The forecast for Saturday’s Class C quarterfinal football game between Holy Trinity and Hoosic Valley called for rain and wind in the air, with a heavy dose of the Valley running game on the ground. Mother Nature delivered as did the Indians, who rushed for nearly 450 yards on a rain soaked field in posting the 46-12 victory over the Pride.
Umbrellas, tents, and rain gear were mandatory for all in attendance as the game began with temperatures in the low 40’s accompanied by wind driven rain.
After receiving the opening kickoff, Holy Trinity went three and out and punted to the Valley, but on the first play from scrimmage the Indians gave it right back, fumbling an exchange and the Pride recovered in Hoosic Valley territory.
On the ensuing series Holy Trinity lost yardage, a common theme throughout, and turned the ball over to the Valley on downs and the Indians went to work.
On their second series of the afternoon they put together the first of several sustained drives, this one culminating with a 1-yard touchdown carry from Isaac Sanchez and with the Jonathon Colligan point after Hoosic Valley grabbed the 7-0 lead.
On the last play on the first period it was Indian quarterback Mike Schoonmaker scoring on a nice 11-yard run and with the PAT the Valley held a 14-0 cushion.
On the following kickoff Holy Trinity broke it’s biggest play of the day when Trevor Maloney fielded the ball inside his own 20, and brought it back all the way to the Hoosic Valley eight yard line setting the Pride up with a first and goal opportunity.
They wasted little time punching it in as Dion Sexton scored on a first down carry, and after a failed extra point the Indian lead was trimmed to 14-6.
With 6:37 remaining in the half the Valley got on the board again when Sanchez scored his second touchdown off the game, this one from seven yards out and the host squad took the 21-6 lead into intermission.
Midway through the third quarter Hoosic Valley put this one away. Tom Madigan scored on a seven-yard run with 7:04 left, and on the Valley kickoff the Pride fumbled it back to the Indians setting up Madigan’s second touchdown romp, this one from eight yards out giving Hoosic Valley the commanding 35-6 advantage.
Madigan added his third score of the contest on the first play of the final period flashing speed and power on a 16-yard carry into the end zone.
Senior back Ryan Rifenburg scored the last Valley points of the afternoon on a 16 yard scamper with 3:35 remaining, yet another quality back in the vaunted Indian rushing attack that once again ran up and down the field breaking off big chunks of yardage all game long.
Madigan and Sanchez led the way for the Valley attack combining for 302 yards and five touchdowns and now the focus shifts to next weekend and a semifinal get together with the Witches from Greenwich.
Some would argue they are the top two squads in the Class C tournament although Hoosic Valley was seeded at #2 while Greenwich owns the #6 seed. Forget about those numbers as well as Hoosic Valley’s 20-13 victory over the Witches in week four. This is the second season and we’re down to four teams still standing. It should be a good one next Saturday in Schaghticoke.