Inspired by my list of the Glens Falls area’s all-time greatest high school football games , we move up to the great (and very good) games of the 1980s… Click back a couple of entries to find the top games of the 1960s and '70s...
Now the '80s are dear to me, because yes, that's when I was in high school and early college myself, so I remember some of these games from my days at Saratoga... I remember the Reagan era, John Lennon's death, Iran-Contra, the Challenger explosion, big hair, hair metal, early video games and a lot of things that made that decade a fun time to grow up...
Glens Falls had one of the decade's top programs; Saratoga, Greenwich, Whitehall, Granville, Lake George and others had dynamite seasons; we saw the closure of St. Mary's of Glens Falls and the demise of football programs at Saratoga Catholic and Hadley-Luzerne; and the Poultney Blue Devils from over the border in Vermont were members of the Northern-Adirondack League. We also saw some outstanding athletes dash across the gridirons of the '80s... even some current coaches -- like Pat Lilac, the current Glens Falls coach who played at Stillwater, and Brandon Linnett, who played at Greenwich and now coaches his alma mater. I was also able to add a few more Saratoga games from the 1980s.
Step into my "Back to the Future" time machine, we're off to the top games of the 1980s:
Warrensburg 16, Lake George 14, Sept. 13, 1980 at Lake George: Warrensburg's Todd Reed caught a two-point conversion pass from Steve Young to give the Burgers the lead with 10 minutes remaining, then sealed victory with a late interception. Reed had earlier returned a kickoff 80 yards for a TD, but it was his conversion catch after Rich Schloss had scored from the 1-yard line that snapped a 14-14 tie early in the fourth quarter. Mike Ross scored all of Lake George's points on two TD runs and a conversion.
Hoosick Falls 25, Cambridge 20, Sept. 27, 1980 at Cambridge: Hoosick Falls rallied from a 20-7 deficit by scoring the final 18 points of the game, all in the second half. Ed Reinfurt scored on a 33-yard pass from Fred Salluzzo in the third to pull the Panthers within 20-19, and Reinfurt added a 13-yard TD run in the fourth for the go-ahead score.
Salem 14, Stillwater 8, Oct. 18, 1980 at Stillwater: Salem scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the game to upset Stillwater, and Mark Eastman scored all 14 of the Generals’ points. With 1:30 left, Eastman hauled in a 67-yard TD pass from Jim McCauley on a fourth-and-25 situation, then caught the two-point conversion pass to tie the score 8-8. Then, moments later, Eastman picked off a Stillwater pass and raced 55 yards for the tie-breaking score. Eastman wasn’t done even then, intercepting another pass with eight seconds left to seal Salem’s victory.
Granville 21, Fonda 20, Oct. 18, 1980 at Fonda: Granville won a back-and-forth non-league battle as Jeff MacEachron connected with Ray Loomis on a 56-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, and Jamie Panoushek’s PAT kick proved to be the difference. The score gave the Golden Horde a 21-14 lead, but the Braves roared back, scoring on Mike Visscher’s 22-yard run. However, MacEachron knocked down the two-point conversion pass in the end zone to preserve Granville’s lead.
Glens Falls 28, Hudson Falls 20, Nov. 1, 1980 at Hudson Falls: Hudson Falls came into this Jug Game with one Foothills Council win; the Indians had one loss. But the Tigers gave Glens Falls all it could handle, pulling within 21-20 with five minutes left in the game. After Bennett Steans and company had opened a 21-7 lead going into the fourth quarter, Hudson Falls battled back behind backup QB Terry Barton and receiver Mark Shaw. Barton hit Shaw with a 15-yard scoring pass, then Shaw returned a punt 65 yards for a TD, but the Indians’ Mark Crannell stuffed Jeff MacDonald on the two-point conversion, preserving Glens Falls’ narrow lead. The Indians tacked on a late TD pass to create the final margin.
