SCHENECTADY — With a new-found offensive mix and plenty of defensive stops, Holy Trinity football let it be known Saturday that it plans to be a serious player in its first year as a member of Section II's Class B league.
"We wanted to make a statement to everyone that we can run the ball, pass the ball and play defense," Holy Trinity senior Noah Foster said after a 42-7 Reinfurt Division win over Hudson at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. "It's a statement season for us."
The season started awfully well with a three-and-out defensive stop and a quick touchdown by Rodney Parker, and Holy Trinity continued to make key plays on both sides in beating a Hudson team that reached the Class B semifinals last year.
Holy Trinity reached the Class C semis last year after winning an outright division title for the first time, and the year before, the Pride raced all the way to the state final at that level of play.
"Some people think they're going to roll over us," Holy Trinity senior Joey Tortello said. "We want to let teams know we're coming."
They'll be coming with a running attack featuring Parker, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bishop Gibbons basketball standout and relative football newcomer who saw limited action in 2018 at defensive end, tight end and fullback. The bullish Parker is in the mold of Dion Sexton, the featured back on the state runner-up team.
"To have that option is awesome," Holy Trinity coach John Barber said of Parker, who ran 14 times for 154 yards. "Last year, we didn't run the ball at all. I think we opened eyes that we can run the ball."
Tortello, an all-state second-team quarterback in 2018, fired three touchdown passes and ran for one after Parker opened the scoring with a 16-yard burst to the end zone.
"When we have that [running game], it's easier to pass the ball. They have to respect us," Tortello said. "The thing I like about him [Parker], he's like Walter Payton because he's not going to go down on the first hit."
Foster also made a big impact with a touchdown run, two touchdown grabs and a tackle for a 5-yard loss on the first play of the game that set the defensive tone.
"Last year, we couldn't stop anyone from running on us," Barber said. "We had three three-and-outs to start the game. The [defensive] guys did a good job."
Michael Green scored Hudson's lone touchdown on a 6-yard middle screen play in the second quarter, and Holy Trinity pulled away from a 14-7 lead with touchdowns on four consecutive possessions.
"I liked the way we stayed focused through the ups and downs," Foster said.
Holy Trinity had momentum at the half, after Foster scored on a 27-yard reception with 40 seconds left and Tanner Kiser intercepted a Caleb Romano pass soon after.
Foster ran 66 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the third quarter, and hauled in a 47-yard scoring pass from Tortello on Holy Trinity's next drive. Todd Williamson scored on a 68-yard pass play after that, following an interception by Nacier Hundley.
Tortello was 12-for-20 passing for 265 yards, with Williamson making three catches for 99 yards and Foster making five receptions for 91 yards. Foster also ran three times for 74 yards.
"For us seniors, this is our last shot at this," Foster said.
This year, Bishop Maginn student-athletes joined those from Bishop Gibbons and Catholic Central to form Holy Trinity. Bishop Maginn junior Raion Barrett, who plays soccer for the Golden Griffins, was 6-for-6 on extra points.
Hudson's Zyonn Clanton ran 15 times for 93 yards, and Green had four receptions for 59 yards.
Hudson 0 7 0 0 — 7
Holy Trinity 7 14 21 0 — 42
HT — Parker 16 run (Barrett kick)
HT — Totello 2 run (Barrett kick)
Hudson — Green 6 pass from Romano (Bernockie kick)
HT — Foster 27 pass from Tortello (Barrett kick)
HT — Foster 66 run (Barrett kick)
HT — Foster 47 pass from Tortello (Barrett kick)
HT — Williamson 68 pass from Tortello (Barrett kick)
GLENS FALLS 67, LANSINGBURGH 6
GLENS FALLS — Noah Girard threw four touchdown passes in his first varsity start, and reigning state Class B champion Glens Falls did all of its scoring in the first half in a North Division victory.
Girard, whose cousin Joseph Girard III quarterbacked the Indians to two state titles in the last three years, was 8-for-12 for 130 yards with a pair of scoring passes to Dave Barclay. Griffin Woodell ran for two Glens Falls touchdowns and returned a punt for another.
Lansingburgh 0 0 6 0 — 6
Glens Falls 27 27 0 0 — 67
GF — Woodell 1 run (Guillet kick)
GF — Woodell 37 punt return (Guillet kick)
GF — Sampson 7 pass from Girard (kick failed)
GF — Fox 15 pass from Girard (Guillet kick)
GF — Woodell 14 run (kick failed)
GF — Barclay 9 pass from Girard (Guillet kick)
GF — Barclay 45 pass from Girard (Guillet kick)
GF — Dean 24 run (pass failed)
L — Tario 29 pass from Lapham (pass failed)
GF — Dean 5 run (Guillet kick)
LAKE GEORGE/HADLEY-LUZERNE 6
GRANVILLE — Dayton Holcomb ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and Granville opened its campaign with a North Division win.
LG/HL 0 6 0 0 — 6
Granville 8 0 0 8 — 16
G — Holcomb 31 run (Holcomb run)
LG/HL — Clark 1 run (run failed)
G — Holcomb 2 run (Oakman run)
STILLWATER 35, VOORHEESVILLE 0
VOORHEESVILLE — James Galarneau and Mason Seymour both ran for two touchdowns in a 28-point, third-quarter outburst as Stillwater pulled away for a non-division win.
Galarneau's 65-yard scoring dash started the string of points, which included a pair of extra points by girls' soccer standout Keelyn Peacock.
Stillwater had three takeaways as part of its defensive shutout.
Stillwater 0 7 28 0 — 35
Voorheesville 0 0 0 0 — 0
S — Brown 39 interception return (Cutler kick)
S — Galarneau 65 run (Cutler kick)
S — Seymour 7 run (Cutler kick)
S — Seymour 1 run (Peacock kick)
S — Galarneau 10 run (Peacock kick)
HELDERBERG VALLEY 0
WARRENSBURG — Dylan Winchell ran for 131 yards, and Jesse Griffin and Tristen Hitchcock both scored two touchdowns for Warrensburg.
Warrensburg amassed 452 rushing yards, and scored on a two-point conversion after each of its eight touchdowns.
HV 0 0 0 0 — 0
Warrensburg 24 24 8 8 — 64
W — Hitchcock 49 run (Baker run)
W — Griffin 41 run (Griffin run)
W — Baker 60 run (Hitchcock run)
W — Hitchcock 4 run (Winchell run)
W — Winchell 93 run (Dunkley pass from Baker)
W — Griffin 7 run (Olden run)
W — Girard 7 run (Baker run)
W — Beadnell 51 run (Carpenter run)