In the first three weekends of the high school football season the schedule makers were unkind to the Indians of Hoosic Valley. Playing Greenwich, Cambridge and Whitehall to start the campaign, the Valley, while at times showing signs, stumbled to an 0-3 mark.
But facing less than a “Murderer’s Row” over the remaining weeks of the schedule the winds have shifted in Schaghticoke as the Indians posted their second straight dominant victory on Saturday with a 49-7 decision over the Rams from Rensselaer.
The Valley defense took control early in this one forcing three and outs on Rensselaer’s initial three possessions, each time setting up the offense with a short field.
Hoosic Valley’s first three offensive series started at the Rensselaer 25, 31, and 29 yard lines which led to a trio of Indian touchdowns.
A pair of Will Scoffield TD runs, sandwiched around a Dan Giordano 6-yard scoring tote gave the Valley a 21-0 lead with 1:21 left in the first, and the route was on.
In the second period Giordano added a 1-yard score and a nice 35 -yard touchdown romp sending the host squad to the break with a commanding 35-0 advantage.
With 6:42 left in the third it was Giordano again, this time from seven yards out and with the Matt Fusco point after ( a perfect 7-7 on the day), the lead ballooned to 42-0.
In the fourth quarter a 1-yard touchdown run by Ram quarterback Todd Rider prevented the shutout for Rensselaer and with 2:10 left in the game Jylen Burden ran the ball off the right edge and up the sideline ringing the bell from 45 yards out to cap the scoring on the afternoon.
Scoffield and Giordano combined for 191 yards and six touchdowns leading a ground game that gained just over 300 yards in the contest, spearheading an offense that has put 116 points on the board over the past two Saturdays.
Next up for the Indians, a road game with Fort Edward on the weekend and an opportunity to even their season record after the difficult and challenging start.