SCHUYLERVILLE — Colin Hughes and Jesse Kuzmich both ran for two touchdowns to lead Greenwich to a 48-20 victory over Chatham in Saturday’s Section II Class D football semifinal at Schuylerville High School.

Greenwich jumped out to a 14-0 lead by the end of the first quarter on scoring runs of six yards by Deontae Bennett and 72 yards by Kuzmich.

The Witches stretched their lead to 21-0 in the second quarter on a three-yard run by Matt Conlin, before Chatham got on the board with 7:24 to go before halftime on a 20-yard run by Tyler Kneller.

Kuzmich scored again on a two-yard with 3:59 left in the stanza to make it a 28-6 game at halftime.

Two minutes into the second half the Witches scored again, this time on a 74-yard run by Hughes.

Chatham answered with a 27-yard TD pass from Kneller to Kyle Jackson and a two-point conversion pass from Kneller to Sitzer to make it 34-14, but the Witches added another score on a one-yard run by Hughes to take a 41-14 advantage into the final quarter.

Kneller scored the Panthers’ final touchdown on a one-yard run with 6:30 to go in the game, before Greenville tacked on one more score on a nine-yard run by Aidan McPhail with less than three minutes to play.

Kneller finished with 87 yards rushing and two touchdowns and completed 12 of 22 passes for 171 yards and a score.

Matt Radley had two receptions for 60 yards, Konur Barlow three receptions for 38 yards and Jackson three receptions for 33 yards and a TD.

Defensively, Jacob Taylor led Chatham with five solo tackles and five assists. two solos and seven assists; Matt Radley had Noah Hutchinson two solos and six assists; Lennie Sitzer two solos and five assists; Jayson McKay one solo and five assists; John Mulligan five assists; Tyler Kneller one solo and three assists; Kyle Jackson one solo and three assists; Travis Costa three assists; Jameson Balich two assists and one interception; LJ Morse two assists; Konur Barlow one solo and one assist; Ednell Knapp one assist.

“For Saturday we came in with a game plan to put as much pressure on them as possible and for the most part we did that,” Chatham coach Shawn Caldwell said. “Defensively, we were right there many times but give credit to Greenwich they have some very slippery athletes that are tough to tackle.

“Offensively we moved the ball but struggled converting when we got into the red zone. They had a lot of size up front and we couldn’t get our run game going consistently. Obviously the 4 turnovers hurt as well. But just like every game we played this year my guys gave everything they had and played tough right to the last whistle.

“Proud of our seniors: Jayson McKay, Kyle Jackson, Konur Barlow, Noah Fowler, and Evan Groom. It was a small group but they led this young group all season.”

Chatham finishes the season with an overall record of 3-5.

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