Rensselaer 22, Whitehall 20, Nov. 14, 1980, Division V sectional championship at East Field: Whitehall missed several chances to pull out a sectional victory, and nearly salvaged a tie in the final moments. Stymied four times inside the Rensselaer 6-yard line, the Railroaders' defense tackled a Rensselaer runner in his own end zone for an apparent safety and a 22-22 tie. However, Whitehall was called for too many men, and the Rams ran out the clock for the win. Rensselaer QB John Heck completed 21 of 39 passes for 320 yards and three TDs, with John Preston snagging a Section II-record 15 passes for 204 yards and two scores, including the go-ahead score midway through the third quarter. Whitehall scored three rushing TDs, two by Bob Woodcock and the other by area scoring leader Paul Diekel, all in the second quarter as the Railroaders seized a 20-15 lead.
* No. 4 Greatest Game * Gloversville 30, Saratoga Springs 28, Oct. 3, 1981 at Gloversville. One of the most amazing offensive shootouts in Section II history saw these teams combine for 750 total yards in a non-league game that went right down to the wire. Gloversville QB Greg Christodulu, the section’s best, had a monster game with 249 yards passing and four TDs, but Saratoga’s John Parker had a career day, passing for 270 yards and two scores. Paul Szekely caught 10 passes, including a 77-yard bomb that pulled the Blue Streaks into a 22-22 tie with 6:11 left, but Christodulu tipped away the two-point conversion pass. Christodulu appeared to put the game away with his fourth TD pass and conversion with 1:17 to play, but Saratoga’s Scott Cornute returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a TD to pull the Streaks within 30-28. Szekely then recovered the onsides kick at midfield with 46 seconds left. Three straight Parker completions put the ball on the 2 with 11 seconds left. With no timeouts, Parker was smothered at the goal line by the Gloversville defense. Time ran out before the Streaks could line up for a field-goal try.
Hoosick Falls 19, Granville 11, Oct. 17, 1981 at Granville: In a hard-hitting battle of Northern-Adirondack League unbeatens, the Panthers wore down Granville in the second half for a crucial victory. Fred Salluzzo’s 12-yard TD pass to Frank Morandi gave Hoosick Falls a 12-11 lead in the third quarter, and Brett Miner’s 1-yard scoring run in the fourth sealed it for the Panthers, who went on to an undefeated 10-0 season.
St. Mary’s (GF) 15, Warrensburg 12, Oct. 17, 1981 at Warrensburg: The Kerry Blues pulled out a key NAL win on Steve Bodette’s 5-yard scoring pass to Chris Seymour with 21 seconds remaining. The Burgers had conceded an intentional safety on a punt in the fourth quarter, pulling St. Mary’s within 12-9, and Bodette connected on two quick passes to put the Kerries on the 7. Two plays later, he found Seymour in the corner of the end zone for the winning TD.
Fort Edward 43, Warrensburg 30, Oct. 30, 1981 at Fort Edward: In a game filled with big plays, the Flying Forts held off Warrensburg. Fort Edward got a pair of long TD passes from Jim Shaw to John Godfrey and a 55-yard interception return by Bob Trainor, while the Burgers got an 80-yard TD on a reverse by Scott Winslow, who also caught a 60-yard scoring pass from Matt Bruce.
Fort Edward 8, Stillwater 6, Nov. 13, 1981, Northern-Adirondack League Small-School Super Bowl at East Field: The Flying Forts pulled out a dramatic win as QB Jim Shaw scrambled for a 9-yard gain on fourth-and-7 with just over a minute remaining. The Forts’ lefty then fired a 13-yard TD pass to John Godfrey on the next play to pull Fort Edward into a tie, capping an 82-yard drive, then Shaw connected with Chuck Brown for the go-ahead two-point conversion. Stillwater had moved the ball all over the Flying Forts and had the ball at the Fort Edward 1-yard line twice, but came away empty. The Warriors’ last shot at the end zone fell incomplete in the final seconds.
Saratoga Springs 5, Shaker 3, Nov. 13, 1981 at East Side Rec, Saratoga: Tied 3-3 with two minutes remaining in regulation, Scott Walczak's 50-yard punt pinned Shaker at its own 5-yard line. On first down, Blue Bison back Charlie Sims took a pitch in his own end zone and swept left. He never made it out, as he was grabbed first by Mike Morrissey, then Paul Szekely and then the rest of the Blue Streaks' defense for the decisive safety. The game featured two goal-line stands by Saratoga, with the second one capped by Szekely's blocked field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter.
