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Football: Glens Falls stuns Schalmont in finals

Defense, special teams lead Indians past Sabres

Schalmont quarterback Nick Gallo is tackled by a Glens Falls defender during the second quarter of Saturday's Section II Class B championship game at Shenendehowa High School.

Schalmont quarterback Nick Gallo is tackled by a Glens Falls defender during the second quarter of Saturday's Section II Class B championship game at Shenendehowa High School.

— The Schalmont football team's three-year reign as Section II Class B champion came to an abrupt end.

Glens Falls took advantage of two Sabre turnovers and limited running back Devon Willis to 104 yards in Saturday's 21-14 Super Bowl victory at Shenendehowa High School.

"They did a great job. I tip my hat to them," said Schalmont coach Joe Whipple. "They wanted it more than we did."

Willis' 66-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter helped Schalmont (8-2) tie the score at 14, but Cam Girard's 20-yard touchdown pass to Mike LaNoir put Glens Falls (9-1) ahead for good.

Girard's touchdown pass was set up on a pair of unreturned Glens Falls punts that pinned Schalmont deep in its own territory. When the Sabres couldn't get out of the shadow of their own end zone, Marcus Ramundo sent a high punt out of bounds at Schalmont's 25-yard line. A short time later, Girard connected with LaNoir.

"You've got to field the punts, and we didn't do that (in the third quarter)," said Whipple.

Things looked good for Schalmont early on when sophomore tailback Kyle Strube scored on a 16-yard run. The Sabres missed the extra point, but they led 6-0 early in the second quarter.

The momentum shifted in Glens Falls' direction later in the second quarter. Joe McMahon picked up a fumbled snap at the Schalmont 5-yard line and raced into the end zone for the Indians' first touchdown. Heath Armstrong added the extra point to put Glens Falls ahead 7-6.

Another bad snap by Schalmont gave Glens Falls the ball at the Sabres' 13-yard line. Schalmont's defense held firm for three plays, but Girard connected with Jake Dailey on fourth down for an 8-yard touchdown pass. Armstrong's extra point gave Glens Falls a 14-6 halftime lead.

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