CAIRO -- The Ichabod Crane football team won its first season opener since 2012 on Saturday and it did so in impressive fashion.
Austin Walsh threw for 186 yards and accounted for four touchdowns and Marcus George scored three times as the Riders defeated Catskill/Cairo-Durham, 44-0, at Angelo Canna Town Park.
"You never know first week what's going to happen," Ichabod Crane coach Tom Call said. "We knew what we had in the building and I think a lot of people were underestimating us. We were just excited to show what we could do."
The Riders certainly showed what they are capable of on Saturday, scoring on each of their first three possessions. Among all the bright spots, call was most pleased with the play of his big guys up front.
"Our offensive line, we had a lot of questions, but today they definitely passed the test and gave Austin time to pass the ball and opened some nice running lanes for Marcus," Call said.
With ample time to throw, Walsh picked apart the CCD defense, completing 11 of 19 passes.
Call knew Catskill-Cairo-Durham would concentrate on shutting down his All-State tight end Haydon Broockmann, and the Mustangs did a good job in limiting him to three catches for 35 yards.
"We know we're going to see a safety over the top and if they want to do that we have another option n the other side," Call said. "The fact that we were able to do what we were able to do and him (Broockmann) with only a couple of receptions is pretty incredible."
The Riders' other option was Quinn Halpin, who made an immediate impact in his first varsity football game, hauling in three receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.
"Great hands, excellent route runner, good speed, super strong and is super knowledgeable about the game," Call said of Halpin. "He's never played it before for whatever reason and we're just glad to have him this season."
George got the Riders off to a great start when he scampered 61 yards for a touchdown on his second carry of the season to give the Riders a 6-0 edge. He caught an eight-yard scoring pass from Walsh on ICC's next possession to make it a 12-0 game.
Walsh hooked up with Halpin on a 47-yard bomb to boost the Riders lead to 18-0 as the opening stanza came to a close.
ICC tacked on two more scores before halftime on a two-yard burst up the middle by Walsh and a six-yard pass from Walsh to Jason Craig.
Connor Pesce added a one-yard plunge in the third quarter before George capped the scoring with a 26-yard interception return with 2:49 remaining in the game.
George finished with 141 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries. He also had three receptions for 23 yards and a score.
The Riders' defense turned in a strong effort, forcing four turnovers. George and Craig each had an interception while Broockmann and Halpin both recovered fumbles.
"I put it on my defensive coordinator that we should have a pretty strong outing here today and they delivered," Call said. "Hats off to Kenny (Schultz) and the defense."
Catskill/Cairo-Durham quarterback Eric Ostoyic completed 4 for 15 passes for 27 yards and had two passes picked off. He also ran for 21 yards on 10 carries.
"Good start," Call said. "That's the goal. You can only play one game at a time and we're 1-0 and look to go 2-0 next week."
Ichabod Crane hosts Voorheesville in its home opener, while Catskill/Cairo-Durham goes to Hoosick Falls on Friday at 7 p.m.