Still­wa­ter claims Class C ti­tle with shut out of Cam­bridge-Salem, 21-0

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Joe Boyle [email protected]­i­tal­first­ Sports Edi­tor

LANS­ING­BURGH, NY >> Still­wa­ter stayed un­de­feated with Fri­day night’s win over Cam­bridge-Salem to claim the Sec­tion II, Class C Cham­pi­onship, 21-0 at Lans­ing­burgh High School.

“It means ev­ery­thing,” said

Still­wa­ter Head Coach Ian God­frey. “We have a proud tra­di­tion here but we were miss­ing that sec­tional ti­tle. We were fi­nal­ists a few years ago and to fi­nally get over the hump is in­de­scrib­able, es­pe­cially with these se­niors. They have earned it. It’s hard to not get emo­tional when you talk about them.”

Still­wa­ter played a near per­fect game Fri­day night, as shown by the fi­nal score. The de­fense was stal­wart and the of­fense was rolling on all cylin­ders and to do it against Cam­bridge-Salem, the de­fend­ing Class C sec­tional cham­pion.

“You know what you are get­ting with them. You’re get­ting a re­ally well coached,

dis­ci­plined foot­ball team,” said God­frey. “We were re­ally for­tu­nate tonight. Some breaks went our way. We had to bend a lit­tle bit, we knew they were go­ing to push the ball on us, but our kids an­swered, es­pe­cially when it mat­tered.”

The facet of Still­wa­ter than an­swered the loud­est was the de­fense. Key stops on fourth down in the first quar­ter and to end the first half kept the In­di­ans off the scoreboard early. That mo­men­tum car­ried it­self over to the sec­ond half for some more key stops in the fourth quar­ter. Over­all, with the help of some bounces that went their way, the Still­wa­ter de­fense got the job done Fri­day night.

“Any­thing can turn the tide of that game, es­pe­cially with Cam­bridge,” said God­frey. “We turn the ball over and it’s 14-0 and they go down to punch it in and it is a dif­fer­ent con­ver­sa­tion. Our kids un­der­stood the game plan, they knew that we were go­ing to give up some stuff, but at the end of the day that we had to tighten up, es­pe­cially in the red­zone.”

The first quar­ter ended with a 0-0 tie but that was be­cause of Still­wa­ter’s fourth down stand on the goal line on Cam­bridge’s first drive of the game. The ground game for both squads ate up clock and ground, with nei­ther team budg­ing on the scoreboard.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, Still­wa­ter cracked the scoreboard. Se­nior Luc Lescault punched in a three yard run and Ma­son Sey­mour ran for a 69 yard touch­down in the quar­ter to get things go­ing for the War­riors.

“He is the most un­der­rated player in this en­tire sec­tion,” said Sey­mour of Lescault. “He is a phe­nom­e­nal role player, he has been since we were eight years old. The kid is quiet and hum­ble, but he is my best friend and we would not be the team we are with­out him.”

An­other goal line stand to end the half was pro­longed with some time out calls and clock stop­pages with in­com­plete passes. Still­wa­ter was able to shut down Cam­bridge-Salem work­horse Kaedin Ogilvie to keep the In­dian’s off the scoreboard once again.

In the fourth quar­ter, Sey­mour ran for the fi­nal touch­down of the night, this time from 12 yards out, to close the door and all but clinch the sec­tion ti­tle for the War­riors.

“They have the his­tory to back it up, they have a great re­sume,” said Sey­mour. “We knew it wasn’t go­ing to be easy com­ing in, they are a very well coached team. We knew they were go­ing to have a good game­plan, but our coaches put to­gether a re­ally good game­plan and we ex­e­cuted re­ally well.”

Along with Lescault and Sey­mour, quar­ter­back James Galarneau racked up se­ri­ous yards on the ground in the win. The three run­ners to­taled 305 yards to­gether in the win.

“We know 9 and 2 are go­ing to be the tar­gets, but to have Luc back, to be able to get some car­ries and to be able to throw the ball a lit­tle bit is also go­ing to be big,” said God­frey. “We are for­tu­nate we have great guys up front. Our line time and time again is great. What else can you say? I am just so happy with how they fought.”

Still­wa­ter, now 10-0 this sea­son, will face the win­ner of the Sec­tion 7 and Sec­tion 10 game be­ing played on Satur­day.


Still­wa­ter claimed the Sec­tion II Class C ti­tle with a 21-0 win over Cam­bridgeSale­m Novem­ber 8.


Still­wa­ter claimed the Sec­tion II Class C ti­tle with a 21-0 win over Cam­bridge-Salem Novem­ber 8.

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