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Utica Yard Dogs Win Opener

Mike Mason scored his 1st TD Saturday, the Utica Yard Dogs go 1-0. Photo Courtesy Utica Yard Dogs

Watertown, NY (WIBX) – In a game marked more by penalties than anything else, the Utica Yard Dogs beat the Watertown Revolution 18-7 at Carthage Field last night.

The Yard Dogs scored first on a safety as Rashawn King tacked a Revolution running back in the end zone. On their next possession, the Yard Dogs scored on Jed Lamont’s 29-yard field goal.

Other Yard Dogs’ offensive highlights of the first half included runs of 15 and 26 yards by Rychard Dykes, and a 43-yard scamper by Mike Mason.

First half defensive highlights included a quarterback sack by Jason Norfolk, an 18-yard interception return by Alex Heath, and a 39-yard interception return by Mike Esper.

In the third quarter, after a 36-yard touchdown run by Watertown’s Angel Hickman to take the lead at 7-5, the Yard Dogs responded with a 34-yard burst by Rychard Dykes, and a 20-yard TD run by Mike Mason. Jed Lamont finished off the scoring with field goals of 32 and 30 yards.

The Yard Dogs’ defensive highlights of the second half included a fumble recovery by Rashawn King, a kickoff recovery by Claude Woody, and interceptions by Greg Williams and Alex Heath.

The leading Yard Dogs’ rusher for the game was Mike Mason (5 carries for 94 yards and a TD), with Justin Pearson adding 49 yards on three carries, and Rychard Dykes gaining 41 yards on four attempts. QB Neil Stanhope threw for 126 yards (nine completions on 21 attempts). Joe Pizzo had two receptions for 37 yards, and Rychard Dykes caught two passes for 31 yards.

Next Saturday’s home opener will be at 7:30 p.m. at Proctor Stadium in Utica. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free magnet schedule.  Check online at for more information.

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