Friday, October 1, 2010

'Burgh is just getting Luce; Knights squeak past Averill Park in Southeast Division

Lansingburgh's Marcus Little is chased by Averill Park's Tyler Listing during Friday's football game at Averill Park. Little gained 135 yards rushing on 21 attempts in a 36-34 victory for the Knights. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

AVERILL PARK -- Two minutes and 17 seconds remained in Friday’s Section II Class A Southeast Division football game between Lansingburgh High School and Averill Park and the officials brought the chains out for a measurement. Lansingburgh, clinging to a two-point lead, faced a fourth-and-one situation from its own 32-yard line.

Head coach Al McNall called for the punt team but Lansingburgh’s punter, Anthony Fogarty, instead screamed "Let’s go!" Averill Park called time out to talk things over and that gave the feisty Fogarty and his teammates an opportunity to convince McNall to go for it and put the game away. (To see footage of the Lansingburgh coaching staff changing its mind, view the video at

Fogarty dove through the pile for a four-yard gain that sealed the Knights’ 36-34 victory at Averill Park High School.

"It was too close of a game," Fogarty said. "We thought as players - and the coaching staff had faith in us - that we could get the first down and we just had to get the first down. I was asking for the ball as soon as I came to the sidelines."

"Anthony is Anthony. He’s an emotional kid, as is Jake Luce," McNall said. "They’re both very emotional kids. It’s tough sometimes to keep the harness on them and keep them reigned in, but when it comes down to if I need a yard or two yards, it’s one of those two who that are going to get the football."

Thanks to a balanced three-headed rushing attack - Marcus Little (21 attempts, 135 yards, one touchdown), lineman-turned-fullback Jake Luce (14 attempts, 105 yards, three touchdowns) and Fogarty (11 attempts, 82 yards, one touchdown) - Lansingburgh withstood a pair of return touchdowns from Averill Park’s Matt Joe and a fourth quarter rally by the Warriors.

Averill Park's Chris Miller runs for one of his two touchdowns Friday night against Lansingburgh. A speedster on the 100-meter-dash track in the springtime, Miller quickly gets around the corner on toss plays.

Luce scored on a 16-yard touchdown run on Lansingburgh’s first drive of the game. On Averill Park’s second play of the ensuing drive, Luce recovered a fumble that set up a 20-yard touchdown run by Fogarty on a lateral screen pass from quarterback Carlos Grillo.

Luce, who has made Lansingburgh more offensively dangerous with the new pro-back and spread sets in which he is featured, finished the game with three touchdowns. His previous career high was two, which he had set on the modified team.

"It’s been different moving from line to fullback," he said. "It’s every line¬man’s dream to run the ball. Hey, there’s a fat man running the football."

Averill Park (2-1, 3-2) received an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Matt Joe following Fogarty’s touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Joe smartly scooped up a punt just before a Lansingburgh player was about to down it and cut back across the width of the field and wove his way through the Lansingburgh defenders on a 52-yard scoring return.

Lansingburgh tacklers swarm an Averill Park ballcarrier during Friday's game. Averill Park gained 195 rushing yards on 35 attempts, but the 'Burgh defense did not allow the Warriors to complete a single pass in the game.

Following a Fogarty fumble recovered by Averill Park’s Dom Bendetti, Joe scored on a 10-yard run with 3:48 remaining in the fourth quarter that brought the Warriors within two points. A short pooch kick was recovered by the Knights and Fogarty’s fourth down run prolonged the game-ending drive.

Tyler Dunworth paced Averill Park with 121 rushing yards on 20 attempts.

Marcus Little and Quincy Michael provided interceptions for the Lansingburgh (2-0, 4-1) defense and prevented Averill Park from completing a single pass in the game.

Lansingburgh's Adae Turner prepares to tackle Averill Park's Tyler Dunworth during Friday's game. Dunworth gained 121 yards on 20 attempts in the contest.

Friday, Oct. 8, Averill Park (2-1, 3-2) hosts Ravena, a Class B team, in a non-league game. That same night, Lansingburgh (2-0, 4-1) travels to Rotterdam to take on division rival Mohonasen.

In the final week of the regular season, Averill Park plays at Mohonasen and Lansingburgh hosts Bishop Maginn.

"It’s a real big win," Fogarty said. "We lost to Burnt Hills in Week One and we’re hoping if we win against Mohon and Maginn, we get the No. 1 seed and we’ll see Burnt Hills in the Super Bowl. Hopefully."

