Mike LaNoir played a bit role in Glens Falls’ first touchdown Saturday before assuming the starring role.
The senior scored on a pair of 80-yard plays and threw the clinching touchdown pass to Joe McMahon early in the fourth quarter as the Indians defeated Marlboro, 28-17, in a state Class B semifinal game at Dietz Stadium.
Glens Falls (11-1) made two defensive stops after LaNoir’s touchdown pass, the second on Jake Dailey’s interception, to finish off the Dukes and wrap up their 11th consecutive triumph.
“They have a tough defense, and we figured they’d be keying a lot on Joe,” said LaNoir, a senior running back and linebacker. “We knew we had to pull out some stuff.”
Glens Falls surprised Marlboro (Section IX, 11-1) on its first play, when LaNoir took a handoff, flipped the ball back to Cam Girard, and the Indians quarterback fired a 64-yard pass to Dailey. McMahon scored two plays after that from two yards away.
“They felt that we were going to try to power it down their throat,” said LaNoir of the successful flea-flicker. “Cam made a nice read, and Jake got by his guy and made a great catch.”
LaNoir hauled in an 80-yard scoring pass soon after, and his 80-yard dash to the end zone helped Glens Falls build a 20-6 second-quarter lead. LaNoir took a pitch from Girard and hit McMahon for a 21-yard touchdown pass with 9:28 left, and Girard found McMahon with a two-point pass to stretch the Indians’ advantage to 28-17.
“They were coming hard on the toss all game,” said LaNoir. “Joe was wide open.”
Marlboro got three first half field goals from Adam Laubach, including a 50-yarder, and Austin Beck produced the Dukes’ lone TD in the third quarter on a one-yard burst. Beck broke off a 51-yard run before scoring, and his two-pointer made it 20-17.
“We looked at it as a win when they kicked a field goal,” said LaNoir.
“We just kept going at them,” senior two-way tackle Sam Sax said of Glens Falls’ bend-but-don’t-break approach. “We never let up.”
Girard had an interception as part of Glens Falls’ defensive effort, while LaNoir sparked the offense with 106 rushing yards on eight carries and 107 receiving yards on three grabs. McMahon rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries, and Beck gained 106 on 14 attempts.
Glens Falls will meet Maine-Endwell (Section IV, 12-0) in Saturday’s 3 p.m. state championship game at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. Maine-Endwell beat Alden, 49-14, to reach another title game. Maine-Endwell rallied in the second half to beat Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the 2011 Class A final, 27-20.
“Nobody thinks we’re going to have a chance,” Glens Falls coach Pat Lilac said to his huddled team. “That’s the way we like it.”
Glens Falls’ winning streak started after a 41-16 setback against Schalmont. The Indians’ streak was highlighted by a 21-14 triumph against Schalmont in the Section II final and a 36-20 regional win over Peru, with those back-to-back performances propelling them into the state semifinals for the first time since a 1993 loss to Yorktown.
Glens Falls 14 6 0 8 — 28
Marlboro 0 9 8 0 — 17
GF — McMahon 2 run (Amstrong kick).
GF — LaNoir 80 pass from Girard (Armstrong kick).
M — Laubach 50 FG.
M — Laubach 35 FG.
GF — LaNoir 80 run (kick blocked).
M — Laubach 35 FG.
M — Beck 1 run (Beck run).
GF — McMahon 21 pass from LaNoir (McMahon pass from Girard).
HOOSICK FALLS 32, JAMES I. O’NEIL 21
KINGSTON — Brad Burns ran for five touchdowns, and Hoosick Falls scored 36 unanswered points to defeat James I. O’Neil in the semifinals.
The Panthers (12-0) trailed after one quarter, 21-7, before getting untracked. Jerry Nasi had all three touchdowns for O’Neil (9-3).
Hoosick Falls’ opponent for the Class C championship game Saturday at noon at the Carrier Dome will be Hornell, which downed Chenango Forks, 20-7, Saturday for its 51st straight win.
James I. O’Neil 21 0 0 0 — 21
Hoosick Falls 7 22 7 7 — 43
O’Neil — Nasi 63 run (Nasi kick).
O’Neil Nasi 8 run (Nasi kick).
HF — Burns 1 run (Kaufmann kick).
O’Neil — Nasi 2 run (Nasi kick).
HF — Burns 3 run (Kaufman kick).
HF — Burns 16 run (Burns pass from Tutunjian).
HF — Tutunjian 8 pass from Pine (Dubois kick).
HF — Burns 21 run (Kaufman kick).
HF — Burns 7 run (Kaufman kick)