LIVONIA — The defending champion Livonia Bulldogs began the spring season with what turned out to be a three-score win over a scrappy Penn Yan team, 36-18, on Friday night.
The ‘Dogs seized a 14-12 lead at halftime, but fell behind by four during the third quarter. Livonia then went on to score 22-straight points to seal the victory.
“We didn’t get rattled and just kept playing hard,” said first-year Livonia head coach Chris Genthner.
Jake Smith carried the mail for the Bulldogs, taking 23 totes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, including a two-point conversion.
“It was great to be back on the field playing after so much uncertainty,” said Genthner. “We’ve always told our guys that a win in the first game is a testament to a solid preseason. So it was great for them to see their hard work pay off.”
Senior quarterback Alex Minnehan finished the game just two of six passing for 73 yards, but added 12 carries for 175 yards and a score. Trevor Allen carried the ball nine times for 27 yards and two touchdowns, while Kevin Travis added 10 rushes for 58 yards and a two-point conversion.
Livonia amassed 462 total yards in the victory.
The Bulldogs are 1-0 and look ahead to a matchup with 1-0 Hornell next week.
“There’s not much time to celebrate,” said Genthner. “Coach (Erik) Werner and his staff always do a great job preparing their guys and we’ll have our hands full Friday night.”