McCoy leads BBA to D-I title game
MIDDLEBURY — Burr and Burton quarterback Joey McCoy had a hand in every touchdown the Bulldogs scored on Friday as they topped Middlebury 54-39 in the Division I state semifinal.
McCoy accounted for eight scores — three on the ground and five through the air, all to John Morgantini.
The teams traded scores back and forth in the first quarter. First, McCoy found Morgantini for a 30-yard touchdown, but on the next BBA drive, Nikolai Luksch grabbed an errant pitch and returned the fumble 15 yards for Middlebury's first points.
McCoy then scored from 38 yards out and in the final seconds of the quarter Thatcher Trudeau scored on a 44-yard run for a 14-14 score after the first quarter.
McCoy threw two more touchdowns to Morgantini in the second quarter — the first a 53-yarder and the second a 21-yard pass. In between Tyler Buxton ripped off a 54-yard touchdown run.
In the last minute of the half, McCoy used a quarterback draw for a 9-yard touchdown to give BBA a 34-21 lead at the break.
McCoy rushed for more than 200 yards on the ground.
In the second half, Tim Guettelmann scored with 5:43 left in the third to cut the deficit to 34-27, but McCoy and Morgantini hooked up for their fourth touchdown of the night, a 22-yard pass to make it 41-27.
Ian Ploof cut the lead to one score again on the first play of the fourth quarter, but BBA put the game away with two scores in the final 9:43. Guettelmann found Buxton for a late touchdown to get to the final score.
Burr and Burton will face the winner of St. Johnsbury and Essex on Nov. 9 at Rutland.
Hoosick Falls shuts out Taconic Hills
HOOSICK, N.Y. — Jake Sparks completed 10-of-12 passing for 174 yards and two touchdowns and Max Kipp scored three total touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Taconic Hills.
Hoosick led 14-0 after one quarter and made it 35-0 at halftime with touchdowns from Kipp, Sparks and Liam McGarvin.
Josh Colegrove led the way for the Panthers on the ground, carrying nine times for 88 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown.
Hoosick Falls ends the season at 3-6.
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