Shenendehowa,CBA and Columbia Shine On Friday Night – High School Football Recap
Several area teams flexed their muscles in area high school football action on Friday night.
In Class AA, unbeaten Shenendehowa showed its talent on both sides of the ball in posting its third straight shutout, 34-0, over Shaker in interdivisional play at Steuerwald Stadium.
Senior running back Tony Fusco again took the spotllight with three touchdowns as he rushed for 145 yards.
Shenendehowa hasn’t allowed a single point in three games.
Alex DeRusso hauled in a beautiful 74-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Teddy VanGalen to give the Plainsmen a 7-0 advantage.
And then it was Fusco time.
He hit the middle of the Shaker line, cut left and sped to a 41-yard touchdown run and Shen went on top, 13-0 with 3:48 left in the second quarter.
Just imagine, the best play of the night didn’t count. Shenendehowa had the ball to start the second half and Fusco got the call and raced 71 yards for another score. Unfortunately, an illegal procedure call nullified that great effort.
But, he wasn’t done yet.
Fusco scored from 12 yards away and the Plainsmen increased their lead to 20-0.
Fusco gave Shenendehowa more points on the scoreboard getting past the Blue Bison defense en route to a 43-yard score and a 27-0 margin in the fourth quarter.
“Our team is playing great together. We’re working hard every week. We want to make it a great season for Coach,” said Fusco.
Finally, Marcellino Christie ran in the end zone from four yards out and Shenendehowa closed out the scoring, 34-0.
“I’m very pleased with the performance. Shaker has a difficult offense to prepare for. We put in a lot of time in practice. I think the kids attitude is very positive,” said Shen head coach Brent Steuerwald. “The shutout is wonderful but the goal is to win the game. The three consecutive shutouts says we have balance and strength.”
Shaker suffered its first loss in three outings this season.
In a Class AA Empire Division game, CBA of Albany remained unbeaten with a convincing 53-3 victory over Bethlehem.
Cameron Wynn and Torey Williams each scored twice to lead CBA. Quarterback Teddy Cillis had a fine performance with two touchdown passes.
Columbia outscored LaSalle, 57-51, in a Class AA Liberty Division game. It marks the highest point total in a single game in Section II. Chris Smith had three touchdowns for Columbia while Garrett Delory had the same number on the LaSalle side.
Ballston Spa silenced Albany, 35-0, in a Class AA Empire Division contest. Jordan Davis connected for three touchdowns as the Scotties upped their record to 3-0.
Troy knocked off Averill Park, 22-6, in a Class A Southeast Division game. Daquan Holmes scored from five yards away and then caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Raheem Felder.
Lansingburgh took care of Scotia, 41-6, to up its record to 3-0. Anthony Walker was the star of the game with three touchdowns.
Bishop Maginn bested Mohonasen, 26-13, in a Class A Southeast Division contest. Shaquille McCarthy posted two touchdowns. He caught a 55-yard pass from John Sica and hit paydirt on a five-yard run. Matthias McKinnon scooped up a fumble and raced for another score.
Amsterdam kept up its winning ways beating Glens Falls, 21-6, in a Class A Northwest Division encounter.
Three different players scored to lead the unbeaten Rugged Rams. Brett Stanavich went in the end zone from five yards out, while Geo Rodriguez and Vinny Sobkowich added one-yard touchdowns. Rodriguez put together 113 yards on the ground.
Nick Liverio had an outstanding game with three sacks on defense for Amsterdam.
“Amsterdam defense does a great job swarming to football and defending the perimeter. The punt game killed us. Our dropped punt snap and their fake punt directly led to 14 points for Amsterdam. Thought we still could of overcome those first half mistakes. We came out, took control of the line of scrimmage on opening drive of second half, got to first and goal at the five and came away with no points. That was the game,” said Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac.
After its loss to Amsterdam last week, Burnt Hills wasted no time getting back on track turning back AA opponent, Schenectady, 34-12.
The Spartans got off to a 27-0 lead before Schenectady found the end zone. Ryan McDonnell had two field goals, 25 and 29 yards, while Dan Porter tacked on two touchdowns. to propel Burnt Hills, now 2-1.
It was good news in Fulton County last night.
Gloversville notched its first victory blanking South Glens Falls, 36-0, in a Class A Northwest Division game.
Cody Webber had three touchdowns to lead the Huskies which gained over 350 total yards.
Johnstown used an 11-yard touchdown run by Matt Hecht to beat Hudson Falls in a Class B West Division game, 22-20. It snapped an 18-game losing streak for the Sir Bills dating back since 2008.
Also, Schalmont whipped Broadalbin-Perth, 60-13, to stretch its unbeaten streak to three games. Devon Willis led the charge with three touchdowns while Alex Hildebrand contributed two.
Fonda-Fultonville made it three in a row beating Taconic Hills, 38-13, in a Class C South Division game.
Article by Mike Collar