Lansingburgh (2-0, 4-1) 21 0 15 0 — 36
Averill Park (2-1, 3-2) 6 8 7 13 — 34
First Quarter
L – Jake Luce 16 run (Jake Shaw kick) 10:06
L – Anthony Fogarty 20 run (Shaw kick) 7:29
AP – Matt Joe 87 kickoff return (Jon Will kick failed) 7:12
L – Luce 11 run (Shaw kick) 3:27
Second Quarter
AP - Chris Miller 9 run (Tyler Listing pass from Ryan Macari) 10:03
Third Quarter
AP – Miller 30 run (Will kick) 8:18
L – Little 16 run (Shaw run) 5:59
L – Luce 2 run (Shaw kick) 1:23
Fourth Quarter
AP – Joe 52 punt return (Will kick failed) 9:43
AP – Joe 10 run (Will kick) 3:48
Individual Statistics
Rushing: Lansingburgh (47-321): Little 21-135, Luce 14-105, Fogarty 11-82, Grillo 1-(-1). Averill Park (35-195): Dunworth 20-121, Miller 3-44, Joe 4-22, Macari 7-4, Listing 1-4.
Passing: Lansingburgh: Grillo 4-9-60-0-0. Averill Park: Macari 0-4-0-0-1; Joe 0-1-0-0-1.
Receiving: Lansingburgh (4-60): Fogarty 3-66, Little 1-(-6). Averill Park (0-0).

Troy High's Jordan Canzeri looks for running room against the Saratoga Springs defense Friday night in the Spa City. The Flying Horses gave up their first points of the year, but rallied to post a 33-12 victory over the Blue Streaks. (Photos by Erica Miller - The Saratogian).

SARATOGA SPRINGS — For a game that didn’t impact the post-season chances for the Saratoga Springs High School varsity football team, it played like it was the most important game of its season.

The Blue Streaks (2-3 overall) became the first team to score on the No. 5 ranked team in New York State, Troy High, scored twice and held a halftime lead before the Flying Horses regrouped and struck for three long runs on in the second half for a 33-12 Class AA victory.

Saratoga became the first team to score against Troy this season, ending the shutout streak at 16 quarters when quarterback Luke Fauler hit Brian Owen with a 12-yard touchdown pass after the Blue Streak drive was extended by a roughing the kicker penalty.

Troy responded quickly as Jordan Canzeri ran 20 yards, set up by Troy quarterback Brian Marsh’s 40-yard scamper one play earlier. The converted extra point gave the Flying Horses the early 7-6 lead.

Troy High senior quarterback Brian Marsh runs the ball upfield during Friday's victory over Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga wasn’t shaken, using an eight-play drive and pulling ahead 12-7 after Fauler found tight end Brandon Bogardus for a nine-yard strike in the opening minute of the second quarter and held the lead through the first half.

"Give Saratoga credit, they played inspired,” Troy coach Jack Burger said. “They had a big crowd, it was their homecoming they didn’t want to be embarrassed and they did enough things to confuse us early on.”

For the rest of Stan Hudy's story, click over to

Saratoga Springs cheerleaders celebrate the school's homecoming celebration Friday night as the football team played Troy High.

Class AA
Empire Division
Ballston Spa 35, Guilderland 31
Bethlehem 36, Albany 0
Shen 20, CBA 14
Liberty Division
Schenectady 13, Columbia 10
Shaker 40, La Salle 7
Niskayuna 38, Colonie 0
Troy 33, Saratoga Springs 12

Class A
Southeast Division
Lansingburgh 36, Averill Park 34
Scotia 26, Mohonasen 0
Northwest Division
Gloversville 21, S.Glens Falls 13
Amsterdam 19, Queensbury 17
Class B
Reinfurt Division
Ravena 21, Hudson 19
West Division
Broadalbin 32, Johnstown 25
Schalmont 27, Cobleskill 0
Class C
South Division
Chatham 28, Watervliet 0
Canajoharie 25, Taconic Hills 6
North Division
Mechanicville 34, Stillwater 0
Greenwich 56, Tamarac 12
Granville 18, Lake George 12
Corinth 20, Coxsackie-Athens 16
Class D
Cambridge 30, Rensselaer 0

Mechanicville's David Funaro plows through the Stillwater defense during Friday's 34-0 victory over the Warriors. It was the sixth straight Indian Bowl title for the Red Raiders. (Photos by Ed Burke - The Saratogian).

