It may have been one of the best comebacks in Schalmont football history.
Down 28-12 in the fourth quarter, the Sabres scored three touchdowns to pull out a 32-28 victory over Fonda-Fultonville last Friday in a class B Western Division game in Rotterdam.
I think for Schalmont, it was a good program win, said Sabres coach John Gallo. "We needed the win anyway to have any hope of making the playoffs. We just did what we needed to do on offense. It came a little late."
Fonda took a 16-point lead on Cory Calkins' 44-yard touchdown run and Josh Nethaway's conversion pass to Frank Garguilo early in the fourth quarter, but Schalmont (1-2 division, 2-4 overall) didn't give up. Kenny Lancto threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jack Macejka to pull the Sabres within 10 points. Then, tailback Ryan Donadio scored on a 4-yard run. Schalmont missed the two-point conversion, though, which left the Sabres with a four-point deficit.
Lancto completed the comeback in the final minute when he connected with Macejka on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Donadio added a conversion run " the only conversion Schalmont made " to give the Sabres their first lead since the first quarter.
Lancto threw for 204 yards, and Donadio rushed for 194 yards to lead the Sabres.
"Kenny's had a tough beginning of the year, but by far that was his best effort," said Gallo of his junior quarterback.
Donadio gave Schalmont a 6-0 lead with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but Fonda got a 2-yard scoring run by Nethaway and a 65-yard touchdown pass from Nethaway to Garguilo to grab a 14-6 halftime lead.
Nethaway added a 6-yard scoring strike to Jeff Hadwell early in the third quarter before Adam Altieri's 60-yard touchdown reception gave Schalmont new life.