Saturday, September 18, 2010

Troy High posts third straight shutout, blanks Sch'dy, 40-0

TROY — Brian Marsh, Troy High’s senior quarterback, dropped back to throw his first pass of the game and watched as it sailed into the hands of Schenectady’s Jallah Tarver, who returned the interception 67 yards to the Troy three-yard line before a sprinting Marsh caught and tripped Tarver out of bounds.

The Patriots were three yards away from snapping Troy’s streak of eight scoreless quarters to open the season, but the Flying Horses defense once again rose to the challenge.

Troy’s Stephaun Grinage led a group of tacklers in wrapping up Schenectady’s D’Metri Gilbert for a two-yard loss on the first play of that drive and an incomplete pass and a run for no gain forced the Patriots to attempt a 23-yard field goal. It missed wide right.

Troy's Stephaun Grinage forces a fumble out of the hands of Schenectady quarterback Tim Cox during Saturday's game at Troy High. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

“It was real good. I pumped them up and got them together and we did what we needed to do,” Grinage said. “That’s Troy defense. We did what we needed to do and we stopped them right there.”

Grinage capped the ensuing 11-play drive with a seven-yard touchdown run on which he recovered his own fumble and went into the end zone untouched and Shatiek Lewis added 150 rushing yards and Jordan Canzeri ran for 90 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-0 Class AA Liberty Division victory on Edward C. Picken Field.

“We got the quick turnover right away, which was what we talked about,” said Schenectady head coach Jim Kramer. “Getting momentum and getting the first score. Jallah made a nice play. First-and-goal inside the ten, we have to put the ball inside the end zone, which we didn’t do. We miss the field goal as well, so we came away with no points.”

Troy (3-0, 3-0), ranked No. 5 in the initial New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA poll, has outscored its opponents 135-0 through three games.

Kyle Geraci, a senior fullback and linebacker at Troy High School, runs with the ball Saturday afternoon against Schenectady.

Shutout streaks are nothing new for the Flying Horses. A season ago, Troy posted five straight shutouts in the regular season, which included 24 consecutive quarters of not allowing a single point.

“As a coach you hate to see that, but on the other hand, it worked out as a blessing in disguise because we haven’t had our backs to the wall,” said Troy head coach Jack Burger. “We responded great. That’s why I’m probably more proud of them this game than anything in the first three games.”

Schenectady (0-3, 0-3) could never sustain any momentum following Tarver’s interception. The Patriots were limited to a net loss of 20 yards on offense and senior quarterback Tim Cox completed just one pass for a loss of one yard and was also intercepted three times.


“We stress it every day,” Grinage said. “We have coach Burns here stressing every day that we have to keep going and keep going. We have keys and we have to keep punishing them and keep on doing what you have to do.”

Troy High defensive backs Evan Vadney, Ian Blair and Daquan Holmes intercepted passes. Grinage finished the game with three solo tackles, four assisted tackles and also forced a fumble while sacking Cox in the second quarter.

Luis Lind, a senior defensive end at Troy High, chases Schenectady quarterback Tim Cox during Saturday's game.

“Coach Burns, coach Galuski and the defensive guys have done a phenomenal job not just this week, but all year,” Burger said. “Bobby and Mark take great pride in it. He takes care of that side of the ball, coach Marro takes care of the special teams and coach Canfield and I do the offense.”

Offensively, Troy was led by Lewis, a senior running back, who gained 150 yards on 14 attempts. Canzeri, a fellow senior, gained 90 yards on 16 attempts. Grinage, Marsh and Kyle Geraci added rushing touchdowns and contributed to Troy’s rushing attack, which piled up 313 yards on 45 attempts.

Troy High played a Class A schedule in 2009 and 2008, meaning the last game between these teams happened during Week Three of the 2007 season. Troy High won that game, a 28-20 decision at Schenectady High School, on Sept. 14, 2007.

The Patriots had lost each of their first two games in the fourth quarter, doing so by a combined 11 points. Schenectady committed six turnovers in a 28-21 loss to Shaker in Week Two.

