After spending the first half of the week trying to re-prove that one of its players was a city resident, Lansingburgh scored 27 first half points on its way to a 43-7 victory over Mohonasen in Saturday's Section II, Class A quarterfinal football game.
The Mighty Warriors (1-7) did everything they could to make the Knights (7-1) earn their points, but they wore down against Lansingburgh's high-octane running game. Kenny Youngs and Nyquan McGirt each ran for more than 120 yards to lead the Knights.
We played relatively well defensively, said Mohonasen coach Scott Sabourin. "Eventually they wore us down, but it was a great testament to our guys that we scored in the fourth quarter."
McGirt was an integral part of Saturday's storyline in more ways than one. Besides his 128 rushing yards and his 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter, McGirt was also at the center of a controversy in which his eligibility was called into question for the second time this season. It wasn't until late last Tuesday that the Section II transfer committee ruled that McGirt, who played for Catholic Central last year, was a Lansingburgh resident and could play for the Knights " nearly a month after it first ruled in the north Troy school's favor.
"Because of the transfer issue, they played with a level of intensity and pride that wasn't evident the first time we played them (Sept. 7)," said Sabourin.
That intensity was especially evident in Lansingburgh's defensive performance. The Knights allowed only one Mohonasen first down in the first quarter and kept the Mighty Warriors out of the end zone until Vincent Gabriele's 14-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
Not that Mohonasen didn't have its opportunities. A fumbled punt return by Lansingburgh gave the Mighty Warriors a first down in the Knights' territory early in the second quarter, but Mohonasen couldn't take advantage and turned the ball over on downs. The Mighty Warriors entered Lansingburgh territory a couple of more times before finally piecing together their lone scoring drive.