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Cougars spoil Titans' Homecoming

October 6, 2019 06:00 pm Updated: October 6, 2019 07:12 pm

CRARYVILLE — Canajoharie/Fort Plain rode a balanced attack to pile up 460 yards of total offense in dealing Taconic Hills a 54-7 defeat on Friday night in front of a large Titan Homecoming crowd.

The diverse Cougar attack generated 244 yards on the ground, utilizing sweeps and misdirection plays to pick up huge chunks of turf at a time against a defense that has been hobbled by injuries up front.  

With Cougar QB Derek Hyney running amok scrambling in the backfield to buy time and find open receivers, the visitors struck early and often, picking up big gains after catches and breaking tackle after tackle.  

They iced their cake by running in two point conversions following six of their seven touchdowns.

“It’s going to be tough from here on,” said Titan coach Mark Anderson.  “I started with six linemen and now I’m down to four.  We needed to sub kids into places they’d never played before, and it showed.”

The visitors took the opening kickoff down the field quickly, working an efficient six-play drive that was capped off by a 14 yard sweep by Mekhi Lanier, sprinting untouched around the left side to paydirt. 

The Titans responded quickly with a 52-yard bomb, as seniors Markus Rosien and Zach Colwell hooked up on their first play from scrimmage.  Two plays later, Rosien found senior back Aidan Flaum on a 13 yards swing pass to put Taconic Hills on the board.

“We knew they had us on film starting with short passes, so we changed it up early,” Anderson said.  “There was nobody within 30 yards of Colwell.”

It was all Cougars after that, displaying a stifling defense that sacked Titan QB Rosien four times and hit and hurried him repeatedly as the night wore on.  

Combined with a rushing defense that limited the Titans to -1 yard for the evening, Canajoharie/Fort Plain was able to hold the hosts to only 120 yards of total offense as their own offense had their way with the Titan defenders.

“We had some open receivers, but we just didn’t have time to get the ball to them,” lamented Anderson.  

Rosien showed remarkable toughness coming back from several punishing hits as he released the ball, but the swarming Cougar pass defense allowed very little after the first Titan drive.

Taconic Hill falls to 2-2 on the season, while Canajoharie/Fort Plain improves to 2-3. Next up for the Titans is a road tilt at Watervliet on Friday at 7 p.m.

Hudson 16, Ravena 8

RAVENA — Mike Green’s 30-yard interception return for a touchdown broke up a tie game and Hudson went on to defeat Ravena, 16-8, in Friday’s Class B reinfurt Division game.

Hudson opened the scoring in the second quarter on a six-yard run by Zyonn Clanton. Deandre Smith ran in the two-point conversion.

Ravena evened the score in the third quarter when C.J. Bianchino found Jason Reif for a 10-yard touchdown pass. Bianchino ran in the two-point conversion to make it an 8-8 game.

That set the stage for Green’s heroics, whose interception return gave the Bluehawks the lead for good. Caleb Romano ran in the two-point conversion to cap the scoring.

Clanton finished with 104 yards on 18 carries.

"It was a hard fought game by both teams," Hudson coach John Davi said. " The defense really stepped up this week. We had a couple of key red zone stops. Our guys continue to improve every week." 

Hudson (2-3) returns home to play Ichabod Crane on Friday night at 7.

Schalmont 55, Ichabod Crane 8

ROTTERDAM — Ben Burchhardt and Trent Randle combined for five touchdowns to lead Schalmont to a 55-8 victory over Ichabod Crane in Friday’s Class B Reinfurt Division game.

Burchardt rushed for 91 yards and three scores on 14 carries, while Randle returned a kick 70 yards for a score and caught a 40-yard TD pass from Jake Sanford.

Austin Walsh threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Haydon Broockmann and Gabe Michalko ran for two points for Ichabod Crane.

Ichabod Crane (1-4) travels to Hudson on Friday at 7 p.m.