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Sports > High School >> Football

Power outage: SW dominates early but runs out of gas vs. Pawling

Sep 9, 2019

By Richard A. Ross - reporter/photographer

Sullivan West senior Henry Peters flies over a Pawling defender to score the first of his two TD's in the game. The Dawgs marshaled an early 12-0 lead but gave up 22 unanswered points in their home-opener defeat to the Tigers.
LAKE HUNTINGTON—Talent, skill, size and energy: Those assets were on display by the Sullivan West Bulldogs in the early going of their home opening grid fray against the Pawling Tigers.
After keeping Pawling at bay the entire first quarter, during which the Bulldogs amassed significant ground yardage, the Dawgs marched 80 yards early in the second stanza and scored on a 12-yard run by senior Henry Peters who vaulted over the back of a defender into the endzone. The two-point conversion failed but senior quarterback/kicker Gabe Campanelli adeptly recovered his own onsides kick and just two minutes later Peters carried it in again, this time from the four for the 12-0 lead. Once again the two-point conversion attempt came up empty, but the Dawgs were on a roll.
However, what was looking right then to be a potential Sullivan West win over Pawling, melted away behind a combination of untimely penalties that helped a faltering Tigers team to their first points just before the half as quarterback Quinn Clowry hit wide receiver Aidan Clowry with a 13-yard pass with 2:08 to go in the period. Quinn Clowry took it in for the conversion.

The Dawgs led 12-8 at the half but that lead was short-lived. Dover had won the opening toss but elected to defer. They got the kickoff to start the second half and Just 25 seconds later the Clowrys connected again, this time on a 38-yard TD pass to give the Tigers a 14-12 lead. The conversion failed. Fans hoped the Bulldogs would regain their early moxie and take the lead buck, but that was not to be.
Sullivan West which lacks depth in terms of experienced, game-ready players was showing signs of fatigue as their offense couldn't gain any consistent traction. That said, they held Pawling scoreless for the remainder of the third quarter. Late in the fourth quarter the Clowrys connected for their third TD of the game. Aidan carried it in for the conversion to bring the final score to 22-12.
Sullivan West (0-1) will travel to Spackenkill on Saturday. The Spartans made short work of Ellenville in their season opener. Pawling hosts Roscoe which fell to Onteora in its season opener. Pawling, like many teams lost quite a bit of talent to graduation but coach Jason Kuhlman said, “Our kids learned a lot about themselves tonight. We have a lot of new guys out on the field. We're not as big as Sullvan West, and I think we were a bit intimidated up front early in the game,” he noted.
But the Tigers made adjustments and Sullivan West ran out of steam. The result: 22 unanswered points and a Pawling come-from-behind victory.
Sullivan West Co-Coach JP Lang felt fatigue was a key factor. “We're not deep and many of our younger guys don't have the experience yet to step up. Pawling made big plays tonight and after those two scoring drives, we didn't.” Assistant Coach John Hauschild counseled the team to put this loss in the rearview mirror and concentrate on the next game, the fray against Spackenkill.

Sullivan West stats
414 yards of rushing: Henry Peters 85; Gabe Campanelli 147; Tarrell Spencer 14; Justin LeConey 47; Hunter Mall 6: Jason Lowe 7. Passing: Gabe Campanelli 4/8/33. Receiving Mall 2/20, Lowe 2/20. Tackles: Henry Peters 12; Spencer 5 with three sacks; Enoch Peters 8 with two sacks; Jason Gaebel 7.

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