Clifton Park

Glens Falls football advances to state semifinals

Cambridge/Salem falls in Class C quarterfinal
Glens Falls won 21-7.
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Glens Falls won 21-7.

CLIFTON PARK — After breezing through its Section II tournament, Glens Falls ran into some adversity Friday night.

Most of it, though, was of its own making with penalties and missed opportunities — and none of that prevented Glens Falls from keeping its season alive.

On a rainy Friday night at Shenendehowa High School, Glens Falls football secured a 21-7 victory against Beekmantown in a Class B state quarterfinal. Glens Falls outgained Beekmantown 500-140 in total yards, but the Indians rarely had more than a one-possession lead throughout their regional championship win.

“I felt like we got to the 20-yard line like five times in the first half,” Glens Falls senior Trent Girard said. “We just couldn’t punch it in there. I felt like we could’ve put them away.”

“We just couldn’t get it in the end zone,” Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac said.

Glens Falls (9-2) led Beekmantown (Section VII, 8-2) 7-0 at halftime despite outgaining the Eagles 275-20 in the opening 24 minutes. In that first half, Glens Falls had a turnover on an interception thrown by senior Joseph Girard III and had two field goal attempts misfire for senior Sam Hogan on a cold night with a pouring rain.

The second half, though, started with six-play touchdown drive for Glens Falls that covered 73 yards. Joseph Girard III completed 5 of 5 passes on the drive for 58 yards and ended it with a 14-yard scoring pass to junior Hogan Fox.

“It was really important for us just to come out and score,” Trent Girard said.

“Instead of trying to get it all in one play, we started hitting some of those short passes, and it kind of opened up our offense and we were a little more crisp,” Lilac said.

Glens Falls maintained its 14-0 lead until early in the fourth quarter when Beekmantown senior William Colvard scored a touchdown on a 21-yard reception. The Indians answered right back, with sophomore Aalijah Sampson scoring on a 1-yard run three plays after he gained 40 yards on a spectacular run. On Sampson’s 40-yard run, he appeared to be tackled after gaining a first down, but he maintained his balance as he shed a Beekmantown defender before sprinting for another couple dozen yards.

“That was probably the biggest play of the game,” Joseph Girard III said.

If that one wasn’t, Trent Girard made it on Beekmantown’s ensuing possession when the senior intercepted a pass with 2:31 to go.

“I came up to make a play on their kid and it tipped off his hands,” Trent Girard said. “I reached for it and took off.”

For the game, Joseph Girard III completed 21 of 36 passes for 289 yards and rushed for 91 yards on 12 attempts, while Sampson used 12 carries to gain 105 yards.

Glens Falls scored in the first quarter on a 17-yard pass from Joseph Girard III to Trent Girard.

In advancing to the state tournament, Glens Falls won its three area playoff games by a combined score of 135-6. In the state semifinals, Glens Falls will play either Section I’s Ardsley or Section IX’s Marlboro. Those teams play Saturday in their state quarterfinal, and Glens Falls plans to be ready for either one of them.

“It’s amazing,” Joseph Girard III said. “The goal is always to win, and when you’re in the final four teams left, there’s nothing like it.”

Beekmantown 0 0 0 7 — 7

Glens Falls 7 0 7 7 — 21

GF — T. Girard 17 pass from J. Girard (Hogan kick)

GF — Fox 14 pass from J. Girard (Hogan kick)

B — Colvard 21 pass from Preston (Trudeau kick)

GF — Sampson 1 run (Hogan kick)

CAMBRIDGE/SALEM FALLS

In a stunning upset, Cambridge/Salem lost 16-6 in its Class C state quarterfinal against Ogdensburg Free Academy.

The last two years, Cambridge won Class D state championships.

Cambridge (10-1) entered the game ranked No. 1 in the state, while OFA (Section X, 10-1) was sixth.

Cambridge had won 18 consecutive games.

Cambridge 0 0 0 6 — 6

Ogdensburg 8 8 0 0 — 16

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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