After another remarkable touchdown catch by senior Pat Galer late in the second quarter, the Whitesboro Varsity Football team found itself tied with Greece Athena 14-14 at halftime - - and with momentum on its side.
But, unfortunately, that’s as close to victory as the Warriors would get.
Greece Athena defeated Whitesboro 41-21 in a Class A state semifinal game at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on November 18. A win would have put Whitesboro in the state championship game.
Instead, a rough third quarter put an end to the Warriors’ title hopes.
Greece Athena marched 52-yards down the field in six plays to score a touchdown on its first offensive possession of the second half. An interception on Whitesboro’s first offensive possession of the second half quickly led to another touchdown. Then, Whitesboro failed to recover the ensuing kickoff, and Greece Athena needed just six plays to score again to take a commanding 34-14 lead.
All three scores came in just six minutes.
Whitesboro did try to battle back in the fourth quarter - - Galer caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in quadruple coverage with 4:32 left to go in the game - - but, it was too little, too late.
Galer finished the game with 12 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Mike Cirasuolo finished the game with 119 yards rushing on 21 carries and one touchdown. Senior quarterback Donte Filletti, who threw two touchdown passes, finished the season with 12 touchdown passes.
With the loss, Whitesboro finished its 2016 campaign with an 11-1 record. The 11 wins is a school-record. The Warriors also won its second straight Section III Class A title and tenth overall. Coach Tom Schoen is now 267-126-4 in 43 seasons as head coach - - four wins shy of tying the Section III record for career wins.
Greece Athena fell to Somers 25-17 in the Class A state championship game on November 25 at the Carrier Dome, in Syracuse.
Congratulations to the Whitesboro Varsity Football team on a great, and historic, season!