Glens Falls football

Glens Falls linebacker Kyle Vachon brings down Gouverneur’s Peyton Schmitt during the second half of Friday’s game.

Chris Lenney, Special to The Post-Star

Once Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac had gotten a chance to look over the film of Friday night’s Class B state quarterfinal game, he was able to give more credit to another member of his defense.

On the potential game-tying two-point conversion, while David Barclay and Dakota Trombley got their mitts on Gouverneur quarterback Connor Fenlong, it was Indians defensive lineman Thompson Collins who really made the stop, Lilac said Saturday.

“David kind of got him turned, and as soon as the quarterback planted his feet, Thompson got him from the back side and wrapped him up, and Dakota came in over the top,” Lilac said. “Thompson was the main guy who finished him off.”

Stuffing that two-point conversion with 48 seconds left preserved a 28-26 Glens Falls victory, sending the Indians to this weekend’s state semifinals for the second year in a row.

Pete Tobey

Brutal cold

Friday was one of the coldest November nights in several years, an Arctic blast that brought single-digit wind chills to both game sites — Ogdensburg for Glens Falls, AuSable Valley for Cambridge.

In fact, when Glens Falls accepted the plaque for winning the Class B state quarterfinal, three players posed briefly for a photo — then the entire team ran from the field to the locker room inside the school without celebrating.

“I don’t ever remember playing or coaching in a game that was that cold,” Glens Falls coach Pat Lilac said. “It was brutal. Mr. Corlew (athletic director Chip Corlew) bought some of those capes, so the guys on the sideline could stay warm — the guys on the field, I think they were just running on adrenaline.”

Lilac said he noticed many of his players appeared exhausted after the game.

“I think it was a combination of getting acclimated to the warm locker room and all the energy they expended trying to stay warm during the game,” Lilac said.

Pete Tobey

Good hands squad

Glens Falls was fortunate in the final 2:15 of Friday night’s Class B state quarterfinal game that junior Kyle Vachon was on special teams.

After Fenlong scored from 1 yard out and added a conversion run to pull Gouverneur within 21-20, the Wildcats booted the onside kick — right to Vachon, who covered the ball at midfield. Two plays later, Aaron Sampson broke loose for a crucial 46-yard touchdown and a 28-20 lead with 1:55 left in regulation.

The Wildcats scored again on a quick six-play drive to pull within 28-26 with 48 seconds left, and went for the onside kick again. And again, Vachon was there, jumping on the bouncing football at midfield and sealing Glens Falls’ victory.

“We have so much faith in him and his ability to do that, that’s why he’s on our ‘good hands’ team in those situations,” Lilac said.

Pete Tobey

Defensive stands

Junior safety Joseph Girard III was named Glens Falls’ most outstanding defensive player Friday night. He came up with a fumble recovery and an interception to snuff out Gouverneur drives.

He was merely the leader of a Glens Falls defense that came up with some big stops at key times. On the opening possession of the game, the Wildcats drove to the Glens Falls 5-yard line before turning the ball over on downs.

In the second half, Glens Falls halted three consecutive Gouverneur drives — on Girard’s fumble recovery, then a huge sack by Thompson Collins and a fourth-down pass breakup at the Indians’ 16, and finally on Girard’s interception at his own 11 with 8:27 left in regulation.

Pete Tobey

Holes were there

Cambridge head coach Doug Luke said the only thing the Indians tried to do more of in the second half of Friday’s Class D state quarterfinal against Moriah was get to the outside. They did that on four rushing touchdowns.

Running back Tommy English, who carried 18 times for 170 yards and two scores, said it was just a matter of the backs finding the holes.

“The linemen were doing their job,” English said. “They did a great job the entire game.”

Cambridge rushed for 312 yards.

Will Springstead

Big takeaways

In addition to the interceptions by Hunter Day and Tyler Linendoll that led to Cambridge touchdowns on their next series, and Zack Rowland’s 55-yard fumble recovery for a score, Cambridge had two other takeaways.

Moriah quarterback Dylan Trombley found Dewey Snyder for a pass that would have gone for a first down, but Tommy English stripped the ball and Linendoll recovered.

Also, after its final score, Daniel Medina’s low liner of a kickoff bounced hard off a Moriah lineman at midfield and right back to Nathan Genevick, who also was in on a number of tackles and was named Cambridge’s Defensive Player of the Game.

Will Springstead

Backs aplenty

Cambridge’s running attack wasn’t just Tommy English and Colton Dean on Friday night. In the second half, Jonas Butz and Tyler Linendoll combined for 97 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

“It’s nice to know you have somebody to count on,” English said. “If you need a break, somebody will come in and put their heart on the field for you.”

Will Springstead

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