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Late field goal lifts Canandaigua over UPrep in state qualifier

Canandaigua celebrates the go-ahead field goal. (Photo via: Christopher Cecere)

Eric Platten knew UPrep was going to attempt to “ice” him, to make him think about his go-ahead-or-go-home field goal a minute longer.

“I wasn’t really unprepared for it,” Canandaigua’s senior kicker, who also plays running back and linebacker, remarked. “Our coaches do the same thing [in practice], so I just kept telling myself, ‘You’ve got this. You’ve got this.’”

Platten did “have it,” booting a 25-yard field goal through the uprights that likely possessed the distance for a 35-yard try. The Braves defense turned UPrep over on downs on the ensuing drive, sealing a 16-14 victory at Webster Schroeder High School.

Head coach Jeff Welch’s team punched its ticket to a second consecutive state tournament and improved to 11-0 overall this season.

“There aren’t many other players I’d rather have in that situation,” Welch said of Platten. “He doesn’t ‘rep’ it very much, not to the point where we know he’s gonna make it. But just who he is, I was pretty confident he was gonna make it.

“He didn’t disappoint.”

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