Moriah - and Schofield - runs wild on Rensselaer
Moriah won, 28-25, but the game felt a little more lopsided than that.
Rensselaer scored on its first and last plays of the game, but Moriah's Ron Schofield ran wild in between, rushing for 200 yards on 41 attempts, leading the Vikings back to the NYS Class D semifinals, where they'll play Eldred of Section IX.
There were some controversial calls, notably Schofield's 5-yard touchdown run with 9:11 to go in the fourth quarter. It appeared as if Schofield had fumbled prior to crossing the goal line, but the referees conferred and ruled it a touchdown. One of the refs audibly confirmed it as a blown call to Rensselaer head coach Joel Preston. After the game, Preston confirmed the referee did admit the call was blown.
The play put Moriah ahead by 16 points with nine minutes to play and the Rams did score two touchdowns, but only kicked an extra point on the final TD, which came with 15 seconds to spare. Rensselaer missed an opening PAT in the first quarter, were stuffed on a 2-point run try in the third quarter and muffed a slant pass on their first TD in the fourth. If they make a few of those, perhaps this is a different ballgame.
Still, after the game, Preston was very proud of what his seniors have done the past two seasons, bringing Rensselaer back to the state playoffs twice in a row since their great run in the mid-1990s.
Could a third straight trip happen next season?
“We’re not finished yet,” Preston said. “I have a great group of juniors coming back. My whole offensive line is coming back and my quarterback is coming back. We’re not done. We’re coming back next year.”
Check out the full story in The Record on Saturday morning. We'll be back tomorrow with notes from Section II wrestling media day and the Hoosick Falls vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy at Stillwater at 7 p.m.