It was a rough first week for all Section II football teams in Class D with every school absorbing a loss. Two of those teams met in Schaghticoke on Saturday when Warrensburg traveled south to take on Hoosic Valley. The first half was entertaining as the two squads put points on the board in a back and forth 24 minutes of football. After the break it was all Warrensburg and at game’s end the Burghers headed north with their first “W” of the season, a 34-14 decision over the Valley.
The opening two periods featured contrasting ways of scoring the football as Warrensburg put together sustained drives for points while the Indians tallied in quick strike fashion.
The Burghers took the opening kickoff and using a mixture of run and pass, moved the ball to the Valley 31, but the 13 play drive stalled there and the hosts took over on downs.
On the second drive for Warrensburg it was more of the same with multiple players running effectively, mixed with an occasional pass, the Burghers moved it to the Hoosic Valley 20 where Warrensburg quarterback Evan MacDuff found freshman Dylan Winchell for six and with the two point conversion the Burghers led 8-0 with :29 remaining in the first period.
On the ensuing kickoff Jacob White took it at his own 20, found a seam and out ran the pursuit and quickly it was an 8-6 contest with :16 left in the first.
The second period was more of the same as Warrensburg put together another multiple play drive that ended in points when MacDuff found running back Jesse Griffin on a 12-yard touchdown connection and when Griffin added the two-point conversion the Burghers held the 16-6 advantage.
On the Indians next series, staying with the theme of scoring quickly, senior running back Will Schofield took a first down handoff and exploded for an 88-yard touchdown run and with the Jacob White two-point conversion the Warrensburg lead was trimmed to 16-14.
Warrensburg answered with a five minute drive primarily on the ground mixing Griffin, MacDuff, Winchell and Matt Baker to move the ball to the Valley 2-yard line and Griffin took it in from there and the 22-14 lead.
Ironically Hoosic Valley’s best drive of the half didn’t end with points as their four minute series ended on the Warrensburg twelve when the Indians came up short on a fourth and 10.
The teams went to intermission with the visitors holding the one score edge but things changed quickly after the break.
Hoosic Valley was assessed a 15 yard penalty for coming back onto the field late and the Indians who received the kickoff were pinned deep in their own territory. On a fourth and seven from their own nineteen the Indians punter Isaac Carlo tucked it and ran on a designed play that came up short and the Burghers quickly cashed in for points with MacDuff running in from the one and Warrensburg had doubled up the Valley at 28-14.
The Burghers defense took control the rest of the way keeping Hoosic Valley off the scoreboard and MacDuff added a 4-yard touchdown run in the final period to round out the scoring as Warrensburg earned the week two victory.
Griffin led Warrensburg with 100 yards rushing on the day with a touchdown while MacDuff ran for 93 yards with two scores and threw for two more.
Hoosic Valley’s Schofield led all runners in the contest gaining 112 yards for the Indians.