ROTTERDAM Scotia-Glenville hasn’t had a winning football season since 2002, and it hasn’t had a home playoff game since the sport went to classification play in 2004.
Both of those trends are close to ending.
The Tartans (2-1 division, 3-2 overall) pulled away from Mohonasen for a 29-6 victory last Friday in Rotterdam. The win gave Scotia-Glenville a leg up on Averill Park (2-1, 3-2) for second place in the Southeast Division, since the Tartans also own a 34-22 victory over Averill Park this season.
“It’s been a long time since Scotia has gone this far,” said junior defensive back Jacob Goldman.
Scotia-Glenville’s defense turned in a clutch performance against Mohonasen (0-2, 1-4). The Tartans forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter, one of which Goldman returned for a 70-yard touchdown that gave Scotia-Glenville a 23-6 lead.
“The defense was outstanding,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Kevin Warren. “We put it on them this week. Our goal was to have a shutout, and defensively we got it.”
Mohonasen’s six points came from its special teams unit when Trevon Tucker returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a touchdown. The Mighty Warriors misfired on their two-point conversion attempt, which left them with a 15-6 deficit.
Turnovers did in Mohonasen, though. The Mighty Warriors drove into Scotia-Glenville territory twice in the fourth quarter, only to cough up the ball. The Tartans forced another turnover inside Mohonasen territory later in the period, which set up a short scoring drive capped by Andrew Tabbert’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Dan Zeglen and tailback Dontrevius Porter had first-half touchdown runs to give Scotia-Glenville its 15-0 halftime lead.
The Tartans can lock up second place in the Southeast Division and a home playoff game next Friday when they host Bishop Maginn (0-2, 1-4). Before they do that, they face winless Albany (0-4, 0-5) in a non-league game Friday in Scotia.