FRANKFORT, N.Y. – The Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights rallied to take a lead before halftime Friday and almost did it again at the end of the game but saw the Mt. Markham Mustangs hold on for a 34-27 Class D East victory.

The Maroon Knights trailed 28-15 following the fourth of Mt. Markham quarterback Joshua Douglas’ five touchdown runs midway through the fourth quarter. Joe Streeter picked up the ensuing kickoff along the left sideline and ran the ball back 70 yards for his third touchdown of the night. The Mustangs (2-1, 2-1 D East) blocked John Banas’ kick and kept a seven-point lead.

Douglas answered Streeter’s runback with a long return of his own, and the Mt. Markham offense returned to the field at Frankfort-Schuyler’s 21-yard line after Nick Maneen ran him down from behind and made a touchdown-saving tackle.

Four plays later, Douglas ran 10 yards for another touchdown that stretched the Mustangs’ lead to 13 points with 3:23 left to play.

“Josh Douglas drove the bus tonight,” Mt. Markham coach Loren Winegard said. “We ask him to do a lot, and he does it.”

The Maroon Knights (1-2, 0-2 D East) drove back into Mt. Markham territory, and back-to-back passes from Jason Yelle to Michael DeRollo and Tyler Rosati set up a first down at the Mustangs’ 21. Yelle’s next two passes fell incomplete, and a screen resulted in a loss of yardage on third down. On fourth down, Yelle went to the right side with a high pass for Joe Parrotta. The ball hit Parrotta and deflected up into the air when Mt. Markham’s Robert James grabbed it for an interception that seemingly sealed the game’s outcome with 63 seconds on the clock.

A personal foul on James’ return pushed the Mustangs’ offense back to the Mt. Markham 19, and Frankfort-Schuyler lineman Josh Grems covered a fumble at the line of scrimmage on the next play.

Yelle threw right to Josh Morgan who turned the second-down screen pass into a 19-yard touchdown and moved the Maroon Knights back within one touchdown with 44 seconds left to play.

Both teams lined up for an anticipated onside kick – Frankfort-Schuyler had already unsuccessfully tried one at the end of the first half – and Banas sent a hard squib kick past the first line of Mustangs to the left side. Frankfort-Schuyler’s Brayden Zahniser won the race to the ball, and the Maroon Knights regained possession at the Mt. Markham 32. Yelle and Morgan connected for a 17-yard gain on fourth down, and a seven-yard run by Streeter set up another fourth at the Mt. Markham 4 when the Maroon Knights called their final timeout with seven seconds to play.

Yelle threw left on the Maroon Knights’ final offensive play and the ball sailed beyond the reach of a diving Morgan in the end zone.

A last-minute drive in the Maroon Knights’ 23-16 loss in Herkimer one week earlier ended with an intercepted pass with 12.4 seconds left.

“I give the kids credit for hanging in there,” Frankfort-Schuyler coach Jeff LaGase said. “They just kept fighting to stay in the game.”

Mt. Markham led 14-0 Friday on touchdown runs of eight yards in the first quarter and one in the second by Douglas. The Mustangs turned the ball over on downs on their next possession and the Maroon Knights took the ball at their own 24 with 2:56 left in the first half. Streeter ran 29 yards on the first play of the drives and picked up two more first downs before capping the drive with an 18-yard touchdown run with 1:00 on the clock. Streeter also ran for the conversion and made it a 14-8 game.

The Frankfort-Schuyler defense forced Mt. Markham to punt from midfield, and Streeter took his next handoff 78 yards down the right sideline for another touchdown with one solitary second left to tick off the clock. Banas kicked the extra point and the Maroon Knights led 15-14 at halftime.

Douglas finished a 12-play drive with a two-yard touchdown at the start of the third quarter. The Mustangs drove to the Frankfort-Schuyler 6 and turned the ball over on downs on their next possession, sparked by a 63-yard run by Douglas who was tackled from behind when Morgan dove and grabbed his ankles. Douglas ran 26 yards for another touchdown when the Mustangs got the ball back.

Douglas ran for 225 yards on 27 carries, and completed three of the five passes he attempted for 40 more yards. Robert Linen-Holmes added 113 rushing yards on 17 carries, and caught a 29-yard pass.

Streeter ran the ball 27 times for 259 yards. Yelle was 8-for-23 passing for 71 yards.

Both teams play non-league games at home Friday, Frankfort-Schuyler against Sauquoit Valley, and Mt. Markham against Cato-Meridian.

MT. MARKHAM 34, FRANKFORT-SCHUYLER 27

Mt. Markham  6  8  8  12 — 34

Frankfort-Schuyler  0  15  0  12 — 27

First Quarter

MtM – Josh Douglas 8 run (run failed), 2:45.

Second Quarter

MtM – Douglas 1 run (Robert Linen-Holmes run), 7:48.

F-S – Joe Streeter 18 run (Streeter run), 1:00.

F-S – Streeter 78 run (John Banas kick), :01.

Third Quarter

MtM – Douglas 2 run (Alphonso Linen-Holmes run), 5:39.

Fourth Quarter

MtM – Douglas 26 run (run failed), 6:18.

F-S – Streeter 70 kickoff return (kick blocked), 6:05.

MtM – Douglas 10 run (run failed), 3:23.

F-S – Josh Morgan 19 pass from Jason Yelle (kick failed), :44.

Records – Mt. Markham 2-1, 2-1 D East; Frankfort-Schuyler 1-2, 0-2 D East.