Oneonta High graduate Noble Champen ran for a 9-yard touchdown Saturday, but the Oneonta City Stallions dropped their Northeastern Football Alliance home opener, 12-10, to the Finger Lakes Impact at Hartwick College’s Wright Stadium.
“It was a nice night with a decent crowd but a terrible football game,” said Stallions co-owner Tom Terry, whose team committed half of the game’s 12 turnovers. “There were interceptions, fumbles and bad center exchanges on both teams. It was a very, very sloppy performance offensively by both teams.”
Sidney graduate Jimmy Kazalski kicked a 28-yard field goal for Oneonta City (0-2) in the first quarter, but Finger Lakes (2-0) recovered a bad snap on a punt attempt for a touchdown and a 6-3 lead.
Champen followed with his TD run early in the second quarter and Kazalski hit the extra point as the Stallions took a 10-6 lead into halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Impact intercepted a fourth-quarter pass by Champen and returned it for a touchdown to cap the scoring.
“We played musical chairs with quarterbacks last night, ineffectively,” said Terry, whose Stallions gave the snaps to James Chantry in the first and third quarters and used Champen at QB in the second and fourth periods. “This was tough to watch. It was a brutal, disappointing offensive performance. Other than a 40-yard pass to (Cooperstown graduate) Mike Tandle, that’s about all the offense we had.”
Terry said the Stallions’ running game provided little offense for the second straight week.
“We have no running game,” said Terry, whose team opened its season with a 37-17 loss at four-time defending NFA champion Troy on May 31. Champen caught two TD passes from Chantry in the first half last week.
“We’ve got some work to do, plain and simple,” Terry continued. “We just turned the ball over all night. Defensively, we’re way ahead of our offense, which is just painfully tough to watch. We’ve got some things to fix this week because we are just helpless on offense.”