Football: Tartans lock up playoff berth
SCOTIA Class B West Division teams are finding it difficult to stay with Scotia-Glenville.
Cobleskill-Richmondville was the latest one to give it a go before Dan Zeglen and the Tartans’ defense turned Friday night’s contest into another run-away affair.
“We were joking around today about the first two games, saying it must have been bad water,” Zeglen said after Scotia-Glenville’s 48-21 triumph on Senior Night. “But really, we just got sick of losing. Those first two games didn’t sit too well with us.”
Zeglen threw four touchdown passes after opening the scoring with a 43-yard run to the end zone, and Scotia-Glenville had five takeaways on defense to curtain the Bulldogs.
“Things are coming together,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Kevin Warren, whose team lost to West leaders Broadalbin-Perth (19-12) and Schalmont (39-7) to begin the season. “We could have done some things better, but I’ll take this. I like the direction we’re headed in.”
Scotia-Glenville clinched a playoff berth for the second year in a row, and matched the four-game winning streak it put together last fall. The Tartans (4-2) travel to Glens Falls Friday, seeking a fifth straight win which no Scotia-Glenville has been able to do since its 1993 team made a run to the Class B Super Bowl.
“We want to go to Glens Falls and get a win, and keep winning games in the sectionals,” said Zeglen.
Scotia-Glenville beat Schuylerville last week (34-6), and Hudson Falls (61-14) and Johnston (42-13) in its two games before that.
“Going to Glens Falls is going to be tough, but we’ll do everything we can to keep our streak going,” said Warren. “It’s going to be their homecoming, and they’re going to want it. We have to be focused, limit our mistakes and capitalize on theirs.”
The Tartans did that several times Friday night, starting when Brett Sarnowski intercepted a Seth Billington pass and returned it 35 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. Cody Dietershagen and Mike Mushaw also picked off passes, Sarnowski and Jacob Holt recovered fumbles and Shannon Smith recorded two of the Tartans’ three quarterback sacks.
“Everything is clicking right now,” said Zeglen, a junior. “We want to keep it going on both sides of the ball.”
Zeglen completed 18 of 20 passes for 249 yards with an interception. He hit Colin Evers with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes and a two-point conversion, also found Dietershagen in the second period, and in the fourth frame he connected with Jon Clark.
“You’ve got to give credit to the line. Those guys were working hard,” said Zeglen. “We were reading their defense, and the receivers were running good routes and catching the ball.”
Cobleskill-Richmondville (3-3) clawed within 14-9 on a 29-yard field goal by Caleb Knight early in the second quarter. Scotia-Glenville answered on a 12-yard touchdown catch by Evers which was set up by a 42-yard grab by Marty McCollum. After Dieterchagen’s interception three plays into the Bulldogs’ next drive, he scored on a 49-yard pass from Zeglen.
Cobleskill-Richmondville got a touchdown back when Dan Sperbeck handled an attempted pooch kick and raced 55 yards to the end zone. Scotia-Glenville answered again when Zeglen and Evers hooked up on a 14-yard scoring play with 47 seconds left in the half.
That TD was set up on receptions of 15 yards by Clark and 12 yards by McCollum.
“When we were able to throw that way, it opens up a lot of things for us,” said Warren.
Scotia-Glenville extended its lead in the third quarter on Ramair Brown’s 14-yard touchdown run, and in the fourth quarter, Clark took in an eight-yard scoring pass.
Sperbeck caught the first of his two touchdown passes on a
13-yard, fourth-and goal heave from Billington that capped the Bulldogs’ opening drive.
“They challenged us a little more than we’ve have been challenged, and we made some adjustments,” said Warren.
Linebackers Nick Schaub and Angelo Coppolo led the Tartans with 13 and 10 tackles, respectively.
Cobleskill-Richmondville senior Matt Davenport sustained a serious knee injury late in the third quarter which caused a lenghty delay. The tailback ran for 103 yards on nine carries. He caught an 18-yard pass and ran 25 yards to help set up the Bulldogs’ first touchdown.
C-R 6 9 0 6 — 21
S-G 14 20 7 7 — 48
SG — Zeglen 43 run (kick failed).
CR — Sperbeck 13 pass from Billington (run failed).
SG — Sarnowski 35 interception return (Evers pass from Zeglen).
CR — Knight 29 FG.
SG — Evers 12 pass from Zeglen (Coppola kick).
SG — Dietershagen 49 pass from Zeglen (Coppola kick).
CR — Sperbeck 55 kickoff return (run failed).
SG — Evers 14 pass from kick failed).
SG — Brown 14 run (Coppola kick).
SG — Clark 8 pass from Zeglen (Coppola kick).
CR — Sperbeck 4 pass from Billington (run failed).