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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 27, 2005


Guilderland football vs. Schenectady

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland football team was pumped up for its cross-over game against Schenectady on Friday night.

The result was the second win of the season for the Dutchmen, a resounding 29-6 thumping of the Patriots.

"The kids really executed," said Guilderland Coach Dan Penna. "The kids played really fired up. They were excited about playing and that was the difference. We still made some mistakes on offense. But I thought Tim Montgomery, Austin Elliot, and Kevin Doherty carried the ball well."

The Dutchmen were so fired up, they scored on their first possession of the game.

Guilderland received the opening kickoff and moved down the field using nothing but running plays.

Doherty, Elliot, and James Ransom all had carries on the drive. Elliot had back-to-back runs that moved the ball to the Schenectady 14-yard line.

Ransom capped the drive with a five-yard run into the end zone. The extra-point kick was missed, but the Dutchmen led, 6-0, with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

After Schenectady punted on its first possession, Guilderland got the ball and drove down the field for another touchdown.

The Dutch faced second down and 15 from their own 45-yard line when Elliot took a hand-off from quarterback Greg Barcomb and followed a huge bone rattling block by Stanislav Petkevichus on a Schenectady player to make a 35-yard run that put the ball on the Schenectady 20-yard line.

Elliot got the ball again two plays later and finished off the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.

Nick Zanotta added the extra point and the Dutchmen led, 13-0, with 2:38 left in the opening stanza.

Schenectady was forced to punt on its next possession from deep in its own territory. The snap on the punt attempt went out of the back of the end zone to give Guilderland two points for a safety.

Schenectady then had to kickoff to Guilderland. Montgomery fielded the kick at his own 30-yard line and ran without being touched by a Schenectady player to the end zone for a touchdown.

Zanotta booted the extra point and Guilderland led, 22-0, with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

Shut out

Guiderland shut out the Patriots in the second and third quarters.

Kevin Forbes had an interception for the Dutchmen and the defensive line of Kyle Hussey, John D’Ambrosio, Judd Robinson, and Kevin Germain controlled the line of scrimmage.

Robinson recovered a fumble for the Dutchmen.

The Dutchmen made the score 29-0 with 1:43 left in the third quarter.

Kevin Doherty scored on a 16-yard run to cap the 10-play drive that ate up most of the clock in the third quarter.

"The offensive line made holes that I could’ve run through," Penna said.

The Guilderland offensive line consisted of Chris Wolfe, D’Ambrosio, Hussey, Christian Cortes, and Matt Glock.

Schenectady scored late in the fourth quarter against Guilderland’s second-string defense.

Schenectady’s back-up quarterback, Domonique Henderson, hit Issmal Green for a touchdown pass. The two-point attempt failed, and Guilderland led 29-6.

Guilderland’s second-team offense, moved the ball down the field, getting to the Schenectady 10-yard line after a long run by Forbes.

But Guilderland took a knee and settled for the 29-6 outcome.

"Offensively, we had a good week of practice," said Associate Coach Bill Schewe. "We prepared very well. The kids played hard."

"I was really happy with the way we played," Penna said. "Our kids work hard and we got some good performances."

Guilderland will wrap up the season against Queensbury on Saturday. Kick-off will be at 1:30 p.m.

"It’s tough getting into playing a cross-over game," Penna said. "But these kids love the game of football. Our goal is to be in the playoffs, but we want the kids to love to play the game. We want them to foster a love of the game and not to change every week. We want them to keep working hard and practicing hard. The kids are developing well."


Voorheesville football vs.Granville

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — Matt Miller missed the miserable first half of a football game the Voorheesville team played on Saturday afternoon.

His teammates were happy he was there at the end.

Miller, who had played in a varsity soccer game in Cohoes earlier in the day, kicked the game-winning field goal with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter to give the Blackbirds a 23-22 win over Granville in a Class C quarterfinal contest.

The Blackbirds will host Schuylerville in a semifinal game on Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

"Right at the end of my soccer game, I asked my coach if I could leave with my parents," Miller said after the quarterfinal contest. "We flew down the highway; it seemed like it took like 20 minutes. I got here for the start of the second half."