*Honorable mention* Saratoga Springs 27, Bishop Maginn 21 (OT), Nov. 20, 1981 at East Side Rec, Saratoga: In a Section II Division V bowl game on a wet night, Saratoga and Maginn played one of the first postseason overtime games in Section II history. At the time, teams started OT with four downs at the 10-yard line. Saratoga stonewalled the Griffins on three plays and got an interception from P.J. Ripchik, then took over. On the Blue Streaks' first play of OT, Mike Morrissey barreled 10 yards up the middle for the winning touchdown, his second of the game. The wild back-and-forth contest had gone to overtime after Maginn tied the score at 21-all on Steve Murphy's second TD in the final minutes of regulation. Paul Szekely scored Saratoga's first TD on a weird pass play when the ball slipped out of Ripchik's hand and was caught by Szekely on what was supposed to be a fake short route. Szekely took the ball 72 yards for the score. Saratoga took a 21-14 third-quarter lead on Murray Tynan's short TD run and Morrissey's two-point conversion.
Greenwich 22, Mechanicville 21, Oct. 23, 1982 at Greenwich: The Witches pulled off a huge upset of undefeated Mechanicville, as B.J. Linnett threw three TD passes and Charlie Scott’s interception on his own 10 halted the Red Raiders’ last-ditch drive. Linnett had connected with Mike Mastrangelo on a 60-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter for a 22-15 lead, but Mechanicville replied on Steve McBride’s short TD run. However, the Witches stuffed the conversion attempt to leave the Red Raiders down by one.
Queensbury 20, Glens Falls 15, Oct. 23, 1982 at Queensbury: The Spartans got three TD passes from Mike Monahan, the last two to Marc Budine to rally Queensbury from a 15-7 deficit. Monahan’s 50-yard TD pass to Budine late in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner. Neither team scored a rushing TD in the game — Glens Falls’ scores came on an 84-yard kickoff return by Roger Benjamin and a 29-yard option pass from Benjamin to Adam Clements.
Hoosick Falls 28, Lake George 21, Nov. 6, 1982 at Hoosick Falls: Dave Lewsey hit Brett Miner with an 8-yard TD pass with 17 seconds left to lift the Panthers to the win. Miner had rushed for 297 yards and two TDs on 41 carries for Hoosick Falls, but the Warriors seized a 21-20 fourth-quarter lead on Scott Cartier’s 1-yard QB sneak
Whitehall 16, Mechanicville 12, Nov. 13, 1982 at East Field: In the Northern-Adirondack League Large School Super Bowl, Whitehall trailed 12-8 until 3:24 remained. Rushing 10 men on a Red Raider punt, Whitehall got a block by Tom Harley inside the Mechanicville 20. Steve St. Claire scooped up the loose ball at the 8 and ran in for the Railroaders’ go-ahead TD.
Glens Falls 10, South Glens Falls 7, Sept. 24, 1983 at South Glens Falls: A long defensive struggle came down to a thrilling end, as Neil Kiernan came down with a 5-yard TD pass from Matt Stevens with nine seconds left to lift Glens Falls to the win over South High. The Bulldogs had taken a 7-3 lead exactly one minute earlier, on a 26-yard scoring pass from Garrett Bean to Brian Hinton. South High had played outstanding defense in the first half, thwarting the Indians, who started four drives at or inside the Bulldogs’ 20.
Johnstown 29, Queensbury 22, Oct. 1, 1983 at Queensbury: In a wild finish, Johnstown and Queensbury combined for 37 points in the fourth quarter, with the host Spartans unable to close the gap at the end. Both teams filled the air with footballs, with Tim Valachovic passing for 229 yards and two TDs for Johnstown, and Mike Monahan and Tom Clark combining to throw for 213 yards and three TDs for Queensbury. However, the Sir Bills picked off five Queensbury passes in the game.
