CRARYVILLE — Chatham demonstrated why its ranked among the best Class C football teams in the state on Friday.
Led by a punishing ground attack and a suffocating defense, the 16th-ranked Panthers rolled to a 53-0 victory over county rival Taconic Hills in a Class C South Division game.
The win is Chatham's fourth without a loss, three coming by shutout.
"We were able to do what we wanted to do up front, made the checks and KT (Kaleb Taylor) called a great game," Chatham coach Rich Sitzer said. "The line was able to get a little bit of a push and we're able to get to the edge. Defensively, we had a good week of film and scout and we had a pretty good idea of what was coming at us. They threw a couple of wrinkles at us that surprised us, but we were able to make the adjustments and shut them down pretty effectively."
Triston Schermerhorn led the Panthers' ground game with 132 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. The senior standout now has 492 yards and nine rushing touchdowns through four games.
Schermerhorn was by no means the only threat out of the Panthers backfield. Seven other plays got to carry the ball, with five scoring touchdowns. Spencer Ford had 68 yards on two carries and a TD, Hunter Scheriff had 53 yards and a TD on nine carries, Jayson Williams 41 yards on six carries, Quinten Kastner 27 yards and a TD on two carries, Taylor 11 yards and a TD on one carry, Thomas Van Tassel eight yards and two TDs on four carries and Craig Coons three yards on two carries.
"We've got guys that are hungry," Sitzer explained. "It's always next man up and the guys are hungry for the ball."
Because of the strength of the Panthers' rushing attack and the fact they have built sizable leads early in games this year, Taylor hasn't been called on to throw all that often. Friday night he threw just eight passes, completing three for 35 yards and a touchdown.
"That doesn't bother me at all," Taylor said. "Whatever we have to do to win I'm prepared to do it. If it's just checking plays all game, I'll check plays all game. But when I get the chance to throw I'm going to make the most of my opportunities."
Chatham built a 12-0 lead in the opening quarter on touchdown runs of one and nine yards by Van Tassel and Schermerhorn, respectively. Schermerhorn's score came one play after Scheriff recovered a fumble deep in Titans' territory.
The Panthers added three more scores in the second quarter on a three-yard run by Van Tassel a 15-yard run by Schermerhorn and a 25-yard pass from Taylor to Kastner on the final play of the half to make it 33-0.
Chatham wrapped up its scoring with an 11-yard run by Taylor in the third and runs of 21 yards by Kastner and 23 yards by Ford in the final stanza.
Sean King led the Chatham defense with two solo tackles and six assists. Scheriff had three solos, three assists and one fumble recovery; Collin Blacnk four assists and one fumble recovery; Taylor two solos and two assists; Jayshawn Williams one solo and three assists; Justin Geerholt one solo and two assists; Van Tassel one solo and two assists; Richie Kratt one solo and two assists; and Kyle Nehmans one solo and two assists.
"I couldn't be happier," Sitzer said. "Great bunch of kids, I love these guys."
Donavan Mier was Taconic Hills' leading rusher, gaining 45 yards on eight carries. Devon Charron had 14 yards on seven carries, Dusty Snyder 11 yards on three carries and Shane Bradway eight yards on seven carries.
Mier had six solos and eight assists for the Titans' defense. Charron had eight solos and four assists; Ed Smith five solos and three assists; and Shane Bradway three solos and two assists.
Both teams return to action next Saturday at 1 p.m. Chatham travels to Helderberg Valley, while Taconic Hills (0-4) visits Catskill/CairoDurham.
Hudson 66, Johnstown 8
JOHNSTOWN — Josh Wallace became the first Hudson running back to rush for over 300 yards in a game in 15 years Friday night, finishing with 320 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries to lead Hudson to a 66-8 demolition of Johnstown in a Class B cross-division game.
No Hudson runner has even come close to 300 yards since Vincent Hemmingway gained 367 yards on 31 carries in a 2003 victory over Catholic Central until Wallace accomplished the feat on Friday, averaging better than 20 yards per carry.
While Wallace stole the show, he still had plenty of help from his friends as four other players reached the end zone for the Bluehawks.
"We played well on both sides of the ball," Hudson coach John Davi said. "We had two defensive touchdowns and as a team we rushed for 513 yards. Our big guys took over the game again up front and Josh Wallace had another gear running the ball."
Wallace had scoring runs of 72, 50, 56 and 5 to lead Hudson to it third straight victory. Spencer Goldstien had scoring runs of four and two yards, Delroy Smith had a 10-yard TD run and James Robinson and Charles Goodermote had interception returns for scores of 65 and 30 yards, respectively. Robinson has now had a pick-6 in two consecutive games.
Johnstown's only score came on a 17-yard pass from Bradley Brownell to Trey Stover. Hudson's defense has allowed just 34 points through four games.
Zyonn Clanton added 76 yards rushing on six carries to Hudson's prolific attack. Smith contributed 62 yards and a TD on six carries, Robinson had 31 yards on five carries and Goldstien six yards and 2 TDs on two carries.
In their first two games with the team, Wallace has rushed for 433 yards and seven touchdowns and is averaging an astounding 16 yards per carry, while Clanton has rushed for 147 yards and averaging close to nine yards per carry.
Defensively, Goldstien had eight solo tackls, five assists and one sack. Clanton had six solo tackles, six assists and one sack; Corey Topple six solos, four assists and an interception; Nick Bernockie four solos, three assists and one sack; Tristen Collins four solos and two assists; Charles Goodermote one solo, three assists and one interception; Emmett Fairbairn two solos and two assists; Dayshawn Gordon one solo and two assists; Mike Green one solo and two assists; Robinson two solos and an interception; Smith one solo and one assist; Mike Young one assist; Brock Saunders one assist; Terrell Starr one solo.
The Bluehawks (3-1) face a key test on Friday when they travel to Cobleskill-Richmondville in a Class B Reinfurt Division game.
Cobleskill-Richmondville 52, Ichabod Crane 8
VALATIE — Hunter Edwards rushed for 267 yards and four touchdowns to help Cobleskill-Richmondville defeat Ichabod Crane, 52-8, in Friday's Class B Reinfurt Division game.
Quarterback Donovan Pacatte completed 7 of 10 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 49 yards and a score for the Bulldogs, who built quarterly leads of 31-0, 45-0 and 52-0.
Tobi Zucco had 29 carries for 86 yards and scored the only touchdown for the Riders.
Austin Walsh completed 3 of 16 passes for 46 yards. Donovan Brown had two catches for 26 yards and Haydon Broockmann had one catch for 20.
Walsh led the Riders' defense with six tackles and a fumble recovery. Broockmann had five tackles and a sack, Colby Fisher had five tackles and Tyler James one sack.
"We got off to a slow start and just could not recover," Ichabod Crane coach Tom Call said. "Some costly mistakes early really put us in a bad position on offense. We'll need to keep improving on our tackling on defense as well. Very impressive Cobleskill team from the top down. Wouldn't be surprised to see them do very well in post season play."
Ichabod Crane (0-4) visits La Salle in a non-conference game on Friday at 7 p.m.