By Rob Tetro
The Phoenix varsity football team earned its first win of the season when they rolled past Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 29-6 in its Oct. 24 crossover game.
Phoenix finishes the 2013 season with a 1-7 overall record.
Behind the impressive running of Sophomore Running Back Tim Gandino, the Firebirds took a 22-0 lead into halftime. A-P-W just couldn’t match Phoenix in the game.
It didn’t take long for Tim Gandino to get Phoenix rolling. Early in the first quarter, the Firebirds took an 8-0 lead when Tim Gandino ran the ball in from 62 yards out.
Gandino struck again later in the first quarter. In an equally as impressive run, Gandino ran for a 61-yard touchdown to put Phoenix ahead, 15-0.
Gandino and the Firebirds expanded their lead during the second quarter, with Gandino scoring on a run from 41 yards out to give Phoenix a 22-0 lead right before halftime.
The A-P-W Rebels began the second half showing signs of life. Jarid Paininski ran for an 18-yard touchdown to cut the Firebirds lead to 22-6. However, Phoenix scored again before the third quarter ended to cap off its impressive effort. Brock Maruscak ran the ball in from 2 yards out to expand the Firebirds lead to 29-6.
Phoenix was led by Tim Gandino, who ran for 177 yards and 3 touchdowns on 11 carries. Following Gandino was Brock Maruscak with 17 rushes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Dylan Doupe had 8 carries for 45 yards. Quarterback Billy Ostrander and Derick Powell combined for 4 rushes for 12 yards for the Firebirds.
Defensively, Phoenix was led by Austin Wirth with 11 tackles and 2 sacks. Following Wirth was Brock Maruscak with 6 tackles and Dylan Doupe, Ashton Morrison and Derick Powell had 3 tackles each. Morrison and Powell were also credited with a sack each.
Sage Dygert, Billy Ostrander, Tyler Hanna and Nick Tassone had 2 tackles each. Hanna was also credited with a sack. Tim Gandino, Tyler Sahm and Billy Stone combined for 3 tackles.