Saturday, September 4, 2010

Cannoneers blast off in 2010, defeat Taconic Hills 45-6

WATERVLIET -- If there was one thing Watervliet High School head coach Erick Bernard was concerned about heading into the 2010 football season, it was his team’s physical toughness.

The Cannoneers answered the call – violently - Saturday against Taconic Hills.

Watervliet forced four Taconic Hills fumbles, recovering them all, and Ryan Manning scored three touchdowns in a 45-6 Class C South Division victory on James D. Hayes Field.

"There’s no question about it. We were definitely more physical than we have been," said Watervliet head coach Erick Bernard. "That’s good to see. That you can work with. It’s tough to play football if you don’t have that, so it was good to see."

Watervliet senior James Lockett wraps up Taconic Hills quarterback Dylan Decker for a sack during Saturday's victory. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

The Cannoneers started the game with a three-and-out drive, but took back the ball on Taconic Hills’ first play when Manning pounced on a loose ball on Taconic Hills’ 25-yard line.

Still sluggish on offense, Watervliet turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession without pushing the ball into the red zone. Then, after forcing a Taconic Hills three-and-out, Watervliet’s offense exploded.

Junior quarterback Brandon Legault, who finished the game 9-of-14 for 115 yards, found Antonio Lind on a 33-yard strike during the Cannoneers’ first scoring drive, which was punctuated by a one-yard Sean Daley touchdown run.

Ryan Manning looks for running room during Saturday's game against Taconic Hills.

Manning scored on runs of 63 and 6 yards, respectively, in the second quarter. In the same frame, he also had a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown called back on a holding penalty.

After Taconic Hills mounted a nine-play scoring drive to open the third, Manning got his revenge, taking the following kickoff 86 yards to the end zone.


"We started off slow, but we got a little bit of fire under our belts," said Manning, a senior running back and defensive back. "We knew we could bust a play or two. It was just a matter of time."

Pat Ebenhoch added a four-yard touchdown reception from Legault in the third quarter and Nick Brown scampered for a 33-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for Watervliet.

Pat Ebenhoch catches a four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Taconic Hills.

The most exciting play of the game came in the second quarter when Legault connected with Lind on a 31-yard reception on a double reverse flea flicker.

"In the beginning it was a thing where the scheme wasn’t working well, so at halftime we made an adjustment," Manning said. "They didn’t do what we thought they would do, so that kind of got blown up in the beginning."

On the defensive side of the ball, Eric Clemons made two sacks and James Lockett, Justin Oravsky and Robert Graham also contributed in Watervliet’s sack parade. Graham, Zac Morris and Damin Monge added fumble recoveries.

Zac Morris (72) and Robert Graham (64) celebrate Morris' second quarter fumble recovery as a Taconic Hills player gets off the turf in the foreground.

"I thought we could have been a little more physical, but, really, we just wanted to get the other guys in," Oravsky said.

Taconic Hills (0-1, 0-1) was limited to 38 rushing yards on 38 attempts. Junior quarterback Dylan Decker completed 5-of-7 passes for 52 yards.

Watervliet (1-0, 1-0) was balanced on offense, as three quarterbacks combined to throw for 128 yards through the air and six running backs combined for 129 yards on the ground on 23 attempts.
The Cannoneers head to Lansingburgh this Friday for a game against South Division rival Catholic Central (0-1, 0-1). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Watervliet started the 2009 season with three straight shutouts, but ended with five straight losses, missing the playoffs. This year, the Cannoneers aren’t letting the concept of getting off to a hot start detract them from their ultimate goal.

"We’re taking it one week at a time," Manning said. "We’re not looking ahead and we’re not looking behind. It’s a new season. It’s 2010."

The Watervliet High School football team gathers prior to Saturday's game against Taconic Hills. (Photo by Will Montgomery - The Record).

