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ROUNDUP: Unbeaten Adirondack routs HP to clinch Class C-2 title; Proctor, Dolgeville and more

Steve Jones
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Posted 10/24/22

The Adirondack football team wrapped up an undefeated regular season and a Class C-2 division title with a dominating 46-0 win at Holland Patent Saturday.

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ROUNDUP: Unbeaten Adirondack routs HP to clinch Class C-2 title; Proctor, Dolgeville and more


The Adirondack football team wrapped up an undefeated regular season and a Class C-2 division title with a dominating 46-0 win at Holland Patent Saturday. Senior quarterback Brett Sanford also set a program record for career completions in the win.

The win gives the Wildcats a 7-0 record this season. The team moved up from Class D, where it was 9-1 last season. It had been a rough patch for years before that for the program, with a combined record of 7-37 from the 2015-16 season until the spring 2020-21 season.

After the win, Adirondack head coach Rob Hennessey said this season the team has been exorcizing “a lot of demons.” He said regarding the game plan against HP: “We felt like we could run the ball. We’ve run it on people all year.” Colin White ran 18 times for 150 yards. Ray Hennessey had 19 carries for 107 yards. Sanford had 11 carries for 81 yards.

Sanford also completed eight passes for 71 yards. He has 158 career completions, surpassing the record of Steve Porter, who had 155 completions from 1974 to 1976.

The Adirondack run game dominated the first half, with both touchdowns coming on runs by Colin White. He capped off the game’s opening drive with a 31-yard run to pay dirt. The drive was eight plays, all runs. A run by Ray Hennessey for the conversion made it 8-0. With 4:42 left in the half, White got into the end zone again, this time from eight yards out. John Hennessey caught a pass from Brett Sanford for another two-point conversion to make it 16-0.

Meanwhile the Wildcats’ defense was stopping the Golden Knights’ attack. HP’s four drives ended with a punt, turnover on downs, turnover on downs and the end of the half.

The second half was more of the same. In the third quarter, White had a touchdown run from seven yhards, Sanford had one from seven as well and John Hennessey ran one in from 20 yards out. The Wildcats added a score with three seconds left in the game on a three-yard pass from Sanford to Ray Hennessey to wrap up the win.

Coach Hennessey also praised the defense, especially the front seven. “Colin White played a great game,” he said of the two-way star who had three tackles, two passes defensed and a sack. The front four did well to free up the linebackers to make tackles, he said. Ray Hennessey had a dozen tackles, Braedon Pridgeon had seven and John Hennessey and Dalton Miranda each had six.

“It feels good,” said Sanford after the win. “It’s unbelievable. The coaching staff and my teammates, we’re with each other all the time. We’re a family and that helps.” The offense, he said, benefits from balance. “We have three guys in the backfield and a receiver who runs jet sweeps. We’re four dominant running guys.” Establishing that run game, he said, “helps us because they key on our running backs,” the linebackers and defensive backs creep up to stop the run then become vulnerable to the pass over the top.

Adirondack is the top seed in the Section III Class C playoffs and will host Marcellus at 7 p.m. on Friday in the quarterfinals.

To keep up the winning ways, the coach said the Wildcats have to “play a better first half,” eliminating the penalties and other mistakes. “Little stuff like that can bit you when you don’t close the deal on better teams.”

Sanford agreed. “If we clean these up and play perfect football I don’t think anyone will be able to stop us.”

HP (6-2) is the five seed, and travels to four seed Bishop Ludden at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Cicero-North Syracuse 42, Proctor 14

The Northstars scored three fourth quarter touchdowns Saturday to pull away from the Raiders in what had been a close game to that point.

Proctor cut the lead to 13-8 on a three-yard touchdown run by Kenijaymes Johnson before the half. Jerquell Henderson’s five-yard touchdown catch from Todd Abraham again closed the gap to 21-14 in the third.

Abraham was 7-of-9 passing for 80 yards and a score. He also had 12 carries for 47 yards. Johnson ran 22 times for 93 yards to lead the team in rushing. Henderson’s four catches for 55 yards led the team in receiving.

C-NS (7-1) is the Class AA two-seed and hosts Henninger at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Proctor (4-3) earned the four seed in Class AA and hosts Liverpool at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dolgeville 42, Waterville 8

Dolgeville finished the regular season at 7-0 with Saturday’s win.

Cade Mosher tossed five touchdown passes and led Dolgeville on six consecutive scoring drives, all in the first half. He finished the day with 157 yards and five TD passes with an interception. He also ran for 67 yards. Jared Bilinski had 101 yards rushing on nine carries with a score. Timothy Rankins had two catches for 79 yards, both of which were touchdowns.

The Blue Devils are the first seed in the Class D playoffs and will host Utica-Notre Dame at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Solvay 35, Westmoreland/Oriskany 14

The Bulldogs couldn’t quite keep up with Solvay in a loss to end the season Saturday.

Jack Williams’ three-yard touchdown run trimmed Solvay’s lead to 14-8 in the second quarter. Cameron Rautenstrauch had a 14-yard run in the third quarter to get the Bulldogs back within two scores but Solvay pulled away with two more scores in the fourth quarter.

Michael Scalise had six completions for 146 yards. Williams ran for 84 yards to lead the team.

Westmoreland/Oriskany, 1-7, plays a crossover game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Onondaga.


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