To read Sam Hollingsworth's account of the Indian Bowl game in The Saratogian, click here.

The rest of Friday's roundup:

COLONIE -- Bronson Greene scored a 5-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Shenendehowa enough to outlast Christian Brother Academy 20-14 in a Section II Class AA Empire Division game.
Greene scored twice for the Plainsmen (4-0, 5-0), who also got a touchdown from Tony Fusco.
The Brothers (2-2, 3-2) got a touchdown from Trey Williams in the fourth quarter to tie the game, before Greene’s touchdown gave Shenendehowa the victory.
Shaker 40, La Salle 7: The Blue Bison improved to 4-0 in the Liberty Division after a victory over the Cadets (1-3, 1-3) at Shaker High School. Shaker quarterback Ben Capeless opened the game with a 42 yard pass to Sam Hyatt and Conor Alund ran for a 64 yard score later in the first quarter. Capeless connected with Adrian Valentino on a 59 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and Kyle Bernard capped off the Bison offense with a two yard run late in the third for one of his two touchdown runs on the night.
Schenectady 13, Columbia 10: Kirieme Pitts scored two touchdowns for the Patriots (1-3, 1-4) in the victory. The second touchdown came in the third quarter and gave Schenectady the lead for good.
The Blue Devils (0-4, 0-5) got a touchdown pass from John Stanley.
Bethlehem 36, Albany 0: Quarterback John Gosstola threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Eagles (2-2, 2-3) posted the Empire Division victory.
Mike McLeer also ran for a touchdown for Bethlehem.
Niskayuna 38, Colonie 0: The Silver Warriors (3-2, 3-2) cruised to a Liberty Division rout of the Red Raiders (2-3, 2-3) at Colonie High School. Rob Hilweh ignited the Niskayuna offense, rushing for 160 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns. Niskayuna quarterback Kyle Bayly completed nine of 20 passes for 138 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Nick Schuler. The Silver Warriors finished with 376 yards of total offense.
Ballston Spa 35, Guilderland 31: The Scotties (4-1, 4-1) remained one game behind Shenendehowa in the Empire Division standings with a close victory over the Dutchmen (1-3, 2-3).
Class A
Amsterdam 19, Queensbury 17: The Rugged Rams (3-0, 5-0) remained unbeaten with a narrow Northwest Division victory over the Spartans (1-2, 3-2).
Scotia-Glenville 26, Mohonasen 0: Andrew Tabbert scored on the first play from scrimmage and the Tartans (1-2, 1-4) never looked back.
Gloversville 21, South Glens Falls 13: The Huskies (2-1, 2-3) posted a key division victory over the Bulldogs (0-3, 1-4).
Class B
Schalmont 27, Cobleskill 0: Sabres (3-0, 5-0) quarterback Joe Paskevich threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a Class B victory over the Bulldogs (1-2, 2-3). Paskevich completed eight of 17 passes for 83 yards and ran for 76 yards on 22 carries. Jordyn McIntire rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries for the Bulldogs.
Ravena 21, Hudson 19: The Indians (3-0, 5-0) remain unbeaten with a Reinfurt Division victory over the Bluehawks at Ravena High School. Hudson (0-2, 2-3) took an early 13-0 lead on an 85 yard opening kickoff return by Kadeem Chung. Later in the first quarter, Tyron Bryant found John Eisner for a 32 yard touchdown pass.
The Indians responded with two three yard touchdown runs by Corey Watts and Daryl Ford. Cameron Greco scored on a seven yard run with 9:46 left in the fourth quarter to put Ravena ahead.
Broadalbin-Perth 32, Johnstown 25: The Patriots (1-2, 1-4) posted their first victory of the season.
Class C
Mechanicville 34, Stillwater 0: The Red Raiders (2-2, 2-3) made it six Indian Bowl victories in a row and in convincing fashion.
John Abele and Chris Hatalsky each ran for touchdowns and Sam Connors threw for two scored for Mechanicville.
Greenwich 56, Tamarac 12: The Witches handed the Bengals their first loss of the season in a North Division contest at Greenwich High School. David Newell rushed for a nine yard score then quarterback Dan Motzer connected with Joe Motzer on a 70 yard pass play to give Tamarac (3-1, 4-1) a 12-0 first quarter lead. Dan Motzer completed three of seven passes for 123 yards and one touchdown.
Chatham 28, Watervliet 0: Panthers (5-0) running back Josh Keyes rushed for 244 yards on 23 carries and four touchdowns in a victory over Watervliet (3-2). Keyes scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, the first score was a 14 yard run and the second was a 14 yard pass from Tanner Niles. He rushed for scores of 31 and 74 yards in the second quarter.
Corinth 20, Coxsackie-Athens 12: Duane Todman’s fourth quarter touchdown gave the Tomahawks (0-4, 1-4) their first victory of the season. Todman finished with more than 200 yards on the night.
Granville 18, Lake George 12: The Golden Horde (2-3, 2-3) posted the upset on the road over the Warriors (3-2, 3-2).
Canajoharie 25, Taconic Hills 6: The Cougars (1-3, 2-3) picked up an easy home victory.