Hudson Falls 15, Queensbury 14, Oct. 8, 1983 at Hudson Falls: The Tigers snapped a 14-game losing streak by pulling out a hard-fought win over Queensbury. Joe Battiste connected with Greg Carlisle for TD passes of 57 and 39 yards, the latter tying the score at 14-14 with 6:10 remaining. Carlisle's extra point kick gave Hudson Falls the lead for good. The Spartans came up empty on two final drives. The Tigers also weathered a 133-yard, one-TD rushing day by Queensbury's Mike Himes.
Glens Falls 14, Ballston Spa 12, Oct. 15, 1983 at Ballston Spa: Unbeaten Glens Falls held on for a narrow escape in a game that saw the Indians stage a goal-line stand after Ballston Spa drive the length of the field in the fourth quarter. Trailing 14-6, the Scotties drove 97 yards in 18 plays, but Glens Falls held on downs at the goal line. However, Ballston blocked an Indians' punt deep in Glens Falls territory, setting up a 16-yard scoring pass from Rick Jackson to Bill Cook with 2:07 left. Jackson's two-point conversion pass failed, leaving Glens Falls ahead by two and the Indians ran out the clock. John Woods had given the Indians a 14-6 halftime lead with an 80-yard TD run.
Granville 20, Lake George 17, Oct. 22, 1983 at Lake George: Granville came from behind twice in the fourth quarter, including Jim Mitchell’s 40-yard scoring pass to Keith McCullen with 51 seconds to play. The teams combined for 26 points in the fourth quarter after Granville led 8-3 heading into the period. Lake George had taken a 17-14 lead on John Duffy’s 3-yard run and John Hawley’s two-point conversion with 1:23 left.
Saratoga Springs 14, Burnt Hills 10, Oct. 22, 1983 at Burnt Hills: The Blue Streaks rallied from a 10-0 deficit with a pair of TDs in the fourth quarter. Charlie Hobbins' fumble recovery at the Spartans' 42 led to Andy Wise's 11-yard scoring pass to Pat Hickey to pull Saratoga within 10-6. Saratoga halted Burnt Hills on fourth and 1 at the Spartans' 40, as Hobbins and Scott Walczak stuffed fullback Arne McMullen at the line. Seven plays later, Robbie Herring scored from 7 yards out, and Wise hit Jay Bradley for two on a fake PAT for a 14-10 lead with 3:02 remaining. Burnt Hills' last gasp was an apparent 75-yard TD pass that was nullified by a holding penalty.
Greenwich 9, Whitehall 8, Oct. 29, 1983 at Whitehall: The Witches dodged several bullets on a windy day, upsetting an unbeaten Whitehall team that had the ball inside the Greenwich 40 eight times. The Railroaders fumbled at the Witches’ 1-yard line and ran into a goal-line stand by Greenwich in the fourth quarter. Mike Mastrangelo secured the win with a late interception.
Greenwich 14, Lake George 7, Nov. 5, 1983 at Greenwich: Mike Mastrangelo caught a tipped pass for a 38-yard TD on fourth down to lift the Witches past Lake George and into the Northern-Adirondack League Super Bowl. Trailing 7-6 and facing fourth-and-8 with 4:03 remaining, Greenwich QB Rick Traver lofted a pass toward Mastrangelo downfield. The ball was tipped by more than one defender before landing in Mastrangelo's hands for the score.
* Honorable Mention * Shenendehowa 7, Glens Falls 6, Sept. 17, 1984 at Shen: A first-time clash between state Class A powerhouse Shen, which featured Division I talents like Dave Jakob and Galen Foster, and eventual Section II Class B champ Glens Falls resulted in a defensive struggle that got the Indians tremendous respect. In the season opener for both teams, they battled to a 0-0 tie at halftime before Shen drove 91 yards to a 1-yard run by Keith Leece. Ace kicker Steve Frederick drilled the PAT for a 7-0 Plainsmen lead early in the third quarter. Glens Falls controlled the rest of the game, led by the passing of QB Matt Stevens, who spread passes around to Neil Kiernan, Rocky Jackson, Jeff Bennett and Larry Spear. Stevens scored on a 1-yard run with just over four minutes remaining, but the PAT failed, leaving the Indians down, 7-6. Glens Falls had one more drive, led by Stevens’ passes, including a 32-yard strike to Sonny McTiernan to the Shen 14 with two minutes left. However, Stevens was sacked and then picked off by Shen’s Mike O’Toole to end the Indians’ threat.
