Cambridge wins sectional title with surprising rout

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. — The Cambridge football team had revenge on its mind on Saturday for the Class D Super Bowl against Greenwich after the Witches won their clash earlier in the season.

The Indians came out on fire, scoring the first 26 points en route to a surprising 40-7 rout at Schuylerville to advance to regionals.

Cambridge got on the board first with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Zack Rowland to Jacob Peters to make it 7-0 and on the first play of the ensuing possession, Greenwich fumbled and the Indians recovered in Witches' territory.

Shortly thereafter, Colton Dean scored the first of his four touchdowns on the day, a 6-yarder to make it 13-0. Dean helped extend the advantage to 19-0 with 90 seconds left in the opening quarter with an 11-yard scamper.

Dean carried the ball 21 times for 158 yards and the four scores, matching his output from the rest of the season combined.

Dean scored twice in the second quarter as well. The first came on a 6-yard run and after the Helen Mooney, Cambridge led 26-0.

Greenwich got one back on a 13-yard catch by Josh James from Cole Burgess to cut the lead to 26-7, but the Indians refused to be denied, as Dean ran for his fourth with 2:35 left in the half and a 33-7 lead.

Cambridge's Tommy English finished off the rout with a 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. English was the second-leading rusher on the day for Cambridge, carrying the ball 22 times for 140 yards.

Greenwich's Reese Cristaldi was the horse for the Witches with 23 carries and 113 yards, but the senior was held out of the end zone, as was Burgess, who only had 35 yards rushing and 67 yards passing. Rowland was 4-of-9 for 46 yards and a touchdown for the Indians.

The win was important as a sectional crown, but it was also the 200th victory of Luke's illustrious career. With the win, Luke is 15th in career victories by active coaches in New York state history.

Bellows Falls upsets BBA

MANCHESTER — Ahead by one score at half, the Burr and Burton football team was stymied in the second half as Bellows Falls advanced to the Division II championship with a 22-16 win at Taylor Field on Saturday afternoon.

BBA quarterback Jay McCoy was injured early in the game with a broken rib, according to coach Jason Thomas, tried to play through it, but had to be lifted in the third quarter for third string quarterback John Morgantini.

In the first half, BBA took a 14-0 lead on McCoy's back. On the first offensive series for the Bulldogs, McCoy hooked up with Cam Hedberg for a 73-yard touchdown to take the early lead. In the beginning of the second quarter, McCoy finished a long drive with a 2-yard run.

On the Terriers' next possession, Shane Clark broke away from the Burr and Burton defense for a 54-yard TD to cut the lead to 14-8 with 4:45 left in the half.

Bellows Falls got the opening kickoff of the second half and drove down the field as Clark scored with 5:36 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 14-14.

The Terriers broke the tie early in the fourth quarter when Logan Cota scored on a 5-yard run to give them a 22-14 advantage.

BBA still had time and were driving in the final minutes but Cota picked off Morgantini at the 1-yard line with 50 seconds to go to seal their championship trip.

BBA got a safety in the last few seconds when Cota kneeled in the end zone to run out the clock.

Before his injury, McCoy was 8-of-13 for 135 yards and two touchdowns, one on the ground and the other through the air. Pressed into emergency service under center, Morgantini was 8-of-22 for 82 yards and an nterception.

Clark got the bulk of the offense for BF, with 155 yards on 25 carries.

BBA finishes the year at 8-2, while Bellows Falls will try to defend its title win from last season on Saturday in Rutland.

Wasaren League girls soccer all-stars

HOOSICK, N.Y. — Four Hoosick Falls girls soccer players were named as first-team Wasaren League all-stars after a season when they finished 12-6-1 and reached the Class C semifinals.

The Panthers' Darian Morgan and Taylor Mann — after seasons of 21 and 23 goals, respectively, were chosen for the squad, along with midfielder Angela Gonzalez (four goals) and defender Syd Eggsware (three goals).

A pair of Cambridge girls also made the first team. Miranda Seacord, the team leader in goals with 22, and Grace Snyder (nine goals) were chosen.

Second-teamers included Hoosick Falls' Skyelyn Haynes and Josie Ryan and Cambridge's Helen Mooney and Taylor Stallmer. Honorable mentions were Hoosick's Grace Wysocki and Sam Flohr, along with Cambridge's Bridey Nolan, Victoria Dupuis and Jamie VanDeWater.

Bill Koch ski league

WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch Youth Ski League will hold an informational meeting and ski/gear swap for new and returning families on November 11 at 4 p.m. at Prospect Mountain Nordic Center on Route 9 in Woodford.

The ski and gear swap (selling gently used skis, boots, poles and relevant clothing) will start at 4 p.m. in the Lodge, and will be followed by an information meeting about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League at 4:30. The meeting will provide an opportunity for prospective families to learn about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League, a cross country ski program for youth ages 4-13. The program introduces young people to the life-long sport of cross country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities. The program attracts children and families from nearby communities in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch League practices every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Practices will begin on December 12 and will run through early March. Interested families attending the meeting on November 11 can register for the Program at that time, and there will be skis, boots and poles available for lease for those participating in Program.

For more information, please contact Katie Swabey at 413-664-7711 or

MAYAA registration

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Youth Athletic Association will host a pair of registration nights for its basketball program.

The two in-person registrations will take place on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Elementary School.

The board will be at the registrations for parents to ask questions.

Registration is already online at and will be until Nov. 3. The cost is $40 per child or $70 per family.

MAYAA is for kids from grades 1 to 6.

For more information, contact president Tim Hutton at 802-688-6427.

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