continued “I think whoever plays better on special teams will win the game,” said Schalmont coach Joe Whipple. “I think both offenses will score some points, and I think both defenses will play well.”
Both Schalmont and Mohonasen face opponents that are near mirror images of themselves this weekend. Schuylerville has not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game since a season-opening 61-26 victory over Ichabod Crane, while Schalmont’s defense has allowed more than one touchdown only twice in six games. Offensively, both the Black Horses and the Sabres do their damage on the ground. Schalmont has gained nearly 2,000 yards between Devon Willis, Alex Hildebrand and Niko Nicoletti, while Schuylerville has amassed more than 1,300 yards with Shane Lyon, Austin Cook and Danny Waldron leading the way.
“We have to tackle well because they’ll take advantage of missed tackles,” said Whipple. “Their offense is very explosive. They can score on any down.”
Mohonasen and Averill Park might as well be the same team. Both base their offenses around running the ball, and both have been inconsistent when it comes to scoring points.
“They’re an awful lot like us,” said Corbitt. “It’s going to come down to who plays the hardest and makes the fewest amount of mistakes.”
At least, Mohonasen has been used to being in tough games this year. Three of the Mighty Warriors’ five divisional games have been decided by two touchdowns or less including a 28-22 victory over Scotia-Glenville (1-4, 1-5) two weeks ago.
“I told people before the season that Class A would be one of the hardest divisions to compete in, and I think it [the results] speaks for itself,” said Corbitt.
Mohonasen’s primary offensive weapons have been tailback CJ Stone and quarterback Killian Tallman, but Corbitt said there is room for others to contribute.