FORT EDWARD — With some players getting their feet wet at new positions Saturday, it took the Whitehall football team a quarter to really get rolling.
After that, the Railroaders’ freight train was on track, piling up 416 total yards — including 359 yards on the ground — in a 34-0 non-league victory over Corinth-Fort Edward.
“We planned to power it,” said senior fullback Brendan Covey, who pounded his way to 155 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. “It looked like it was going to rain today, so we weren’t planning to throw, just drive it down their throats and get a few breakaways.”
“We’re down a quarterback, down a receiver and tight end, but our young kids stepped up,” said Whitehall head coach Rich Gould, whose team improved to 2-0. “Our offensive line came out and controlled the line of scrimmage and opened up big holes, and Covey ran the ball hard.”
Covey and Tyler Shattuck both topped 100 rushing yards — Shattuck broke loose for 107 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries. David Austin added 98 yards and another score on 16 rushes.
“We got a great drive by the line,” Covey said. “They brought the physicality.”
The Railroaders played without starting quarterback Brandon Bakerian, who suffered a pulled hamstring last week. Senior backup Kolby Baldwin did a flawless job running Whitehall’s power offense.
Defensively, Whitehall held the Warhawks (1-1) to 84 total yards and five first downs. C-FE went three-and-out four times, turned the ball over on downs twice in Whitehall territory, and was intercepted once.
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“Playing a combined program with players from two schools, we didn’t know what to expect, but the boys played hard and physical,” Gould said. “Our ends, Matt (Gould) and Parker (Gugliotta) played well — they forced everything up the middle where Covey is (at linebacker), and he cleans everything up.”
Austin scored from 2 yards out to put Whitehall on the board early in the second quarter. Shattuck followed with a 52-yard touchdown run less than three minutes later for a 13-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Covey rumbled 26 yards for a touchdown, and Shattuck shook loose for a 29-yard scoring run a few minutes later. Covey trampled 7 yards up the middle early in the fourth quarter to complete the Railroaders’ scoring.
“The blocking on the outside by our Z (receiver), Tyler Fish, was outstanding. That sprung me loose,” said Shattuck, who also completed a pair of option passes, one setting up the Railroaders’ first touchdown.
“That’s the first time Shattuck played running back for us,” Gould said. “We need the ball in his hands — he’s got speed and size. With Brandon at quarterback, we can spread the field out more and throw. We just need to clean up the mistakes and get back healthy.”
C-FE, coming off a season-opening win at Hoosick Falls, could not get its offense going and struggled to make tackles on defense.
“Those are two big things that held us back today,” Warhawks co-coach Jeff Tully said. “We didn’t handle the physicality of the game well enough. We just didn’t rise up to the challenge. On the offensive line, we didn’t execute well and block long enough, and they were. They were doing a good job of moving us back.
“We believe in our kids, we believe they can come back,” Tully added. “It’s only one game, it’s not the end of the season and we have a lot more improving to do.”