Ballston Spa football team wins opener

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Evan Price of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake goes after a loose ball with Sean Collins of Queensbury during a game Saturday.
Evan Price of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake goes after a loose ball with Sean Collins of Queensbury during a game Saturday.

ALBANY — Jake Cook scored two touchdowns Saturday, leading Ballston Spa to a season-opening 20-7 Class AA football victory over Albany.

Cook scored on a 12-yard run in the second quarter to give the Scotties a 13-7 lead. He then caught a 3-yard TD pass from Keegan Zoller in the third quarter.

Ballston Spa took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on Jason McCarthy’s 18-yard TD run. The Falcons took a 7-6 lead when Anthony Coppola threw an 80-yard TD pass to Kquazay Dickens.

After that TD, the Scotties held the Falcons to 41 yards of total offense. Ballston Spa finished the game with 200 yards of total offense.

McCarthy had 134 yards runshing on 24 carries.

Ballston Spa    6  7  7  0 — 20
Albany    7  0  0  0 —  7

BS — McCarthy 18 run (kick failed)
A — Dickens 80 pass from Coppola (Samim kick)
BS — Cook 12 run (McCarthy kick)
BS — Cook 3 pass from Keegan Zoller (McCarthy kick)

Class B


HUDSON FALLS — Caleb Condon passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Tigers to a crossover win.

Condon totaled 241 rushing and passing yards.

Ichabod Crane    0  0  0  0 —  0
Hudson Falls    6 15  6  6 — 33

HF — Russell 3 run (kick failed)
HF — Condon 7 run (Condon run)
HF — Prevost 43 pass from Condon (Mattison kick)
HF — Maddison 7 run (kick failed)
HF — Pritchett 55 pass from Condon (kick failed)

Class D


BERNE — Xander Monroe threw four touchdown passes, two to Greg Cornelius and two to Mike Flower, and Helderberg Valley opened its season with a Class D win.

Helderberg Valley raced to a 27-6 halftime lead when Jake Flower ran for a touchdown and Monroe fired three of his scoring passes.

Mike Flower had three receptions for 95 yards. Helderberg Valley, a mix of students from Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Duanesburg, did not win a home game last season.

Fort Edward    0  6 14  0 — 20
Helderberg Val.    7 20  0  6 — 33

HV — J. Flower (Greco kick)
FEA — Maranville 58 pass from Phillips (conversion failed)
HV — Cornelius 25 pass from Monroe (Greco kick)
HV — M. Flower 40 pass from Monroe (kick failed)
HV — M. Flower 52 pass from Monroe (kick failed)
FEA — Bombard 15 pass from Phillips (conversion good)
FEA — Sullivan 15 run (conversion good)
HV — Cornelius 15 pass from Monroe (Greco kick)


SCHAGHTICOKE — Cole Burgess ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns and also picked off a pass as Greenwich, the Section II Class C champ in 2015 and 2016, made its Class D debut a success.

Joe Smith of Greenwich opened the game with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Burgess later in the first quarter scored the first of his touchdowns on a 44-yard dash.

Greenwich    14  7 14  0 — 35
Hoosic Valley    0  8  7  0 — 15

G — Smith 90 kickoff return (Mosher kick)
G — Burgess 44 run (Mosher kick)
HV — Schofield 18 run (Giordano run)
G — Cristaldi 8 run (Mosher kick)
HV — Haughnay 1 run (Fusco kick)
G — Burgess 40 run (Mosher kick)
G — Burgess 20 run (Mosher kick)


GRANVILLE — Nick Suits ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and Nick Kocjan threw a trio of scoring passes as Canajoharie won big in its opener and spoiled the coaching debut of John Irion at Granville.

Kocjan found Isaiah Logan and Joe Trembley twice with touchdown strikes. Trembley had three catches for 110 yards.

Canajoharie    14 14 13  0 — 41
Granville    0  0  0  0 —  0

CFP — Suits 29 run (Logan kick)
CFP — Logan 5 pass from Kocjan (Logan kick)
CFP — Terwilliger 1 run (Logan kick)
CFP — Suits 55 run (Logan kick)
CFP — Trembley 58 pass from Kocjan (Logan kick)
CFP — Trembley 10 pass from Kocjan (kick failed)



COHOES — Jake Moore returned two interceptions for touchdowns and passed for a score, and Branden Covey collected three touchdowns for the Railroaders.

Whitehall    12 14 14 14 — 54
Cohoes    0  0  0  6 —  6
W — Covey 8 run (kick failed)
W — Rozell 35 run (pass failed)
W — Covey recovered fumble in end zone (Kennedy kick)
W — Moore 35 interception return (Kennedy kick)
W — Porcello 69 pass from Moore (Kennedy kick)
W — Covey 3 run (Kennedy kick)
W — Moore 70 interception return (Kennedy kick)
W — Austin 3 run (Kennedy kick)
C — Lenoir 90 kickoff return (kick failed)


Abd Somow had two goals and an assists as Utica-Proctor overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Ballston Spa 3-2 in a non-league match.

