Troy outlasts Niskayuna in overtime, 35-28
Still, when the Flying Horses needed a stop, the defense was there.
Troy made a goal-line stand on Niskayuna’s opening drive of the second half, forcing the Silver Warriors to settle for a field goal, which indirectly led to overtime.
Jordan Canzeri – who took the game’s opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown – scored on a 20-yard run on Troy’s first play of the extra period.
A pass thrown by Niskayuna quarterback Kyle Bayly was intercepted by Troy’s Stephaun Grinage on the second play of the Silver Warriors’ ensuing drive – Troy declined an illegal procedure call on Niskayuna that happened before the snap – and the Flying Horses stormed the field after a 35-28 Class AA Liberty Division victory.
“I didn’t play my best game today, but I had Jordan (Canzeri) and Jay (Yaskanich) able to pick me up at halftime,” said senior quarterback Brian Marsh. “I missed one big throw before halftime, but we have a lot of senior leaders on this team and we know how to step up and make it work."
Canzeri finished the game with 145 hard-earned rushing yards on 23 attempts, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns. Grinage gained 57 yards on 11 attempts and senior quarterback Brian Marsh ran the ball seven times for 26 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Without senior running back and linebacker Shatiek Lewis, who is nursing a sore right ankle and sat out Friday’s game in street clothes, Troy struggled the run the ball in the first half, gaining just 68 yards on 17 attempts.
Troy struggled on the defensive side of the ball as well. Bayly finished the game with 336 passing yards on a 20-of-37 performance, throwing one touchdown pass and two that were intercepted. Playing mostly out of a shotgun formation, Bayly was able to drop back three steps, plant his feet and fire the ball at a receiver, watching as the Troy defenders slipped around on the soggy turf.
Nick Shuler caught seven passes for 163 yards and Josh Callahan caught three balls for 84 yards.
Troy (5-0, 6-0) limited Niskayuna (3-3, 3-3) to 67 rushing yards on 21 attempts – 40 of those came on a Rob Hilweh run with 5:28 to play in the fourth quarter that set up a game-tying two-point conversion pass from Bayly to Josh Callahan.
“We thought we were going to go out and win and do stuff like we normally do,” Grinage said. “We just kept going and did what we did.”
Prior to Friday’s game, Troy had posted 11 shutouts in its last 22 regular season games and had outscored opponents 878-165 over that span.
The final few minutes of regulation saw both teams trade turnovers near midfield. Troy’s Dan Danahy intercepted a Bayly pass, but slipped on the return. Marsh was sacked two plays later, losing the ball to Niskayuna’s Paddy Bailey, who recovered the fumble.
Troy will host Liberty Division rival Shaker (5-0, 6-0) one week from today in the regular season finale. Head coach Jack Burger made it clear after Friday’s game that the Flying Horses have plenty of work to do before the playoffs begin.
“Our schedule didn’t help us,” Burger said. “We played four games against teams with losing records to open the season. When people go telling the guys how great they are, in practice, we were going 90%. The difference between being a good team and being a great team is that last 10%. Until we believe we have to give that last 10%, we’re not going to be a great team.”
Niskayuna (3-3, 3-3) 3 14 3 8 0 — 28
T — Jordan Canzeri 90 kick return (Badro Talbi kick) 11:46
N – Joel Agnes 25 field goal 6:32
N – Nick Schuler 54 pass from Kyle Bayly (Agnes kick) 6:44
T – Josh Blaauboer 33 pass from Raheem Felder (Talbi kick) 5:34
N – Rob Hilweh 1 run (Agnes kick) 2:43
N – Agnes 20 field goal 8:01
T – Canzeri 4 run (Talbi kick) 2:37
T – Brian Marsh 4 run (Talbi kick) 6:09
N – Hilweh 40 run (Josh Callahan pass from Bayly) 5:28
T – Jordan Canzeri 20 run (Talbi kick)
Rushing: Troy (48-259): Canzeri 23-145, Grinage 11-57, Marsh 7-26, Felder 2-18, Geraci 4-11, Pirela 1-2. Niskayuna (21-67): Hilweh 14-64, Singleton 1-5, Henry 1-3, Baisy 1-0, Bayly 3-0, Callahan 1-(-5).
Passing: Troy: Marsh 2-9-28-0-0; Felder 1-1-33-1-0. Niskayuna: Bayly 20-37-336-1-2.
Receiving: Troy (3-61): Blaauboer 2-46, Thomas 1-15. Niskayuna (20-336): Schuler 7-163, Callahan 3-84, Akpanikat 3-36, Fragnoli 3-28, Hilweh 4-25.
