BROADALBIN — Playing on their home turf for the first time this season, the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots gave their fans plenty to cheer about.
Led by Sam Hotaling’s 152 yard rushing performance and a defense that recorded seven sacks, the Patriots romped to a 45-8 victory over Taconic Hills to run their record to 4-0 Friday night at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
“Field position was huge to our victory here tonight,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rick Wallace said. “We came out a little bit sloppy. I think the emotion of playing at home for the first time this year had a lot to do with that. Our guys had to learn how to play in front of a home crowd. It was very important they came, got their emotions in check and now they know what to expect going forward.”
The Patriots wasted little time putting their first points on the board as Zach Laconte took the handoff on the second snap from center 37 yards around the right side for a touchdown.
On their third possession of the game Taconic Hills took the lead on an 82 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Peck to Aaron Bonci. The duo hooked up for the 2-point conversion and an 8-6 lead.
The Patriots responded on their next possession with Hotaling rushing 64 yards for the touchdown and took the 2-point conversion run into the end zone for a 14-8 lead.
The BP defense took over, holding the Titans in check and not allowing their offense to cross the 50-yard line until late in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, the Patriots offense continued to click, with Hotaling finishing the opening half with 148 of his 152 yards and Laconte adding 70 rushing yards. Ryan Savoie Jr. caught a touchdown pass from Hotaling and rushed for two more to help ice the victory.
Broadalbin-Perth will put its unbeaten record on the line on Homecoming Night next Friday against Coxsackie-Athens.
“My assistant coach said that we left a lot of meat on the bone,” Wallace said. “I am proud of them. I can’t wait to get to next week and hopefully get to 5-0. We have to fight complacency for sure, but I think they are motivated by the lack they feel they are receiving as a group. The want to earn a little more respect. They know people don’t know what Broadalbin-Perth football is in this new era. We are working toward establishing a culture that is proud and is recognized throughout the section.”
- Taconic Hills 8 0 0 0 — 8
- Broadalbin-Perth 14 19 12 0 — 45
- BP — Laconte 37 run (kick failed)
- TH — Bonci 82 pass from Peck (Bonci pass from Peck)
- BP — Hotaling 64 run (Hotaling run)
- BP — Cotter 2 run (kick failed)
- BP — Hotaling 41 run (Rodriguez kick)
- BP — Savoie 1 run (kick failed)
- BP — Savoie 13 pass from Hotaling (kick blocked)
- BP — Savoie 16 run (kick blocked)