Unlikely Hero Leads FM on Late Rout of West Genesee
By Kellie Cowan
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:27:31 GMT — FM Coach Damien Rhodes is still smiling today after his Hornets' late push Thursday night against West Genesee. Trailing by a field goal with less than six minutes left on the clock in the fourth, FM went on a 21-point run care of an unexpected hero: senior Chris Bortel. In just three minutes Bortel took his only four carries of the game for 111 yards and three touchdowns, quickly transforming what had, until that point, been a back-and-forth battle into a blowout. "Chris ran with an attitude and desire that was needed late in a game," said Rhodes. "He really stepped up and showed leadership through his play." The breakout performance was enough to overcome Syracuse University commit Naesean Howard's three touchdown, 234-yard night and propelled the Hornets to a 44-26 victory. While Rhodes wasn't surprised in his team's ability to rally late, he was pleasantly surprised at the source. "I knew he was a good runner who ran hard and at full speed. I didn't know it'd equate to 111 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries." In his first year at the helm, Rhodes' squad is out to a 2-0 start to the season after taking down the Wildcats. The Hornets will look to continue their hot start as Baldwinsville comes to visit next Friday.
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