WATERVLIET 45, TACONIC HILLS 6
Taconic Hills (0-1, 0-1) 0 0 6 0 - 6
Watervliet (1-0, 1-0) 8 23 7 7 - 45
First Quarter

W - Sean Daley 1 run (Ryan Manning run) 1:46
Second Quarter
W -
Manning 63 run (Pat Ebenhoch pass from Daley) 6:38
W - Manning 6 run (Daley run) 3:25
W - Ebenhoch 4 pass from Legault (Shevon Sneith kick) 1:03
Third Quarter
TH -
Chris McKay 4 run (run failed) 6:40
W - Manning 86 kickoff return (Sneith kick) 6:29
Fourth Quarter
W -
Nick Brown 33 run (Sneith kick) 5:40
Individual Statistics
Rushing:
Taconic Hills (38-38): Halstead 6-31, McKay 12-28, Zyryi 5-8, Deruzzio 2-1, Mabb 1-1, Simmons 4-(-1), Decker 8-(-30). Watervliet (23-129): Manning 9-85, Brown 4-45, Williams 3-12, Arrington 3-7, Legault 2-(-4), Daley 2-(-16).
Passing: Taconic Hills: Decker 5-7-52-0-0. Watervliet: Legault 9-14-115-1-0 Donlon 1-1-13-0-0 Daley 0-1-0-0-0.
Receiving: Taconic Hills (5-52): Zyryi 3-47, McKay 2-5. Watervliet (10-128): Lind 2-64, Touzin 3-30, Mosca 1-13, Ebenhoch 2-10, Sczepanski 1-7, Manning 1-4.


Week One Section II scoreboard
Thurs., Sept. 2
Class AA
Liberty Division
Shaker 34, Colonie 0

Fri., Sept. 3
Class AA
Empire Division
Ballston Spa 50, Albany 7
Saratoga Springs 28, Guilderland 12
Liberty Division
Niskayuna 32, Schenectady 28
Troy 55, La Salle Institute 0
Non-division
Christian Brothers Academy 37, Columbia 14
Class A
Non-division
Bishop Maginn 41, South Glens Falls 13
Queensbury 23, Scotia-Glenville 0
Amsterdam 35, Mohonasen 12
Averill Park 38, Gloversville 33
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 25, Lansingburgh 15
Class B
Non-division
Albany Academy 67, Broadalbin-Perth 12
Canajoharie 42, Ichabod Crane 18
Ravena 21, Cobleskill-Richmondville 20
Schalmont 47, Cohoes 6
Hudson 35, Johnstown 2
Class C
South Division
Chatham 42, Catholic Central 20
North Division
Greenwich 54, Hoosic Valley 0
Tamarac 28, Lake George 18
Hoosick Falls 48, Corinth 20

Sat., Sept. 4
Class AA
Empire Division
Shenendehowa 38, Bethlehem 10
Class A
Non-division
Glens Falls 27, Hudson Falls 6
Class B
Non-division
Schuylerville 42, Cairo-Durham 6
Class C
South Division
Watervliet 45, Taconic Hills 6
Fonda-Fultonville 39, Coxsackie-Athens 22
North Division
Granville 43, Stillwater 13
Non-division
Voorheesville 21, Mechanicville 0
Class D
Cambridge 20, Bishop Gibbons 7
Fort Edward 54, Warrensburg 15
Whitehall 35, Salem 8

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Section II high school football standings, 2010

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP
Ballston Spa, 1-0, 1-0, 50, 7, 7
Saratoga Springs, 1-0, 1-0, 28, 12, 7
Shenendehowa, 1-0, 1-0, 38, 10, 7
Christian Bros. Acad., 0-0, 1-0, 37, 14, 0
Albany, 0-1, 0-1, 7, 50, 0
Bethlehem, 0-1, 0-1, 10, 38, 0
Guilderland, 0-1, 0-1, 12, 28, 0
Liberty Division
Niskayuna, 1-0, 1-0, 32, 28, 6
Shaker, 1-0, 1-0, 34, 0, 7
Troy, 1-0, 1-0, 55, 0, 7
Columbia, 0-0, 0-1, 14, 37, 0
Colonie, 0-1, 0-1, 14, 37, 0
La Salle, 0-1, 0-1, 0, 55, 0
Schenectady, 0-1, 0-1, 28, 32, 1

