Bryce Hinsdale has already started his mark in the Clemmer/Sherman/Panama football record books.
He is just a sophomore.
On Saturday, Hinsdale broke his Wolfpack record in receptions in a game with 17, breaking his previous record of 13 set earlier this season against Randolph. Colby Parks previously held the Clemmer/Sherman/Panama record when he scored 11 in a game against Portville in 2016.
“With the game plan for the past week, I saw that the ball distribution is probably much more,” he said. Wolfpack coach Ty Harper said Monday night. “We ran a play in the first string that was intercepted and brought back for a touchdown that looked good practically all week. From there it kind of becomes ‘what we feel we can run with consistency which will move the strings.’”
According to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, 17 receptions is also a Division VI record, breaking the previous record of 16 set by Mike DiRenzo of East Aurora in 2000 and Jeremy Burr of Iroquois in 2002. The NYSPHSAA record is 22 Prepared by Josiah Neuborn of Amsterdam last season.
“We went out in the second round and I think we dumped it on Bryce in the first play,” Harper said of the 11-yard play. “We felt it was a very good match against one against the corner. I felt he would be able to help us move the ball around from that point on.”
Hinsdale’s last catch on Saturday against Franklinville/Ellicottville, though he didn’t take any yards, gave him 60 of the season, which is also the Climer/Sherman/Panama program record. Cameron Barmore had 46 hits in his 2018 junior season, so Hinsdale already surpassed that record with his fourth grab on Saturday against the Titans, which is 5 yards in the middle of the first quarter.
“I have no idea. I am as reclusive as everyone else after the game when I see the stats. I just try to call up the plays that I think will work and put our team in a position to score points,” Harper said. “I don’t know how many catches or how many throws. Don’t worry about it when I call in plays.”
According to the NYSPHSAA website, the record for Division VI receptions in a season is 75 set by Stefan Parker of Cheektowaga in 2016. The statewide record is 103, set by the Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse Bruce Williams in 2004.
Hinsdale has at least two games left in his season for Wolfpack – next Saturday at Clemmer against St Mary’s of Lancaster and next weekend, likely at home against No. 5 seed D Wilson. The more C/S/ wins P, the more playoffs and, of course, the higher Hinsdale’s chances of breaking records.
“Looking at the matches in the movie, if we see something develop during the game, we might end up throwing the same concept 10 or 15 times if it’s going to work,” Harper said. “The same thing happens with a ball run. If you have a running play that runs successfully, play that play until they stop it.”
Hinsdale is also 98 receptionists in his career, and there are still 16 receptions in Barmore’s Wolfpack record of 114. According to the NYSPHSAA website, the Division’s sixth career record is 167 by Amherst’s Mark Rubin from 2000-03. The state record is CBA Syracuse’s Williams with 227 from 2001-04.
Hinsdale’s 148-yards on Saturday sent him over a 1,000-yard plateau for his run. Barmore finished with 2,192 yards in his career at Clymer/Sherman/Panama, making him 17th on the New York State all-time list. The sixth division record is held by Zach Panebianko of Jamestown, who had 2,500 when he graduated. The New York state record is 3,405 yards, which is held by Williams.
“When these guys do amazing things, whether it’s Cameron Barmore or Bryce or Gerrit (Hinsdale) or John Swabek, any of those guys that we have, people come into the games and the performance is dealt with,” Harper said. “They don’t see the actors rehearsing in practice, they don’t see the work these kids did while on vacation.”
The thing about the receipt log is pretty straightforward: you can’t do it yourself.
All the Hinsdale 38 caught during his freshman season came from now-graduated quarterback Curtis Olson. Hinsdale captured 359 yards and scored one touchdown at the 2021 Wolfpack.
This season, Hinsdale is working with fellow sophomore Tate Catanese, who has been the quarterback since they were both 8 years old. The Catanese-to-Hinsdale connection now hits 60 receptions for 692 yards and five touchdowns per season.
Catanese also spread the ball to Alex Barmore – Cameron’s younger brother – Gabe Roth and Brayden Hayes, all of whom have won at least seven times this season.
“We kind of watch Tate grow up from week to week,” Harper said. “Obviously he had a tough run against Portville in Homecoming, but he’s a very mentally tough boy. He doesn’t necessarily look like he’s upset on the outside, but I know that really pits him against it.
“The past two weeks, (Catanese) have been the lights,” Harper continued. He is easy-going and a good listener. He is very talented. … as he continues to grow and improve … I think you will see all these kids getting better and better. “
Hinsdale will continue to be the Catanese’s target of choice and if Clymer/Sherman/Panama wants to go deep into the post-season, he will continue to be the Wolfpack’s number one choice in attack.
“The game plan will always be based on what we think we can do to score points,” Harper said. “We are very confident in throwing the ball to Brees. He is definitely a man we can turn to.”