The conditions of the final kick made it a lot more difficult. Not only did Granville call a time-out, but Saturday’s game was played in a steady rain that made for a slick field.

"They called a time-out, trying to get me nervous," Miller said. "I blocked it out. I had the right angle and a good hold."

Miller booted the 27-yard kick and it easily split the uprights to give the Birds their first lead of the game, and eventually the win.

"It was tremendous," Voorheesville Coach Joe Sapienza said. "It was rainy and windy. You have to get the snap and hold, and he had to kick a wet ball. It was nerve-wracking. But he did the same against Canajoharie. He’s so consistent."

Slow start

It was amazing in itself that the Blackbirds had put themselves in position to set up Miller’s kick.

Voorheesville trailed, 14-6, at the end of the first quarter and 22-14 at halftime.

Granville scored the first touchdown of the game on its first possession.

Tom Jackson ran from seven yards to end a drive that featured the running of Jackson and Jake Clippinger.

Voorheesville did come back and got a touchdown on its next possession.

Kurt Hoffart returned the ensuing kickoff from his own 22-yard line to the 48.

Then Justin Lupien ran 21 yards on the first play of the drive to move the ball to the Granville 31-yard line.

After a couple of short runs, Voorheesville quarterback Andy Catellier completed a pass to Nick Duncan that put the ball on the three-yard line.

Three plays later, Catellier found Duncan again, this time in the end zone, for a touchdown.

Duncan made a diving catch in the end zone and pulled the Blackbirds within one point with 1:35 left in the first quarter.

But it didn’t take Granville long to score and take a 14-6 lead.

Five plays after Voorheesville scored, Jackson scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on an 11-yard run. Jackson then kicked his second extra point for the Golden Horde.

Granville took a 22-6 lead with 3:43 left in the second quarter.

Jackson scored again, this time from three yards out. The snap on the extra-point attempt was fumbled and the Horde settled for a 22-6 lead.

Comeback

But the Blackbirds came back with a big score with 1:32 left until halftime.

Voorheesville started a drive on its own 20-yard line and moved the ball, using some strong passing by Catellier.

Catellier completed passes to Tim Robinson, and Nick Duncan on the drive.

Duncan made a big catch on third down and 20 yards after it bounced off teammate Cameron Taylor. The catch moved the ball to the 46-yard line.

Catellier and Duncan hooked up to cap the drive for a 10-yard touchdown.

Catellier completed a pass to Robinson for the two-point conversion and cut the lead to just eight points.

"All the credit to Granville," Catellier said. "They came out here and played hard. They caught us off guard. They remind me of Greenwich. They are the same type team. They like to put a lick on you and run over you.

"We were terrible in the first half," Catellier added. "But we bounced back. That’s how we play. We don’t back down from anybody."

"We didn’t come out ready to play," Sapienza said. "It’s not that we didn’t think Granville was a good team. They got Jackson back and he had not played, I think, in three weeks. He ran for a 150 yards. He had a big day for them.

"Sometimes people like to look at the number next to the school," Sapienza said. "They see a number-one or number-four seed. But I’ve said this all year: There’s not a team in Class C that is not good or not competitive."

Voorheesville cut the lead to just two points with 2:13 left in the third quarter, taking advantage of a big break.

Voorheesville was forced to punt and Nick Duncan booted the ball and it was fumbled by the Granville returner.

Lupien recovered the fumble for Voorheesville at the Granville 10-yard line.

After a five-yard run by Adam Duncan, Catellier connected with Robinson for a touchdown to make the score, 22-20.

The Birds got the ball back in the fourth quarter after a fumble by the Granville punter.

The Birds recovered on the Granville 47-yard line.

Voorheesville then was able to move the ball, including a 14-yard run by Adam Duncan to the 30-yard line.

Catellier completed a pass to Nick Duncan to move the ball to the 16-yard line.

The Blackbirds had the ball at the four-yard line, but a sack of Catellier moved the ball back to the 10-yard line and set up the field-goal attempt.

Granville had one last chance to win, and was moving the ball down the field as time was running out, but a last-second field-goal attempt by Jackson missed and Voorheesville celebrated on its home turf.

