November 11, 2012

Red Storm denied by Hoosick Falls



Red Storm quarterback Matt Phelan opened the game’s scoring with 1:30 gone in the second stanza on a 1-yard plunge.

Burns was able to tie the game at six, but Phelan responded on the ensuing 75-yard drive in the third quarter on an 18-yard scramble at 2:00.

The senior-signal caller finished the game 20-for-32 with 206 yards through the air, with 100 of them to Mike Burpoe, and 21 carries for 86 yards and two scores on the ground.

Phelan concluded his illustrious career at Saranac Lake with 3,282 yards passing, good for fifth all-time in Section VII and 44 touchdowns, which is tied for third.

“(Phelan) as a person, like many of the seniors that played their last game (Saturday), is a genuine incredible young man that works his tail off day in and day out,” Bennett said. “You just don’t get many (players) like him. As far as his performance today, it was exactly like I thought it would have been — gritty and he left in on the field.”

Burns garnered the eventual game-winning score on a 15-yard run at 4:03 of the third quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Kevin Morgan, who played a significant impact throughout the course of the game with 103 receiving yards, fumbled the ball. Hoosick Falls took over at Saranac Lake’s 20 and Burns concluded scoring three minutes and 22 second later.

“I think we were fortunate, lucky and privileged to work with a class like we had,” Bennett said. “Anybody can work with a group of athletes, but to get to have the pleasure and privilege of being around such a fine group of young men made this season. It’s going to be a long time before I have another group come through like this.”

Hoosick Falls advances to state semifinals on November 17 for 11 a.m. at Dietz Stadium in Kingston against Section IX’s James I. O’Neill, a 35-18 winner over Woodlands Friday night.

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