Schuylerville football blanks Broadalbin-Perth in battle of unbeatens

Schuylerville's Ben VanVeghten carries the ball as Broadalbin-Perth's Peyton Henderson (4) and Tanner Christman close in during Friday's game in Broadalbin.
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Schuylerville's Ben VanVeghten carries the ball as Broadalbin-Perth's Peyton Henderson (4) and Tanner Christman close in during Friday's game in Broadalbin.

BROADALBIN — When the week began, Broadalbin-Perth was scheduled to face winless Coxsackie-Athens as part of its homecoming festivities.

Instead, injuries and COVID concerns left the RiverHawks unable to play. After a scramble to find a replacement, the Patriots wound up hosting defending Section II Class C champion Schuylerville on Friday night. The Black Horses were originally scheduled to face Rensselaer, which opted to take the week off to recover from injuries instead.

Schuylerville, ranked first in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class C poll, posted a 44-0 victory in a battle of 4-0 teams.

“Even though we only had 24 hours to prepare for the game, it was the same for both teams, so no one was at an advantage or disadvantage. I felt like our guys did a really good job of getting ready to play,” Schuylerville coach John Bowen said. “We try to do a good job of controlling what we can control.”

Lukas Sherman ran for two scores and threw for two more for the Black Horses, who posted their third shutout in their last four games. After opening the season with a 45-35 win over Cornwall, Schuylerville has outscored its last four opponents by a 169-6 margin.

Martin Flanders and Sam Dwyer each added a pair of touchdowns for the Black Horses.

“Broadalbin-Perth for a long, long time has been a prideful program,” Bowen said. “It’s always been a physical game and they always play hard.”

Sherman completed 6 of 9 passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns for the Black Horses. Sherman also had 71 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Dwyer had two catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns, while Flanders had eight carries for 86 yards and a score.

“We knew it would be a measuring stick game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rick Wallace said. “I’m proud of my team. We made them earn it. They had to drive it on us all night.”

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Schuylerville rushed for 230 yards and threw for 108 yards, while limiting the Patriots to just 65 yards of offense.

Broadalbin-Perth’s first drive came to an inauspicious end when Schuylerville blocked the punt and Flanders returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. Ollie Bolduc added the conversion run to give the Black Horses an 8-0 lead.

B-P’s next drive ended with another punt, giving the Schuylerville the ball at its own 29-yard line.

The Black Horses needed 10 plays to go 71 yards with Sherman finding the end zone with a 4-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left in the quarter. The Patriots stopped the conversion run, leaving the score at 14-0.

On its next possession, B-P reached the Schuylerville 30-yard line before its drive ended on downs.

The Black Horses capitalized with a nine-play, 70-yard drive that concluded with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Sherman to Dwyer. Otto Bolduc scored on the conversion pass from Sherman to give Schuylerville a 22-0 halftime lead.

The Black Horses started the second half with the ball and scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Sherman to Dwyer with 6:04 left in the third quarter. Sherman scored on the conversion to make it 30-0.

Broadalbin-Perth next possession ended in two plays when Landon Cumm intercepted a Sam Hotaling pass at the Schuylerville 21-yard line.

The Black Horses needed just five plays and two 15-yard penalties on B-P to go 79 yards for another score.

Sherman capped the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run and Flanders added the conversion run to make it 36-0 with 2:43 left in the third quarter.

Broadalbin-Perth was whistled for 13 penalties on the night.

“We’ve got to clean up our penalties,” Wallace said. “You can’t have penalties like that against a great team.”

Schuylerville scored the game’s final points when Flanders scored four plays into the fourth quarter on a 32-yard run. B-P stopped the conversion run, leaving the score at 44-0.

“We’re going to get back together on Monday and keep working to get better,” Wallace said. “We’re still undefeated in our division, and we have all of our goals in front of us. We want to win our last three games and get the No. 1 seed in our division.”

Broadalbin-Perth (4-1 overall, 3-0 Class C North) is scheduled to travel to Cobleskill-Richmondville next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

Schuylerville (5-0 overall, 3-0 Class C North) is slated to host Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley next Friday at 7 p.m.

  • Schuylerville 14 8 14 8 — 44
  • Broadalbin-Perth 0 0 0 0 — 0
  • S — Flanders 25 blocked punt return (Ol. Bolduc run)
  • S — Sherman 4 run (run failed)
  • S — Dwyer 22 pass from Sherman (Ot. Bolduc pass from Sherman)
  • S — Dwyer 37 pass from Sherman (Sherman run)
  • S — Sherman 8 run (Flanders run)
  • S — Flanders 32 run (run failed)

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