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Mechanicville holds off Johnstown for 14-12 win

MECHANICVILLE — For the second straight week, the Johnstown Sir Bills found themselves in a defensive battle.

Facing a tough Mechanicville squad, the Sir Bills were able to keep the high powered Red Raiders running game in check, but came up on the short end of the 14-12 final score in Class C action Friday night at Mechanicville High School.

Johnstown spread the offense around with Chase Benton leading the rushing game with 71 yards on 17 carries to go with two receptions for 14 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Caden Mureness carried the ball seven times for 26 yards and a touchdown, while completing 13 of 24 passes for 71 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Ryan Hoyt caught three passes for 26 yards for Johnstown, while Jared Stewart had three catches for 26 yards and Brandon Frank had two catches for nine yards to go with two catches for four yards from Ben Krempa.

Defensively, the Sir Bills were led by Benton with eight solo tackles and seven assists, while Malik Holston had four solo tackles with two tackles for a loss and Brodie Loucks added three solo tackles, four assists, two sacks and three tackles for a loss.

Riley Savoie finished with five solo tackles and four assists, while Tanner Warner had five assists, two solo tackles and a sack and Ryan Hoyt added three solo tackles, two assists two tackles for a loss and a sack.

Johnstown (1-2) will close out the regular season hosting Granville next Saturday in a 2 p.m. contest at Knox Field.

Mechanicville 14, Johnstown 12

Johnstown 0 6 0 6 — 12

Mechanicville 8 0 0 6 — 14

First quarter

M — Sean Shutter fumble recovery (Luci D’Ambro run)

Second quarter

J — Caden Mureness 2 run (pass failed)

Fourth quarter

M — Luci D’Ambro 2 run (run failed)

J — Chase Benton 9 pass from Mureness (pass failed)

Averill Park 41,

Amsterdam 40

AVERILL PARK — The Amsterdam Rams and Averill Park Warriors battled to a 21-21 halftime deadlock.

Both offenses got rolling in the second half, leading to a frantic fourth quarter.

The Rams took a 34-33 lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Ziskin to Louis Gonzalez with 1:25 left in the game.

The lead was short-lived as Ben Ferlito returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and Dan McShane added a 2-point conversion run for a 41-34 advantage with 1:14 left on the clock.

The Rams answered the score with a drive that finished with a 12-yard touchdown run by Ziskin with 12-seconds left. The Warriors stopped the 2-point conversion run to secure the 41-40 victory.

Averill Park 41, Amsterdam 40

Amsterdam 6 15 7 12 — 40

Averill Park 7 14 7 14 — 41

First quarter

A — Louis Gonzalez 13 run (kick failed)

AP — Ryan Heffner run (Colin Hansen kick)

Second quarter

AP — Dan McShane 1 run (Hansen kick)

A — Gonzalez 42 pass from Ziskin (pass good)

AP — McShane run (Hansen kick)

A — Josiah Newborn pass from Ziskin (kick good)

Third quarter

A — Garrett McHeard 2 run (kick good)

AP — McShane run (kick blocked)

Fourth quarter

AP — McShane 41 run (run failed)

A — Gonzalez 15 pass from Ziskin (run failed)

AP — Ben Ferlito 70 kick return (McShane run)

A — Ziskin 12 run (run failed)

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