The Lake George/Hadley Luzerne War Eagles came to Schaghticoke Saturday afternoon looking for an upset victory that would forge a three way tie for the top spot in the Class C North with Hoosic Valley and Greenwich. After one quarter of play the visitors trailed 14-12 and it looked like the War Eagles had a shot at the huge road win.
The Valley had other ideas.
Over the next 30 minutes of action Hoosic Valley scored 35 unanswered to post a 49-18 victory over Lake George and finish with a perfect 6-0 season mark against Class C competition
On a beautiful autumn afternoon the War Eagles put points on the board just three minutes in when quarterback Shane McCabe found Nick Ure running free through the Valley secondary for a 32 yard scoring strike and a 6-0 lead.
With 3:35 left in the period the Indians scored on an Isaac Sanchez 3-yard run and with the Jonathan Colligan point after led 7-6,
On the ensuing kickoff Lake George answered quickly when McCabe settled under it at his own 15, and brought it all the way back for six and the 12-7 advantage.
The Indians regained the lead with :39 remaining in the opening period when Tom Madigan scored his first of four touchdowns in the contest, this one from four yards out giving the Valley the 14-12 edge.
The middle two quarters belonged to the home squad as their vaunted running attack consistently picked up big chunks of yardage as Madigan, Sanchez , Mike Schoonmaker, and Frank Adams ran through, around and over the War Eagles. Before the break Madigan scored on a pair of 14-yard runs and the Valley took a 28-12 lead to the locker room.
Just three minutes after intermission Madigan flashed both power and speed on a 36-yard carry for points, and with two minutes left in the frame it was Sanchez scoring on a 2-yard run extending the lead to 42-12 as the rout was on.
William Scofield added a touchdown run for the Indians in the fourth, as did the War Eagles McCabe, scoring the game’s final points with 3:32 remaining on a 6-yard run.
McCabe finished with 113 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown through the air, on the ground, and in the return game.
Madigan with 182 yards and Sanchez 105, led the Indians ground game that, as it typically does, gained over 400 yards on the afternoon.
Hoosic Valley now prepares for sectional play most probably as the #1 seed in hopes of making a three week run through the very talented Class C division.