Class A
Northwest Division
Amsterdam, 0-0, 1-0, 35, 12, 0
Burnt Hills, 0-0, 1-0, 25, 15, 0
Glens Falls, 0-0, 1-0, 27, 6, 0
Queensbury, 0-0, 1-0, 23, 0, 0
Gloversville, 0-0, 0-1, 33, 38, 0
South Glens Falls, 0-0, 0-1, 20, 41, 0
Southeast Division
Averill Park, 0-0, 1-0, 38, 33, 0
Bishop Maginn, 0-0, 1-0, 41, 20, 0
Lansingburgh, 0-0, 0-1, 15, 25, 0
Mohonasen, 0-0, 0-1, 12, 35, 0
Scotia-Glenville, 0-0, 0-1, 0, 23, 0

Class B
Reinfurt Division
Albany Academy, 0-0, 1-0, 67, 12, 0
Hudson, 0-0, 1-0, 35, 2, 0
Ravena, 0-0, 1-0, 21, 20, 0
Cairo-Durham, 0-0, 0-1, 6, 42, 0
Cohoes, 0-0, 0-1, 6, 47, 0
West Division
Schalmont, 0-0, 1-0, 47, 6, 0
Schuylerville, 0-0, 1-0, 42, 6, 0
Broadalbin-Perth, 0-0, 0-1, 12, 67, 0
Cobleskill, 0-0, 0-1, 20, 21, 0
Hudson Falls, 0-0, 0-1, 6, 27, 0
Johnstown, 0-0, 0-1, 2, 35, 0
Independent
Ichabod Crane, 0-0, 0-1, 2, 35, 0

Class C
North Division
Granville, 1-0, 1-0, 43, 13, 7
Greenwich, 1-0, 1-0, 54, 0, 7
Hoosick Falls, 1-0, 1-0, 48, 20, 7
Tamarac, 1-0, 1-0, 28, 18 7
Mechanicville, 0-0, 0-1, 0, 21, 0
Corinth, 0-1, 0-1, 20, 48, 0
Hoosic Valley, 0-1, 0-1, 0, 54, 0
Lake George, 0-1, 0-1, 18, 28, 0
Stillwater, 0-1, 0-1, 13, 43, 0
South Division
Chatham, 1-0, 1-0, 42, 20, 7
Fonda-Fultonville, 1-0, 1-0, 39, 22, 7
Watervliet, 1-0, 1-0, 45, 6, 7
Canajoharie, 0-0, 1-0, 42, 18, 0
Voorheesville, 0-0, 1-0, 21, 0, 0
Catholic Central, 0-1, 0-1, 20, 42, 0
Coxsackie-Athens, 0-1, 0-1, 22, 39, 0
Taconic Hills, 0-1, 0-1, 6, 45, 0

Class D
Cambridge, 1-0, 1-0, 20, 7, 5.5
Fort Edward, 1-0, 1-0, 54, 15, 6
Whitehall, 1-0, 1-0, 35, 8, 7
Rensselaer, 0-0, 0-0, 0, 0, 0
Bishop Gibbons, 0-1, 0-1, 7, 20, 1.5
Salem, 0-1, 0-1, 8, 35, 0
Warrensburg, 0-1, 0-1, 15, 54, 1

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

VLIET NEEDS NEW OFFENSIVE SYSTEM,THEY ARE NOT PLAYING TO THEIR STRENGTHS,AND NOT EVALUATING TALENT PROPERLY,

September 8, 2010 at 2:53 PM 

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