Granville 22, Schuylerville 16, Sept. 29, 1984 at Granville: The Golden Horde’s Jim Mitchell hit Rick Roberts with a 57-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired to give Granville the win.
CBA 20, Glens Falls 19, Oct. 13, 1984 at Bleecker Stadium: For the second time in 1984, a great Glens Falls team – the eventual Section II Class B champs – came up one point short in a clash with a Class A power. This time, the Indians led 19-7 in the fourth quarter, but a blocked punt and an interception set up a pair of late CBA touchdowns.
Queensbury 20, South Glens Falls 14, Oct. 20, 1984 at South Glens Falls: Both teams scored in the final minute, but Queensbury scored last, moments after losing the lead. The Spartans’ Tom Clark connected with Rick Rodriguez on a 45-yard TD pass with 23 seconds remaining for the winning score. South High had taken a 14-12 lead 19 seconds earlier, capping a 72-yard drive with Andy Powers’ 11-yard scoring pass to a diving Ken Jones in the end zone. The Bulldogs messed up the snap on the PAT, so holder Tom Myott picked up the ball and passed to Marc Carpenter for the two-point conversion.
Granville 21, Mechanicville 18, Oct. 26, 1984 at Mechanicville: The once-beaten Golden Horde pulled off an upset of the undefeated Red Raiders on a rainy night. Andy Vanderminden’s 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter proved decisive. Mechanicville’s final two drives ended with a Rick Roberts interception and a big sack by Ken Thomas.
Stillwater 17, Lake George 14, Oct. 5, 1985 at Lake George: Even as a junior in high school, current Glens Falls coach Pat Lilac was calling plays. In a battle of Northern-Adirondack League unbeatens, Lilac suggested the game-winning play to his father, Stillwater coach Mike Lilac, then he caught the winning 8-yard TD pass over the middle from Anthony Cavotta with 46 seconds remaining. That play capped a 70-yard scoring drive in response to Lake George, which had taken a 14-9 lead two minutes earlier on Dave Satterlee’s 6-yard TD run.
Salem 6, Warrensburg 0, Oct. 26, 1985 at Salem: Outsized and outmanned, the Generals continued their unbeaten string with an impressive display on the offensive and defensive lines. The defensive front four of Keith Blomberg, Bob Kretzler, Clint Rushinski and Tim Braymer made Scott Patrick’s 1-yard TD run in the second quarter stand as the only points of the game. The Burgers made one last charge, and nearly came up with a miracle on the final play, as QB Bob Murray took off running from the Salem 21. Murray finally pitched the ball to star running back Dave Mahler, but Mahler was run out of bounds at the 3 after time had expired.
Saratoga 15, Troy 14, Oct. 3, 1986 at Saratoga Springs: Facing fourth-and-goal with 1:33 left, Darren Miller fired a 1-yard TD pass to Kurt Haldin in the back of the end zone, and Greg Kingsbury’s PAT kick provided unbeaten Saratoga with the go-ahead point. Mike Siciliano’s punt return to the Troy 28 set up the Blue Streaks’ winning drive late in the fourth quarter.
Glens Falls 23, Gloversville 20, Oct. 17, 1986 at Gloversville: Glens Falls survived Section II’s best passing attack — Tom Ciaccio and the Huskies — and rallied to win a see-saw battle on its way to winning the Foothills Council title. QB Randy Rath scored from 2 yards out to give the Indians the lead with 5:06 to play, then Scott Stark recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Glens Falls held the ball the rest of the way.
Hoosick Falls 14, Granville 13, Oct. 25, 1986 at Granville: After a goal-line stand at its own 1-yard line with 2:50 remaining, Hoosick Falls drove 99 yards in seven plays to Bill Robertson’s 56-yard TD pass to Tim Fauler with 44 seconds remaining for the victory over Granville.
