A season ago the Stillwater football team posted an 8-2 mark, making it all the way to the Class C Super Bowl. With the Warriors successful 2017 campaign as the backdrop, there are high expectations in Stillwater this fall. After their effort Friday night in the season-opener against Granville, it appears the Warriors are indeed primed for a special year.
Junior running back Mason Seymour ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns leading Stillwater to a dominant 48-0 decision over the Golden Horde.
Stillwater never punted the football, scoring on every offensive series, while spreading the wealth with several players in the mix of a Warrior ground game that finished the night with over 400 yards from scrimmage.
After receiving the opening kickoff Stillwater quarterback James Galarneau started the scoring parade for Stillwater finishing the first series with a 34 yard touchdown run and with the point after the Warriors led 7-0 less than two minutes in.
On Granville’s first series the Horde, led by junior running back Taylor Bourn, moved the football inside the Stillwater 10 yard line before stalling and turning the ball over on downs.
Starting from their own 15 yard line the Warriors leaned on Seymour and the ground game for the bulk of a twelve play drive, but the biggest chunk of yardage came on a short pass when Galarneau found Luc Lescault on a check down near the Stillwater 40, and the junior back turned it into a big gain taking it to the Granville 32.
With 1:54 remaining in the period Seymour capped the drive with a 4-yard TD run and the Stillwater lead grew to 14-0.
In the second quarter Lescault scored from 17 yards out on a nice open field scamper and with 4:17 left in the half, it was Seymour again, this time from two yards out giving the Warriors a 28-0 lead at the half.
After the break it was more of the same as Granville at times moved the ball effectively but were unable to come away with points, while Stillwater continued to score.
Three minutes into the third it was Seymour on a one-yard plunge and a 35-0 Warriors advantage, and senior Joe Conti ( 91 rushing yards), closed out the Stillwater assault with a pair of touchdowns on runs of one and fifteen yards finishing off an outstanding week one effort by the Warriors.
Next week Stillwater will meet Mechanicville in the annual Indian Bowl contest which should provide a good early season test for the Warriors who have late season expectations.