CHATHAM — After a tough week one loss, the Chatham Panthers rebounded nicely to pick up their first win of the season, an 80-6 victory over the Cairo-Durham Mustangs Friday night.
The Mustangs night did not start well with Jacob Hall fielding the opening kickoff near the goalline and being tackled at the one-yard line. On 1st and 10 from the one, Hall dropped back to pass and found Chatham’s Tristan Schermerhorn, who jumped the route and returned the interception for a touchdown, giving Chatham an 8-0 lead with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter.
On Cairo’s second drive of the evening, Hall was once again picked off, this time by Casey Sitzer who returned it five yards, setting up the Panthers for another scoring opportunity.
On their first offensive possession of the game, Chatham used a ground-and-pound technique to find their way into the endzone. The duo of Hayden Spock and Brandon Martino combined for 45 yards on the drive and Martino capped it off with a three-yard score up the gut, giving Chatham a 16-0 lead after the converted two-point attempt.
The Mustangs third drive of the evening stalled and on 4th and 10 opted for a fake punt pass with Hall, but his pass intended for Joe Casholle fell incomplete giving Chatham possession at Cairo’s 20-yard line.
The Panthers wasted little time capitalizing on the positive field position. On 1st and 10, quarterback Kaleb Taylor rolled out of the pocket and tossed a deep ball into double coverage in the endzone, but wide receiver Mike Tran leapt over two Mustang defenders to snag the touchdown. Chatham converted the two-point attempt and led 24-0 midway thru the first quarter.
The Mustangs got back on offense, but quickly found their way back on defense. On 2nd and 11, Hall dropped back to pass and was looking for Shane Mooney, but found Taylor who intercepted the pass at the 39-yard line.
Chatham once again capitalized off of the Mustangs turnover with Spock punching it in from 14 yards out giving the Panthers a 32-0 lead after the converted two-point attempt.
The Panthers finished the first quarter up 32-0 and found their way back in the end zone with 9:56 remaining to extend their lead. Chatham fed Martino who steamrolled his way up the gut and into the end zone for the touchdown giving the Panthers a 40-0 lead.
On the ensuing Cairo-Durham possession, the Mustangs coughed it up on 3rd and 27 and Chatham’s Shane Croke scooped up the loose ball and rumbled into the end zone for a 12-yard scoop and score, extending the Panthers lead to 48-0 with 8:21 remaining in the first half.
Another Cairo-Durham turnover, this time a fumble on the ensuing kick-off, led to more points for Chatham, a one-yard plunge up the gut by Hunter Scheriff giving Chatham a 64-0 lead heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Panthers found the end zone twice more. One score coming off a 22-yard from off-tackle from KC Schermerhorn and the second score a 12-yard scamper by Thomas VanTassel, giving Chatham a commanding 80-0 lead.
The Mustangs lone score came with 32 second remaining in the third quarter. What set the score up was a 72-yard scramble from Hall after he was flushed out of the pocket. On 1st-10 from the 13-yard line, Hall dropped back and found Shane Mooney for the touchdown, making it an 80-6 game.
The Panthers were able to run out the clock in the fourth quarter to pick up the 80-6 victory.
“That loss last week really kept us focused this week in practice, in film, in preparing for this game, and the guys are still a little pissed off from that loss last week, we felt like we gave them that,” said Chatham coach Rich Sitzer. “We decided that we needed to work harder this week so that we can improve every week and get better and that was our mindset going into it and I’m proud of the way the guys handled themselves tonight, they played hard and I couldn’t be happier.”
Taylor had a quiet night under center for Chatham, going 2-for-4 for 34 yards and a touchdown. On the ground for Chatham, Spock led the way with 84 yards off six carries and one touchdown. Martino also had a solid night with 34 yards off four carries and two touchdowns.
For Cairo-Durham, Hall was 2-for-11 for 12 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 91 yards on nine carries with a fumble.
Chatham (1-1) hosts Tamarac on Friday at 7 p.m. for their homecoming. Meanwhile, Cairo-Durham (0-2) host Mechanicville on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We will be ready to play Friday night,” Sitzer said. “We still have that goal of winning the South Division and it starts with Tamarac, so that’s what we are looking to do, get the win and keep rolling in the South Division.”
Hudson 19, Coxsackie-Athens 5
CLAVERACK — Hudson downed Coxsackie-Athens 19-5 in a Patroon Conference varsity golf match Thursday at Columbia Golf & Country Club in Claverack.
Brady McDonald led the way for the Bluehawks (3-1) with a match-low 49.
Results (Hudson listed first): Pat Taylor tied Joe Mann 2-2; Dan Zito def. Tristan Gerrain 4-0; Jake McDonald lost to Anya Josberger 1-3; Brady McDonald def. Chloe Fandozzi 4-0; Matt Bowes def. Ethan Foster 4-0; Matt Gower def. Zarib Alam 4-0.