Hoosick Falls steamrolls Fonda-Fultonville, 46-13
STILLWATER — The postseason winning streak for the Hoosick Falls High School football team at Warriors Park at Stillwater High School continued in spectacular fashion Saturday evening.
Hoosick Falls allowed Fonda-Fultonville just four first downs through the first three quarters – Fonda added four more in the fourth – and Mike Brewster ran for three touchdowns and passed for 142 yards as the Panthers posted a 46-13 Section II Class C semifinal victory at Warriors Park.
Saturday’s victory clinched a Section II Class C Super Bowl rematch against Chatham (9-0), the South Division’s No. 1 seed. Friday’s Super Bowl will be played at Stillwater at 7 p.m.
The Panthers’ starting defensive unit has allowed just two touchdowns all season and that intensity was evident in the first half of Saturday’s game. Fonda could not pick up a first down in the first quarter. In the second, the Braves twice drove within Panthers territory, but a failed fake punt run and Mike Downing pass intercepted by Hoosick Falls junior free safety Tanner Williams spelled the end of Fonda’s chances before halftime.
“When somebody has to work that hard to get first downs, it’s frustrating,” said Hoosick Falls head coach Ron Jones. “I’ve been on the other side of that and it’s tough. It gets you out of your rhythm and makes you do things you don’t normally do.”
“Our coaches, they prepare us every single week for exactly what we’re going to see,” said senior two-way lineman Steve Colvin, at right. “They’re always at least 90% right on everything they do. That’s what gets us prepared and we just hustle to the ball. Our pursuit is second to none. That’s just what we’ve been taught here.”
Hoosick Falls received the kickoff to start the third quarter and scored on its first drive. The Panthers then forced a Fonda three-and-out and scored again.
Erick Mulready blocked a Fonda punt on the ensuing Braves drive, leading to another Hoosick Falls touchdown. Brad Burns returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown on Fonda’s next drive, cementing a massive momentum swing for Hoosick Falls.
“We just had to stay more disciplined,” senior quarterback and linebacker Mike Brewster, at left, said. “Of course it’s a bigger game, a bigger step. This is the playoffs. This is when it’s fun, when it gets cold and the hits always string.”
Tanner Williams rushed for a game-high 84 yards on six attempts and added 59 receiving yards with three catches.
Fonda-Fultonville (6-3), the South Division’s No. 2 seed, was paced by running back Wally Kowalski (19 atts., 74 yds.) and quarterback Mike Downing (12 atts., 63 yds.).
Hoosick Falls’ next opponent, Chatham, defeated Greenwich in Saturday’s early semifinal, 48-14. Josh Keyes rushed for 204 yards and Chatham posted a plus-five turnover differential against the Witches.
“We know they’re going to have their best game against us because it’s the Super Bowl for them, too,” Colvin said. “They’re going to be just as excited as we are. We’re just going to do what we do every week and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
Hoosick Falls won the 2009 Super Bowl on a last-second field goal by Quinn Rasmus and the Panthers are expecting an equally tough game in 2010.
“It’s not over ‘til it’s over,” senior two-way lineman Garrett Foster, at left, said. “That game last year went down to the wire. It could happen again this year. You just have to play fundamental football and play your best.”
Hoosick Falls (9-0) 7 12 27 0 — 46
HF — Mike Brewster 2 run (Erick Mulready kick) 3:24
HF — Brewster 8 run (E.Mulready kick wide right) 7:27
HF — Tanner Williams 36 run (E.Mulready kick wide right) 2:23
HF — Brewster 3 run (E.Mulready kick) 10:16
HF — Williams 12 pass from Brewster (E.Mulready kick) 6:51
HF — Williams 2 run (E.Mulready kick wide right) 3:41
HF — Brad Burns 48 interception return (E.Mulready kick) 3:22
FF — Mike Downing 10 run (Travis Mulyca kick blocked) 4:11
FF — Alex Kocjan 13 pass from Downing (Mulyca kick) 0:03
Rushing: Fonda (36-136): Kowalski 19-74, Downing 12-63, Nethaway 3-1, Nowak 1-0, Coupas 1-(-2). Hoosick Falls (27-200): Williams 6-84, Burns 8-58, Brewster 9-35, Brogue 3-20, Sargood 1-3.
Passing: Fonda: Downing 3-10-1-73; Shaw 1-5-1-0.
Receiving: Fonda (4-73): Twardzik 2-64, Kocjan 1-9, Kaczor 1-0. Hoosick Falls (10-142): Rasmus 4-61, Williams 3-59, J.Mulready 2-21, Martin 1-1.
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