WEEDSPORT — The Warriors utilized a strong running attack and a stifling defensive first half to pick up their first win of the season. 

Weedsport football scored 31 points in the first half and held on in the second to defeat Watertown IHC 50-16 Friday at Weedsport High School. In the victory, the Warriors established a season-high in points scored and their lowest total of points against. 

"I'm very relieved," Weedsport coach Greg Michaels said. "We've taken some thumpings and it's nice to come out with a win. I don't care who we're playing ... it's nice for the kids to win. The seniors didn't win last year on home field as juniors so they at least got one this year and I'm glad for them."

Riley Spingler led Weedsport with 151 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, while Max Horsford (63 yards) and Jake O'Connor (two receptions, 17 yards) also scored a pair of touchdowns. Steve Gilfus was the Warriors' second-leading rusher, totaling 94 yards and a touchdown on the ground. 

Spingler added a 35-yard touchdown on an interception return, while Owen Mabbett and Horsford also picked off Cavaliers quarterback Paul Dimmick. O'Connor added one sack. 

Weedsport leaned on its running game throughout the first half and Watertown IHC had no answer. Spingler’s 7-yard run on a sweep opened the scoring 5:03 into the contest and O’Connor scored from a yard away four minutes later to give the Warriors a 13-0 first quarter lead.

Spingler added his second score — a 67-yard scamper — on the first play of Weedsport’s fourth possession. O’Connor and Gilfus both added touchdowns in the second quarter to put the Warriors in front 31-0.

The Cavaliers rattled off the next 16 points to cut the Warriors’ lead to 31-16 late in the third quarter, but a crucial scoring drive capped off by Horsford’s 13-yard run effectively secured the win for Weedsport.

"Max is like our fifth or sixth tailback but we had some get hurt," Michaels said. "He got in there and that was really the first time he's run at tailback, and he did great. He ran hard, north and south, hit the hole quick and made a guy miss. I thought Max had a great game."

Aside from a late touchdown drive from the Cavaliers in the first half, the Weedsport defense was dominant. Watertown IHC needed 23 minutes just to advance past midfield.

"We finally went to where we were told to go," Michaels said. "We made a couple player adjustments and put in some different guys, and they played a little faster. That was the difference."

Weedsport (1-5) hosts Jordan-Elbridge next Friday.

"We'll be tested next week against Jordan-Elbridge," Michaels said. "They're Class C and pretty good ... their quarterback is excellent. We're going to have to play a lot better to beat them, but it's nice to have a win now and some confidence."

Sports writer Justin Ritzel can be reached at 282-2257 or at justin.ritzel@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @CitizenRitz.

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