SCOTIA — Playing quarterback for the first time in his high school career, Jacob Deguire’s four-touchdown afternoon led the Mohonasen football team to its first win of the “Fall II” season, a 40-0 Class A victory Saturday against Scotia-Glenville.
Mohonasen came into the matchup with two games under its belt, and its game experience was evident against the Tartans, who were competing for the first time this spring.
“You can’t take anything away from them, they got better from Week 1 to Week 2 and they were better this week,” Scotia-Glenville coach Bob Leto said of the visiting Warriors. “I think they’re doing a great job over there. Those kids were ready to play today.”
Deguire ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns, plus returned an interception for another.
“The line did a really good job all day,” Deguire said. “There were a bunch of holes and we executed perfectly.”
Deguire called his own number 18 times.
“You have to take charge more; it’s more of a leader role than anything,” Deguire said of the shift to quarterback from running back.
Deguire made his presence felt on the Warriors’ opening offensive play, bursting through the line and racing 50 yards down the Scotia-Glenville sideline for the opening score. His second touchdown was a 2-yard run, which came before another long scoring jaunt, a 45-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
“The line did a really good job. They pretty much made everything happen,” Deguire said.
He capped his afternoon of highlights with a 65-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.
Tyler Reinke also scored a touchdown for Mohonasen (1-2) on a short run, while Alex Gannon returned a Scotia-Glenville (0-1) fumble 63 yards for a touchdown.
Deguire took over the starting quarterback spot from Reinke, who still saw time behind center during the game, often in passing situations and to give the Tartans a different look.
“I think we’ve been able to utilize their strengths,” Mohonasen coach John Gallo said. “Jake [Deguire] brings what he brings, Tyler [Reinke] brings what he brings. We also get a little break for those guys on defense, too. I think that’s a win-win for us and they’re both unselfish.”
The first win of the season comes after the Warriors lost 14-0 to Niskayuna and 20-6 to Ballston Spa.
“The previous two weeks, I thought we were a few plays away from really, really being in those game,” Gallo said. “We talked about finishing, talked about our senior leadership, and you saw a lot of that today. They just want to get a program going, we’re really happy with that.”
For Gallo, Saturday’s victory was the first in his latest coaching tenure at Mohonasen. Prior to being named Mohonasen’s coach in late 2019, Gallo coached football at La Salle and Schalmont in addition to leading Mohonasen from 1988-91.
Scotia-Glenville had its opening contest against Queensbury canceled due to a pandemic-related quarantine for the Spartans. The following week, Scotia-Glenville had a few dozen of its program members need to quarantine and had to cancel its Week 2 game against Ballston Spa.
Mohonasen 13 7 7 13 — 40
Scotia-Glenville 0 0 0 0 — 0
M — Deguire 50 run (Kick failed)
M — Deguire 2 run (Shendler kick)
M — Reinke 7 run (Shendler kick)
M — Deguire 45 run (Shendler kick)
M — Gannon 63 fumble return (Shendler kick)
M — Deguire 65 interception return (Kick failed)