:18 p.m. OP stops a simliar pass to the left, but on the next play, a third-and-9, Moran calmly hits Fazio for a 13-yard gain and you get the feeling West Genny might be marching again.

7:22 p.m. Yup, they kept moving like they did in the first half. Behind key runs from Waldron and yet another first down pass from Moran, West Genny moved deep into OP territory and scored again. Fazio made a great catch with his hands away from his body, shed a defender and neatly found the end zone for a 25-yard TOUCHDOWN. With 8 minutes exactly left in the third quarter, Cometti's kick is blocked and West Genesee leads, 23-7.

7:27 p.m. A sign of life for OP as a short pass to Mike Allaire goes for 29 yards, but OP turns it over on fourth-and-10 at the West Genesee 25 when Waldron intercepted Hoppy to give WG the ball at its 7.

7:31 p.m. Here's the only problem with passing all the time. On Moran's first pass from the WG 7, his throw to the left flat lands right between the '8' and ''2' in the jersey of OP junior Dave Michael, who has a short run to the end zone for an 8-yard TOUCHDOWN. The two-point conversion fails so the West Genesee lead is now 23-13.

7:39 p.m. Looks like Moran and West Genny have recovered. They're back to moving the ball on OP consistently. A seven-play drive has moved the Wildcats to the OP 26, where it has a second-and-8 at the end of the third quarter.

7:42 p.m. The Wildcats are back in firm control. West Genny had a third-and-4 at the OP 22, but an encroachment penalty by the Quakers gave them a first down, a Moran pass gave West Genny a first-and-goal at the 3, and Ryan McConnell took a pitch to the left side and broke the plane for a TOUCHDOWN. With 10:21 to play, Commetti's extra point gives West Genesee a 30-13 lead.

7:49 p.m. OP went on the move on its next drive, doing it what it needed to do by answering with a quick score in seven plays. Jake Gurtler made a great one-handed catch over the middle on a slant and ran in for a 17-yard TOUCHDOWN. Maggioli's kick is good and the West Genesee lead is 30-20.

7:53 p.m. OP, which had a great onsides kick attempt but couldn't recover it, had the Wildcats in a third-and-4 at midfield when another OP encroachment penalty gave West Genny a first down. Ouch.

7:57 p.m. OP holds, however, and takes over after a West Genny punt at its own 27 with 6:04 left.

8:01 p.m. West Genny just took timeout with 3:19 left to get itself collected because OP has suddenly marched down the field the way the Wildcats have been doing all game. OP's hurry-up offense, behind Hoppy's throws and some Tundo runs, puts it at third-and-goal from the 1.

8:03 p.m. Tundo powers in for the TOUCHDOWN, Maggioli adds the extra point, and look at this: West Genesee 30, Orchard Park 27, with 3:16 left to play.

8:08 p.m. OP had West Genny in a third-and-6 with 2:31 left, and Moran hit Kevin Petrick on the right side for a first down. OP takes a timeout, its last, with 1:55 left and West Genny facing a second-and-9 at its 46.

8:10 p.m. West Genny takes timeout  with 1:14 left facing a third-and-11 at its 44.

8:12 p.m. West Genny's screen pass is stopped in bounds, it lets the clock run down to 30 seconds before taking a time out. WG has a fourth-and-10 at its own 45.

8:14 p.m. OP takes over after a punt at its own 31 with 23 seconds left.

8:16 p.m. 13 seconds left. OP faces third down at its 31 after two incompletions.

8:17 p.m. It's over. FINAL SCORE: West Genesee 30, Orchard Park 27. The third down play was the last one. Christos Dimkos sacked a scrambling Hoppy and the clock ran out.

8:41 p.m. After running what felt like a lap around Paetec Park doing interviews, here are some final stats. Moran was 25 of 31 for 284 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Joe Fazio had nine catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. WG ran for 96 yards on 29 attempts. For OP, Jeff Tundo had 116 yards and two touchdowns and 23 carries. Hoppy was 6 of 11 for 128 yards with a TD and two interceptions; he also ran nine times for 68 yards. OP's Jake Gurtler caught four balls for 61 yards.

-- Keith McShea

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