Saturday, September 11, 2010

Troy High tops Colonie, 40-0; Saturday's scoreboard

Canzeri gets defensive
Troy High’s Jordan Canzeri makes two sacks and returns a Colonie fumble for a touchdown in 40-0 victory

TROY -- Jordan Canzeri developed a reputation a season ago as one of Section II’s most fearsome offensive weapons, as the play-making Troy High running back rushed for over 1,200 yards and a dozen touchdowns.

Saturday afternoon, Canzeri emerged as a threat on the defensive side of the ball as well. The Flying Horses posted a 40-0 victory over Class AA Liberty Division rival South Colonie on Edward C. Picken Field.

"It’s good to show that we still have multiple weapons," Canzeri said. "I’m not only on offense, but I can get the job done on defense."

Jordan Canzeri looks for running room against the South Colonie defense Saturday afternoon on Edward C. Picken Field. Kyle Geraci, right, provides a block. (Mike  McMahon photo - The Record).

Canzeri, a cornerback, sacked Colonie quarterback Steve Wutzer for an eight-yard loss on the second play of the game. In the second quarter, Canzeri sacked Wutzer again on another corner blitz.


Later in the quarter, Canzeri found himself in the right place at the right time, scooped up a fumble by Colonie’s Davion Brink and returned it 52 yards to the end zone for his second of three touchdowns in the game.

"Usually in practice when we do those fumble recovery drills, I’m not so good at it," Canzeri laughed. "I’ll bobble it. But it really went in slow motion and I picked it up and I didn’t even notice I was already down the sidelines."

Sophomore defensive end Victor Pirela added a sack in the first quarter for Troy (2-0, 2-0).

Troy's Victor Pirela (42), a sophomore defensive end, sacks South Colonie quarterback Steve Wutzer (7) during Saturday's Class AA Liberty Division game at Troy High School. (McMahon photo - The Record).

The Troy High defense – which posted a second consecutive shutout following a 55-0 victory over La Salle Institute in Week One - limited Colonie to six rushing yards on 29 attempts and 55 offensive yards in total. Troy had posted five straight shutouts – including a stretch of 24 straight scoreless quarters – during the 2009 season.

Troy’s tailback tandem – Canzeri (11 attempts, 73 yards, two touchdowns Saturday) and Shatiek Lewis (eight attempts, 62 yards and two touchdowns – have taken a bigger role on defense this season as senior starters. Lewis is an imposing outside linebacker, but going both ways all the time every game has been adjustment for them.

"That’s the thing that both Sha and Jordan, they’re going to have to be just as exciting and just as dynamic on the defensive side for us," said Jack Burger, Troy High’s head coach. "We need their speed, toughness and football knowledge on the defensive side to be a real good defensive team as well."

On offense, Troy used eight rushers to accumulate exactly 300 yards on 38 attempts. Senior quarterback Brian Marsh, in addition to a 5-of-11 passing performance for 57 yards, added 66 yards on the ground on five attempts.

"The thing with our offense is, it doesn’t matter who’s getting the ball," Marsh said. "It’s where we’re going, who we’re running behind and how hard they’re running."

Colonie’s (0-2, 0-2) Davion Brink led the way with 24 rushing yards on 11 attempts and also caught two passes for 23 yards.

The Garnet Raiders started the first quarter with a 5:59 drive after Giancarlo Sainato’s 57-yard kickoff return. Colonie used 11 plays and drove to Troy’s 23-yard line, but were beset by a pair of Troy sacks and two false start penalties, turning the ball over on downs.

Troy's Stephaun Grinage runs with the ball during Saturday's game. He contributed to Troy's 300-yard effort on the ground. (McMahon photo - The Record).

Troy responded with a methodical approach on offense, as their longest play of the day – the only play that went longer than 20 yards – was a 21-yard run by Lewis in the second quarter.

"I think it was good to prove that we don’t have to rely on the big play," said Marsh. "We can pound it six, seven, eight-play drives…nine, ten and just keep going."


TROY 40, COLONIE 0
Colonie (0-2, 0-2) 0 0 0 0 - 0
Troy (2-0, 2-0) 7 12 14 7 - 40
First Quarter
T - Jordan Canzeri 8 run (Badro Talbi kick) 2:34
Second Quarter
T - Shatiek Lewis 1 run (Talbi kick wide left) 3:59
T - Canzeri 52 fumble recovery (Brian Marsh run failed) 1:29
Third Quarter
T - Canzeri 6 run (Talbi kick) 7:36
T - Lewis 3 run (Talbi kick) 0:34
Fourth Quarter
T - Raheem Felder 21 run (Talbi kick) 4:27
Individual Statistics
Rushing: Colonie (29-6): Brink 11-24, Williamson 6-13, Schroeder 1-7, Monin 2-2, Chittendon 2-0, Brown 2-(-6), Wutzer 5-(-34). Troy (38-300): Canzeri 11-73, Lewis 8-62, Marsh 5-66, Grinage 7-58, Felder 1-21, Geraci 4-20, Valenti 1-4, Pirela 1-(-4).
Passing: Colonie: Wutzer 3-10-37-0-0 Schroeder 1-2-12-0-0. Troy: Marsh 5-11-57-0-0.
Receiving: Colonie (4-49): Brink 2-23, Fitzgibbon 1-14, Dilello 1-12. Troy (5-57): Blair 4-40, Geraci 1-17.

Section II scoreboard
TODAY
Sat., Sept. 11
Class AA
Empire Division
Bethlehem 18, CBA 13
Liberty Division
Shenendehowa 37, Albany 0
Troy 40, Colonie 0

Class A
Non-division
Queensbury 48, Mohonasen 19
Class B
Non-division
Alb. Academy 55, Hudson Falls 32
Class C
South Division
Fonda 33, Voorheesville 14
North Division
Greenwich 43, Granville 15
Tamarac 46, Hoosic Valley 0
Class D
Cambridge 41, Whitehall 8
Warrensburg 18, Salem 14

Friday's games
Class AA
Liberty Division
Niskayuna 34, Columbia 28 (OT)
Empire Division
Ballston Spa 21, Saratoga Springs 20
Shaker 28, Schenectady 21
Non-division
Guilderland 28, La Salle 13
Class A
Non-division
Glens Falls 46, Bishop Maginn 31
Amsterdam 48, Broadalbin-Perth 0
S.Glens Falls 27, Scotia-Glenville 0
Burnt Hills 42, Averill Park 0
Lansingburgh 35, Gloversville 28
Class B
Non-division
Cobleskill 40, Cairo-Durham 0
Schuylerville 41, Cohoes 7
Stillwater 27, Ichabod Crane 18
Ravena 44, Johnstown 12
Schalmont 34, Hudson 7 
Class C
North Division
Hoos. Falls 42, Mechanicville 0
South Division
Watervliet 40, CCHS 7
Coxsackie 36, Taconic Hills 20
Chatham 28, Canajoharie 0
Class D
Rensselaer 34, Fort Edward 22

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