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.
continued "We had a sophomore at center, and he's done a great job most of the season," said Whipple. "It's unfortunate that he had those two plays."
It appeared Schalmont was ready to put the mistakes behind it in the third quarter when Willis found a seam on the left side of the line. Willis burst through the hole and ran untouched into the end zone to get the Sabres on the scoreboard quickly. He then added a two-point conversion run to tie the score at 14.
Glens Falls made certain it was the last time Willis or any other Sabre had a big run. The Indians swarmed to every Schalmont ball carrier and stopped them for short gains. The Sabres didn't manage another first down until late in the fourth quarter.
"Our offense just didn't do what they usually do and is capable of doing," said Whipple. "We just didn't get the push on the (offensive) line."
Glens Falls advances to Friday's regional against Section VII champion Peru at Shen, while Schalmont will go back to the drawing board for the 2013 season.
"We need to take this one in and chew on it a bit to get hungry for next year," said Whipple.