Niskayuna denies Scotia-Glenville a shot at second place

Scotia-Glenville entered last Friday's Southeast Division football game at Niskayuna with thoughts of procuring a home game for the playoffs.

By halftime, it was clear that it wouldn't happen.

The Silver Warriors (4-0 division, 5-1 overall) scored 21 points in the second quarter to blow the game open and cruised to a 35-14 victory over the Tartans to lock up no worse than a second place finish.

We've got a home [playoff] game, and that's important, said Niskayuna coach John Furey. "Now, we have to play for a divisional championship [Saturday at Troy]."

Scotia-Glenville (2-2, 2-4) showed flashes of the form it displayed in beating Bishop Maginn and Mohonasen the previous two games, but it couldn't stop Niskayuna's one-two punch of Ryan Alden and Rob Hilweh. Alden scored four of the Silver Warriors' five touchdowns, and Hilweh rushed for 113 yards and a touchdown.

"When you think about it, he [Alden] didn't have a huge game against us," said Scotia-Glenville coach Mike Turgeon. "It was more their [running] backs that hurt us."

"He's a quality running back," Furey said of Hilweh. "I think people are just starting to find that out."

Niskayuna took advantage of an early Scotia-Glenville turnover to score its first touchdown. After recovering a Tartan fumble, the Silver Warriors marched down the field, and Alden scored on a 26-yard run for a 7-0 Niskayuna lead. Alden capped the Silver Warriors' next offensive series with a 1-yard touchdown run to double the lead late in the first quarter.

Scotia-Glenville had a chance to cut Niskayuna's lead in half early in the second quarter. The Tartans got the ball inside Niskayuna's 20-yard line, but they couldn't punch the ball into the end zone. The Silver Warriors turned right around and drove the length of the field, with Hilweh scoring on a 2-yard run to make the score 21-0.

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