GLOVERSVILLE - When Scotia-Glenville's Dontrevius Porter took the opening kick off back 91 yards for a touchdown the Gloversville Huskies knew the Tartans weren't the same team they defeated 50-14 during crossovers last year.
The Tartans piled up big offensive plays and snagged four drive-killing interceptions as they turned back the Huskies 39-21 Friday night at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field.
"We talked about that with the kids that we had to go out and set the tone right from the beginning," Scotia-Glenville coach Kevin Warren said "We know we are ironmen and go out there with 20 to 24 guys, but they are 24 kids who can play. They play hard and practice hard. It's a great team atmosphere here right now."
Gloversville’s David DelRio (25) fights for extra yardage after a reception during Friday night’s game against Scotia-Glenville at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Tartans kept the momentum on their side, stopping Gloversville for a three-and-out on their first possession. Scotia's defense kept the Huskies offense in check through the opening period.
The Tartans started off the second quarter with a scoring drive that finished with Jacob Goldman breaking through Gloversville tacklers for a 56-yard touchdown run.
Gloversville's defense set up its first scoring drive of the game late in the second quarter.
David Vandenabeele intercepted a Daniel Zeglen pass on the Scotia 37. Vandenabeele then was on the receiving end of a 35-yard catch and run play from Asa Barnhill, putting the Huskies on the 2-yard line. Mike Murray punched the ball in for the score and Vandenabeele kicked the extra points to cut the Tartans' lead to 13-7.
Momentum stayed on the Huskies side as they held Scotia to a three-and-out with Kyle Casimiro coming up with a key play dropping Zeglen for a 7-yard loss and forcing Scotia to punt the ball away.
Murray received the punt at the Gloversville 38 and, with a key block from Barnhill, broke a 62-yard touchdown run to which Vandenabeele kicked the extra point, putting Gloversville ahead 14-13.
Big plays again hurt the Huskies as the Tartans deep into the red zone. Porter carried the ball from the 11-yard line but fumbled as he was hit just short of the goalline. Senior lineman Anthony Mazzucco fell on the loose ball in the end zone for a touchdown to give Scotia a 21-14 halftime lead.
"We got a little deflated [after Porter's touchdown run]," Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. "We did respond late in the first half and came back. I was happy to see that. Defensively, we would hold them, hold them and hold them, then give up a big play."
Despite both teams giving up big plays in the third quarter, neither team could add to their scores.
Scotia capitalized on its defensive play early in the fourth quarter.
Three plays after stopping the Huskies and taking over on downs on their own 27, Zeglen connected with Goldman on a 70 yard touchdown strike to open a 13-point lead, 27-14.
"Arm tackles. We had guys in the back field, we had them and we were reaching for guys and that is not what we preach," Bongo said.
The Huskies responded favorably after the scoring strike with Barnhill connecting with Dave DelRio for an 11-yard reception before finding Murray wide open at midfield and he carried the pass reception to the Scotia 8-yard line. Barnhill carried the ball the final 8 yards for the touchdown and a Vandenabeele extra point closed the scoring gap to six, 27-21, in favor of the Tartans with 8:07 left to play.
That would be as close as the Huskies would get as Scotia scored on hits next possesion with Andrew Tabbert scoring on a 19-yard touchdown run. He would add a second fourth-quarter touchdown with a 21-yard run when the Tartans capitalized on another Gloversville turnover to lock up the 39-21 final score.
"After Gloversville took the lead, we had to stay the course, play our game and have confidence in what we do," coach Warren said. "This is the second year with this offense and we're starting to like what we are seeing and the kids are having fun. I think we matched up well with [Gloversville] and they're starting to believe in what we're trying to do."
Goldman finished the game with 91 receiving yards to go with 36 rushing yards, while Tabbert had 88 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and and interception. Zeglen finished with 39 rushing yards, while completing 4 of 14 passes for 102 yards.
Barnhill completed 11 of 31 passing attempts for 266 yards but was picked off four times. He also carried the ball 10 times for 65 yards.
Gloversville (1-1) will take to the road for its next three games, starting with next Friday's matchup with Niskayuna.
"It's going to be a tough game, but I'm going to find out the moral fabric of this squad if we're going to respond or not," Bongo said. "We are only going to be better playing [AA] competition. We need to respond and we are going to find out what this team is made of from here on out."
Scotia-Glenville 39, Gloversville 21
Scotia-Glenville6 15 0 18 - 39
Gloversville0 14 0 7 - 21
SG - Dontrevius Porter, 91 kickoff return (pass failed), 11:46.
SG - Jacob Goldman, 56 run (Nicholas VanAuken kick), 10:37.
G - Mike Murray, 2 run (David Vandenabeele kick), 4:06.
G - Murray 62 punt return (Vandenabeele kick), 2:52.
SG - Anthony Mazzucco fumble recovery in end zone (Andrew Tabbert run), :06.
SG - Goldman 70 pass from Daniel Zeglen (kick blocked), 9:17.
G - Asa Barnhill 8 run (Vandenabeele kick), 8:07.
SG - Tabbert 19 run (kick blocked), 5:52.
SG - Tabbert 21 run (pass failed), 3:17.