SCHUYLERVILLE — After the start they had Friday night, the Schuylerville Black Horses could be forgiven for a sense of “oh, no, not again.”
After two tough losses to sectional contenders to start the season, then letting up a long touchdown on the first play of the game to Broadalbin-Perth, the Horses were back on their heels. Losing a fumble three plays later only added to the feeling.
“When that happened, it felt like the first two games all over again,” senior quarterback Stratton Sherman said. “I told everybody it was only 19 seconds into the game, we’ve got a whole game to play.”
“We turned it all around,” senior fullback Paul Harshbarger said. “We took a step back, we put it together as a team and it was like a complete 180.”
Teeing off on defense and turning up the tempo on offense, Schuylerville blew B-P away for the rest of the game, rolling to a 57-7 Class B North victory. Sherman ran for three touchdowns and threw for another, and Harshbarger added 178 yards and two more scores to power the Black Horses.
“Our pregame message was about getting off the mat and testing our character,” said Schuylerville head coach John Bowen, whose team improved to 1-1 in the division, 1-2 overall. “We haven’t been 0-2 in my time here, it’s uncharted territory. I was very interested to see how the boys would respond, and B-P added to the adversity on the first play, so we had to dig even deeper.”
After the Patriots’ Ivan Roberts raced 63 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening play, the Schuylerville defense shut B-P down completely. The Horses held B-P to a net gain of zero yards for the rest of the game, recording an interception, a fumble recovery and a safety in the process.
“Defense was huge today — that’s what carried this game,” Harshbarger said. “We haven’t been playing that Schuylerville smash-mouth football, and today we did. We feed off the defense.”
“Not taking anything away from Glens Falls and Averill Park and what they were able to do, but there were a lot of things we didn’t do very well in Weeks 1 and 2,” Bowen said. “That’s what we stressed this week — being more physical and maintaining our responsibilities. Those are the things we can control.”
The Horses held B-P on a three-and-out after their initial fumble, and turned it into a five-play 84-yard touchdown drive, capped by Sherman’s 33-yard run for a 7-7 tie.
Schuylerville proceed to score on its next six possessions — including runs of 4 and 81 yards by Harshbarger, two more runs by Sherman, and a 30-yard scoring pass from Sherman to Jack Bodnar. Justin Carte and Jacob Vanderhoof also scored for the Black Horses.
“This was really big for us,” Sherman said. “All week we’ve been hungry. We’ve always been a good program, and to get this one and get back on track. It’ll give the younger guys a taste of winning and what it takes, and we can keep the grind going.”
Schuylerville 57, B-P 7
B-P (0-1, 2-1) 7 0 0 0 — 7
Schuy. (1-1, 1-2) 14 30 13 0 — 57
B-P — Roberts 63 run (Marsden kick), 11:41
Sch — Sherman 33 run (Everleth kick), 7:20
Sch — Harshbarger 4 run (Everleth kick), 3:01
Sch — Sherman 1 run (Everleth kick), 11:04
Sch — Bodnar 30 pass from Sherman (Everleth kick), 7:41
Sch — Sherman 6 run (Everleth kick), 4:23
Sch — Harshbarger 81 run (Everleth kick), 1:33
Sch — Safety, Benton recovered bad snap in end zone, 1:17
Sch — Carte 3 run (Everleth kick), 7:21
Sch — Vanderhoof 23 run (kick failed), 7:15
RUSHING — Broadalbin-Perth: Roberts 10-73 1TD, Buyce 2-4, Priamo 2-2, Gifford 2-1, Waldvogel 1-0, Benton 5-(-33). Schuylerville: Harshbarger 11-178 2TD, Vanderhoof 9-83 1TD, Sherman 10-66 3TD, Carte 5-64 1TD, Weatherwax 5-21, Luzadis 3-14, Burnham 2-4.
PASSING — Broadalbin-Perth: Benton 3-7-1, 16 yards. Schuylerville: Sherman 3-5-0, 57 yards, 1TD.
RECEIVING — Broadalbin-Perth: Calderone 2-10, Priamo 1-6. Schuylerville: Bodnar 1-30 1TD, Rourke 1-21, Carte 1-6.