TROY - Senior co-captain Mike Murray gave the Gloversville Huskies a much-needed spark when he ran back a kickoff 83 yards for a late first-quarter touchdown.
However, the Troy Flying Horses quickly extinguished that spark.
Two plays after Murray's touchdown run, Maurice Jones broke through the Gloversville defense for a 75-yard touchdown run for a 21-7 lead. Troy never looked back as the Southeast Division champions silenced the Northwest's fourth-seeded Huskies' offense to cruise to a 56-7 victory in a Class A quarterfinal game Friday night at Troy High School.
Gloversville quarterback Asa Barnhill (3) attempts to avoid Troy’s Rayshawn Johnson (10) and Kiel Suggs (17) during a Section II Class A sectional quarterfinal game Friday night at Troy High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"We have been plagued by big plays and missed tackles all year," Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. "We have nobody to blame but ourselves. They are a big, physical football team and did a nice job but we did not make the plays when we needed them. Across the board, we dropped ball, missed blocks and missed tackles. It is a simple game but if you don't execute you are not going to win."
The Huskies (2-6 overall) opened the game on offense and picked up a first down on a 2-yard run from David Vandenabeele and a 12-yard pass from Asa Barnhill to Shon Lewis-Mathews. The Flying Horses' defense tightened stopping Barnhill on an option and catching Murray behind the line for a 5-yard loss. Barnhill and Murray narrowly missed on a pass play, forcing the Huskies to punt the ball away.
Starting on its 34, Troy established its ground game with seven straight runs including a 27-yard romp by Dan Reichelt and a 16-yard touchdown run on a broken play by quarterback Pat Chamberlain.
Troy got the defensive stop on the Huskies' ensuing possession and started its second scoring drive on the 50-yard line.
Reichelt opened with a 6-yard run that he followed up with a 44-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Flying Horses lead.
Murray gave the Gloversville fans a thrill when he gathered in the kickoff on the 17-yard line and broke through the middle for an 83-yard touchdown run to cut Troy's lead to 14-7.
"Mike Murray is a kid I know is going to give me 110 percent every game no matter what the score is," Bongo said. "He is a battler. He has made big plays for us all year. It was a good play by him with good execution and we were right there in a 14-7 game but then we fell off."
The Huskies stopped Rayshawn Johnson on the 25-yard line on the kickoff, but Maurice Jones broke a 75-yard run on the Flying Horses' first play from scrimmage to re-establish the two-touchdown advantage, 21-7.
Gloversville started its next drive on its own 32 and quickly moved to the 50-yard line when Barnhill and Murray hooked up on an 18-yard pass.
The drive stalled after a pair of incomplete passes and a sack of Barnhill by Troy's Victory Pirela.
Troy scored again on its opening possession of the second quarter, when Chamberlain bolted through the Gloversville line for a 44-yard touchdown run and a 28-7 lead.
Gloversville opened it first possession of the second quarter with good field position when Hunter Goodwin gathered in a short kickoff and returned it to the Troy 47.
The Huskies could not capitalize on the play as an incomplete pass, a holding penalty and a sack set up a fourth-and-33 forcing Gloversville to punt the ball away.
After 16 straight rushing plays, Chamberlain attempted the Flying Horses' first pass attempt, which fell incomplete.
Troy went back to its running game with Johnson carrying the ball 38 yards before being stopped from going into the end zone on a diving tackle by Barnhill at the 12-yard line.
Four plays later, Jones finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 35-7 edge.
The Flying Horses recovered a Gloversville fumble on the Gloversville 37 and built its halftime lead to 42-7 with a 21-yard touchdown scramble by Chamberlain.
Troy stretched its advantage to 49-7 on the second snap from scrimmage of the second half when Chamberlain ran 68 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game.
The Flying Horses capitalized on another turnover late in the fourth quarter when Pete Cregut intercepted a Barnhill pass and Pirela finished off Troy's scoring with a 2-yard run for a 56-7 lead.
Chamberlain finished with 158 yards rushing, 149 of which went for touchdowns as the Flying Horses accumulated 512 yards on the ground.
Troy advances to the Class A semifinals where it will host Amsterdam a 58-14 winner over Averill Park on Friday night at Lynch Literacy Academy.
Gloversville will play a crossover game next week with an opponent and date yet to be named.
Troy 56, Gloversville 7
Gloversville7 0 0 0 - 7
Troy21 21 7 7 - 56
T - Pat Chamberlain 16 run (Rafik Mekhaldi kick), 5:33.
T - Dan Reichelt 44 run (Mekhaldi kick) 2:41.
G - Mike Murray 81 kick off return (David Vandenabeele kick), 2:28.
T - Maurice Jones 75 run (Mekhaldi kick), 2:05.
T - Chamberlain 44 run (Mekhaldi kick), 10:45.
T - Jones 1 run (Mekhaldi kick), 6:53.
T - Chamberlain 21 run (Mekhaldi kick), 4:49.
T - Chamberlain 68 run (Mekhaldi kick), 11:02.
T - Victor Pirela 2 run (Mekhaldi kick), 3:11.