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Schuylerville downs Holy Trinity on late TD to win Class B football title

Schuylerville downs Holy Trinity on late TD to win Class B football title

Black Horses edge Holy Trinity 28-22
Schuylerville downs Holy Trinity on late TD to win Class B football title
Kyle Burnham scored three touchdowns including the game-winner for Schuylerville on Saturday.
Photographer: Erica Miller

CLIFTON PARK — Holy Trinity was thinking overtime late in Saturday's Section II Class B championship football game after Noah Foster's scoop, score and 2-point conversion run had tied it.

Schuylerville answered with some big plays of its own, and Kyle Burnham did the rest as the Black Horses pulled off a stunning 28-22 victory at Shenendehowa's Steuerwald Stadium.

Burnham delivered a redeeming touchdown from a yard away with no-time left to cap a frantic fourth quarter and lift Schuylerville to its first area title since 2015.

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"We're riding a crazy wave in our school," Schuylerville head coach and athletic director John Bowen said. "We had our field hockey team in the sectional final. Our [boys] soccer team just won and they're going on. That makes my job a little harder, but I love it."

Holy Trinity (8-2) was denied its second area title in three years, having claimed the Class C crown in 2017 as part of its drive to the state championship game. Holy Trinity completed its first season as a Class B member Saturday, with a semifinal win over state No. 1 Glens Falls among its eight victories.

"Coming back when we had to, I am proud of them," Holy Trinity head coach John Barber said. "Getting moved up to Class B and having the season we had, I am proud of them."

Holy Trinity had tied the game at 22 with 2:13 left when Todd Williamson stripped Burnham on a Schuylerville run play, Foster picked the ball up on a bounce and scampered five yards for a touchdown, and Foster ran for a 2-point conversion.

"I was thinking we've got to make a play, and Todd did a great job," said Barber, who served as a Schuylerville assistant football coach in the past. "I thought momentum was on our side, and if we went overtime, I liked our chances."

Schuylerville's winning drive included a 24-yard catch by Charles Luzadis on a third-and-15 from the Black Horses' 40. Sam McGarrahan ran for 22 yards after that, pushing the ball to the Holy Trinity 14.

"It's funny how an underthrown pass [by quarterback Owen Sherman to Luzadis] can be such a big play," Bowen said. "They had it well defended. Crazy game."

McGarrahan ran for four yards, Burnham ran for six, and then the senior ran for three more before Sherman intentionally spiked the ball to set up a third-and-goal from the 1 yard line with 0.7 showing on the clock.

The teams quickly lined up and Sherman was stopped on a sneak. However, that play was waved off because the officiating crew was still trying to resolve how much time should have been left. After the clock was finally set at 2.2 seconds, Burnham scored as time expired.

"After our quarterback was stopped we changed the play and pounded it in," Burnham said.

Burnham ran 20 times for 106 yards, which included a 2-yard touchdown run with 8:22 left. Colton Weatherwax caught a 2-point pass from Sherman to make it 22-14.

"Schuylerville is a great team," said Holy Trinity senior quarterback Joe Tortello, who threw his 38th touchdown pass to begin the scoring. "That number two [Burnham], I don't know his name, but he was great."

Down 22-14, Holy Trinity marched to the Schuylerville 4 and that drive ended on a fourth down incomplete pass by Tortello. Earlier in the drive, Tortello picked up three yards on a fourth-and-three run, and he also found Nacier Hundley with a 21-yard pass.

"When they stopped us on fourth down, it didn't look good right there," Tortello said.

Foster and Williamson changed that look three plays into Schuylerville's follow-up drive.

"I was thinking we're going overtime again," Bowen said in reference to his team's 40-37 loss to Glens Falls in the 2017 Class B final. "We're going to overtime without our kicker."

Schuylerville kicker Reese Tavares was with the school's soccer team at Clarkson University, playing defense in a 1-0 regional win over Ogdensburg Free Academy. The football team trailed 7-6 in the second quarter after Sherman's 1-yard touchdown run and an incomplete 2-point pass attempt by Ryan Dow.

Burnham scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 10-yard run in the third quarter, and his 2-point run made it 14-7. A 43-yard catch by Williamson helped set up a 1-yard scoring run by Foster soon after, and Connor Barber's PAT tied the contest at 14.

McGaffahan ran 29 times for 128 yards.

"We couldn't stop their run," Barber said. "They were slashing us pretty good inside."

Tortello was 12-for-20 passing for 200 yards with a 60-yard scoring strike to Hundley. Hundley had five catches for 113 yards.

Schuylerville 0 6 8 14 — 28

Holy Trinity 7 0 7 8 — 22

HT — Hundley 60 pass from Tortello (Barber kick)

S — Sherman 1 run (pass failed)

S — Burnham 10 run (Burnham run)

HT — Foster 1 run (Barber kick)

S — Burnham 2 run (Weatherwax pass from Sherman)

HT — Foster 5 fumble return (Foster run)

S — Burnham 1 run (no attempt)

CLASS A

Jason Rodriguez and Kolby Anderson ran for touchdowns after a first-quarter field goal by Alex Roca, and Queensbury made those points stand up in a 17-13 Section II Class A title-game win over Troy at Shenendehowa.

Rodriguez ran 28 times for 165 yards, and set a Queensbury single-season record with his 29th touchdown. Xavier Leigh scored two touchdowns for Troy (8-2).

Queensbury (10-0) won its first Section II title since 2014 and its fifth overall.

Queensbury    3 0 7 7 — 17
Troy    0 7 0 6 — 13

Q — Roca 25 FG

T — Leigh 20 run (Griswold kick)

Q — Rodriguez 1 run (Roca kick)

T — Leigh 4 run (kick failed)

Q — Anderson 27 run (Roca kick)

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

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