HOOSICK, N.Y. >> Running the football and timely passing were the ingredients in the Hoosick Falls football team's 30-7 win over Coxsackie-Athens on Friday night.
After the Indians jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown run by Justice Middaugh, the Panthers jumped started their offense on their next possession.
Tristan Hunt got things started for Hoosick Falls on a kick return to midfield and then a catch-run that brought the Panthers down inside the Indians' 20 yard line.
A couple plays later, fellow running back Drew Hoag got the Panthers on the board with a two yard touchdown run and then quarterback Aaron Tomczak hooked up with wide receiver David Everard on the two-point conversion to give Hoosick Falls a 8-7 lead.
Following a Coxsackie-Athens three and out, the Panthers offense extended their lead when Tomczak scored a touchdown on a one yard QB sneak, which was followed by another successful two-point conversion to give Hoosick Falls a 16-7 lead in the second quarter.
The Panthers got the ball back with a little over four minutes left in the first half, but their drive stalled down at the Indians 14 yard line, giving Coxsackie-Athens a chance to cut the Hoosick Falls lead before halftime.
Hoosick Falls defense like they did all night though stood strong and held the Indians out of the end zone to keep the game at 16-7, going into halftime.
The Panthers' defense got another huge stop 4th down stop on the Indians' first drive of the half and it looked like Hoosick Falls offense took advantage of it when Hunt ran in for a 14 yard score.
Hunt's touchdown though was called back because of a holding call and the Panthers offense stalled inside the red zone.
No fear though for the Panthers as cornerback A.J. Hurlburt made the play of the game a few plays later, intercepting the Coxsackie-Athens quarterback's pass and running it in for a touchdown to extend the Hoosick Falls lead to 22-7.
"That was a huge play for us," said Hoosick Falls coach Ron Jones. "That gave us back the momentum and really got our team fired up."
After Coxsackie-Athens went three and out on their next possession, the Panthers added to their lead again when Hunt broke free for a 18 yard touchdown run and with their three successful two-point conversion of the night, Hoosick Falls took a 30-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
Hunt finished the night with a team-high 134 yards rushing.
"I thought our offensive line produced all night and our backs did a good job reading the holes," Jones said. "Overall, I thought our offense did a great job running the football and throwing the football as well."
In the fourth quarter, Hoosick Falls continued to control the action and cruised to their third win of the season.
Tomczak finished with 100 yard passing on the night for Hoosick Falls.
With the win, the Panthers improve to 3-3 on the season.
Now with one game left in the regular season, the Panthers will hope things fall their way, so they can make it into the postseason.
Jones though saids that before the team can think about the playoffs, they have to take care of business first against Corinth next Friday night.
"We can't think about how we can make the playoffs right now," Jones said. "We have to focus on what we can control and that is focusing on trying to beat Corinth and then see where the chips fall."