Football: Glens Falls at Schuylerville

Schuylerville’s Stratton Sherman tackles Glens Falls’ Aaron Sampson during Friday’s football game in Schuylerville.

Jenn March, Special to The Post-Star

SCHUYLERVILLE — For the second time in six days, the Glens Falls football team had to dig down and find something extra to pull out a victory.

This time it was a fourth-down stop, which led to a big pass play, which set up the go-ahead touchdown as the Indians pulled away for a 27-14 Class B North victory over Schuylerville on Friday night.

“I was just proud of the resilience — where you get to the point it’s 14-14 and they’ve got all the momentum, what are you going to do?” Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac said. “We found that reserve of strength again and we were able to gut one out. That’s what I’m proud of, that we fought.”

“That’s a great win for us to fight back two weeks in a row like that,” said senior receiver Quinn Girard, who scored two touchdowns for the Indians.

“Really the game came down to the fourth-down stop — they did a great job on it, we just didn’t get the push we needed,” Schuylerville head coach John Bowen said. “The game changes right there if we’re able to keep that possession going and not have a turnover on downs.”

The win — the 19th in a row for No. 1-ranked Glens Falls (3-0 division, 6-0 overall) — gave the Indians the inside track to the top seed in the division. Fifth-ranked Schuylerville dropped to 3-1, 5-1.

With the score knotted at 14-all early in the fourth quarter, the Indians halted Schuylerville’s Derek Willson shy of a first down at the Glens Falls 30-yard line.

Five plays later, Joseph Girard III found Noah Balcom with a 42-yard pass, going out of bounds at the 8. That set up Aaron Sampson’s 2-yard touchdown run three plays later for a 21-14 lead with 6:52 left in the game. Sampson finished with 86 tough yards on 17 carries.

“Noah got off the ball pretty good, and when their guy came up to bump him, he kind of lost his footing,” said Joseph Girard, who completed 14 of 21 passes for 201 yards and two scores, and added 142 yards on 20 carries. “Noah kept going a little bit, all I had to do was get him the ball and he was open. That was definitely one of the bigger plays that helped us seal the win.”

“He’s got the option as he rolls out — we had a two-man route and he picked the right one, and he put a perfect pass in and Noah made a great catch,” Lilac said.

“You end up in single coverage and Joe just dropped that one right down the chimney,” Bowen said. “It was a great throw, it was pretty well defended and the kid just ran a nice corner route.”

On the ensuing drive, Quinn Girard turned a slant pass from his cousin into a 41-yard touchdown play to seal victory with 1:59 remaining. Justin Holness intercepted a Schuylerville pass on the next play to wrap up the win.

“I was surprised when he called it, I thought we were going to run the ball and keep the clock running,” Quinn Girard said. “It was a flat route, I caught it, turned upfield, no one was there. It felt real good to end the game like that.”

“We said, ‘Let’s put the ball in Aaron Sampson’s hands and let him go,’ and he ground out some tough yards, and then Joe does what Joe did and made some big plays for us and we were able to grind the clock away,” Lilac said of Glens Falls’ fourth-quarter effort.

The Indians had opened a 14-0 halftime lead, getting touchdowns from Aalijah Sampson on a 35-yard pass from Joseph Girard in the first quarter, and Quinn Girard on a 25-yard run on a reverse play in the second quarter.

Schuylerville came storming back in the third quarter. Stratton Sherman found Paul Harshbarger behind coverage for a 42-yard touchdown pass, then after a Glens Falls punt, the Black Horses pulled even at 14-14 on Orion Anderson’s 9-yard scoring run.

“Hat’s off to Schuylerville — they didn’t back down, they came roaring back and showed what they’re made of,” Lilac said. “It was a dogfight throughout the whole night.”

Glens Falls 27, Schuylerville 14

Glens Falls (3-0, 6-0) 7 7 0 13 — 27

Schuyler. (3-1, 5-1) 0 0 14 0 — 14

First quarter

GF — Aal. Sampson 35 pass from J. Girard (Hogan kick), 2:39

Second quarter

GF — Q. Girard 25 run (Hogan kick), 8:04

Third quarter

Sch — Harshbarger 42 pass from Sherman (Alber kick), 8:03

Sch — Anderson 9 run (Alber kick), 2:42

Fourth quarter

GF — Aar. Sampson 2 run (Hogan kick), 6:52

GF — Q. Girard 41 pass from J. Girard (bad snap, no kick), 1:59

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHINGGlens Falls: J.Girard 20-142, Aar.Sampson 17-86 1TD, Q.Girard 3-31 1TD, Aal.Sampson 1-2. Schuylerville: Harshbarger 10-87, Willson 14-54, Sherman 8-35, Anderson 2-14 1TD, Dunkel 5-13.

PASSINGGlens Falls: J.Girard 14-21-0, 201 yards, 2TD. Schuylerville: Sherman 6-13-1, 99 yards, 1TD.

RECEIVINGGlens Falls: Q.Girard 6-92 1TD, Aal.Sampson 3-50 1TD, Balcom 2-61, Holness 2-8, Aar.Sampson 1-4. Schuylerville: Harshbarger 2-46 1TD, Willson 1-17, Bodnar 1-16, Carte 1-13, Vanderhoof 1-7.

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