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Schalmont football rolls again

Schalmont football rolls again

Green scores three more TDs for unbeaten Sabres
Schalmont football rolls again
Schalmont quarterback Shane O'Dell threw three TD passes in Thursday's 65-0 win against Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

ROTTERDAM — Darnell Green was at it again Thursday night, producing multiple touchdowns in multiple ways for Schalmont's unbeaten football team.

The senior wide receiver and linebacker returned an interception for a score three plays into the Sabres' Class B matchup with Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, and delivered twice more before the first half was through in a 65-0 victory.

The Reinfurt Division win was the third straight in which the Sabres piled up over 60 points following their 14-7 season-starting cross-classification triumph over Troy.

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"We have a very special group," said Green, who was among seven touchdown makers for the state's No. 8 team. "We've got a lot of hard workers. We sweat and bleed together, and we get it done."

Green got it done with his 35-yard interception return, a 13-yard scoring run that capped Schalmont's first offensive series and a spectacular 55-yard over-the-shoulder grab in the second frame when the Sabres pushed past the 40-point mark.

"He's the real deal," Schalmont head coach Joe Whipple said of his four-year varsity performer. "He wants to win so bad, and he'll do absolutely anything. He goes, 'Jump on my shoulders and I'll take you.' His shoulders are big enough to do it."

Green scored five touchdowns in last week's 63-14 win over Ichabod Crane, two of them on running plays as well as a reception, a kickoff return and a fumble return.

He recovered a fumble Thursday night after a pooch punt deep in Indians' territory and scored on the third-quarter play, but it was called back by rule, and Lorenzo Amadore ended up providing Schalmont with another touchdown soon after.

"Any time I get the ball, my goal is end zone," Green said. "Get on defense, and repeat the process."

"He's a stud," Schalmont quarterback Shane O'Dell said of his teammate. "He's fast. He can catch. He's strong. He can do everything."

O'Dell completed his first six passes in a 6-for-8 effort that included touchdown tosses to Jackson Woodrow and Gannon Strube, as well as Green. The junior moved to the top of Schalmont's career pass list with his 253 yards, all of them coming in the first half when his team soared to a 51-0 lead.

"We've got everything," O'Dell said. "We've got weapons out there at every position."

They've also got an early-season issue with penalties, something Whipple addressed to his team at halftime and again after the contest was through.

"We had seven [penalties] tonight and seven last week. We had 10 against Troy," Whipple said. "If we're in a one-possession game, which at some time we expect to be, we can't have that. I went off on them at the half. This could be a very good team, but we're not there yet. I know we're winning big, but we're not close to where we want to be."

"That is something that is hanging over us," O'Dell said. "We have to be more disciplined."

LJ Randle and Ben Burchardt ran for touchdowns, and Jeff Heller recovered the ball in the end zone after a high punt snap for another Schalmont score.

Ravena (0-2, 0-4) turned the ball over six times.

RCS 0 0 0 0 — 0

Schalmont 23 28 14 0 — 65

S — Green 35 interception return (Green run)

S — Green 13 run (Amadore kick)

S — Woodrow 71 pass from O'Dell (Randle pass from O'Dell)

S — Heller recovered fumble in end zone (Amadore kick)

S — Strube 60 pass from O'Dell (Amadore kick)

S — Green 55 pass from O'Dell (Amadore kick)

S — Randle 17 run (Amadore kick)

S — Burchardt 12 run (Amadore kick)

S — Amadore 2 run (Amadore kick)

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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