ROTTERDAM - Without offensive weapon Aaron Sampson, the Glens Falls Indians used their remaining offensive weapons efficiently, leading to a 32-28 win over the Schalmont Sabres on Friday night.
The win improves the Glens Falls Indians to 2-0 as they begin divisional play next week. The Schalmont Sabres fell to 0-2 with the loss.
The Indians balanced a run and pass attack, using Joe Girard III's arm and Josh Griffin's legs effectively, mixed together with the receiving corps of Andrew Murphy, Quinn Girard and Tony Green.
But it wasn't easy for the Indians.
After scoring on the first two drives to open a 13-0 lead, Schalmont's Cameron Brooks began what would be a career day for the senior running back with a 82 yard touchdown run to close the gap to 13-7.
But no matter what Schalmont would do, Glens Falls had an answer. Early in the second quarter, Andrew Murphy caught a 5 yard pass from Joe Girard III, then turned on the legs to race to the end zone, resulting in an 82 yard reception for the score to pad the Indians lead.
Schalmont bounced back, scoring again on a Cameron Brooks touchdown, this time from 27 yards out, to climb back to within a possession. But the Indians marched back down the field and finished a drive with a Tony Green 17 yard pass reception from Joe Girard in the back corner of the end zone to rebuild their two-possession lead.
However, Schalmont was unable to answer before the half, going to the locker room down 26-14. Having deferred the ball to the second half, the Sabres's move paid off when Brooks quickly scored on the first possession of the half from 58 yards out, pulling the Sabres to within 5.
The Indians stormed back down the field, and were raced with a 4th & 2 at the Schalmont 3 yard line. Instead of attempting to use kicker Andrew Stamatel's leg to put the Indians up 8, head coach Pat Lilac went for it. The gamble paid off as Joe Girard III called his own number, rushing up the middle for the score to put the Indians back ahead by two possessions.
Cameron Brooks helped the Sabres get close again, scoring in the 4th quarter from 18 yards out with just under four minutes to play. But the Sabres would never get the ball back to bid for a game-winning drive, as the Glens Falls Indians ran the clock out, aided by a face mask penalty on a third down with 90 seconds left to play, allowing Girard to knee the ball for the victory.
Cameron Brooks finished the game with an impressive 321 yards on 20 carries, finding the end zone four times for the Jake Defayette-led offense. Defayette had a rough game, only completing three of his thirteen passes, two of which were caught by the opposition.
Joe Girard III led the Glens Falls Indians with his 11-for-19 passing for 194 yards, three of which went for touchdowns. Girard also rushed for 67 yards on the ground, scoring a touchdown that proved to be the decider. Josh Griffin rushed for 83 yards, scoring a touchdown himself.
The two teams combined for over 900 yards of total offense, most of which came from Joe Girard's arm and Cameron Brooks's feet.
The win improves the Glens Falls Indians record to 2-0 as they get ready for divisional play next Saturday as they host the Johnstown Sir Bills at Putt LeMay field. The Schalmont Sabres drop to 0-2, beginning their Reinfurt Division play by hosting Cobleskill-Richmondville.
Glens Falls Indians at Schalmont Sabres
Friday, September 9th, 2016
Glens Falls 13 13 6 0 32
Schalmont 7 7 7 7 28
9:03 - GF - Josh Griffen, 9yd run (Stamatel kick) 07-00
7:55 - GF - Dylan Balcom from Joe Girard III, 25yd pass (kick failed) 13-00
5:50 - SHL- Cameron Brooks, 82yd run (Defayette kick) 13-07
11:47 - GF - Andrew Murphy from Joe Girard III, 82yd pass (Stamatel kick) 20-07
8:07 - SHL- Cameron Brooks, 27yd run (Defayette kick) 20-14
3:58 - GF - Tony Green from Joe Girard III, 19yd pass (kick failed) 26-14
11:07 - SHL- Cameron Brooks, 58yd run (Defayette kick) 26-21
01:37 - GF - Joe Girard III, 3yd run (pass failed) 32-21
03:46 - SHL- Cameron Brooks, 18yd run (Defayette kick) 32-28