* Honorable Mention * Glens Falls 24, Hudson Falls 23, Nov. 1, 1986 at Hudson Falls: Another classic Jug Game, this one pulled out by Glens Falls after rallying from a 21-0 halftime deficit. The Indians, ranked No. 8 in the state in Class B, had one loss on the season — to eventual undefeated Class A champion Amsterdam — while the Tigers were 4-2-1 heading in. Hudson Falls had seized a 21-0 lead on an 84-yard TD bomb from Roger Ahrens to Ted McClouth, and short scoring runs by Dan Golden and Mike Melucci. However, the game’s momentum turned in the third quarter when Hudson Falls halted the Indians on downs at the Tigers’ 5-yard line. Three plays later, the Tigers fumbled a pitch into their own end zone, where Glens Falls’ Greg Bennett recovered for the touchdown. Another Hudson Falls fumble led to a 4-yard TD run by Matt Vamvalis, and the Indians pulled within 21-16 after making both two-point conversions. Glens Falls completed its scoring in the fourth quarter on Jim Ciuffo’s 6-yard run and another conversion for a 24-21 edge — The Post-Star’s story did not tell how much time remained in the game at that point. Indians punter Randy Rath, who converted a couple of third-and-long situations from his QB spot, ran out of the end zone for a Tigers safety with one minute remaining to create the final margin.
Lake George 12, Schuylerville 6 (OT), Nov. 8, 1986, NAL Large School Super Bowl at Saratoga Springs: A hard-fought defensive struggle ended in OT when Shawn Christensen barreled in from the 1-yard line on fourth-and-goal to lift Lake George to the win. Schuylerville had the ball first in OT, but the Warriors’ Nick Franco had intercepted a Bill Peck pass on third down to end the Black Horses’ possession. Franco had also picked off a pass with 23 seconds left in regulation in Lake George territory.
* Honorable Mention * Watervliet 28, Glens Falls 27, Nov. 15, 1986 at Scotia: In a wild Section II playoff game, Glens Falls weathered a 315-yard passing day by Watervliet’s Scott Skinner — at the time the second-best passing day in Section II history — and still had a shot to win at the end. The Indians pulled within one point on Matt Vamvalis’ 3-yard TD run with 34 seconds left, but on the two-point conversion attempt, Vamvalis was stuffed by the Cannoneers’ defense.
Greenwich 14, Bishop Scully 6, Oct. 16, 1987 at Amsterdam: In a battle of Northern-Adirondack League unbeatens, Brandon Linnett passed for two TDs and snagged two of the Witches’ four interceptions, his second coming with less than two minutes to play in Greenwich territory. All of the scoring came in the first half, with Linnett connecting with Chris Simoneau and Everette Miller for TDs. The Greenwich defense stepped up big to halt the Mohawks on fourth downs twice in the final quarter in Witches territory.
Shenendehowa 18, Saratoga Springs 15, Oct. 30, 1987 at Shenendehowa: Brian Erdoes booted a 23-yard field goal with 10 seconds remaining to lift Shen to the win, avenging its first-ever loss to Saratoga the previous season. Saratoga had tied the score 15-15 with four minutes left, as QB Darren Miller led an 11-play, 62-yard drive that was kept alive when Miller converted a fourth-and-inches inside the Shen 3-yard line. Miller scored from 2 yards out on the next play, but his two-point conversion pass attempt fell incomplete. Saratoga had staged a goal-line stand in the third quarter to preserve a 9-7 lead, but Shen's Mike Giroux -- who rushed for 148 yards and scored on an 85-yard kickoff return -- scored from 2 yards out early in the fourth to give the Plainsmen a 15-9 edge.
Warrensburg 18, Lake George 13, Oct. 31, 1987 at Lake George: Bill Seeley fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Reed on fourth-and-11 with 1:06 remaining, lifting the Burgers to the win and into the NAL Small School Super Bowl. The Burgers scored twice in the final five minutes to pull out the win. It was the last time Warrensburg would beat Lake George for 15 years.
