Wolfpack Cruise into State Semis
The Clymer/Sherman/Panama football program rolled into Williamsville Friday night looking to punch their ticket into the NYSPHSAA semifinals. Standing in their way was Section V’s Canisteo-Greenwood, fresh off an upset win over York/Pavilion a week ago.
The Wolfpack dominated the Chargers right from the opening kick-off, winning 50-16, advancing to the semifinal round for the first time since 2019. Perhaps most impressive for CSP was that it was a total team effort from start to finish.
“I felt like we were incredibly focused coming into this game,” head coach Ty Harper said after the win. “Every unit fed off of one another, special teams fed the offense and they fed off the defense.”
The Wolfpack offense left no stone unturned as 12 different players touched the football during the rout. Junior quarterback Tate Catanese, a finalist for the Connolly Cup, played perhaps his finest game. Catanese threw for 165 yards in just over a half-worth of work. Catanese threw touchdown passes to Bryce Hinsdale, Alex Barmore and Carter Brink. Catanese capped off the game’s opening driver with a short touchdown run of his own.
Hinsdale’s touchdown was a six-yard grab on CSP’s second drive. Aside from his touchdown grab, Hinsdale set the Section VI career receptions mark early in the third quarter with 168.
Brink was targeted twice and caught both balls. The first was a diving catch good for 39 yards, that helped set up the Barmore touchdown. His other reception went for 53 yards and was the fourth CSP touchdown.
The Wolfpack ground game was as lethal as the passing attack. CSP combined for 140 yards rushing, using eight different ball carriers. Bryce Posker, who had a 15-yard touchdown run, led all rushers with 77 yards.
Defensively for the Wolfpack John Watson made six tackles while Collin Ryan made five. Ryan also has a pick-6 that was returned 72 yards.
The Wolfpack will now take on Section IV’s Tioga, who have won 41 straight games dating back to the Covid-shortened spring season.
“Tioga is going to be really tough,” Barmore said. “We’re going to have to use everyone and play our best.”
The Class D semifinal clash will take place next Friday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, at 3 p.m.
Photos by Alex Kolstee