Clymer/Sherman/Panama had the best player on the field during Saturday afternoon’s Section VI Class D football final, and Cameron Barmore showed why.
He wasn’t the only member of the Wolfpack to assert himself, which is why the defending New York State Public High School Athletic Association champions have kept alive their dream of a repeat.
Barmore caught two long touchdown passes, played some fullback and was disruptive at defensive end as Clymer/Sherman/Panama defeated Franklinville/Ellicottville, 22-0, at frigid New Era Field before an estimated 1,000.
Barmore caught a 67-yard touchdown pass on CSP’s third offensive play as fellow senior quarterback Gerrit Hinsdale and his teammates beat the blitz. Barmore then caught a 69-yard TD late in the third quarter off a halfback pass from John Swabik, as the Wolfpack (8-1) avenged a 24-8 loss in Week Three at the hands of the previously unbeaten Titans (8-1).
That was a game in which F/E threw its weight around to snap CSP's 15-game winning streak as the Wolfpack was breaking in a new offensive line after graduating 20 players from last season. But Saturday was different as the rookies played like veterans, while returnees from last year’s state championship team again performed their best in a big game.
“It feels great," Barmore said. "Everybody looked back at Week Three and remembered how we felt after that game. Every game has been preparation for them because we knew we’d see them again. ... Everybody came ready to play. We brought the juice in practice and everyone was ready today.”
In addition to catching the two TD passes for 136 yards, he finished with 5.5 tackles and a sack for a relentless Wolfpack defense.
“He’s the most dominant player on the field every time he touches the field," winning coach Ty Harper said. "I think he’s as good as anybody in the state at any level. He showcased that today. I’m really happy that he had the game that he did. … When you have a kid like Cameron Barmore, it makes calling plays pretty easy for me.”
CSP's defense limited the Titans to just 143 yards of offense, including 51 rushing.
In the regular-season meeting, F/E quarterback Logan Frank rushed for 150 yards and passed for 42. On Saturday, Frank completed 8-0f-19 passes for 92 yards and an interception but was held to minus-21 yards rushing.
“The kids were just incredible today," Harper said. "Everything that we asked them to do in preparation for this game all week, especially after the way we played the first time when we saw these guys back in Week Three I couldn’t be any prouder of our guys. They just worked hard, probably the best week of preparation we’ve had all season. They did everything we asked them to do.”
CSP carried a 6-0 lead deep into the third quarter when the coaches called for a trick play involving a pair of state track and field champions. Hinsdale pitched to Swabik, the reigning pentathlon champion. He found a wide-open Barmore, the high jump champion, behind the defense. Barmore made a nice adjustment on the ball in mid-stride after looking over the wrong shoulder and hauled in the 69-yard score with 2 minutes, 52 second left in the period.
Connor Cooper scored from the 1 -yard line roughly 5 minutes into the final quarter.
"That throw from John to Cameron was spectacular. It just opened up the floodgates for us," Hinsdale said.
Hinsdale finished 5 of 9 passing for 96 yards, while Cooper rushed 12 times for 64 yards. Swabik and Alex Dunnewold each finished with 6.5 tackles, while Keith Gormley had two sacks for CSP.
The Wolfpack return to action on 5 p.m. Friday at SUNY Brockport to face Section V champion and private school Batavia Notre Dame.
Repeating as Section VI champion feels good, but there's still work to do.
"We get one day to celebrate it," Hinsdale said. "We'll never forget it, but we have to go back to work next week."