Hund­ley helps Pride clinch di­vi­sion ti­tle

Holy Trin­ity’s out­burst in sec­ond half hands Still­wa­ter its first loss

Albany Times Union - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - By Steve Grandin ▶ Steve Grandin is a free­lance writer.

A year ago, sopho­more Nacier Hund­ley burst on to the high school foot­ball sea­son by lead­ing Holy Trin­ity to the Syra­cuse Car­rier Dome.

And now, be­lieve or not, he might be even bet­ter.

Hund­ley re­vived a mori­bund Pride of­fense Fri­day night and led his squad to a 35-21 vic­tory over pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Still­wa­ter. The vic­tory gives Holy Trin­ity (5-0, 6-1) the Class C Cen­tral Di­vi­sion cham­pi­onship and a top-three seed­ing in next week’s sec­tional play­offs. Still­wa­ter fin­ishes the reg­u­lar sea­son with a 4-1 reg­u­lar sea­son mark and a 6-1 over­all record.

Hund­ley scored three sec­ond-half touch­downs as Holy Trin­ity ral­lied from a 14-7 half­time deficit. The ef­fort didn’t sur­prise coach John Bar­ber.

“You should see some of the things he does in prac­tice,” Bar­ber said. Against Still­wa­ter, Hund­ley caught six passes for 186 yards and rushed for an­other 36 yards.

Bar­ber’s squad was out­gained 253 yards to 7 in the first half, but was still within 14-7. But, in the first 4:29 of the sec­ond half, Hund­ley scored a pair of touch­downs, both on swing passes from Joe Tortello, and ac­counted for 109 yards, com­pared with mi­nus-9 for the rest of the team.

De­spite Hund­ley’s sec­ond­half hero­ics, Still­wa­ter was able to match Holy Trin­ity’s swift-strike of­fense with a bruis­ing run­ning game. Still­wa­ter quar­ter­back James Galarneau, de­spite be­ing hob­bled with an in­jured an­kle, car­ried the ball 38 times for 217 yards, while diminu­tive Luc Lescault ran for 202 yards on 23 car­ries. Galarneau had 11 runs of 10 yards or more and Lescault had five dou­ble-digit runs. For the night, Still­wa­ter ran 75 plays from scrim­mage, com­pared with just 35 for Holy Trin­ity, out­gain­ing the Pride, 437-308.

Galarneau scored his third touch­down of the night early in the fourth quar­ter to knot the score at 21, only to have Holy Trin­ity bounce back for a goa­head touch­down on a fourth­down, 11-yard scor­ing run by Nelon Priest.

Be­hind Galarneau and Lescault, Still­wa­ter re­sponded by driv­ing to the Holy Trin­ity 23-yard line, only to have the drive halted by two cru­cial tack­les by Todd Wil­liamson on Galarneau.

Three plays later, Tortello found Hund­ley, in a full sprint, over the mid­dle and dropped in a per­fect pass for an 80yard touch­down to clinch the vic­tory.

Still­wa­ter was ham­pered by the ab­sence of star run­ning back Ma­son Sey­mour, who was benched for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

The War­riors re­ceived strong de­fen­sive per­for­mances from line­men Brian Mcneil and Brody Pea­cock and linebacker Dy­lan Dar­row, par­tic­u­larly in the first half, as Still­wa­ter lim­ited Holy Trin­ity to just seven yards on 10 plays. Holy Trin­ity’s only first-half score came on a bizarre play when Noah Foster re­cov­ered team­mate Nelon Priest’s fum­ble and raced al­most un­touched 35 yards for a touch­down.

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