Mechanicville's Adam Dunn is dragged to the turf by a Stillwater tackler Friday night in the annual Indian Bowl game between the schools.

Saturday's games
Class A
Northwest Division
Glens Falls at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 1:30 p.m.
B.Maginn at Academy 1:30 p.m.
Class B
West Division
Schuylerville at Hudson Falls 1 p.m.
Reinfurt Division
Cohoes at Cairo 1:30 p.m.
I.Crane at Voorheesville 1:30 p.m.
Class C
North Division
Hoos. Falls at H.Valley 1 p.m.
South Division
Fonda at Catholic Central 1 p.m.
Class D
Salem at Bishop Gibbons 1 p.m.
Whitehall at Fort Edward 1 p.m.

Friday's non-football roundup:

SCHAGHTICOKE -- The Hoosic Valley Girls soccer team improved to 6-2 in the Wasaren League and 8-2 overall with a 7-0 victory over Greenwich (0-7-1) yesterday at Hoosic Valley High School. The Indians, who held a 5-0 advantage at halftime, were led by Molly Gilchrist’s four goals and one assist.
Allie Robert, Alicia Lewis and Janelle Stannard chipped in with single goals.
Waterford 5, Rensselaer 0: Ashley Lefebvre tallied three goals and Erin Howe added two goals and an assist to lead the Fordians (2-4, 2-5) in a CHVL victory over the Rams (0-7, 0-7).
Girls Swimming
Emma Willard 93, Hoosick Falls-South Glens Falls 81: Andrea Toomey won the 500 freestyle in 6:01.98 and Cara Lanci took the top spot in the 200 individual medley in 2:33.84 to lead the Jesters. Rheana Tirrell won the 200 freestyle in 2:36.65 and Gretchen Fisk was first in the 100 breastroke in 1:41.69 to pace Hoosick Falls-South Glens Falls.
Boys Volleyball
Shenendehowa 3, Colonie 1: The Plainsmen dropped the first set, 23-25 but rallied in the final three sets (26-24, 25-21, 25-9) to register a Suburban Council win. Nick Clark smashed 14 kills, Caleb Maris had 13 and Joey Feeley added seven kills to pace Shen (7-2).
Nate Krouse spiked 14 kills and eight blocks while Steve Sleasman added five kills and six blocks for the Red Raiders.
Girls Volleyball
Tamarac 3, Cambridge 0: The Bengals (6-0, 8-2) remain unbeaten in the Wasaren League after a win over the Indians (1-5, 4-7) by scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-12. Alyssa Bonesteel tallied eight points, four kills and Tegan Fox chipped in with seven points, six assists. Cambridge was led by Paige Fortier’s five kills, two blocks and two digs.
Albany 3, Waterford 0: The Lady Falcons won a non league match in three sets, posting scores of 25-21, 27-25 and 25-8. Amara Dixon had nine kills, six blocks and Kelsy Green added 11 service points, six digs for Albany.
Katie McGrievey tallied ten service points, Megan Yattaw had five blocks and Kelsey Miller added five kills to pace the Fordians (5-5).
Mayfield 3, Berne-Knox 1: Mayfield (8-1, 9-1) posted scores of 25-12, 24-26, 25-15 and 25-17 in a Western Athletic Conference win over Berne (3-4, 4-5). Whitney Ostrander smashed a game high 15 kills and added three blocks for the Panthers. Gabriella Brumaghim finished with 16 service points, and six aces for Mayfield.
Christina North paced the Bulldogs with eight service points, 16 digs, six kills, one ace and two blocks.

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