Ballston Spa 28, CBA 7
Guilderland 37, Shen 13
Saratoga Springs 42, Bethlehem 13
Schenectady 49, La Salle 13
Shaker 47, Columbia 6
Troy 35, Niskayuna 28 (OT)
Bishop Maginn 41, Scotia-Glenville 27
Lansingburgh 48, Mohonasen
Averill Park 34, Ravena 25
Cobleskill 35, Broadalbin-Perth 7
Schuylerville 56, Johnstown 0
Hudson 26, Cairo-Durham 6
Chatham 40, Ichabod Crane 8
Canajoharie 25, Catholic Central 14
Voorheesville 33, Taconic Hills 9
Greenwich 57, Stillwater 10
Tamarac 14, Corinth 12
Mechanicville 21, Lake George 14
Granville 56, Hoosic Valley 26
MECHANICVILLE -- David Funaro scored a fourth quarter touchdown to give Mechanicville High a 21-14 victory over Lake George in a Section II Class C football game.
Funaro scored all three touchdowns for the Red Raiders (3-2, 3-3), who came from behind twice during the game.
The Warriors (3-3, 3-3) took the lead in the third quarter when Marty Zivica scored from one yard out.
Funaro scored in the third quarter and then again in the fourth quarter to give Mechanicville the victory.
Canajoharie 25, Catholic Central 14: Tyler Gaston gave the Crusaders (0-5, 1-5) a halftime lead after throwing a touchdown pass.
The Cougars (2-3, 3-3) earned the victory by getting two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Tamarac 14, Corinth 12: The Bengals (4-1, 5-1) bounced back form their first loss of the season with a narrow victory.
Tamarac had to rally, getting fourth quarter touchdowns from Mark Morine and a passing score from Dan Motzer.
Morine rushed for 148 yards on 21 carries for the Bengals.
Greenwich 57, Stillwater 10: Tyler Pruiksma did it all for the Witches, rushing for two touchdowns and scoring a defensive touchdown for the Witches (5-1, 5-1).
Greenwich led 51-3 at halftime and never looked back.
Voorheesville 33, Taconic Hills 9: The Blackbirds (2-2, 4-2) got four rushing touchdowns from Max Schuster to lead them to the South Division victory.
Granville 56, Hoosic Valley 26: The Golden Horde (3-3, 3-3 exploded for 35 points in the second half to cruise on to victory.
Schenectady 49, La Salle 13: The Patriots (2-3, 2-4) got a big home victory over the Cadets (1-4, 1-5) to remain alive in the Liberty Division playoff hunt.
Saratoga 42, Bethlehem 13: Luke Fauler threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Blue Streaks (3-2, 3-3) posted the Empire Division victory.
Guilderland 37, Shenendehowa 13: The Dutchmen (2-3, 3-3) spoiled the Plainsmen’s (4-1, 5-1) homecoming by thoroughly handling them in the Empire Division game.
Shaker 47, Columbia 6: The Blue Bison (5-0, 6-0) cruised over the Blue Devils (0-5, 0-6) in the Liberty Division victory.
Lansingburgh 48, Mohonasen 0: Anthony Fogarty rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns while fellow back Jacob Luce ran for two touchdowns on 8 carries for 107 yards to lead the Knights in a Southeast Division rout of Mohonasen (0-6). Lansingburgh (3-0, 5-1) rushed for a combined 292 yards on 29 carries.
Bishop Maginn 41, Scotia 27: The Griffins (2-1, 4-2) won a Southeast Division contest that went back and forth until the final quarter where the Griffins outscored the Tartans (1-3, 1-5) 20-13. Matthias McKinnon ran for 208 yards on 20 attempts for three touchdowns while his backfield counterpart Antoine Johnson rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries for two touchdowns.
Scotia quarterback Ryan Reed was eight of 15 passing for 147 yards and two touchdowns. Tartans receiver Matt Renko caught 19 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Hudson 26, Cairo 6: The Bluehawks posted the Reinfurt Division victory.
Schuylerville 56, Johnstown 0: Steve Booth, Chris Grieve and Mike Vargues each scored two rushing touchdowns to lead the Black Horses (3-1, 5-1) to the West Division win.
Cobleskill 35, Broadalbin 7: Cullan Hanna threw for two touchdowns on nine of 15 passing for 150 yards to lead the Bulldogs (2-2, 3-3) in a Class B victory. Jordyn McIntire rushed for two 60 yard scores for 164 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback RJ Pingatore connected with Percy Steele on an 11 yard pass in the third quarter for Broadalbin’s (1-3, 1-5) only points.
Averill Park 34, Ravena 25: Averill Park trailed 25-13 entering the fourth quarter but scored 21 unanswered points on its way to a thrilling non division victory. Averill Park quarterback Ryan Macari rushed for 99 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns in addition to throwing for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Tyler Dunworth rushed for 92 yards on 12 carries and one score and Matt Joe caught three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors.
Chatham 40, Ichabod Crane 8: Tanner Niles threw for three touchdowns on four of 11 passing for 114 yards in a non conference rout of the Riders (0-0, 1-5). Chatham (6-0, 6-0) running back Josh Keyes rushed for 146 yards on six attempts and one rushing touchdown.
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