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GRIDIRON GLANCE: Chatham to face Whitehall

October 3, 2019 02:00 pm Updated: October 3, 2019 02:53 pm

CHATHAM — After three straight road games, Chatham finally returns home to face Whitehall in a key Class D game on Friday night at 7.

In other action this weekend, Taconic Hills hosts Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Coxsackie-Athens visits Tamarac, Hudson travels to Ravena and Ichabod Crane goes to Schalmont on Friday night at 7 and Catskill/Cairo-Durham plays at Section I’s Valhalla on Saturday at 3 p.m. 

Whitehall (3-1) at Chatham (3-1)

Chatham bounced back from it’s first loss of the season to Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne two weeks ago with a 39-20 triumph over Canajoharie/Fort Plain in week 4. The Panthers led 33-6 before the Cougars scored two late touchdowns.

Whitehall is one of the better teams in Class D this year and will be looking to get back on the winning track against the Panthers. The Railroaders started the season 3-0 with wins over Hoosic Valley (35-12), Corinth/Fort Edward (34-0) and Helderberg Valley (50-7).

Last week, coach Rich Gould’s squad ran into state-ranked Warrensburg and fell, 30-13. The Railroaders played without several starter, who were out with injuries, including starting running back/defensive back Tyler Shattuck, who rushed for 244 yards in the team’s first two games, but suffered a torn ACL in the win over Helderberg Valley.

With Shattuck out, Fullback Brendan Covey and tailback David Austin have picked up the slack. Covey has rushed for 432 yards and five touchdowns on 64 carries, while Austin has picked up 380 yards and scored six TDs on 70 carries.

Starting quarterback Brandon Bakerian had also missed time with injuries, but Kolby Baldwin has stepped in and done a good job of running the offense.

Senior Quinten Kastner has been Chatham’s top offensive threat through four games, rushing for 466 yards and seven touchdowns on 39 carries for an average of nearly 12 yards per attempt.

Thomas Van Tassel is coming off his besting game of the season, rushing for 103 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.

Jayshawn Williams scored a touchdown on offense and defense against Canajoharie/Fort Plain, snagging a 60-yard touchdown pass and returning an interception 45 yards for a TD.

Canajoharie (1-3) at Taconic Hills (2-1)

Taconic Hills hopes to build a little momentum for the stretch run of the regular season and a win over Canajoharie/Fort Plain on Homecoming Night would be a step in the right direction.

Canajoharie/Fort Plain has won only one of its first four games, but the three losses have come against state-ranked teams — Fonda, Stillwater and Chatham.

The Cougars feature a strong passing attack, led by senior quarterback Derek Hyney, who has completed 62% of his passes (63-104) for 775 yards with nine touchdowns.

Statistically, the Cougars have three of the most productive receivers in Section II. Marcus Johnson is currently second in the section with 16 receptions. Teammates Andrew Ferguson and Keegan Meyers are tied for sixth with 14 catches each.

Taconic Hills is looking for its second straight win tonight after defeating Class C South rival Catskill/Cairo-Durham this past week, 14-6.

Aidan Flaum had a big game on both sides of the ball against CCD, rushing for 63 yards, touchdown and a two-point conversion. He also picked off a pass on defense. Chris Cortwright’s end zone interception with 1:30 to play clinched the victory.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2011 season. Taconic Hills won that game, 21-15.

Hudson (1-3) at Ravena (1-3)

Hudson is 0-3 in Class B play and needs a win tonight over Ravena to keep its playoff hopes alive. Holy Trinity, Cobleskill and Schalmont occupy the top three spots in the Reinfurt Division, with Ravena, Hudson and Ichabod Crane battling for the fourth and final playoff spot.

The Bluehawks are coming off a 49-13 loss to Glens Falls, the No. 1 Class B team in the state.

Zyonn Clanton has been a bright spot on offense for Hudson, rushing for 311 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries. He’s also caught three passes for 33 yards.

Clanton, Jeremiah Wilburn, Deandre Smith and Brock Saunders lead the Hudson defense with 18 tackles each.

Ravena has struggled offensively this season, not scoring more than two touchdowns in any of its first four games. The Indians only victory was over Hudson Falls (7-0) in week 2. They’ve lost to Broadalbin-Perth (27-8), Holy Trinity (49-13) and Cobleskill (28-15).

Senior C.J. Bianchino the Indians’ quarterback, completing 31 of 66 throws for 400 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Hudson has won each of the past three meetings, including a 42-6 decision last year. Ravena’s last win in the series came in 2015 when it handed the Bluehawks a 44-12 loss.

Coxsackie-Athens (1-3) at Tamarac (1-2)

Coxsackie-Athens has been on the opposite ends of lopsided scores the past two weeks. The Indians defeated Catskill/Cairo-Durham for the Greene County Cup, 56-6, two weeks ago, then this past week fell to Voorheesville, 54-6.

C-A will be up against a Tamarac team this week that is coming off its first victory of the season. The Bengals defeated Cohoes, 48-22, after opening the season with losses to Stillwater (46-6) and Fonda (28-22). 

Brandon Wolbert continues to be the Indians’ offensive leader, completing 39 of 93 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also rushed for 206 yards and three scores on 26 carries.

Tim Simmons has been a dependable receiver, snatching 13 receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown. Julian Cruz is averaging 22 yard per carry, rushing for 203 yards and two scores on only nine carries.

Tamarac won the last meeting between the two teams, edging C-A in the 2017 season opener, 34-32. 

Ichabod Crane (1-3) at Schalmont (2-2) 

Ichabod Crane will look to snap a three-game losing streak when it visits Schalmont in a Class B Reinfurt Division game.

The Riders fell to unbeaten and state-ranked Holy Trinity, 63-6, last week, scoring their only points in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard pass from Austin Walsh to Gabe Michalko.

Walsh has thrown five touchdowns passes this season and ran for one. Marcus George is the team’s leading rusher with 211 yards and top scorer with five touchdowns, but was injured in the loss to Trinity.

Schalmont dropped a 34-8 non-league decision to Class AA Columbia this past week. The Sabres are 2-1 in the Reinfurt Division.

Trent Randle is Schalmont’s all-purpose threat, rushing for 199 yards on 19 carries and snagging 14 receptions for 190 yards.

Jake Sanford has stepped in at quarterback this year for coach Joe Whipple, completing 22 of 53 throws for 347 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 301 yards and two scores on 58 carries.

Schalmont won last year’s meeting, 63-14.

Catskill/Cairo-Durham (0-4) at Valhalla (2-2)

Catskill/Cairo-Durham will be venturing into unfamiliar territory when it travels to Section I’s  Valhalla on Saturday for a non-league game.

The Vikings are currently riding a two-game winning streak, posting wins over Horace Mann (35-7) and Highland (28-27) after opening the season with losses to Hackley (35-14) and Chester (42-22).

The Mustangs are still searching for their first win, falling to 0-4 this past week after dropping a hard-fought 14-6 decision to Taconic Hills.

CCD’s lone score came early in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard pass from Eric Ostoyic to Isaiah Haynes, who was playing his first varsity game.