Greenwich 36 Hoosic Valley 22: A fast start and a pair of fourth down plays in the final period paved the way for the Greenwich victory over the Indians of Hoosic Valley in a Class C sectional final in Schaghticoke.
Greenwich running back Reese Cristaldi scored on first quarter runs of 4 and 10 yards staking the Witches to a 14-0 advantage after the first period of play.
The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, with the Indians Tom Madigan scoring twice on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Mike Schoonmaker, and a 65 yard gallop for points. Greenwich countered with a Cole Burgees 19-yard scoring run, and Cristaldi’s third touchdown carry of the afternoon, this one from five yards out giving Greenwich the 28-15 halftime lead.
The Indians Isaac Sanchez cut the lead to 28-22 with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third, setting up the final twelve minutes and three pivotal fourth downs plays.
With the Valley trailing 28-22 and facing a fourth and one from the Greenwich 30 the Witches made the defensive stop with the help of a bad pitch.
On the next Greenwich drive the Witches converted on a fourth and four from their own 40, and later in the series on a fourth and two play call, setting up a 27-yard touchdown run from Burgess with two minutes remaining, sending the Witches on to the Super Bowl.
Burgess finished with 131 yards and two scores, with Cristaldi adding 93 yards and three touchdowns for Greenwich who will face Mechanicville on Friday in an all Wasaren Class C final.
Madigan led the Valley with yet another big day including 220 yards on the ground and a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Indians who finish their impressive 2016 season at 7-2.
Mechanicville 21 Voorheesville 13: Mechanicville trailed early, answered quickly and held on for the victory in their Class C semifinal, sending the Raiders to the title game with Greenwich next Friday night in the Burgh.
The Blackbirds scored on their first possession when Ryan Daly found Ethan Richardson for a 76-yard scoring strike, but after the ensuing kickoff Marc DeBates took a first down carry to the house from 73 yards out and when Dan Motta added the two-point conversion the Raiders took the lead and didn’t give it back.
A 2-yard scoring run in the second period from Dan Hayner extended the Raider advantage to 14-6, a lead they took into halftime.
The Blackbirds scored the only points in the third quarter, those coming Daly’s second scoring throw of the game this time finding Ian Owens from five yards out trimming the Raider lead to one at 14-13.
But the Raider defense shut down the Voorheesville attack the rest of the way, and a Keegan McHale 2-yard scoring run put the Blackbirds on ice, sending Mechanicville to the Class C Super Bowl where they’ll take on the Witches.
DeBates led the way for the Raiders with 238 rushing yards, in game that saw the Mechanicville ground attack gain 300 yards, while defensively holding Voorheesville to just 26 yards carrying the football.