BLACK HORSES OF­FENSE JUMPS OUT TO 3-0 START

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Nick Top­ping ntop­ping@dig­i­tal­first­media.com @nj­top­ping13 on Twit­ter

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y » Schuylerville foot­ball has started strong this sea­son go­ing 3-0 af­ter beat­ing Hud­son Falls 426. The of­fense has been one of the big keys to them win­ning; scor­ing 137 points through­out their first three con­tests, putting up 47 points against Schal­mont, 44 points against Hud­son and 42 against Hud­son Falls.

Schuylerville start­ing quar­ter­back Strat­ton Sher­man said ex­pe­ri­ence is help­ing his team suc­ceed.

“Of­fense is just like sec­ond na­ture to th­ese guys,” Sher­man said. “We can make it more ad­vanced and we just run with it. We put in a lot of hard work in our pre­sea­son on our of­fense, get­ting cute with our schemes, so that helps too and makes it harder for other de­fense to fig­ure out our of­fense.”

Schuylerville coach John Bowen said it all started with a big win over Schal­mont in Week 1.

“Our Schal­mont game was one of the more ef­fec­tive of­fen­sive games that I have coached in as a head coach in a Week 1 game,” Bowen said. “Usu­ally Week 1 is a de­fen­sive dom­i­nated kind of thing and of­fen­sives are usu­ally a lit­tle rusty. I think a big part of that, our abil­ity to sus­tain over 42 min­utes, is our con­di­tion­ing dur­ing the off­sea­son.”

In Fri­day’s matchup against the Tigers, the Black Horses started strong, get­ting the Tigers to punt the ball af­ter four plays on the first drive and then driv­ing the ball back af­ter a poor punt by the Tigers kicker that ended up at their own nine yard line.

Hud­son Falls also lost its quar­ter­back on the open­ing drive when Caleb Con­don was taken out of the game be­cause of an an­kle in­jury and re­placed by Ri­ley Mad­di­son.

The Black Horses scored quickly from a two yard run

from Car­son Dunkel, a three yard run and a one yard run from Sher­man for a touch­down for a 7-0 lead.

Schuylerville scored their sec­ond touch­down of the first quar­ter when Hud­son Falls turned it over on downs at its own 45 yard line. Sher­man took the ball him­self for 45 yards to get the touch­down, mak­ing it 14-0.

The Tigers started the sec­ond with the ball and fum­bled it on the punt af­ter they went forth and out. The Black Horses got the ball at the 13 yard line and a five yard run from Paul Harsh­barger got the team their third touch­down of the game mak­ing it 21-0.

Hud­son Falls then threw an in­ter­cep­tion on the next set of downs to Dunkel, then went 43 yards for a pick six and the 28-0 lead.

Sher­man got the team’s fifth touch­down of the first half by throw­ing the ball to Justin Carte for a 31 yard touch­down pass and Schuylerville went into half­time ahead 35-0.

Schuylerville man­aged to do some­thing in the first half that not many teams do, they scored five touch­downs with­out get­ting a first down.

Bowen said the first half was an anom­aly.

“When you see a stat like that you im­me­di­ately think that you must have had a po­tent first half with big plays for that to hap­pen,” Bowen said. “There were cer­tainly big plays sprin­kled in there, but I think this was a three phase game for us. We played ex­tremely well in all three phases.

“Spe­cial teams and de­fense caused the first score; we were in­side the 10 near their goal as soon as we picked up pos­ses­sion. Then with a big play in the pick six, so when you get those type of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by the other facets of your game, your of­fense is a lit­tle more ef­fec­tive than it might have other­wise been.”

On the first drive on the third quar­ter, Sher­man moved the ball down the field and got the team’s first down of the game with a 32 yard pass to Harsh­barger and then a 23 yarder to Harsh­barger again to make it 42-0.

Sher­man was taken out of the game af­ter scor­ing his six touch­down and was re­placed by Ja­cob Van­der­hoof.

Hud­son Falls got their first and only touch­down of the game with a 21 yard pass from Mad­di­son to Bren­nan Prevost. The ex­tra point was no go mak­ing the score 42-6.

Sher­man had 65 rush­ing yards, three rush­ing touch­downs and went 4-8 for 87 yards and 2 touch­downs.

Bowen said Sher­man has been strong for his team this sea­son, but it is hard to sin­gle just him out on the team.

“He has done a phe­nom­e­nal job,” Bowen said. “We brought him up last year as a sopho­more, so he re­ally got to cut his teeth last year. He started all ten games for us as a sopho­more. This year com­ing in, even though he is a ju­nior, he re­ally has a vet­eran pres­ence about him.

“We have tremen­dous lead­er­ship whether it comes from our ju­nior class­men or our se­nior class­men this year. We don’t have a lot of num­bers, but to point to one guy on this team is prob­a­bly not fair to any­one in the group. We have a few guys as fig­ure­heads, who are cap­tains for us, but our lead­er­ship comes from the whole club it­self and it is a pretty spe­cial dy­namic.”

Sher­man said Schuylerville needs to keep on work­ing.

“We have to stay fo­cused in prac­tice be­cause start­ing out 3-0, guys start los­ing in­ter­est and they get a lit­tle lazy,” Sher­man said. “We just have to stay fo­cused and keep do­ing what we are do­ing.”

PHOTOS BY NICK TOP­PING — NTOP­PING@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Strat­ton Sher­man runs the ball in for a touch­down dur­ing Schuylerville’s 42-6 win over Hud­son Falls on Fri­day. Sher­man had three rush­ing touch­downs in the game.

Car­son Dunkel runs the ball down the field af­ter a hand off from quar­ter­back Strat­ton Sher­man. Dunkel had a pick six in the game, which he ran back 43 yards.

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