"We’re not quitters"

Catellier had one of his best days at quarterback for the Blackbirds. He completed 12 out 23 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns in sloppy conditions.

Nick Duncan caught nine passes for 119 yards and had two touchdowns. He also made 13 tackles on defense.

Adam Duncan ran for 67 yards on 10 carries.

The Birds also shut out the Golden Horde in the second half.

"They were still able to move the ball on us," Sapienza said. "But we came up with the big plays when we needed it. I really believe the kids can learn from this. We’re not quitters. This is an interesting team. We have young guys and a nice group of seniors. But the young kids contribute, too."


Voorheesville boys' soccer vs. Cobleskill

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The boys on the Voorheesville soccer team walked off their home field having accomplished something the soccer program has never done.

A strong program that has won sectional, regional, and even a state championship won its first Colonial Council championship with a 3-1 win over Cobleskill-Richmondville on Monday.

The Birds finished in second place in the league last year and then went on to win the Class B sectional tournament.

"We knew we could do it," said Voorheesville senior Captain Greg Jones. "This is a very skilled team. Everybody tries to knock us off. But we came to play every game and not let it happen."

"We talked with the seniors about this being their last chance to win the league," said Voorheesville Coach Mike Young. "We’ve never won one before. Cobleskill is a good team. We tied them 0-0 last time. We needed to play our A game at home."

The Blackbirds played their A game in the first half, and held a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Voorheesville got on the scoreboard with 23:18 left in the half.

Jones got the ball on the left flank and dribbled the ball into the penalty area and toward the goal. He then beat a couple of Cobleskill defenders and passed the ball in front of the goal where sophomore Kevin VanDerWende put it by the Bulldogs’ goalie, Zachary West.

Jones got the second goal with 20:56 left until halftime.

After a Voorheesville throw-in deep in Cobleskill territory, Matt Miller got the ball and kicked it toward the front of the goal where Jones was waiting. He put the ball into the goal for the score and a 2-0 lead.

The lead would last until 22:46 remained in the second half.

A Cobleskill player hit the ball in front of the net. The pass caught the Voorheesville defense and goalie Tom Cavanaugh off guard and the ball was headed in by the Bulldogs’ Alex Giordano.

Solid defense

It would be the only mistake the Voorheesville defense would make as they were spectacular in the first half and solid in the seond half to hold off Cobleskill.

Defenders Matt Belgiovine, Jeff Bode, Kyle Hatch, and Kevin Klembczyk thwarted many Cobleskill attacks. Cavanaugh was excellent in goal, getting to loose balls and free balls in the air as well as making a spectacular diving save early in the second half.

"I knew with a 2-0 lead you are not safe," Young said. "But I knew we would be all right...Still we had one mental mistake, but I still felt pretty good. We played solid defense and that’s what we had to do. We lost one of our starting defenders and that was a big question mark. But Kyle Hatch has done an amazing job since he went down there."

"Since Tommy’s come back, we haven’t lost a game," Jones said of his goalie, returning from an injury. "We’ve given up 12 goals all year, and seven of those were in the first three games."

The Blackbirds sealed the win with a goal by Greg Klopfer with 7:20 left in the contest.

Klopfer got to a ball that was kicked over the Cobleskill defense by Lee Fenner. Klopfer chased down the ball and had a one-versus-one with the goalie. Then he kicked the ball over West, who came out to play the ball, and into the goal to give the Birds a two-goal cushion.

The Birds held on and rushed to celebrate the Colonial Council championship with Cavanaugh.

Cavanaugh finished the game with nine saves on 10 Cobleskill shots. Voorheesville took 21 shots and forced West to make 12 saves.

"Soccer fever"

The Birds wanted to get the first goal of the game and possess the ball for most of the contest, and they were able to do that for the most part.

"It was good to get on top first," Jones said. "We want to score early on and then play possesion and run out the clock, especially with a two-goal lead."

But the lead never seemed large enough for Young.

"A lot of people tell me to calm down," the coach said. "I’m still young; I think I’m playing and still in the game. I hope some of my intensity rubs off on the kids in a positive way."

Before the season began, the Voorheesville players and coaches set goals for the team. The first was to win the league championship. The other two goals are still pending and could be reached in the next couple of weeks.

