GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Huskies did not want their season to end with a devastating 56-7 loss to Troy in the opening round of the Section II Class A playoffs.
Thursday night, the Huskies suited up for a crossover game against Mohonasen and put the loss behind them with a 48-19 victory over the Warriors.
"Words can't describe how proud I am of these guys tonight," Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. "After last week, they were kind of down and we wondered how they were going to respond. We wanted to go out and make sure the game they remembered the most was at the very end. And they did; they took care of it. I am extremely proud of that."
Gloversville’s Mike Murray (44) keeps an eye on the ball deflected by Mohonasen’s Caleb Gradoni. Murray made the catch for a 32-yard gain, setting up the Huskies’ fourth touchdown of the opening half Thursday night at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Gloversville’s Mike Fancher (9) plows into the end zone for a touchdown against Mohonasen on Thursday night at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Senior captains Mike Fancher and Mike Murray echoed their coach's statement.
"It meant everything to us, especially our seniors," Fancher said. "We came out here and gave everything we had and are happy with the outcome. The coaches really got on us this week because of last week and we came out and got it done as a team."
Murray, who scored a touchdown in each game this season, said, "We didn't have the best season but we all came together as a family tonight and came up big. Unfortunately, we didn't get it done in playoffs. I am proud of the whole team, the offensive line, the defense, everybody."
Murray gave the Huskies good field position as he carried the opening kickoff back to the Gloversville 41. Quarterback Asa Barnhill connected with Fancher on a 23-yard pass play in the eight-play, 59-yard drive that Murray capped off with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone.
The Gloversville defense backed up the drive with a three-and-out series.
Gloversville's second scoring drive of the game started on its own 35. Barnhill connected with David DelRio on a 35-yard pass play before scrambling 34-yards to the Mohonasen 2-yard line. Fancher finished the 5-play, 65-yard drive with his 2-yard touchdown run. David Vandenabeele kicked is second of six extra points in the game for a quick 14-0 advantage.
The Warriors broke through for their first touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive, an eight-play, 80-yard drive that finished with Mark Riggi carrying the ball the final seven yards for the touchdown.
After having a touchdown called back on the opening drive of the second quarter, Gloversville upped the score to 21-6 after Murray came down with a deflected pass on the 4-yard line and Barnhill carried the ball the final four yards for the touchdown.
The final minutes of the second quarter belonged to DelRio.
The senior was on the receiving end of Barnhill's 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:15 left in the quarter. He then stepped in front of the Nate Stillson's screen pass for an interception, giving Gloversville possession on the Mohonasen 21-yard line. Four plays later, DelRio caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Barnhill for his second touchdown in a span of 1:45 for a 34-6 halftime lead for the Huskies.
The Warriors moved the ball on their opening drive of the second half, driving from their own 27 deep into Gloversville territory.
Caleb Dutcher came up with the drive-stopping interception for the Huskies on the 1-yard line.
Mohonasen held the Huskies to nine yards on the next drive, forcing a punt out of the end zone that came to rest on the Gloversville 42. However, the Warriors could not capitalize on the defensive stop and the Huskies took over on their own 40-yard line.
After a false start penalty and a 5-yard run by Barnhill to get back to the original line of scrimmage, Murray hauled in a 60-yard touchdown pass from the junior quarterback to extend the lead to 41-6.
Mohonasen put its second touchdown of the game in to books on the opening play of the fourth quarter when Stillson connected with Erick pier one on a 52-yard scoring pass to cut the lead to 41-13.
The Huskies called on freshman Taylor McCredie to take over the fourth-quarter quarterbacking duties.
He responded with an 8-yard run on his first varsity snap under center and finished a nine-play drive with a 30-yard touchdown run that was aided by a key block from senior Kyle Jacksland.
McCredie also had an interception on the Warriors next series.
Mohonasen finished off the scoring for the night when Stillson hooked up with Trevor Tucker on a 57-yard touchdown strike to set the final score at 48-19.
Murray finished the night with two touchdowns on 34 yards rushing and catching three passes for 123 yards.
Barnhill finished the night with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown, while going 7 for 8 passing for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
Stillson finished the game completing 11 of 22 passing attempts for 245 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted three times. Vinny Ditripano led the Warriors' rushers with 49 yards on eight carries.
Gloversville finished the season with a 3-6 record.
Gloversville 48, Mohonasen 19
Mohonasen6 0 0 13 - 19
Gloversville14 20 7 7 - 48
G - Murray 1 run (David Vandenabeele kick), 7:45.
G - Fancher 2 run (Vandenabeele kick), 4:28.
M - Riggi 9 run (kick failed), :50.
G - Barnhill 4 run (Vandenabeele kick), 7:13.
G - DelRio 4 pass from Barnhill (Vandenabeele kick), 4:15.
G - DelRio 9 pass from Barnhill (kick failed), 2:30.
G - Murray 60 pass from Barnhill (Vandenabeele kick), 1:28.
M - Pierone 52 pass from Nate Stillson (Ryan Corbitt kick), 11:49.
G - McReede 31 run (Vandenabeele kick), 6:09.
M - Tucker 58 pass from Stillson (run failed), 2:28.