Blackbirds turn back Cannoneers at home


The Voorheesville football team will be heading into a tough contest this weekend in Chatham undefeated after beating Watervliet 39-18 last Saturday at home.

Anytime that you can beat Watervliet, it's a plus for your program. I'm very pleased with a lot of things. We're playing physical with a lot of heart and we care, and that's something that I can't teach, said Voorheesville coach Joe Sapienza.

The Cannoneers (0-3) took an early 6-0 lead after Desean Kittell ran back the opening kickoff for a 93 yard touchdown. Voorheesville junior quarterback Jay Conde capped his team's first drive by calling his own number for an 18-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 6.

The Blackbirds (3-0) took lead for good when junior running back Pat Jones scored on a 10-yard run late in the first quarter. Tim Robinson added a two-point conversion run to create a 14-6 lead.

In the second quarter, Conde went deep and hit Jordan Murphy for a 66-yard touchdown pass to give Voorheesville a 20-6 lead. On the Cannoneers next possession, Murphy intercepted a Mike Cooney pass. Alex Zvinovsky capped the short series with a 27-yard touchdown run, and Matt Miller kicked the extra point to make the score 27-6.

Watervliet made things interesting before halftime. Cooney found wide receiver Tim Hughes in the corner of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass that cut the deficit to 27-12.

The Blackbirds offense sputtered for a bit in the third quarter, but their defensive corps was there to pick them up. The Cannoneers had three scoring chances inside the Voorheesville 20-yard line, but Voorheesville's defense didn't budge.

Watervliet closed the gap to 27-18 in the fourth quarter on Caleb Gleason's 5-yard touchdown run, but Voorheesville scored twice late to put the game away. The first Blackbird touchdown came on an 11-yard quarterback keeper by Conde, and the last came on a 37-yard scamper by Jones. The last touchdown was set up by Matt Henry's interception.

"I still feel that I want to get a little better offensively. I like the fact that we're spreading the ball around. We're passing, running and everybody's contributing," Sapienza said. "We're pretty balanced right now, and its nice to have options.

"I liked the fact that we overcame a lot of mistakes, and we're going to come out next week (against Chatham) and make less mistakes," he added.""

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