NEW HARTFORD — Hard-running Isaiah Turo scored four touchdowns, including two in a fourth-quarter comeback and another in overtime to lead Mexico to a 41-33 shootout win over New Hartford in a Class B East football game Friday night at Don Edick Field.
Turo, powering his way on sweeps and counters, scored the decisive overtime touchdown on a 4-yard run. He added a two-point run, putting the pressure on New Hartford on their possession. The Spartans effort ended when Cormac McIntosh was stopped at the 1 after a 4th-and-10 pass from Joe Murray.
New Hartford appeared to take command late in the third quarter. The Tigers had grabbed the lead with a long drive to open the second half, Turo scoring from the six. However, the Spartans came back on a couple of long marches of their own, Murray throwing to Joe Kelly for a 15-yard score and Blake Hobin, who carried 36 times for 221 yards and three touchdowns, scoring from the 3.
The Spartans got another 3-yard score from Hobin early in the fourth quarter to lead 33-19 before the Tigers rallied. They got a touchdown from Turo at the end of a 64-yard drive, with Turo adding the two-point run. The Tigers got the ball back when they pulled the ball away from Nikita Lamakin on the kickoff, then went 51 yards. Isaiah Turo got the touchdown with from the 1 with 10.8 seconds to play. Carter Haynes’ conversion kick was partially blocked and hit the crossbar, leaving the teams knotted at 33-33.
Mexico got off to an early 13-0 lead, taking advantage of a couple of New Hartford errors. A short punt by Hobin set up the Tigers at the Spartan 40, and Greg Blake dashed all the way to the end zone on first down, leaving a few missed tackles in his wake. Haynes added the kick. The Tigers scored again following a bad Spartan punt snap that gave them the ball at the New Hartford 25. Four plays later, Josh O’Reilly connected on a 24-yard option pass to Marcus Turo. The kick failed and Mexico led, 13-0.
The Spartans came back immediately. Hobin’s 22-yard run was the key play in a quick, five-play, 59-yard drive that he ended with a 1-yard plunge. Cormac McIntosh added the kick. The Spartans stopped the Tigers on their next possession, and took off on a 10-play, 65-yard drive, with Hobin grinding out solid yards behind linemen Niko Policelli, Max Joseph, Trevor Powers, Sam Mirarchi and Will Locke and Lamakin at tight end. Murray got the payoff from a yard out, but the kick was blocked, leaving the teams deadlocked at the half.