Regional football: Sabres get 10 takeaways in win
CLINTONVILLE Schalmont showed why its defense ranks first in Class B on Saturday.
The Sabres forced 10 turnovers and scored off five of them as they drubbed Beekmantown, 60-6, in the NYSPHSAA Class B state quarterfinal at AuSable Valley, the program’s fourth regional victory in five seasons.
“Like I’ve been saying for 10 weeks now, our defense is No. 1 in the state, and I think we’re showing it even in the state level,” Schalmont quarterback/linebacker Nick Gallo said. “And you’ve got to be productive off your turnovers, and that’s what we were able to do [Saturday]. And that’s what helped us with the win.”
Gallo ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, while Devon Willis had a rushing score and a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Sabres (11-0) will face Marlboro in a state semifinal Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kingston’s
Schalmont, ranked No. 4 in the state, led, 7-0, at the end of the first quarter and was up, 34-0, just over three minutes into the second quarter. The Sabres put up 47 points in the second frame.
“We had a pretty good first quarter,” Beekmantown coach Jamie Lozier said. “And then that no-huddle offense of theirs, the pace. And they’re so aggressive and so strong and fast. In the second quarter, it caught us.”
The Sabres turned their seven-point lead into a 21-0 advantage with touchdowns that came 1:08 apart. Trevon Perez-Tucker ran 28 yards down the sideline for a score, and then Schalmont recovered a fumble on Beekmantown’s first play of its drive and Willis plunged one yard for another touchdown.
Paul Mattick’s second interception led to Kyle Strube’s 27-yard touchdown scamper, and then lineman Marcus Ramundo picked up a fumble and rumbled 35 yards to make it 34-0.
Gallo said the Sabres started slowly on offense as they dealt with the “wow factor” of the state playoffs.
“Once we calmed down, got everything going, we rolled pretty quick,” Gallo said. “And that’s what we like to do.”
Gallo led the Sabres on the ground with 96 yards and had 56 passing yards. Kyle Strube finished with 60 yards on four carries, including a 27-yard touchdown, and caught two passes.
Aaron Smith also ran for a score, and Hunter Gac added a 40-yard touchdown catch.
Devin Fessette scored Beekmantown’s touchdown on a four-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Sabres, who had allowed just 31 points heading into the game, picked off five passes and recovered five fumbles.
“We had a little more focus on that during the last couple weeks,” Schalmont coach Joe Whipple said. “We want to create turnovers. It’s just a testament to how hard these kids work and how focused they are.”
Schalmont 7 47 0 6 — 60
Beekmantown 0 0 0 6 — 6
S — Gallo 9 run (Mattick kick).
S — Perez-Tucker 28 run (Mattick kick).
S — Willis 1 run (Mattick kick).
S — Strube 27 run (Mattick kick).
S — Ramundo 35 fumble return (run failed).
S — Willis 79 interception return (pass failed).
S — Gallo 48 run (Mattick kick).
S — Gac 40 pass from Gallo (Mattick kick).
B — Fessette 4 run (kick blocked).
S — Smith 4 run (kick failed).
monroe-woodbury 38, cba 25
KINGSTON — Kevin Carr’s three-yard touchdown run with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter clinched Monroe-Woodbury’s state quarterfinal win over Christian Brothers Academy at Dietz Stadium.
Elliott Croskey and Austin Ellis scored fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Brothers (9-2), but Carr answered both times on short runs to the end zone.
Ellis caught a pair of scoring passes from Joe Kolbe, and Croskey ran for two touchdowns, his second covering 78 yards.
Carr added a touchdown pass, and Cole Gennett ran for two touchdowns to help Monroe-Woodbury (Section IX, 11-0) eliminate CBA from the state tournament for the second time. The first time was back in 2006 in a semifinal.
CBA 7 6 0 12 — 25
Monroe-Woodbury 7 10 7 14 — 38
C — Ellis 55 pass from Kolbe (Hamel kick).
MW — Gennett 10 run (Paul kick).
C — Croskey 44 run (kick blocked).
MW — FG Paul 32.
MW — Gennett 2 run (Paul kick).
MW — Kaffenberger 41 pass from Carr (Paul kick).
C — Croskey 78 run (pass failed).
MW — Carr 5 run (Paul kick).
C — Ellis 10 pass from Kolbe (kick failed).
MW — Carr 3 run (Paul kick).
CLIFTON PARK — Six different Spartans found the end zone as Queensbury steadily pulled away from Massena in their state quarterfinal game at Shenendehowa High School.
Phil Wettersten opened the scoring with a six-yard run, providing all the points the Spartans needed. Other running scores were turned in by Kalen Minott (11 yards), Kody Bruno (one yard), Tim Voorhis (one yard) and Hunter Scott (45 yards).
Aidan Switzer also completed a 15-yard scoring pass to Keeghan O’Leary.
Queensbury (11-0) will play Cornwall in a state semifinal Friday at Dietz Stadium in Kingston.
Massena 0 0 0 0 — 0
Queensbury 14 7 7 14 — 42
Q — Wettersten 6 run (Morrell kick).
Q — Minott 11 run (Morrell kick).
Q — O’Leary 15 pass from Switzer (Morrell kick).
Q — Bruno 1 run (Morrell kick).
Q — Voorhis 1 run (Morrell kick).
Q — Scott 45 run (Morrell kick).