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Gridiron Glance: Week 7

October 12, 2018 12:07 am

After a rare week off, Hudson returns to action tonight at 7 p.m. when it hosts Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in its annual Homecoming game.

The Bluehawks were slated to play at Schalmont last Friday, but the game was postponed when several Schalmont student-athletes came down with the Coxsackievirus and will be made up on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Sabres home field.

Hudson hasn’t played since falling to Cobleskill-Richmondville, 27-6, two weeks ago, but coach John Davi feels the time off isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“Right now I’m thinking the layoff has helped us,” Davi said. “We had a few guys banged up and the extra time to heal will be in our favor.”

Hudson (3-2, 2-1) and Ravena (2-4, 2-2) have both qualified for the Class B playoffs, but the Bluehawks still have a lot to play for in terms of seeding.

“Beating Ravena tonight and Schalmont on Tuesday would give us a chance to be the No. 2 seed in the Reinfurt Division,” Davi explained. “That would mean we would get a home playoff game against Hudson Falls. That also depends on the outcome of the Schalmont-Cobleskill game tonight, though.”

Cobleskill is currently 4-0 in the Reinfurt and Schalmont is 3-0.

To lock up second place, Hudson will have to beat Ravena and Schalmont, and hope Cobleskill wins tonight’s game against the Sabres. A win over Ravena tonight would clinch third place, regardless of Tuesday’s outcome.

Certainly not in Hudson’s favor is the fact the team will be forced to play a total of three games (including next week’s playoff game) in a span of eight days.

“Trying to prepare for three games in eight days is very difficult to say the least, especially considering the quality opponents we will have. All three have very different offenses and defenses that we have to prepare for. It also doesn’t leave our guys much time to rest and heal, if necessary. We will be facing three of the top programs in Section II in the next eight days.”

First up is Ravena, which is playing very well after starting out with an 0-4 record. Quarterback CJ Bianchino returned from an injury two weeks ago and has led the team to two straight wins coming into tonight’s clash.

“Ravena is always tough,” Davi said. “They are well-coached and always play hard. They looked solid against Ichabdo Crane and ran the ball well. We spend a week over there for camp at the end of summer, so a lot of our players have developed friendships that extend off the football field. This matchup is always a great rivalry. It should be fun.”

There will be one new wrinkle in the Bluehawks’ offense tonight as freshman Caleb Romano will get the start at quarterback, replacing Corey Topple, who was injured late in the Cobleskill game. Topple will play, but on defense only.

“Caleb has a great understanding of our offense and runs it well. He has awesome composure for a freshman and is a very accurate passer.”

Hudson has won each of the last two meetings between the teams — 34-16 last year and 21-6 in 2016. Ravena’s last win in the series came in 2015, 44-12.

Voorheesville at Coxsackie-Athens

Coxsackie-Athens hopes to record its second win of the season when it hosts a high-scoring Voorheesville squad tonight at 7 p.m.

The Blackbirds (4-2) have scored 165 points through six games, an average of close to 28 points per contest.

Senior Ian Owens had a huge game against Watervliet last week, throwing a 66-yard touchdown pass to Noah Parker, rushing for a TD and returning a punt and an interception for scores to power the Blackbirds to a 40-7 victory over the Cannoneers.

Joe Notabartolo completed 11 of 20 passes for 130 yards and two TDs in the Indians’ 22-12 loss to Taconic Hills last week. He also picked up 30 yards rushing on eight carries.

Julian Cruz led the Indians’ ground attack with 42 yards on three carries, while Tim Simmons had six receptions for 93 yards and two TDs.

Voorheesville has won four of the last five games in the series, including a 27-6 decision last year. C-A’s last win over the Blackbirds came in 2015, 34-8.

Helderberg Valley at Taconic Hills

After a 3-1 start to the season, Helderberg Valley has come back down to earth, dropping its last two games by a combined score of 74-7.

In last week’s 34-0 loss to Section IV’s Sidney, HV managed just three first downs for the game and 153 yards of total offense.

Helderberg does have a quality quarterback in Alexander Monroe and a solid set of receivers in Jake Stahl, Kyle Waddell and Jesse Waddell.

The Titans were able to secure their first victory of the season, spoiling Coxsackie-Athens’ homecoming this past Friday, handing the Indians a 22-12 loss.

Devon Charron sparked Taconic Hills’ offense with 111 yards rushing, while quarterback Marcus Hartman completed 4 of 11 throws for 40 yards.

Zach Colwell was the Titans’ top defender, returning an interception 95 yards for a score, while making five solo tackles and assisting on another.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2015 when the Titans earned a 14-6 victory in the season opener.

Lansingburgh at Ichabod Crane

Either the Knights or Riders will be celebrating their first win of the season at the conclusion of tonight’s game at Ichabod Crane High School.

After scoring a total of 35 points in their first two games, the Knights’ offense has managed just 15 combined over the past four and has been shut out twice.

Quarterback Anthony Thompson has completed less than 50 percent of his passes this season (25 of 57) with one touchdown pass and nine interceptions.

Stopping opponents has been Ichabod Crane’s Achilles heel this season. The Riders have surrendered an average of more than 30 points per game.

In last week’s matchup against Ravena, the Indians jumped out to an 18-0 lead by halftime, and despite being outscored by Crane 20-12 in the second half, held on for a 30-20 victory.

Tyler James stepped in at quarterback and threw for 211 yards and two scores. Tobi Zucco had seven catches for 70 yards and Haydon Broockmann had five catches for 110 yards and two TDs. Broockmann has 22 catches for 395 yards and six scores through six games.

SATURDAY

Chatham at Greene

The Panthers hit the road to take on Greene Central of Section IV on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Fonda-Fultonville High School prior to competing in the first round of the Section II, Class C playoffs next week.

Greene, which is a Class D school, will not be a pushover as the Trojans have compiled a 4-2 record, with their only losses coming against unbeaten, state-ranked schools Sidney (26-24) and Waverly (34-23).

Nate Erickson has stood out on both sides of the ball for Greene. The junior has completed 32 of 56 passes this season for 784 yards with 11 touchdowns and just one interception, while rushing for a team-high 488 yards on 7 carries with five TDs.

A strong safety on defense, Erickson has made 50 tackles and picked off two passes.

Noah Kennedy is Erickson’s top target, hauling in 13 receptions for 390 ards and five TDs.

Middle linebacker Isaac Hadac is the Trojan’s top tackler with 64. Sophomore Wyatt Ingraham has 4 sacks.

Senior Tristan Schermerhorn added two more touchdowns to his season total for Chatham in last week’s 54-0 victory over Catskill/Cairo-Durham, giving him 17. He leads Section II scorers with 108 points.

Kaleb Taylor had a big game in the win over CCD, throwing two touchdown passes and returning an interception 66 yards for a score.

Watervliet at Catskill/Cairo-Durham

Catskill/Cairo-Durham will be looking to remain unbeaten at home when it plays host to Watervliet on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Mustangs (2-4) have already beaten Coxsackie-Athens (36-34) and Taconic Hills (24-14) on their home turf and are hoping to make a struggling Watervliet squad their next victim at Angelo Canna Town Park.

The Cannoneers have dropped three straight after starting the season 2-1, including last week’s 40-7 drubbing at the hands of Voorheesville.

Jake Hall continues to be CCD’s top offensive threat. His 723 yards passing ranks eighth among Section II quarterbacks and his 504 yards rushing ranks 23rd.

The Mustangs have never beaten the Cannoneers, losing all four meetings, including last year’s 40-12 decision.