Monday, September 12, 2016

Thoughts From The Press Box - Glens Falls at Schalmont

ROTTERDAM - On the last gasp of summer, an electric crowd came to watch a great game.

A game that came down to the last possession.

A game that could be a preview of the playoffs.

Schalmont's 0-2 record doesn't matter.  In divisional play, they are 0-0.  Both of their losses were close, against the #1 and #2 teams in Class B last year.

The same could be said about Glens Falls's 2-0 record.  But wins over Ravena and Schalmont, especially given the injury situation on Friday night, could give the Indians a lot of momentum for the road ahead.

Those week 6 & 7 games could be very interesting for the Indians.  Especially once Aaron Sampson heals up.

The Glens Falls Indians didn't miss a beat without him, relying on a blend of run and pass plays to get their offense.  Girard's arm brought over 200 yards passing for the Indians, three for touchdowns.  His legs contributed to the 4th of Glens Falls's 5 touchdowns.

I noted this several times during the broadcast, but will bring it up here again.  He's a sophomore.  If he continues to play both football and basketball for the Indians, they will have amazing things to look forward to over the course of the next two years.

And if Cameron Brooks does to other teams what he did to Glens Falls, he is going to be a beast in the Running Back position for the Schalmont Sabres.  Those who made it down to Rotterdam was treated to a showcase of his abilities.  One of the best highlights came in the third quarter when he raced through the line of scrimmage, then in the secondary found two Indians ready to tackle him.  He jumped, danced and juked his way free, then found the end zone for the score.

It's the type of athleticism you expect to see from a veteran running back in the NFL.  Keep an eye on him.

Just like you need to keep an eye on Joe Girard III.  These two kids are why High School sports are great.  

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