Panthers knocked out of Class C playoffs

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STILLWATER, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls football team kept coming back but Stillwater always had the answer as the Warriors knocked the Panthers out of the Class C playoffs on Friday night.

James Galarneau and Mason Seymour combined for five touchdowns on the ground as the Warriors advance to the Class C final with a 50-30 win.

Stillwater led 34-16 after three quarters but the Panthers had second-and-goal at the two as the fourth began. On the first play, Sam Richard, who had two rushing touchdowns of his own, pounded in from two yards out to cut the deficit to 34-22.

But the Warriors drove down the field with efficiency, a 10-play drive, all runs, capped off by Seymour's second score of the night, a 2-yard touchdown to jump the lead back to 18 and the two made it a 42-22 advantage.

The Panthers weren't down. Led by Richard under center, he completed 5-of-6 on the next drive, finished off by Isaac Friel's second touchdown catch, a 17-yarder to cut the lead to 42-30 after Friel caught the 2-pointer.

Stillwater sealed it on the next drive, when Galarneau went in from seven yards out to make it a 50-30 lead.

Richard threw for 140 yards and two touchdowns but also had three interceptions, all in the first half.

Stillwater took an 8-0 lead early on a run by Galarneau, but the Panthers tied it on the next drive on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Sam Richard to Isaac Friel. The two-pointer to Max Kipp tied the score with 6:30 left in the first quarter.

The teams each had turnovers on the next drive, with Richard throwing one of his three first-half interceptions and the Warriors turning the ball over on a 4th and 22 from the Panther 25.

Galarneau gave the Warriors a 16-8 lead on the next possession with a touchdown throw and then after a Richard pick, Galarneau's 35-yard touchdown run up the middle jumped the lead to two touchdowns with 6:21 left in the half.

Richard scored on a 1-yard run and Nick Giordano caught the two-pointer, cutting the lead to 22-16, but Stillwater did the two-minute drill to perfection, when Galarneau kept the ball and jumped to the pylon for a 10-yard touchdown with 30 seconds left in the half.

Hoosick finishes the year 5-4, while Stillwater makes the Class C Super Bowl for the first time in classification play.


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