Hudson Falls 19, Queensbury 18, Nov. 7, 1987 at Hudson Falls: In a matchup of winless teams, the Tigers rallied from a 12-0 halftime deficit to a 19-12 lead, capped by Tom Tyminski’s 39-yard interception return and Mike Simone’s PAT with 5:05 left. The Spartans scored with time running out on Bill Anderson’s 12-yard TD pass to Matt Schuette , but Anderson was sacked on the two-point conversion attempt.
Mechanicville 16, Schuylerville 12, Oct. 22, 1988 at Schuylerville: In cold wind and rain, Schuylerville dug itself a quick 16-0 hole after two of its six turnovers, but the Black Horses battled back in a showdown for the Northern-Adirondack League Division I crown. John Commissiong rushed for 191 yards and two TDs to pull Schuylerville within four, and the Horses had one final shot late in the fourth quarter. A fumble recovery by Jeff King on the Red Raiders’ 29 in the final minute led to the Horses getting a shot inside the 10. Two runs, an incomplete pass and an offsides penalty gave Schuylerville fourth-and-goal at the 3, but Commissiong was pushed out of bounds at the 2-yard line as time ran out.
Greenwich 29, Canajoharie 28, Oct. 14, 1989 at Canajoharie: All but six points were scored in a wild second-half finish of this Northern-Adirondack League game — and Greenwich had blocked a pair of extra points earlier in the game. Dave Klingbiel scored on a 3-yard run with 1:09 left and Chris Myers added the go-ahead two-point conversion to lift the Witches to the win. The Redskins (they did not become the Cougars until 2002) had taken a 28-21 lead on a pair of Tom Jenks TDs, one a 70-yard kickoff return. Myers had a pair of third-quarter TD passes to Chris Granger, and Don Briggs scored on a 27-yard run to give the Witches a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter.
* Honorable Mention * Johnstown 13, Glens Falls 9, Nov. 3, 1989 at Johnstown: This classic game was a Foothills Council clash between highly ranked Class B teams in Week 8 of the regular season (remember, the regular season used to be nine games). The visiting Indians were on a six-game winning streak after losing their opener to Saratoga (which turned out to be a 10-1 Class A powerhouse that year), while the host Sir Bills were 7-0, a high-powered machine with a run-and-shoot offense powered by senior QB Matt Swedick, who would finish as the all-time leading passer in New York state history. After a scoreless first half, Glens Falls opened a 9-0 lead on Tommy Ryan’s 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that capped a 15-play, 74-yard drive, and Sascha Mehalick’s 21-yard field goal in the fourth following a bad Johnstown punt. Glens Falls also lost a scoring opportunity in the second half when Ryan fumbled at the Johnstown 4-yard line. Then the Sir Bills broke loose for two TDs in the final minutes. Swedick was held to an abysmal 2-for-24 passing until the final 4:31 of the game. His biggest completion was to Joe Ruggeri on a 46-yard scoring pass – Ruggeri made the catch when the Indians’ Mehalick and Chad Sumner collided, and was off to the end zone to pull Johnstown within 9-6 with 2:51 left. Then, Dave Swedick, Matt’s brother, fell on the onsides kick to give Johnstown the ball again. After three straight incomplete passes, Matt Swedick hit Dave Swedick with a 20-yard strike on fourth down. Two plays later, the brothers Swedick connected again on a 28-yard TD pass for a 13-9 lead with 1:42 left in the game. Matt Swedick passed for only 112 yards, completing only 6 of 32 attempts.
Poultney 20, Whitehall 14, Nov. 11, 1989, NAL Small-School Super Bowl at Granville: Poultney earned its first NAL Super Bowl win in four tries with a hard-fought victory over Whitehall, as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 20-0 third-quarter lead and held off a late Railroader charge. Poultney avenged a 26-13 loss to Whitehall earlier in the season behind HB Ken Webb, WR Sandi Sumner and QB Wally Ainsworth, and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Ethan Davis. The Railroaders, who would win the Section II Class C-D title the next week, rallied behind Jeff Mulholland’s TD pass and a blocked punt recovery in the end zone by Dick Gould, but their final drive ended on downs just past midfield. The same day, Hudson Falls beat Glens Falls 22-6 in the Jug Game for the first time in 13 years.