Schenectady’s longest gain of the game came on the final play, when Cox, attempting to punt, corralled a bad snap and scampered 12 yards. Following the play, a brawl broke out between the teams. Two players from each team were ejected and will be forced to sit out their respective Week Four games.

“It’s just unfortunate,” said Burger. “It was a hard-played football game on both sides for 47 minutes and 50 seconds.”

“I’ll tell you exactly what I told the kids,” said Schenectady head coach Jim Kramer. “Both teams are passionate about playing football, but there is a way to handle yourself and neither team handled it the way that we need to handle it to represent Section II football. I know coach Burger will talk to his kids and I talked to mine. We’re disappointed in what happened and it’s a lesson learned.”

Friday night, Schenectady plays host to Shenendehowa (3-0, 3-0) and Troy will travel to East Greenbush to meet Rensselaer County rival Columbia (0-2, 0-3). Kickoffs are set for 7 p.m.

TROY 40, SCHENECTADY 0
Schenectady (0-3, 0-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0
Troy (3-0, 3-0) 7 21 12 0 — 40
First Quarter
T — Stephaun Grinage 7 run (Badro Talbi kick) 1:31
Second Quarter
T — Jordan Canzeri 4 run (Brian Marsh run) 8:49
T — Canzeri 4 run (Talbi kick) 5:35
T — Marsh 1 run (kick failed) 0:39
Third Quarter
T — Canzeri 11 run (kick blocked) 6:48
T — Kyle Geraci 1 run (kick failed) 3:11
Fourth Quarter
No scoring
Individual Statistics
Rushing: Schenectady (26-(-19)): Taylor 8-7, Gilbert 5-3, Pitts 1-2, Earing 2-1, Tarver 2-(-6), Cox 8-(-26). Troy (45-313): Lewis 14-150, Canzeri 16-90, Marsh 3-25, Geraci 3-20, Felder 3-13, Grinage 2-10, Pastore 1-3, Pirela 2-2, Valenti 1-0.
Passing: Schenectady: Cox 1-6-(-1)-0-3. Troy: Marsh 4-10-35-0-1.
Receiving: Schenectady (1-(-1)): Gilbert 1-(-1). Troy (4-35): Blair 2-16, Vadney 1-11, Geraci 1-8.


Watervliet High School quarterback Brandon Legault looks for senior running back Ryan Manning (32) as a Canajoharie player rushes the passer during Saturday's game at Watervliet. The Cannoneers won, improving to 3-0.

Section II scoreboard
Class AA
Liberty Division
Troy 40, Schenectady 0

Class A
Northwest Division
Burnt Hills 48, Queensbury 0
Gloversville 34, Glens Falls 33
Non-division
Lansingburgh 58, Cohoes 6

A Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake player looks for running room as a would-be Queensbury tackler looks on during Saturday's Class A football game in the North Country. (Photo courtsey The Saratogian).

Class B
West Division
Hudson Falls 44, Johnstown 6

Class C
North Division
Tamarac 24, Granville 22

South Division
Watervliet 28, Canajoharie 6
Voorheesville 27, Coxsackie-Athens 24
Catholic Central 15, Hoosic Valley 0

Class D
Rensselaer 27, Warrensburg 7
Fort Edward 44, Salem 13
Whitehall 30, Bishop Gibbons 12

Watervliet's Tom Sczepanski (28) and Eric Clemons (70) wrap up a Canajoharie ballcarrier during Saturday's game in the Arsenal City. Watervliet has allowed just 19 points through three games this season.

