HUDSON — A lot more than just county bragging rights will be on the line tonight when Ichabod Crane visits Hudson in a Class B Reinfurt Division football game.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
With only four available playoff spots and just five games against division opponents, every game takes on added importance.
“Absolutely,” Hudson coach John Davi said when asked if Friday’s clash was important for playoff positioning. “This is the first division game for both of us. Bouncing back from losses like we both had last week will be good as well.”
Hudson was shut out in its season opener for the second year in a row, dropping a 12-0 decision to Class A Columbia this past Friday, a game in which the Bluehawks managed just 50 yards rushing and 59 passing.
“We had 18 healthy bodies for the game,” Davi said. “Defensively, we played well. Spencer Goldstien had 16 tackles and two sacks. We struggled a bit offensively and turned the ball over a few times.”
Hudson has had it’s way with Ichabod Crane recently, winning each of the last five meetings by at least four touchdowns. Davi expects this year’s game to be much more competitive.
“From what I see on film and hear from the football community, Ichabod is much improved,” Davi said. “They seem to be disciplined and well-coached. This is always a big game emotionally for both teams. It’s the only in-county rivalry for us and my guys are fired up and excited.”
The Riders lost their opener to Class A Green Tech (22-20), but led most of the way before the Eagles rallied in the second half.
First-year head coach Tom Call said the team isn’t using the fact it’s playing a county rival as added motivation.
“We’re all really excited to go out another week and play a game that we all love,” Call said. “To our program, this is just another game. Different opponent brings different challenges, however, the name on the front of the jersey won’t determine our level of intensity this week.
“I’m really just focused on getting my boys feeling prepared to enter the game on Friday night. Players win games, coaches lose them, so I want to be sure I’m giving them every opportunity to go out Friday night and be successful.”
Tobi Zucco rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown to lead the Riders’ ground attack against Green Tech. Quarterback Tyler James passed for 128 yards.
“Win or lose, we want to see improvement every time we step onto the field,” Call said. “It’s all about the process of getting better every day, moreso than the product. That’s not to say we don’t care about winning. We step onto that field every Friday and we want to win. But it’s the process of doing the little things that we’ll assess more than the final result. Hudson is a well-coached team and we have tremendous respect for their coaching staff and players. Should be a fun night.”Coxsackie-Athens at Chatham
Chatham passed its first test of the season with flying colors by dominating defending Class C South Division champion Watervliet, 35-0.
The Panthers collected 275 yards of total offense, with 201 yards on the ground and another 74 through the air.
Tristan Schermerhorn had a big game for Chatham, rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns and returning a kickoff 80 yards for a score.
Kaleb Taylor completed 5 of 6 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown and also had a 60-yard interception return for a TD.
Defensively, Sean King stood out, making seven tackles, with a sack and a pass deflection.
C-A’s offense put up 34 points in its opener against Catkill/Cairo-Durham, with senior quarterback Joe Notabartolo leading the way with more than 200 yards of total offense. Notabartolo rushed for a team-high 76 yards and two touchdowns and also threw for 127 yards and a score.
Chatham won last year’s game, 54-12, while C-A captured the 2016 meeting, 30-21.
SATURDAYTaconic Hills at Voorheesville
Taconic Hills will play its first Class C South Division game at Voorheesville after opening the regular season with a 32-6 loss to Section IV’s Whitney Point.
The Titans fell behind early in the opener, but Devin Charron scored on a seven-yard run early in the second quarter to close the gap to 12-6. Unfortunately, that’s as close as they would get as Whitney Point scored the game’s final 20 points to pull away.
Voorheesville had no problem getting its offense on track in its opener, handing Helderberg Valley a 38-21 loss.
Quarterback Ian Owens and halfback Jake Palmer combined for more than 400 yards rushing in the victory. Owens collected 285 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 carries and also threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Sam Wakely.
Palmer added 131 yards on the ground and two scores.
Voorheesville has had its way with the Titans of late, winning the last five meetings in decisive fashion. The Titans last victory over the Blackbiards came in 2011 in a shootout, 39-38.Catskill/Cairo-Durham at Helderberg Valley
Now that one long steak is over for the Catskill/Cairo-Durham football team, the Mustangs would like to start a new one in the other direction.
CCD snapped the state’s longest losing streak on Saturday with a come-from-behind 36-34 victory over cross-county rival Coxsackie-Athens.
Quarterback Jake Hall led the comeback, rushing for two fourth quarter touchdowns and tacking on a pair of two-point conversion runs. Hall finished with a team-high 65 yards on the ground and also threw for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Gooch also had a big day for the Mustangs, rushing for 44 yards and returning a kickoff 82 yards for a score.
Helderberg Valley, which is a football hybrid of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Duanesburg High Schools, dropped a 38-21 decision to Voorheesville in its season opener.
This will be the first meeting between the schools since 2014 when Helderberg Valley was known as Schoburg. That was Cairo-Durham’s last win (18-13) before this past weekend’s victory over C-A.