Sunday, October 6, 2013

Playoff Hopes in Jeopardy after 34-18 loss.

The Glens Falls Indians run of 14 straight Sectional appearances are in jeopardy after falling to the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots by a score of 34-18.

The game started with promise for the Indians, who recovered an onside kick, which lead to Zach Infield passing to Colin Duell for the 9 yard score.  But the two point conversion was no good.

The very next play, Mike Visco made the Indians pay for kicking to him as he ran the ball about 86 yards to the end zone for the score.  Getting free for the touchdown was easy for Visco, a track and field star for the Patriots who got a wide-open lane in the middle and made his way towards the near sideline for the score. The extra point would give the Patriots the 7-6 lead.

In the second quarter, Quentin Austin rolled with the option to Nate Plocharczyk for the 22 yard score to give the Indians the 12-7 lead.

Quentin Austin would find the end zone with his feet about two minutes later as he ran in for a 3 yard score to widen the Indians lead to 18-7.

But the Patriots bounced back, and Tyler Schmidt scored from 30 yards out to close the gap to 18-14.  The Indians would move the ball on the ensuing drive to within the Broadalbin-Perth 30, but Zach Infield then was picked off by Visco to end the Indians threat.  After a three-and-out, the Indians got the ball back with great field position, but with less than 50 seconds left, Infield's pass to Plocharczyk was called back for pass interference after he pushed off for the completion.

The Indians then let the clock run out to end the half.

In the third quarter, the Indians moved the ball well, but could not finish what they started as they would turnover on downs on the first possession after the half.  Darius Reyes would rush for a 16 yard score to give the Patriots the 20-18 lead.

In the early stages of the fourth quarter, Reyes would chase after Infield, and knocked the ball free, then scooped up the fumble and took it back 72 yards for the score.  The PAT would give the Patriots a 9 point lead.  The Indians moved the ball back into Broadalbin-Perth territory, but would get stopped at around the 35 yard line.  This allowed the Patriots to run down the clock, and then connected on a Zach Morreale to Luigi Magliocca six yard pass to widen the gap to 33-18.  The extra point was good, and the Patriots walked out of Glens Falls with the 34-18 win.

It was the second straight loss for the Glens Falls Indians, and the third they've suffered this year.  With Scotia's win over Schuylerville, and Johnstown's win over Hudson Falls, the Indians now find themselves a game behind Scotia for the fourth and final playoff spot, tied with Johnstown for 5th in the division.  The last time the Indians failed to make the playoffs was in 1998, when a 5-2 Foothills Council record wasn't enough as Gloversville edged the Indians for the Class A Sectionals.

The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots improved to 4-1 on the season, and with Cobleskill losing to Schalmont, the Patriots now are alone in second place in the division, however the two teams still have to face each other.

The Indians travel to Hudson Falls for the Jug Game on Saturday at Moran Field.  The Patriots are at Schuylerville, where they will face the Black Horses.

Note: Any published statistics here are considered unofficial and should not be used for official record-keeping. 

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