Section II high school football standings, 2010

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP*
Shenendehowa, 3-0, 3-0, 82, 10, 21
Ballston Spa, 2-1, 2-1, 71, 34, 11.5
Saratoga Springs, 2-1, 2-1, 68, 33, 16.5
Bethlehem, 1-1, 1-2, 42, 86, 4.5
Christian Bros. Acad., 1-1, 2-1, 83, 53, 9
Guilderland, 0-2, 1-2, 61, 74, 0.5
Albany, 0-3, 0-3, 7, 107, 0
Liberty Division
Troy, 3-0, 3-0, 135, 0, 21
Shaker, 2-0, 3-0, 97, 35, 12
Niskayuna, 2-1, 2-1, 88, 81, 13.5
La Salle, 1-1, 1-2, 28, 105, 4
Colonie, 1-2, 1-2, 21, 88, 5.5
Columbia, 0-2, 0-3, 56, 92, 4
Schenectady, 0-3, 0-3, 49, 100, 3

Class A
Northwest Division
Amsterdam, 1-0, 3-0, 105, 24, 6
Burnt Hills, 1-0, 3-0, 115, 15, 7
Gloversville, 1-0, 1-2, 95, 106, 5.5
Glens Falls, 0-1, 2-1, 106, 71, 1.5
Queensbury, 0-1, 2-1, 71, 67, 0
South Glens Falls, 0-1, 1-2, 59, 63, 1
Southeast Division
Averill Park, 1-0, 2-1, 72, 81, 7
Bishop Maginn, 1-0, 2-1, 91, 73, 6
Lansingburgh, 0-0, 2-1, 108, 59, 0
Mohonasen, 0-1, 0-3, 38, 102, 1
Scotia-Glenville, 0-1, 0-3, 6, 84, 0

Class B
Reinfurt Division
Albany Academy, 1-0, 3-0, 157, 51, 7
Ravena, 1-0, 3-0, 115, 52, 7
Cohoes, 0-0, 0-3, 19, 146, 0
Cairo-Durham, 0-1, 0-3, 26, 132, 0
Hudson, 0-1, 1-2, 49, 71, 0
West Division
Hudson Falls, 1-0, 1-2, 82, 88, 7
Schalmont, 1-0, 3-0, 143, 26, 7
Schuylerville, 1-0, 3-0, 117, 20, 7
Broadalbin-Perth, 0-1, 0-3, 25, 177, 0
Cobleskill, 0-1, 1-2, 67, 55, 0
Johnstown, 0-1, 0-3, 20, 123, 0
Independent
Ichabod Crane, 0-0, 1-2, 72, 81, 0

Class C
North Division
Hoosick Falls, 3-0, 3-0, 110, 20, 14
Tamarac, 3-0, 3-0, 98, 40, 17.5
Greenwich, 2-1, 2-1, 97, 35, 14
Lake George, 2-1, 2-1, 74, 48, 11
Mechanicville, 1-1, 1-2, 35, 75, 7
Granville, 1-2, 1-2, 80, 80, 10
Hoosic Valley, 0-2, 0-3, 0, 115, 0.5
Stillwater, 0-2, 1-2, 47, 103, 0
Corinth, 0-3, 0-3, 45, 97, 3
South Division
Chatham, 3-0, 3-0, 105, 48, 20
Watervliet, 3-0, 3-0, 113, 19, 20.5
Fonda-Fultonville, 2-1, 2-1, 100, 71, 15
Voorheesville, 1-1, 2-1, 62, 57, 0
Coxsackie-Athens, 1-2, 1-2, 82, 86, 0
Canajoharie, 0-2, 1-2, 48, 74, 0
Catholic Central, 0-2, 1-2, 42, 82, 0.5
Taconic Hills, 0-2, 0-3, 38, 117, 0

Class D
Cambridge, 2-0, 2-0, 61, 15, 11.5
Rensselaer, 2-0, 2-0, 61, 29, 12
Fort Edward, 2-1, 2-1, 120, 62, 13
Whitehall, 2-1, 2-1, 73, 61, 14.5
Warrensburg, 1-2, 1-2, 40, 95, 8.5
Bishop Gibbons, 0-2, 0-2, 19, 50, 1.5
Salem, 0-3, 0-3, 35, 97, 1.5

* QP = quarter points

Watervliet senior running back Ryan Manning looks for room against the Canajoharie defense Saturday afternoon.

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