Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Opening weekend news and notes

Big day for the Bengals: Tamarac beat Voorheesville 7-0 in the season opener on Saturday. Although it rained throughout the whole game and Tamarac scored the only points of the game just over seven minutes in, it was an extremely entertaining game that came right down to the wire.
Although no one I've spoken with can remember exactly, we believe it is the first time Tamarac beat Voorheesville since 1992 - the Bengals' last winning season.
If their defense can keep it up, Tamarac held the Blackbirds to 67 yards of total offense, the Bengals just might be a darkhorse in Class C this season. Tamarac (1-0, 1-0) hosts Catholic Central (0-1, 0-1) in a Rensselaer County rivalry game on Friday.

You can check out a blog by Tamarac assistant coach Welkley by clicking here.
I liked this team for a number of reasons, but nothing stood out as much as this decision by Tamarac head coach Erick Roadcap. Clinging to that seven-point lead, the Bengals controlled the ball on the Voorheesville four-yard line on a first and goal with less than a minute to go. Rather than pound it in for the game-clinching, stat-padding touchdown, Roadcap held back and had his players run down the clock instead of showing up a classy Voorheesville program with a meaningless last-second score. Good call, coach.

DiNovo earns a spot in the record books: La Salle junior Lou DiNovo hauled in 204 yards receiving on five catches in the Cadets' season-opening win over Colonie, no doubt an impressive number. In fact, DiNovo's performance ranks him No. 13 all-time in single-game receiving yardage in Section II history.

The single-game leader is Josh Provost, who racked up 278 receiving yards on 11 catches for Mohonasen in a 2006 game against Schenectady.

Hoosick Falls corrects passing stats: Hoosick Falls quarterback Kevin Woods connected on a 62-yard screen pass with Dan Okerman in Friday’s 34-19 victory over Cambridge on Friday night, a play originally marked as a run. The extra yardage gave Woods 402 yards passing, the third-highest single-game total in Section II history. Woods finished 19-of-28 with five touchdown throws. Okerman finished with 26 yards rushing on seven attempts.

Aunje Newell (24) leads a host of Lansingburgh tacklers in last Friday's victory over Glens Falls. (Tom Killips - The Record)

A look ahead: Lansingburgh (0-0, 1-0) travels to Burnt Hills to take on the Spartans (0-0, 1-0) in one of the most appealing early season games on the schedule. The Knights trailed Glens Falls at halftime in week one but rallied for a victory and BH-BL rolled over Scotia-Glenville 55-0.
Elsewhere in Class A, Troy travels in Amsterdam in a big test for the Flying Horses. There really isn't anywhere else like Lynch Middle School on a Friday night - the Rugged Rams have a great home-field advantage.
In class B, Cobleskill-Richmondville, the defending Section II champion, travels to Cohoes for a Saturday afternoon game against the upstart Tigers. Albany Academy makes the hike up to Hudson Falls and they will try to stop Joe McMurry, who ran for 435 yards against the Cadets a year ago.
In Class C, Voorheesville will take on Watervliet in a game pitting a pair of first week losers looking to rebound. Catholic Central also takes a ride up through Brunswick to take on Tamarac.
In Class D, Spa Catholic will help the Rensselaer Rams open up their new field on Friday night.

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-- Will Montgomery

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