Glens Falls routs Cobleskill

Run­ning game sparks In­di­ans to big vic­tory in Class B Su­per Bowl

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - HIGH SCHOOLS - By James Allen ▶

Clifton Park Glens Falls, for the se­cond straight year, scored 40 points in the Class B Su­per Bowl. The dif­fer­ence Satur­day is the op­po­nent did not force over­time. In fact, Cobleskill did not even score.

The In­di­ans reached the end zone on their open­ing pos­ses­sion and never looked back, breez­ing to a 40-0 ti­tle tri­umph over the Bull­dogs at Shenen­de­howa’s Steuer­wald Sta­dium to claim their third con­sec­u­tive Class B cham­pi­onship.

As the Glens Falls play­ers posed for pic­tures af­ter­wards, three fin­gers were proudly raised to sig­nify the three sec­tional ti­tles.

Last year when the In­di­ans won the sec­tional fi­nal, they needed over­time to edge Schuylerville 40-37.

Glens Falls (8-2) played at Cobleskill (7-3) in Week 2 and needed two late touch­down runs by se­nior quar­ter­back Joseph Gi­rard III to earn a 36-28 vic­tory. No such hero­ics were nec­es­sary Satur­day.

“The bet­ter team won to­day. They re­ally did,” Cobleskill coach Ed Han­tho said.

In ex­tremely windy con­di­tions, Glens Falls rushed for 304 yards and gained 465 yards over­all. The In­di­ans capped their open­ing march with a 29-yard touch­down run from Aal­i­jah Samp­son.

“I was re­ally ex­cited we were able to run the ball,” Glens Falls coach Pat Li­lac said. “I thought the of­fen­sive line con­trolled the tempo of the game. Get­ting the lead took a lit­tle bit of the pres­sure off and hold­ing them against the wind on their first drive helped.”

“They changed their block­ing schemes and did a great job pro­tect­ing (Gi­rard),” Han­tho said.

Lead­ing 7-0 after one quar­ter, Glens Falls uti­lized the wind at its back and scored four touch­downs to take a 34-0 ad­van­tage into in­ter­mis­sion.

“Coach did a great job call­ing plays with the wind and call­ing plays go­ing against the wind,” Gi­rard said.

“They clearly did a bet­ter job han­dling the wind,” Han­tho said.

Gi­rard con­nected with cousin Trent Gi­rard for a 47-yard touch­down pass. Cooper Mont­gomery found the end zone on a 9-yard run, Gi­rard darted his way for a 44-yard scor­ing run and later hooked up with Trent Gi­rard for a 22-yard touch­down pass.

The Bull­dogs did not pro­duce a sin­gle play over 20 yards, hav­ing their seven-game win­ning streak snapped in the pro­gram’s first Su­per Bowl since win­ning the ti­tle in 2007.

“De­fen­sively, they were tremen­dous. I didn’t see that from the first time we played,” Han­tho said.

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Jenn March / Spe­cial to the Times Union

Glens Falls QB Joe Gi­rard III sprints past Cobleskill’s Justin Schrom in the Class B Su­per Bowl on Satur­day. Glens Falls rushed for 304 yards.

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