Tigers subdue Patriots, 28-14

Too much Kyle Sipowicz and too many missed opportunities. That combination cost Broadalbin-Perth on
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Too much Kyle Sipowicz and too many missed opportunities.

That combination cost Broadalbin-Perth on Friday night, as the Patriots fell to Hudson Falls, 28-14, in the Class B Western Division opener for both games.

Sipowicz, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior, carried the ball on every play of two possessions in the second quarter that both paid off in touchdowns. He was used on all but two plays in the first half as he nearly matched the 220 yards he amassed in the first two games of the season.

“They always have been tailback strong,” said Patriots coach Rick Snyder of the Tigers, who rode Joe McMurry 2,563 yards rushing to a sectional title in 2008. “We were worried about their perimeter kid [Randy Kelly] and shut him down, but we were pulling a kid out of the box to do it, so they run the ball down your throat.”

“We’re a tailback-oriented offense. We’re going to pound the ball,” said Hudson Falls coach Bill Strong, whose team used Sipowicz (32 carries for 170 yards, three TDs) to pick up its first win.

“We started off against Lansingburgh and Academy, and we lost the last game of the season last year against Rye, so we hadn’t tasted victory yet with this group. It was important they get the winning feeling.”

Broadalbin-Perth couldn’t punch the ball in on its first two possessions, which ended deep in Tigers’ territory.

Sipowicz made the Pats pay, accounting for all 89 yards on a 12-play scoring drive for the game’s first touchdown.

After Chad Bennett picked off a pass on B-P’s next possession, Sip­owicz carried six times to get the 14 yards necessary for another TD.

“We didn’t finish the drives, and I felt we gave them that one score with that interception,” said Snyder, who was disappointed in the Tigers’ ability to convert third downs. “We preach to our kids that we want to get them into third downs. But to get knocked off the ball and not tackle very well, that’s frustrating.”

Frank Savasta returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, but sophomore quarterback R.J. Pingitore led a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives for the 1-2 Pats. He completed 11 of 19 passes in the second half for 126 yards and a touchdown, and was 16-for-30.

“I was happy with R.J.’s poise. He’s going to make a mistake here and there, but he’s also willing to throw the ball out of bounds when taking the down is better than throwing the ball to them,” said Synder of Pingitore, who was without his top receiver, senior Aaron Bagwell, sidelined with a shoulder injury.

“I was awful proud of his comeback, running the two-minute drill and no-huddle and coming back and scoring at the end,” said Snyder, who got 96 yards rushing from 11th-grader Cody Menge.

Hudson Falls 0 14 7 7 — 28

Broad.-Perth 0 0 0 14 — 14

HF — Sipowicz 1 run (Colton kick).

HF — Sipowicz 2 run (Colton kick).

HF — Savasta 83 kickoff return (Colton kick).

BP — Menge 7 run (Pingitore kick).

HF — Sipowicz 1 run (Colton kick).

BP — Hayes 9 pass from Pingitore (Pingitore kick).

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