Alex Yerou gave the Scotties a 1-0 lead in the first half. Zachary Scheutte made it a two-goal lead in the second half before Utica-Proctor made its comeback.

Abdullah Gerow added a goal and an assist for Utica-Proctor.

Raymond Strauser broke a 1-1 tie with 12 seconds left in the first half, and Gloversville went on to beat Northville 6-1 in a non-league game.

Stauser added two goals and an assist in the second half, and Damian Bruce had a goal in each half. Tyler Kemmett also scored for Gloversville, and Michael Kalkbrenner tallied for Northville.

Tamarac beat Hoosick Falls 4-2 in a Wasaren League game, with Chade Ali scoring twice for the Bengals.


The Schenectady boys ‘A’ team won the 10th annual Niskayuna Cross Country Ekiden, and groups from the host school took the next three spots at Iroquois Middle School.

Isaac Menis, Keegan Cochran and Maazin Ahmed joined for a first-place 22:59.93, with each Schenectady runner covering 2,400 meters. Nisk­ayuna’s ‘C’ team of Thomas Ragone, Joe Hale and Donnovan Tucker placed second in 23:14.10.

The Niskayuna ‘C’ team was best among the girls as Samantha Padula, Kristina Koes and Abigail Spiers combined for a 26:48.23.

Schalmont twins Francisco and Antonio Beltran placed first and third, respectively, at the three-mile Fonda-Fultonville Invitational at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

Francisco Beltran clocked a 15:55.78, Tyler Berg of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake ran second in 16:01.61, and Antonio Beltran closed in 16:07.14. 

Mayfield’s Madison Relyea won the girls’ race in 19:10.90. Schalmont’s Kerry Flower placed third (19:53.94) behind Rachel Woodruff of Saranac (19:23.60).


Schenectady A (Isaac Menis, Keegan Cochrane, Maazin Ahmed), 22:59.93; Niskayuna C (Thomas Ragone, Joe Hale, Donnovan Tucker), 23:14.10; Niskayuna A (Joseph Quinn, Providence Kang, Colin Ros), 23:34.20; Niskayuna B (Dominick Favata, Jack Schiavo, Marty Dolan), 24:08.18; Shaker D (Rufino Vasquez, Chris Garretson, TJ Randall), 24:08.45; Colonie B (Nick Sutton, Destin Yee, Jared Craw), 24:13.66; South Glens Falls A (Frank Triolo, Nate Nagle, Andrew Bouffard), 24:30.52; Albany C (Correa Felix, Jason Eveleth, Max Heller), 24:44.96; Shaker A (Matt Simkulet, Tyler Stanton, Patrick Healy), 24:54.82; Colonie A (Andy Tucker, Dan Zukowski, Jacob Oertel), 25:06.29.


Niskayuna C (Samantha Padula, Kristina Koes, Abigail Spiers), 26:48.23; Niskayuna A (Katharine Hesler, Victoria Padula, Amelia Kokernak), 27:16.45; Shenendehowa H (Charlotte Hartman, Hannah Reale, Ally Arserio), 27:30.38; Niskayuna B (Tess McGrinder, Charlotte Kokernak, Sydney Smith), 27:32.36; Shenendehowa C (Hannah Belleville, Luccabella Hotaling, Cassie McLaughlin), 27:32.89; Shenendehowa B (Emily DiNallo, Hillary Halpern, Lily Digman), 28:14.31; Shenendehowa A (Jenn McClintock, Jade Dennis, Jada Dennis), 28:23.33; Colonie A (Kathryn Tenney, Samantha Pellegrini, Maddie Stealey), 28:37.52; Colonie B (Lexi DiBernardo, Sophia Bisognano, Marilyn O’Brien), 29:18.41; Amsterdam A (Olivia Lazarou, Lauren Santiago, Kayla Sondrup), 29:34.86.


Francisco Beltran (Schal), 15:55.78; Tyler Berg (BH), 16:01.61; Antonio Beltran (Schal), 16:07.14; Evan Brennan (BH), 16:32.10; Aidan Gillooley (BH), 16:32.38; David Metacarpa (BH), 16:35.73; Logan Short (BH), 17:07.14; Andrew LePage (Saranac), 17:07.64; Kevin Sherameta (Mohon), 17:15.67; Jeremy Gundrum (APark), 17:21.48.
Madison Relyea (May), 19:10.90; Rachel Woodruff (Saranac), 19:23.60; Kerry Flower (Schal), 19:53.94; Mia June (Schal), 20:14.83; Juliana Geniti (SG), 20:34.11; Elise LePage (Saranac), 20:36.61; Michelle Puzulis (BKW), 20:58.99; Emily Pahl (Schal), 21:20.26; Daley Jo Christman (Glove), 21:45.61; Sarah Mattfeld (CCHS), 21:56.37.

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