From Week 1 of the Section II football season, here are five things to know.
SHELL LIKES HIS DEFENSE
Despite the loss of star linebackers Vincent Daviero and Bryce Mussen, and several others, from last year's state semifinal team, veteran Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake coach Matt Shell likes the way his defense has played in the early stages of the season.
The Spartans shut out Gloversville for three quarters Friday in a 49-13 win to begin their Class A Grasso Division schedule. Gloversville never drove the length of the field, and scored on late drives of 29 and 45 yards after Burnt Hills turnovers.
"We had a good scrimmage last week," Shell said of his defensive cast. "[In Week 1], we tackled well and pressured their quarterback. Another good effort."
Ty McHerron was in on 10 tackles, recorded a sack and pounced on a fumble, and Logan Stubblebine was in on seven tackles and logged a sack. Dillon Bohlke and Sam Lindberg also recovered fumbles, and Logan Rafferty intercepted a pass .
‘WOODROW IS A POWERHOUSE’
During his team’s practices, Shenendehowa junior Dyvante Terrelonge has seen firsthand how difficult it is for defenders to tackle his classmate Jaysiah Woodrow.
“So I feel bad for the other teams trying to take him down,” Terrelonge said after Shenendehowa’s 40-7 win last Friday against Bethlehem.
Doing most of his damage after halftime, Woodrow — Shenendehowa’s 5-foot-10, 235-pound fullback — turned eight rushing attempts into 50 yards in Week 1. While senior Billy Beach and Terrelonge offer Shenendehowa’s offense a pair of rushers capable of turning any run into a long one, Woodrow gives the Plainsmen a punishing alternative to unleash on opposing defenses.
“He’s just a big kid. I’ve had him in the weight room all year,” Shenendehowa head coach Brian Clawson said of Woodrow, who played JV football last year. “He was very focused and determined to become a better football player, so he got stronger. He’s got the size and he’s a great blocker. . . . He’s got that huge build to him [and] he keeps his legs going.”
Woodrow starts on the Plainsmen’s defensive line, but appears poised to make a significant impact for Shenendehowa’s offense throughout the 2019 season.
“Woodrow is a powerhouse,” Terrelonge said. “He runs everyone over.”
It’s not a win that will count in its league standings, but it was a significant one for Amsterdam.
Coming off back-to-back seasons in which the storied program failed to qualify for the Class A postseason, Amsterdam opened its 2019 season with a 33-20 win against Class AA Colonie.
In the victory, senior Peyton Ausfeld scored three touchdowns, plus gained 163 rushing yards and 99 receiving yards. Senior Cameron Chrzanowski added Amsterdam’s other two scores.
Other Class A teams that missed last year’s playoffs that scored Week 1 wins included Green Tech and Mohonasen.
HOME SWEET HOME ... ALMOST
Scotia-Glenville rallied in the second half to win its home-away-from-home opener Friday night, beating Hudson Falls 34-7 in a non-classification game at Schenectady's Larry Mulvaney Field.
Scotia's new outdoor athletic facility that includes a turf field is not yet complete, which sent the Tartans on the road to host the contest. Scotia plays at Burnt Hills in Week 2, and has home games scheduled in Week 3 with Queensbury and Week 4 with Mohonasen.
"We are definitely going to be on our field this year," S-G athletic director Jamian Rockhill said. "We just don't have a date."
Scotia trailed Hudson Falls 7-0 at the half. David Fresoni threw three touchdown passes in the third quarter, two of them going to Jason Carusone, and Carusone also ran for a score as the Tartans built a 28-7 advantage in what would be the first win for new head coach Bob Leto.
IT'S IN THE BLOOD
John Mancini scored from two yards out with 52 seconds left, and then added a 2-point run, to lift Fonda-Fultonville over Tamarac 28-22 in a Class C Central Division game.
The senior quarterback had earlier thrown a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jackson Atty with 10 seconds left in the first half. Mancini finished with three touchdown runs to go with that scoring pass.
He is the fifth member of the Mancini family to start at quarterback for the Braves. His father John and uncle Alex quarterbacked Fonda-Fultonville teams in the 1970s. Alex Mancini's sons Mike and Matt quarterbacked the Braves in the 2000s when their dad was the head coach.