STILLWATER — In between laughs as he headed toward the sideline following the final of senior James Galarneau’s four touchdown runs Friday night, Stillwater senior Brian McNeil offered up his thoughts on the quarterback’s big play.
“That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” McNeil said.
And it was an awesome run, the top highlight from a night full of them for Stillwater, which cruised to a 45-7 win against Fonda-Fultonville for a Week 7 victory that secured the Section II Class C Central Division title for the Warriors. To start off the 71-yard touchdown run, Galarneau broke several tackles near the line of scrimmage before galloping to the end zone — and, still laughing about it, McNeil revealed after the game why Galarneau’s effort was so impressive on the play.
“I’ll be completely honest,” said McNeil, one of the area’s top two-way players as an offensive lineman and a linebacker. “I missed my block, and I thought my guy was going to tackle James. Next thing I know, James breaks that tackle. Then, I see two more guys come at him, and he breaks those tackles, too. And I was just like, ‘Oh my God — he just scored, basically, without any blocking.’”
Most of the night, though, McNeil and his fellow linemen opened up one running lane after another for Galarneau and senior running back Mason Seymour. Galarneau rushed for 250 yards and four touchdowns on 10 carries, while Seymour turned 18 carries into 155 yards and two touchdowns as Stillwater breezed to a victory in a showdown between squads that brought matching 6-0 records into the contest.
“By far,” Stillwater head coach Ian Godfrey said, “our most complete game — offensively, defensively, special teams.”
“We did this as a team,” Galarneau said. “There’s no doubt about that.”
Leading the way, though, was Galarneau, who scored on rushes of 9, 45, 71 and 78 yards. Galarneau scored the game’s first four touchdowns, and compiled 232 of his yards in the first half on only seven carries.
“There’s impressive,” Godfrey said, “and, then, there’s what James Galarneau did in the first half.”
With the victory, Stillwater added the final win to a resume that should have a strong case to be the overall No. 1 seed for the Section II Class C playoffs that start next week. Seeding for the classification’s postseason is based on a points system, but Stillwater is the area’s lone undefeated Class C team.
Stillwater (4-0, 7-0) led Fonda (3-1, 6-1) 14-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at halftime. Seymour scored his touchdowns sandwiched around halftime, while Fonda senior quarterback John Mancini connected with sophomore Giovanni DiCaprio for a touchdown late in the third quarter. Stillwater junior Isaac Cutler closed the night’s scoring with a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.
Stillwater finished the regular season with an average winning margin of 31.1 points. No team has played Stillwater closer than 19 points.
Despite that, McNeil said the Warriors know they can be even better in the postseason.
“For real,” McNeil said, “we’re only getting started.”
Fonda 0 0 7 0 — 7
Stillwater 14 21 7 3 — 45
S — Galarneau 78 run (Cutler kick)
S — Galarneau 9 run (Cutler kick)
S — Galarneau 45 run (Peacock kick)
S — Galarneau 71 run (Peacock kick)
S — Seymour 1 run (Cutler kick)
S — Seymour 49 run (Peacock kick)
F — DiCaprio 19 pass from Mancini (Hunter kick)
S — Cutler 32 field goal