CLYMER, N.Y. — “Somehow we won again.”
Those were the words of Clymer football coach Marc Heiser after Saturday’s hectic 20-14 non-league victory over former ex-rival Ellicottville.
Nick Heil was the offensive standout as he ran for three scores and rushed for 129 yards on 22 carries.
And sophomore Adam Walker came through near the finish to seal the win with an interception.
Clymer trailed 14-7 at the half, tied it in the third quarter and winning it on Heil’s third TD, 15-yard run.
He opened the second half by returning the kickoff 92 yards to paydirt.
Clymer had 252 total yards, all rushing, on 51 attempts. The Pirates were 0 of 4 passing.
Dan Wiggers played fullback in the second half and picked up 75 yards off 20 rushes.
Ellicottville (0-2) had 132 yards rushing and 131 passing, hitting 4 of 13, with two TDs and two interceptions.
Pat Folland was on the receiving end of a pair of touchdown passes from Brian McNeal of 56 yards and 25 yards. McNeal had 23 carries for 91 yards rushing
Wiggers made 16 tackles, and had an interception and a sack for the Pirates.
“The last pick was the killer for them,” noted coach Heiser. “We couldn't convert a first down with 1:30 remaining, so we tried to punt.
“We had a high snap, Wiggers corralled the ball and kind of kicked it back to the original line of scrimmage — which was our 45,” he noted. “On first down, their quarterback heaved it deep toward the goal-line. Adam Walker, who wasn't playing today until someone else got hurt, played centerfield and picked it off.
“We were then able to kneel down and the game was over,” Heiser stated.
Clymer had 13 first downs to 11 for the losers, the Pirates also with six penalties for 50 yards.
Clymer next travels to Chautauqua Lake on Friday.
Ellicottville 0 14 0 0 — 14
Clymer 7 0 7 6 — 20