Golden Knights overwhelm Wildcats in Class C blowout

Published Sep 10, 2018 at 4:10pm

BOONVILLE – The Holland Patent football team scored early and often, defeating Adirondack, 68-14, on Saturday afternoon in a Class C South/East matchup.

The Golden Knights quickly set the tone and never looked back, scoring the first 41 points of the game and cruising to a 41-6 halftime lead.

“It was good to get everything in a row,” said HP head coach Brian Briggs after the win as the Golden Knights improved to 2-0 overall and in the league.

The Knights opened the scoring on their first drive, taking over on the Adirondack 30 after the wind knocked down a punt. Jason Haas rumbled in from 3 yards out for the score and Josh Ernst’s extra point made it 7-0. Its next drive was a single play, a 63-yard touchdown strike from Alex Herringshaw to DJ Harter, a deep throw Harter caught at the 20 then ran in. The point after was no good and it was 13-0.

The Knights scored to open the second quarter on a 6-yard pass to Bryce Dare after Haas had two runs for a total of 34 yards. The kick made it 20-0. The Knights scored their fourth touchdown on their fourth drive, a pass to Ernst at the goal line from 32 yards out. The kick made it 27-0.

Haas picked off a pass from Adirondack’s Lansing Allen that gave the ball to HP at the opponent’s 15. He then got the carry on the first play and scored. After the extra point it was 34-0.

The Knights capped a 75-yard drive with a 49-yard run by Haas for a score, and the extra point made it 41-0.

Adirondack’s Branden Mooney returned the kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown and the score was 41-6 at the half.

HP scored on a seven-play drive to open the second half, as Haas ran in from 10 yards. The score was 47-6 and the Knights’ first-team offense was done for the day.

A bad snap on an Adirondack punt gave the Knights’ second unit the ball at the opponent’s 15, and Jake Sibley ran in a score from there on the first play to make it 54-6 after the extra point.

Adirondack capped a 10-play, 64-yard drive with a rushing touchdown by Allen from 22 yards out. Mooney ran in the two-point conversion to make it 54-14. Griffin Briggs returned the ensuing kickoff back for an 80-yard touchdown and it was 61-14. HP ended the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run by Jake Beer and an extra point to put the final tally at 68-14.

HP finished with 448 yards of total offense to Adirondack’s 81. Herringshaw was 7-9 for 139 yards and three touchdowns. Allen was 0-4 passing. Haas ran 14 times for 184 yards and four scores. Mooney ran 17 times for 41 yards.

On defense, HP was led by Haas, who had five tackles and an interception. Mike Cummings and Russ Lazarek each had four tackles.

The Golden Knights opened their season with a 19-7 victory over Clinton and have outscored their first two opponents by a margin of 87-21.

Briggs said he wants the team to have some chemistry before a big game against Little Falls, a Class C East battle at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, technically a Knights’ home game that will be played in Whitesboro.

He said one area the team needs to work on is committing fewer penalties, as HP was flagged three times for 30 yards Saturday. The key will be to “sharpen everything up.”

Adirondack head coach Rob Hennessey said his team will have challenges this year, chiefly a lack of experience on a squad with only five seniors as well as being undersized and “outmanned up front.” With such challenges, he noted, “you have to grow up fast.”

He was also impressed with the play of the Golden Knights. “HP kids, they have a good squad,” he said, adding HP has a roster full of seniors who are “well prepared and well coached.”

Adirondack will host Canastota at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Wildcats are now 0-2 overall and in the league.