After Stillwater and Greenwich met in week two of the regular season, a game won by Greenwich 27-19, most felt the two squads would face off again at some point in the post season. Neither has lost since that matchup on 9/17, clearly establishing themselves as the top two teams in Section II Class D. Both units handled their business on Saturday, posting semifinals “W’s”, and will indeed meet, in a much anticipated title game on Saturday, in Schuylerville at 1:00.
Greenwich 48 Chatham 20: Despite losing their leading rusher to injury on Saturday, the Witches held a 14-0 lead after a quarter of play, and a 28-6 advantage at the half, in posting the Class D semifinal win over Chatham, in Schuylerville.
Matt Conlin, Greenwich’s sophomore back, ran for 56 yards and a touchdown, before he suffered an injury mid-way through the second period and did not return.
Deontae Bennett got Greenwich on the board at the 8:51 mark of the first, scoring on a 6-yard run, and later in the quarter Jesse Kuzmich added a 72-yard scoring scamper for a 14-0 cushion.
Seconds into the second frame, Conlin rumbled in from three yards out to put Greenwich in control at 21-0.
Midway through the period, Chatham quarterback Tyler Kneller scored on a 20-yard run trimming the lead to 21-6, but before the break it was Kuzmich again, this time scoring on a 2-yard carry, extending the Witches halftime lead to 28-6.
Two minutes into the third, Greenwich put the game away when Colin Hughes broke out for a 74 yard TD run and a commanding 34-6 advantage.
Hughes and Aiden MacPhail added rushing touchdowns later in the half to round out the Witches scoring.
On the defensive side of the ball Greenwich picked off the Chatham signal-caller Kneller, four times in the contest.
Stillwater 31 Warrensburg 12: After a back and forth, first half that ended with the teams knotted 12-12, Stillwater scored 19 unanswered after the break, to pull away, notching the Class D semifinal “W” over Warrensburg.
Tim Kelley opened the scoring for Warrensburg at the 7:36 mark of the first, on a 6-yard carry, and a 6-0 Burgher lead.
Stillwater answered quickly with Colby Paffen finding Jaxson Mueller for a 9-yard touchdown connection, pulling the Warriors even at 6-6.
In the second, Warrensburg jumped back in front, taking a 12-6 advantage on a 28-yard touchdown tote by Dylan Winchell with 4:21 remaining in the half.
But Stillwater cashed in on their last drive of the half when Mueller rumbled in from three yards out, sending the teams into the break deadlocked at 12-12.
The Warriors Gavin Baker scored the only points points of the third frame on a 10-yard TD run at the 6:07 mark, giving Stillwater their first lead of the day at 18-12, and one they wouldn’t give back.
Stillwater closed things out with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns on a 66-yard fumble return by Caleb Dyer, and a 33-yard scoring run by C.J. McNeil, while the Warriors defense shut the door on the Burgher attack.
McNeil finished with 107 rushing yards on 20 carries, while Paffen hit on 7 of 10 attempts for 103 yards through the air for Stillwater.