After a week one 34-0 defeat at the hands of Greenwich, Hoosick Falls made the short trip north yesterday to take on the Indians of Hoosic Valley in a Class C football matchup. The Valley had an easy tine of things in their lopsided win over Granville last weekend and most felt the Falls would suffer a similar fate on a hot, muggy Saturday in Schaghticoke.
While the Panthers at times showed signs in this one, in the end Hoosic Valley handled their business and came away with a 44-21 “W”.
In quarter number one it was all Hoosick Falls as the visitors kept the Indians off the board and put together two scoring drives of their own.
Panther quarterback Aaron Tomczak got the Falls on the board with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Nick Giordano at the 6:29 mark giving Hoosick Falls the 7-0 lead.
It was Tomczak again with :09 remaining in the first, this time running it in from two yards out and after a missed extra point the Panthers held a 13-0 advantage.
The second quarter belonged to the Valley as they put 36 points on the board and surprisingly a pair of scores came through the air.
Just over a minute into the period Valley QB Mike Schoonmaker found Tom Madigan behind the Panther defense and the connection resulted in a 50 scoring strike cutting the lead to 13-7.
With 9:00 left in the half, Schoonmaker again went top side finding Isaac Sanchez for a 12-yard touchdown and with the point after, the Valley led 14-13.
Over the last 6:00 of the quarter Madigan scored on runs of 1, 15, and 35 yards as the Indians took control holding a 36-13 lead at the break.
Late in the third period the Panthers drew closer when Tomczak found David Everard on a go route up the left sideline for a 43 yard touchdown and with the two point conversion it was 36-21 and the Falls had life.
Midway through the fourth, the Valley put the contest away with a drive highlighted by a pair of fourth down conversions and capped off by a 6-yard touchdown run from Schoonmaker. William Scofield who earlier in the drive moved the chains with a nice fourth down run, took it in for the two point conversion and the final of 44-21.
On the day Schoonmaker hit on 4 of 5 passes for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns while running for 86 yards and a score as well. Madigan picked up 77 yards, scoring four times, and Sanchez ran for 60 yards on 17 carries for the Valley.
Panther QB Tomczak threw for 242 yards and a score, and Everard caught 5 balls for 107 yards and a touchdown to lead the Falls.