Herkimer football shuts out Central Valley Academy

Herkimer Magician Dylan Hart jumps over teammate Kyle Annutto (11) after Annutto recovered a Central Valley Academy fumble at the start of the second quarter Tuesday.

HERKIMER – Playing their second game in five nights, the Herkimer Magicians shut out the much more rested Central Valley Academy Thunder in Tuesday’s 20-0 victory.

“We did what we needed to do on offense and the defense played outstanding tonight,” Herkimer coach Jason Alexander said.

Quarterback Jordan Foote threw for one Herkimer touchdown and returned an interception for another on defense in the first half. Senior classmate Braden Alexander ran for touchdown early in the fourth quarter after setting it up with a long punt return on the previous play.

Foote threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Annutto at the end of the Magicians’ first drive late in the first quarter. The kick by Jacob Huyck put Herkimer (2-1) up 7-0.

A short punt gave Central Valley Academy (0-3) possession on the Herkimer side of midfield late in the first half but after throwing one pass incomplete, Brady Johnson had his second intercepted by Foote who stepped in front of intended receiver Cole Brewer, caught the ball and raced 78 yards along the left sideline for the defensive touchdown, the second in as many games for the Herkimer secondary.

Herkimer Magician Jordan Foote intercepts a Central Valley Academy pass during the second quarter of Tuesday's game. Foote returned the interception for a touchdown.

Annutto had returned an interception for a touchdown in Friday’s game against West Canada Valley.

The third quarter ended with a sack that left Central Valley Academy facing a fourth-and-15 play. The Thunder punted to start the fourth and Braden Alexander caught Brewer’s near the middle of the field and broke loose along the home sideline before being tackled by Mitchell Arndt at Central Valley Academy’s 9-yard line. The Magicians handed the ball to Alexander on the next play and he ran for his touchdown.

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