COXSACKIE — For the first time in nearly two years the Coxsackie-Athens football team will officially play a home game.
After playing all its home games at Ravena High School in 2017 while their own field was being renovated, the Indians will finally get to christen their new facility tonight at 7 p.m. when Helderberg Valley comes to town.
The game will actually be the first home game for head coach Paddy Bailey and the Indians’ second-year mentor couldn’t be more excited.
“I am thrilled for this game,” Bailey said. “The atmosphere, the opponent, everything surrounding it. I’ve been like a broken record as of late, talking about the importance of winning at home. This new stadium needs to be hallowed ground for these guys and I can’t wait for them to experience what Friday Night Lights is all about every home game.”
The season hasn’t started out the way Bailey had hoped, but he’s not about to push the panic button.
“I am very confident in this team to turn things around,” Bailey said. “Week 1 was a tough loss, especially with the lead late, and Chatham played great in Week 2. We need to be better on both sides of the ball and play some complete football the rest of the way. I am confident in my guys that we can do that.”
Senior quarterback Joe Notabartolo has been the Indians’ top offensive threat, gaining 116 yards rushing on 18 carries, while completing 16 of 28 passes for 172 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.
Tonight’s opponent, Helderberg Valley, has split its first two games, losing to Voorheesville, 38-21, then bouncing back to beat Catskill/Cairo-Durham, 46-12.
“I’ve seen film of their two games and they’re a tough team that doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” Bailey said. “They have some good skill players across the board. We played them last year in Week 9 and lost with the lead at halftime, and that was a sour way to end year one for me. I’ve definitely had this game circled for a variety of reasons.”Lansingburgh at Hudson
Hudson will be looking for its second straight win when it plays host to Lansingburgh in a Class B Reinfurt Division game tonight at 7 p.m. tonight.
In this past week’s 25-6 victory over Ichabod Crane, the Bluehawks lost starting running back Tyler Bleau to a leg injury on the opening kickoff, but junior James Robinson stepped in and had a big game, rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Senior quarterback Corey Topple had a solid game against ICC, completing 7 of 13 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Charles Goodermote was on the receiving end of four of Topple’s throws, one going for a 44-yard score.
Spencer Goldstien and Nick Bernockie led the Hudson defense with seven tackles apiece. Goodermote and Mike Green each had an interception and Tanner Race recovered a fumble.
Lansingburgh (0-2) has yet to win this season, but has had two tough assignments right out of the gate, falling to Class A Amsterdam (37-14) and state-ranked Schalmont (60-21).
Quarterback Anthony Thompson has thrown for 211 yards and a touchdown, completing 11 of 30 throws, but he’s also been picked off six times, five coming in the loss to Schalmont.
Lucas McKenna is Thompson’s primary receiver, with four recpetions for 178 yards and a TD through two games.
The Knights’ running game has struggled thus far, with Alanzo Barrett’s 89 yards on 15 carries leading the way. Vinny Tario had 39 yards on four carries.
Hudson won last year’s game in Lansingburgh, 46-6.Schalmont at Ichabod Crane
Ichabod Crane will have its hands full Friday night as it looks for its first win of the season in its home opener against undefeated Schalmont.
The Sabres have been impressive in winning their first two games, defeating two-time defending state champion Troy, 14-6, in its opener, then clobbering Lansingburgh 60-21 this past week.
Quarterback Shane O’Dell is currently No. 3 in passing yardage in Section II with 345. He threw for 205 against Troy, including a 75-yarder for the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
Darnell Green is O’Dell’s favorite target with five receptions. Gannon Strube has four cataches.
Jake Sanford lead Schalmont’s ground attack with 173 yards. Ben Buchhardt has rushed for 70 yards and LJ Randle has gained 60.
Tobi Zucco was limited to 34 yards in this past week’s 25-6 loss to Hudson, but is the Riders’ leading ground gainer for the season with 193 yards.
Tyler James has completed 13 of 26 passes for 221 yards, but had two passes picked off against Hudson. Junior Haydon Broockman leads the ICC receivers with five catches for 116 yards.
The last three meetings with Schalmont have not gone well for the Riders, with the Sabres winning all three by a combined score of 197-0.Watervliet at Taconic Hills
After getting blanked 35-0 by Chatham in its season opener, Watervliet turned the tables and shut out Rensselaer in Week 2, 35-0.
The Cannoneers had trouble moving the ball with any consistency against the stingy Chatham defense, but quarterback Tyler Beauregard found the Rensselaer secondary much more to his liking, burning the Rams for three touchdown passes.
Watervliet’s 6-foot-6 junior receiver Najee McQueen had a field day in the victory, snagging all three of Beauregard’s scoring tosses, which covered 68, seven and three yards.
Freshman Kendryek Flynn added a 62-yard scoring run and linebacker Sterling Spoon scooped up a fumble and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
Taconic Hills has had issues generating offense through the first two games, with just one touchdown to its credit, that coming on a seven-yard run by Devon Charron in a Week 1 loss to Section IV’s Whitney Point.
Watervliet has dominated the series of late, winning each of the last six meetings. The Titans’ last victory over the Cannoneers was a 36-10 decision in 2009.
SATURDAYCatskill/Cairo-Durham at Walton
Catskill/Cairo-Durham hits the road tonight to face one of the most successful small-school programs in the state for the past 40 years.
Jim Hoover built a powerhouse program at Walton and won state championships in Class C in 1994 (beating Hudson 28-18) and in Class D in 2007. In his 40 years as head coach, his teams won 14 Section IV titles while compiling a 318-85-1 record. Hoover stepped down as head coach after the 2016 season, but he remains an assistant coach to his son, Adam.
The Warriors have split their first two games this season, falling to Spencer-Van Etten/Cando, 28-14, in their opener, then beating Groton last week, 28-6.
Walton has always been a ground oriented team and this year is no exception. Through the first two games the team has completed just two passes in 13 attempts.
Senior Josh Johnson (5-foot-10, 197 pounds) leads the Warriors in rushing with 233 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. Junior Skylar Pesout (5-11, 170) has 125 yards and two scores on 21 carries and junior Alex Brooker (5-9, 161) has gained 96 yards on 14 carries.
Pesout and junior Nick Lamoreaux lead the Walton defense, Pesout with 12 solo tackles and 18 assists and Lamoreaux with 12 solos and 17 assists.
Jake Hall has scored four touchdowns for Catskill/Cairo-Durham. Logan Denniston has stood out on defense and Jordan Gooch has provided an explosive spark offensively.Chatham at Voorheesville
Chatham has been impressive in its first two games, defeating its opponents by a combined score of 89-0. The team is currently No. 18 in the first New York State Sports Writers Association Class C rankings of the season.
Kaleb Taylor and Tristan Schermerhorn both have had strong starts to their seasons for the Panthers. Taylor has stood out on both sides of the ball, completing 9 of 13 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also rushed five times for 37 yards and a score. Defensively, Taylor has three interceptions, one of which he returned 60 yards for a touchdown.
Schermerhorn has been the perfect compliment to Taylor, rushing for 195 yards on just 12 carries with four touchdowns. He also has returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score.
Voorheesville also brings a perfect 2-0 record into the game after opening the season with wins over Helderberg Valley (38-21) and Taconic Hills (13-0).
Quarterback Ian Owens is the third leading rusher in Section II after two games, piling up 317 yards, including a 285-yard performance against Helderberg Valley in the Blackbirds’ season opener.
Jake Palmer has also gotten off to a strong for veteran coach Joe Sapienza, rushing for 171 yards.
Chatham has won four of the last five meetings between the two schools, including a 28-6 victory last year.