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Sports > High School >> Football

Late game heroics

T-V beats Dover via Costa fumble recovery, Streimer TD

Sep 9, 2019

By Richard A. Ross - reporter/photographer

By: RICHARD ROSS | DEMOCRAT
Tri-Valley junior quarterback Keegan Streimer goes aloft to score the first of his four TD's in the game. His game-winning jaunt in the game's waning minutes put the Bears on top after a prior TD run tied the score.
DOVER PLAINS—What a difference a year makes. On Saturday, Tri-Valley and Dover matched up for their season opener for the second straight year. But unlike the 2018 Bears' 50-0 trouncing of the Dragons, this 34-26 Bears' win was a punch-counterpunch, high drama battle with each team's defense hard-put to stop the other.
Dover was New York State champion back in 1997 but things have changed in the grid world significantly since then. Nowadays eight-man football offers up plenty of scoring opportunities as fast runners can hit the edge and travel. And this game saw plenty of that from both squads.

Needless to say, a new season brings big changes, and nowhere is that more apparent than with Tri-Valley. The Bears lost a motherlode of players to graduation from their Section 9 championship squad of a year ago and depth is now an issue where formerly it was anything but. But when you still have a nucleus of experienced, talented players in the fold, and an exceptional, savvy coaching staff, you continue to have plenty to cause problems and woes for the opponent at hand.
And so it was that the 2018 Sullivan County Democrat Player of the Year, junior quarterback Keegan Streimer once again showed his mettle with four touchdowns, two of which came in the fourth quarter including a 56-yard game-winner with 1:05 left in the game.
This game played in the bucolic gorgeous confines of Dover Plains High School was an affair that had featured ties of 6-6, 20-20 and 26-all. Streimer had netted two TD's in the first half, a 13-yard game-opening score and a second quarter seven-yard run, which along with a conversion run by freshman Austin Hartman had given the Bears a 14-6 edge. Dover came back with a second quarter score to make it 14-12 as the Bears nixed the conversion attempt. Hartman's five-yard TD with 1:36 left in the first half afforded the Bears the 20-12 lead at the break. But Dover answered with a pair of TD's, one in the third quarter and one in the fourth to take the lead back 26-20 with 6:05 remaining in the game.
Big time players make big time plays and in the Section 9 Eight Man Universe, no one is more clutch than Streimer who has made a habit of bringing his team back from deficits to victory. Keeping to that paradigm Streimer dashed 36 yards with 3:00 minutes to go to tie the game at 26 apiece.
Thoughts of overtime were beginning to assemble as time was running down. But in the waning minutes Dover was driving yet again for what could have been the game-winning score when Tri-Valley senior Colby Costa pounced on a Dover fumble and recovered it with 1:25 remaining in the game.
Two plays later Streimer exploded on a blast play up the middle for 56 yards and freshman Austin Hartman, wearing the same jersey number as his now-graduated standout brother Drew who looked on from the sidelines, carried it in on the conversion to give the Bears the hard-won win amidst high fives, smiles and sighs of relief.
Tri-Valley Coach Greg Botsford quipped, “I don't like these close ones. It was nip and tuck in this one. Dover's come a long way. They were very young last year. We have a solid eight players but not as much depth. We know it's going to be a challenging year.”
That challenge continues with a rematch of last year's Eight Man Championship game as Pine Plains rolls into Grahamsville for a crossover clash. The Bombers are in the same division with Pawling, Onteora, Millbrook, Spackenkill and Dover. Tri-Valley's division is now one team shy after Eldred pulled out. That likely means a bye week during the season for Tri-Valley, Roscoe, Fallsburg and Sullivan West.

Tri-Valley Stats
Total offense: 360 yards on 46 plays, 7.8 yards per play. 21 first downs.
Rushing 45/360 8.0 yards per carry. Keegan Streimer 25/258 (10.3 yards per carry) with four TD's; Ethan Shaver 16/64 (4.0 yards per carry), Austin Hartman: 4/38 (9.5 yards per carry) with one TD.
Defense: Ethan Shaver 11 tackles; Devin Mullen 7.5 tackles, Keegan Streimer 6.5 tackles, Colby Costa 6.0 tackles and a fumble recovery. Penalties 4/45 yards. Kickoff returns: Austin Hartman 4/86 (21.5 yards per return).





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