Saturday in Schaghticoke a pair of 0-3 teams in Cohoes and Hoosic Valley took the field with each squad looking to put a number in the win column. We said on the pregame broadcast not to be surprised in the Indians go on a run over the remaining five weeks in the regular season. Yesterday they took the first step in that journey rolling over the Tigers from Cohoes 67-22.
On an early August afternoon in late September, the game was delayed one hour due to miscommunication regarding the officials. When Hoosic Valley kicker Matt Fusco finally put the ball in the air to start things at 2:00, the Valley wasted little time in taking control.
After Cohoes turned the ball over on downs on their first possession, the Indians Dan Giordano ran it in from 29 yards out for a 6-0 lead and the siege was on.
With 3:15 left in the period Valley quarterback Ethan Caiazza found Giordano in stride on a seam route for a 47-yard touchdown strike and with the Will Scofield two-point conversion the Indians led 14-0.
After a blocked punt on the ensuing Cohoes possession, it was Jylen Burden’s turn scoring on a 31-yard dash at the 10:26 mark of the second period for a 21-0 Valley cushion.
Five minutes later Scofield punched his ticket to the touchdown party on a nice 41-yard run extending the lead to 27-0.
On the Tiger’s next series they got on the board with 4:24 left in the half when Marquis Alston took a handoff at the Cohoes 25, turned the corner and outran everyone up the right sideline for the six.
After the Alston run any thoughts about Cohoes getting back into this one were quickly dismissed as both Giordano and Scoffield scored their second rushing touchdowns of the half and the teams went to the locker rooms with Hoosic Valley in control at 40-6.
In the third quarter the Indians added three rushing scores with Burden getting his second, Scofield his third, and Logan Smith scoring his first of the afternoon on a 30-yard tote.
The final period started with another Tiger touchdown from a long ways out, this time it was Julius Lenior ringing the bell on an electrifying 73-yard scoring jaunt and the score read 61-14.
On the Cohoes kickoff the Valley’s Abe Sanchez fielded the line drive kick, broke through the initial wave of defenders and coasted in for yet another, and the last Indians touchdown of the afternoon.
Let’s give Cohoes much credit on this day as they continued to play hard and the Tigers were rewarded with :18 remaining when fullback Reggie Poulan III took a handoff and rumbled 98 yards for the final points of the contest.
Next up for Hoosic Valley is their final home game on Saturday afternoon when they entertain the Rams of Rensselaer and will look to take step two in their late season run.