Tartans cruise to 29-6 victory
ROTTERDAM When the final seconds ticked off the clock Friday night, the Scotia-Glenville football team began celebrating.
And for a good reason.
Scotia-Glenville turned back Mohonasen, 29-6, in a Class A Southeast Division, putting the Tartans in the driver’s seat to earn the second seed in sectionals.
Scotia-Glenville is 2-1 in divisional play and 3-2 overall, while Mohonasen slipped to 0-2, 1-4.
It’s been a while since the Tartans to enjoy this kind of success. In 1999, Scotia-Glenville qualified for sectionals and won a game. Then seven years later, the Tartans made it to the postseason, but lost.
“The defense stepped up and put a challenge on them this week. They worked hard at it,” said Scotia-Glenville head coach Kevin Warren. “It’s the kids wanting that desire and believing in themselves. The kids just wanted it more.”
For a while, the Tartans experienced a few anxious moments.
With Scotia-Glenville ahead, 15-0, at halftime, Mohonasen’s Trevon Tucker took the second-half kickoff and raced down the sidelines for a 90-yard touchdown to cut the Tartans’ lead to 15-6.
“We were clearly in control the second half, and started to wear them [Scotia-Glenville] out,” sxaid Mohonasen coach Dennis Corbitt. “They’re a good team, but we shot ourselves in the foot. Kevin [Warren] has done a nice job with them. Congrats to Scotia. You just can’t commit turnovers.”
The Warriors were driving in the fourth quarter and got to the Tartans’ 20. Then, Dontrevius Porter intercepted a Justin Kretzler pass at the 10 and returned it 12 yards. That play took the wind out of Mohonasen’s sails.
Scotia-Glenville came up empty on its drive, and Mohonasen took over on the 48.
Then Mohonasen committed another turnover when Kretzler connected with Dom Montgomery on a short pass. but Montgomery fumbled and Jacob Goldman picked up the ball and ran 70 yards for the score. Goldman added the two-point conversion and the Tartans were up, 23-6, with 5:33 left in the game.
After Mohonasen failed to generate any offense, Scotia-Glenville gained possession at the 35 and went four plays and 65 yards, with Andrew Tabbert scoring on a three-yard touchdown.
Once again, the key players for Scotia-Glenville performed well. Tabbert carried eight times for 73 yards and hauled in six catches for 85 yards. Zeglen had another steady effort rushing 63 yards on 12 attempts and was 9-for-11 passing and 133 yards.
Nicholas Georgelas added to the Tartans’ offensive punch with 82 yards on 15 carries.
The defense shined for Scotia-Glenville, with Nicholas Van Auken leading the way posting seven solo and three assisted tackles.
“It feels great for the kids. They are excited about this and the kids in school are buzzing. People are talking about the football team. They’re buzzing about the other success in sports too. It was such a huge win for us and now we control our own destiny,” said Warren.
Scotia-Glenville 8 7 0 14 — 29
Mohonasen 0 0 6 0 — 6
S — Zeglen 3 run (Zeglen pass to Porter)
S — Porter 9 run (Van Auken kick)
M — Tucker 90 kickoff return (run failed)
S — Goldman 70 interception (Goldman run)
S — Tabbert 3 run (kick failed)