H.S. Football Roundup: Braves top Tamarac, improve to 2-0
FONDA — The Tamarac Bengals visited Boshart Field Friday night for a Class C Central Division match-up with Fonda-Fultonville.
The Braves, behind the one-two punch of Massimo and Giovanni DiCaprio, came away with their second win in a row as they turned back Tamarac by a score of 28-14.
Fonda-Fultonville head coach Tom Carpenter was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I’m really happy for the kids, especially the senior group,” he said. “The kids are playing hard. They’re coming together and working hard. We just have to keep getting better.”
The Braves got on the board first with just 56 seconds left in the first quarter.
After a Tamarac punt, that was taken by Garrett Neff at the Bengals’ 46 and returned to the 30, a penalty added 15 more yards giving the Braves a first-and-10 at the Tamarac 15-yard line.
Massimo DiCaprio carried twice and found the end zone on a 4-yard plunge to give the Braves the lead. Freshman kicker Alex Saltsman kicked the extra point to make it 7-0.
After a penalty on the kick return, the Bengals started at their own 15-yard line. Four plays later, Bengals running back, Johna Rescott tried to turn the corner where he was met by the Braves defense and the hit caused the ball to pop up. Defensive back Brady Myles picked the ball out of the air, on the run, and returned it to the 12-yard line.
John Mancini connected with Jonathan Flander for a four-yard pass. The Braves gave the ball to Giovanni DiCaprio for three straight carries as he punched it in from the two for another Fonda-Fultonville touchdown. Saltsman’s kick was good and the Braves had a 14-0 lead with 8:50 remaining in the half.
On the third play of the second half a Tamarac pass was picked off by Neff and he returned it to the Bengals 7-yard line.
On first and goal, Mancini connected with Flander for a touchdown giving the Braves a three touchdown lead with 10:06 left in the quarter. Saltsman’s kick was good and the Braves lead grew to 21-0.
Tamarac was able to bounce back.
The Bengals took the ensuing kick-off and, with help from a pair of Braves penalties, drove from their own 35 to Fonda-Fultonville’s 26. On third-and-8, Bo Catherwood hit Rescott with a pass over the middle and he rumbled in for the score. The 2-point conversion was no good leaving the score at 21-6 at the 6:48 mark.
The Bengals defense forced a Braves punt and they started to move the ball again.
Starting at their own 40-yard line, Tamarac put together a six-play scoring drive that included 45 yards on three carries by Catherwood and three carries for 15 yards by Peyton Nelean. With 2:03 left in the third quarter Nelean pushed it in from two yards out. Nelean also ran the conversion in to make the score 21-14.
The Braves regrouped and, on their next possession, scored another touchdown.
Micaiah Roche returned the kick from the 29 out to the 50 where the Braves would start. Massimo DiCaprio carried the ball five times for 47 yards and Tyler Schmidtman added a 2-yard run. With first-and-goal from the one, Mancini kept it and crossed the goal line. Saltsman kicked his fourth extra point of the night to give the Braves a 28-14 lead with 9:42 left in the game.
The Bengals began to mount another good drive but on third-and-8 from the 26, Neff picked off a pass at the 8- yard line and returned it to the 28. From there the Braves were able to keep the ball on the ground and control the clock to end the game.
Coach Carpenter commented on his team’s youth.
“They’re young. They’re going to make mistakes,” he said. “We know that, but we’ve got to work through those and learn from them.”
The Braves will host the Warriors of Stillwater next Friday in another Central Division contest, while Tamarac will travel to Mechanicville for a division game against the Raiders.
Fonda-Fultonville 28, Tamarac 14
Tamarac 0 0 14 0 — 14
Fonda-Fultonville 7 7 7 7 — 28
FF — M. DiCaprio 4 yard run (Saltsman kick)
FF — G. DiCaprio 2 yard run (Saltsman kick)
FF — Flander 7 yard pass from Mancini (Saltsman kick)
T — Rescott pass from Catherwood (run failed)
T — Nelean 2 yard run (Nelean run)
FF — Mancini 1 yard run (Saltsman kick)
Class A Capital Division
Troy 25, Amsterdam 14
AMSTERDAM — After falling behind 14-0, Troy scored the final 25 points of the game to rally for a victory over Amsterdam at Lynch Literacy Academy.
Xavier Leigh scored on a 44-yard run and caught a 32-yard pass from Alex Wolf for the Flying Horses (1-1 overall, 1-0 Class A Capital).
Wolf also threw touchdown passes of 24 and 25 yards to Hunter Redden and Makai Cruel, respectively.
Cameron Chrzanowski returned a fumble 73 yards for a score for Amsterdam (1-1 overall, 0-1 Class A Capital).
Nic Carbone also scored for the Rugged Rams, catching a13-yard touchdown pass from Trey Ausfeld.
Troy 25, Amsterdam 14
Troy 0 7 6 12 — 25
Amsterdam 7 7 0 0 — 14
A — Chrzanowski 73 fumble return (Desbiens kick)
A — Carbone 13 pass from Ausfeld (Desbiens kick)
T — Leigh 32 pass from Wolf (Ellis kick)
T — Leigh 44 run (kick failed)
T — Redden 24 pass from Wolf (pass failed)
T — Cruel 45 pass from Wolf (conversion failed)
Class B Crossover
Broadalbin-Perth 33, Ravena 8
BROADALBIN — Brodryk Benton completed 10 of 12 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns to lead Broadalbin-Perth to a victory over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
Dante Calderone had four catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots, while Ivan Roberts had 10 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Kobe Waldvogel had two sacks for the B-P defense, while Jake Galarneau had seven tackles and blocked a punt.
Broadalbin-Perth (2-0 overall) is scheduled to travel to Schuylerville for its Class B North Division opener next Friday at 7 p.m.
Class C Crossover
Hoosick Falls 28, Canajoharie-Fort Plain 24
HOOSICK FALLS — Max Kipp rushed for 123 yards and a two touchdowsn on 12 carries to lead Hoosick Falls to a victory over Canajoharie-Fort Plain in a Class C crossover contest.
Kipp scored on runs of 40 and 27 yards for the Panthers, who improved to 2-0 overall. He also scored on a 32-yard pass from Sam Richard.
Jeff Vincent caught and 18-yard touchdown pass from Richard.
Isaiah Logan rushed for two touchdowns for C-FP (1-1 overall). He also caught a 11-yard touchdown pass from Derek Hyney. Sam Terwilliger scored on a 3-yard run for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.
Hyney finished 15-for-21 for 86 yards and a touchdown, while Logan had nine catches for 48 yards. Sam Terwilliger scored on a 3-yard run for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.
Joe Nare had 10 carries for 127 yards for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.
Logan and Brady Fureno each recovered a fumble for the C-FP defense.
Hoosick Falls 28, Canajoharie-Fort Plain 24
Canajoharie-Fort Plain 0 6 6 12 — 24
Hoosick Falls 7 14 7 0 — 28
HF — Vincent 18 pass from Richard (Colgrove kick)
HF — Kipp 32 pass from Richard (Colgrove kick)
CAN –Sam Terwilliger 3 run (kick failed)
HF — Kipp 27 run (Colgrove kick)
HF — Kipp 40 run (Colgrove kick)
CAN — Logan 11 pass from Hyney (kick failed)
CAN — Logan 2 run (run failed)
CAN — Logan 1 run (run failed)