The Class B sectionals will begin this week and the Blackbirds will host the winner of the Broadalbin-Perth and Cobleskill game that was scheduled for Wednesday. The Birds will face one of those teams on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

"Our second goal is to win Section II," Jones said. "And our third goal is to win states. We still have a lot of work to do to keep it going."

"No one wants soccer to end," Young said. "The town has got soccer fever. They don’t want the season to end early."


B-K-W girls' soccer vs. Schoharie

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — The Berne-Knox-Westerlo girls’ soccer team was on the wrong end of an evenly played game on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs couldn’t get the equalizer in the final minutes against Schoharie and lost to the Indians by a 2-1 score.

The game was tied at halftime, but Schoharie scored with 13:47 left in the second half and held on for the win by using solid defense.

The Lady Bulldogs pressed the Indians’ defense but could not get the tying goal though they had some opportunities.

BKW got quality shots by Dana Ames, Lauren Ford, and Cara Swain. But the Indians focused on Swain, shutting out the Bulldogs’ leading scorer.

"They knew who to trap and double mark," said BKW Coach Coriellen Travis. "They shut her down today."

Schoharie scored first with 22:25 left in the first half. The BKW players were on an offensive charge when Schoharie took possession of the ball and sent it over the top of the BKW defense.

Schoharie’s Kelly Gannon got to the ball and kicked it by BKW goalie Sarah Hannay for the score.

The tide of the game flowed back and forth and BKW tied the game with 4:51 left until halftime.

Lauren Ford scored for the Bulldogs with an assist from Caitlyn Osterhout.

She made the goal after Swain and Schoharie’s goalie collided going for a loose ball. Both players remained on the ground, but play continued. The ball got to Osterhout, who passed it to Ford who got a shot before the Schoharie goalie could recover and make a play.

Both players were okay after the collision and played the rest of the game.

Gannon scored her second goal with 13:47 left in the game to give the Indians the lead for good.

"It was a well-played game for both teams," Travis said. "For the seniors, it was the last home game. They all got in and they worked hard today."

Friday’s loss was a lot closer than an earlier loss the Bulldogs suffered from the Indians.

"We lost to Schoharie, 6-2, last time," Travis said. "We came out and played a very strong game. We had a bad game the last time."

The Lady Bulldogs were 8-7-2 after Friday’s game. They finished the regular season with a loss against Northville, 2-1, on Monday.

"We are really playing well as a team," Travis said. "We are playing consistent as a team. This is a great group of girls."

The Class C Section II tournament begins this week and the seedings were announced on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs, the 14th-seeded team, will play at Galway on Friday at 3 p.m.

"We have a stronger team going into sectionals," Travis said. "You can’t count us out this year."


Soccer sectionals

By Tim Matteson

It’s sectional time for the soccer teams in Section II.

The Voorheesville boys’ soccer team, fresh off winning the Colonial Council championship, earned the number-two seed and earned a home playoff game against the winner of Wednesday’s scheduled game between Broadabin-Perth and Cobleskill-Richmondville. However, snow was forecast for the Cobleskill area and could postpone the game, said Section II boys’ soccer chairman Jim Gillis.

The Guilderland boys’ soccer team will open the sectionals on the road. The Dutchmen earned the number-six seed out of nine in the Suburban Council and will travel to South Troy to take on LaSalle on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The winner of that game will travel to play Bethlehem for a Class AA quarterfinal game on Monday at 2 p.m.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo Coach Jim Gillis decided not to take his Berne-Knox-Westerlo boys’ soccer team to the sectionals based on their record and their play this season.

The Guilderland girls’ team, which won the Gold Division of the Suburban Council, gets a first round bye and won’t play until Wednesday, Nov. 2, against the winner of the Columbia and Queensbury match that will be played on Friday. With a win, the Lady Dutch will play in the semifinals at Broabalbin-Perth High School on Nov. 5.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Voorheesville girls’ teams travel for their first round games.

BKW plays at Galway in a Class C match on Friday and Voorheesville travels to Cairo-Durham for a Class B match on Thursday. The Class B quarterfinals will be on Saturday and the Class C quarterfinals will be on Friday.


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