With Section II’s Super Bowl weekend upon us the Class C matchup between the Holy Trinity Pride and the Stillwater Warriors is everything you hope for in a championship game.
Both teams come in with identical 8-1 marks, they score in bunches and entering Friday night’s 7 p.m. kickoff in Lansingburgh, both are playing their best football of the season.
Holy Trinity averages 41 points per contest and allows just 8. They’ve gained 3000 yards offensively, 1650 of those yards coming through the air. Since a week two loss to Mechanicville the Pride has outscored opponents 294-25, including a week five 49-6 decision over Stillwater.
Sophomore quarterback Joe Tortello has thrown for over 1500 yards with 25 touchdowns against 3 interceptions. Over the last four games the Pride signal caller has completed 61% of his passes for 866 yards with 16 touchdowns and 1 pick.
Tortello’s favorite targets are sophomore Nacier Hundley 633 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, senior Jordan Mettler 316 yards with seven scores, and junior Noah Foster with 391 yards and six touchdown receptions.
Holy Trinity’s ground attack is led by senior Dion Sexton who has run for 847 yards and seven touchdowns on the year with junior Ja-Del Whitfield adding 133 yards in the Pride’s last two outings.
Stillwater averages 40 points per contest while giving opponents 16 points per. The Warriors have gained over 3600 yards this season relying on a ground game that has produced over 3000 yards.
After that week five loss to the Pride Stillwater head coach Ian Godfrey made a change at the quarterback position and with sophomore James Galarneau calling the signals the Warriors have averaged 50 points per contest over their last four.
Galarneau has thrown 21 times on the year completing 12 for 200 yards with three scores, and has shown the ability to run the football with 440 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The Warrior backfield is led by senior Dan Morris and sophomore Mason Seymour. Morris has rushed for 1156 yards and 12 TD’s, while Seymour has gained 1113 yards on the ground with a dozen scores as well.
On the defensive side of things Holy Trinity hasn’t allowed a point in their last three outings, and it was that unit that turned the week five meeting between these two squads into a one-sided affair scoring three straight defensive touchdowns in the final period of play.
Stillwater will need a big effort from their capable defensive unit to slow down the diverse and explosive Pride attack.
Many will look at Holy Trinity’s decisive victory over Stillwater in the regular season and expect the Pride to double down with an easy Super Bowl “W”.
It won’t happen.
The Warriors are a different team since making the quarterback change and won’t turn the ball over seven times or be held to six points in this one.
It should be a battle Friday night in the Burgh and when the dust settles, I like Stillwater to win it close, and capture the Section II Class C crown.