Last night in Schaghticoke the Hoosic Valley Indians played under home lights for the first time in program history. A huge crowd turned out in support of the Valley squad with a party-like atmosphere in the air. Also showing up however were the Indians of Cambridge, defending Class D state champions, riding a 15 game winning streak with no intention of giving the Valley faithful an upset “W” to celebrate.
Striking early and often the Indians from the north raced out to a 32-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 53-13 victory.
Just :21 into this one, Cambridge’s Colten Dean took a handoff and rambled 51 yards for the first points of the evening and with the Helen Mooney point after a 7-0 lead.
On their next possession Cambridge quarterback Zack Rowland hooked up with Brendan Holcomb on a seam route for a 59 yard scoring strike and the 13-0 advantage.
Less than a minute later, after a Hoosic Valley turnover, Jonas Butz powered in from the one-yard line extending the cushion to 19-0 with just three minutes gone in the opening period.
On the ensuing series by Hoosic Valley the Indians moved the football to midfield where the drive stalled and they were forced to punt. Valley punter Trevor Rose hit a beauty driving Butz back inside his own 15 yard line, but the senior return man brought it back 52 yards to the Valley 33 yard line.
After a sack of Rowland by Hoosic Valley’s Abe Sanchez, the Cambridge signal caller found Holcomb in stride and free for a 51 yard touchdown and with 4:00 still remaining in the first quarter the visitors held a 26-0 lead.
Cambridge’s Tommy English capped the first half scoring with :20 left, taking it in from four yards out sending the teams to the break, Cambridge enjoying a 32-0 spread.
Midway through the third, Hoosic Valley put together a nice drive with junior back Matt Fusco running well, and with 3:10 left in the period Fusco got the Valley on the board with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Over the remaining fifteen minutes both English and Dean added rushing scores for Cambridge and with :34 left in the contest Hoosic Valley’s quarterback Ethan Caiazza found Dan Giordano for a 5-yard touchdown connection and the final points of the night.
With the win Cambridge moves to 3-0 on the year and will travel to Whitehall next weekend to take on the Railroaders.
Hoosic Valley slips to 0-3 with the loss, and will look to notch their first win of the season next Saturday in a home contest with Cohoes.