SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shenendehowa scored 36 unanswered points on the road at Saratoga Springs, cruising to a 36-7 Class AA football rivalry win Friday night.
The Plainsmen (5-1 Class AA, 6-1 overall) had five different players score, including senior running back Michael McElrath on an 8-yard run in the first quarter.
“There were some good holes from the line, just really good blocking,” McElrath said. “That’s all you can ask for as a running back to get those yards. That’s props to the linemen.”
Shenendehowa scored on its first possession, a 24-yard option pass from Chase Vincenzi to Luke McAuliffe.
Luke Plumadore ran in from 5 yards out early in the second quarter before senior quarterback Mason Courtney kept the ball himself and ran 15 yards for the score to close out the half with a commanding 29-0 lead.
“They were a tough opponent tonight, but we came out really, really sharp early,” Shenendehowa coach Brian Clawson said. “We executed really well on offense and the defense locked it down. We had a big halftime lead and then we just had to get all our guys into play and go home.”
Saratoga Springs’ lone score came midway through the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Rodell Evans ran in from 5 yards out.
With the contest in hand after the first half, Shenendehowa fans were keeping an eye on another Class AA clash between Guilderland and Christian Brothers Academy. The Plainsmen will face CBA next Friday night.
“I DVR’d the game, they’re playing Guilderland in a big game right now, so I can’t wait to go home and watch that,” Clawson said.
Guilderland beat CBA 17-7. If Shenendehowa defeats CBA next week, the Plainsmen will be the No. 2 seed for the Class AA playoffs.
“We could be in any of the four [playoff] places. We could be home. It’s a wild deal,” Clawson said. “We don’t see the players again until Sunday, we have virtual meetings with them and then a walk-through practice Sunday night. That’s when we’ll start installing our game plans for CBA.”
Shenendehowa 14 15 7 0 — 36
Saratoga Springs 0 0 0 7 — 7
SH — McAuliffe 24 pass from Vincenzi (Morris kick)
SH — McElrath 8 run (Morris kick)
SH — Plumadore 5 run (Morris kick)
SH — Courtney 15 run (McBride pass from Courtney)
SH — Alozie 37 run (Morris kick)
SS — Evans 2 run (Murray kick)