GLENS FALLS — A win is a win. Kind of. Technically.
The Glens Falls Greenjackets had things entirely their way on Saturday while their opponent, Seaway Valley, was quickly decimated by injuries. The Greenjackets won 35-0 in an Empire Football League game that was called at halftime — which, itself, was called 3 minutes, 40 seconds early due to a serious Seaway Valley injury.
By the time two separate fire and ambulance personnel had responded, two Venom were on stretchers and the team no longer had the minimum number of healthy players to continue. Seaway Valley had lost three other players to injuries earlier in the game.
The Greenjackets (2-0) scored all four times their offense took the field and once on a punt return. Defensively, 11 of 17 Venom plays from scrimmage went for negative yardage.
By early in the second quarter, the referees were being generous with the running of the clock, and on one Seaway Valley play, they called an obvious incomplete backward pass — technically a fumbled lateral — an incomplete forward pass.
Orrin Logan set the tone for the Greenjackets’ defense by tackling Venom for losses of 12 yards on their first two plays from scrimmage.
“All my coaches taught me that if you don’t set the tempo, then nobody else is going to follow,” Logan said. “I try to do that every game I play. I’m a leader out here. Once I set that tempo, everybody follows.”
Logan admitted it was tough to watch Seaway Valley obviously struggle.
“When you see competition like that, you feel, like, ‘All right, let me get off before I hurt somebody.’ I played against the Albany Maulers, and they were basically D-I players all around the board. I’ve been on that side of the situation. You’ve just got to play through it,” Logan said.
Greenjackets head coach Raymond Swann said the game was like “a high-velocity practice.”
“We got reps in, that’s all that matters,” Swann said. “It was quality for us. We’d enjoy it still, (but we) get a little bit less banged up this way. It’s unfortunate for them. The guys they did have were trying their best. It was just too much for them.”
The Greenjackets got rushing touchdowns from Logan and Patrick Capone, two touchdown passes from Zach Infield to Brian Owen and Jeff Dorveee, as well as a punt return touchdown from Sitar Creech.