A weekend to remember: Hoosick Falls leaves their mark on state tournaments

Tuesday November 20, 2012


Sports Editor

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- This weekend was one to remember for the Hoosick Falls boys soccer, girls soccer and football teams with all three making state semifinal appearances on Saturday.

With the football team in Kingston kicking off at 11 a.m., the boys soccer starting in Middletown 15 minutes later and the girls soccer starting at noon in Cortland, keeping up with all three was a task.

Over 400 miles, it was a wild three hours.

11 a.m.: The football game against James I. O'Neill kicks off and goes badly on the first drive as Hoosick Falls goes 3-and-out and O'Neill running back Jerry Nasi runs for a 63-yard touchdown to put the Panthers down right away, 7-0.

11:15 a.m.: The boys soccer team starts against Lansing, a section IV team that came into the game 20-0.

11:23 a.m.: Nasi puts the Panthers into a bigger hole, scoring again to give O'Neill a 14-0 lead.

11:29 a.m.: Right away, Hoosick Falls senior running back Brad Burns cuts the deficit in half with a score.

11:30 a.m.: The soccer game in Middletown is still scoreless as Hoosick Falls does a nice job on defense in shutting down the profilic Lansing offense.

11:35 a.m.: As the first quarter ends in Kingston, Nasi scores his third touchdown of the game to make it 21-7 O'Neill. The 21 points are all the Panthers have allowed in the first quarter this season.

11:43 a.m.: Burns scores early into the second quarter to make it 21-14, the first of 36 unanswered points by the Panthers.

11:45 a.m.: Two minutes later, Lansing's Andy Parkes scored on a scramble in front to take a 1-0 lead over Hoosick Falls.

11:56 a.m.: After a 94-yard drive, the Panthers take the lead for the first time. Burns scored again, his third touchdown of the day and then on the extra point, the snap was fumbled but Randy Tutunjian threw and completed the 2-point conversion to go up 22-21.

11:56 a.m.: At the same time, Hoosick Falls boys soccer went to the half down 1-0. They were out-shot 10-1, but sophomore goalie Noah Chani kept the Panthers in the match.

12 noon: The third Panther team, girls soccer, started their match at SUNY-Cortland against Friends Academy, the team they shared the title with in 2011.

12:10 p.m.: Quarterback Billy Pine throws a eight-yard touchdown pass to Tutunjian to give the Panthers a 29-21 lead at the half.

12:33 p.m.: Burns makes an impact on defense early in the second half, recovering an O'Neill fumble.

12:36 p.m.: Three minutes later, Burns and the Panthers take advantage of the fumble as the senior scored his fourth touchdown to go up 36-21.

12:36 p.m.: In Cortland, Hoosick and Friends Academy are tied at 0-0, but the Panthers have the best of the action.

12:39 p.m.: With eight minutes left in Middletown, Hoosick had its best chance of the game. Chris LaCroix hits a corner kick that Tyler Carr barely misses and knocks out of bounds. Lansing leads 1-0.

12:49 p.m.: Lansing plays keep-away for the final minutes of the semifinal, winning 1-0 and ending Hoosick Falls' season at 17-6. Chani made 16 saves for the Panthers.

1:04 p.m.: Hoosick and Friends are in a scoreless tie at the half, but the Panthers are pressuring, looking to break the ice -- and the scoreboard.

1:11 p.m.: Burns scores his fifth touchdown of the day and 35th of the year to make the score 43-21 with 4:43 left in Kingston.

1:20 p.m.: Josh Brogue intercepts West on a fourth down play to seal the Carrier Dome appearance for Hoosick Falls. It's the second time the Panthers head to the Dome. They'll play Hornell, a team with a 51-game winning streak.

1:33 p.m.: Early in the second half in Cortland, Grace Delurey scores her 29th goal of the season to break the ice and go up 1-0 over Friends Academy.

1:41 p.m.: Hoosick Falls doubles the lead as Jordyn Haynes scores her 31st of the year.

1:53 p.m.: Haynes scores again a few minutes later to put the game away

1:57 p.m.: The horn sounds and Hoosick Falls wins 3-0. They earned a berth into the state final, facing Keshequa.

On Sunday, the Panthers faced off against the Indians with a repeat championship on the line. Haynes scored her third goal of the weekend, giving Hoosick Falls their second straight title.


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