HOOSICK FALLS – Giovanni DiCaprio scored a 10-yard touchdown with 54.2 seconds to give Fonda-Fultonville a 20-14 win at Hoosick Falls in a Section II Class C semifinal event at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac on Friday.
“My guys just don’t leave,” said Fonda-Fultonville coach Sean Thompson. “The way the season has gone, we have faced so many adversities, but we just keep bouncing back.”
Jonathan Kranker and Peyton Webber also scored touchdowns for the Braves.
DiCaprio had 12 carries for 83 yards, while Jackson Cusack had 29 carries for 119 yards. Cusack also completed 10 of 18 passes for 114 yards, and made two interceptions.
James Blake made both touchdowns for Hosick Falls/Tamarack, caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jake Sparks and returned an interception from 25 yards for the touchdown.
Sparks took 7 for 17 for 117 yards with touchdowns and interceptions, while Blake took five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
“It was a gritty fight,” said Hussick Falls/Tamarack coach Eric Rodkapp. “It was the first time, and it was this time again.”
In a regular season meeting between rivals from the Class C North Division, the Wildcats won 20–7 over the Braves on October 8.
In the rematch, Fonda-Fultonville took a 6–0 lead in the half when Cranker scored 11:23 for 1 yard in the opening half.
The Braves received the ball to start the second half and added to their lead with a 17-play, 80-yard drive. A 2-yard run by Webber made it 12-0 in the third quarter with only 3:29 remaining.
In their first offensive possession of the second half, the Wildcats’ eight-play drive ended with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Sparks to Blake in the first play of the fourth quarter. Abby Buckley added extra points to make 12-7 with 11:53 to play in the game.
After a long trail throughout the game, Hosick Falls/Tamarack found himself along the lead when Blake startled the Braves’ sideline, an interception from 25 yards for a score and a 14–12 Wildcats lead. returned it.
Fonda-Fultonville’s next possession ended with an incomplete pass at fourth down, but the Braves’ defense got the ball back after three more outs.
When DiCaprio found the end field on a 10-yard run, the Braves received the ball on their 37 and covered 63 yards for what would be the winning score.
“My hat is off for Fonda-Fultonville,” said Roadcap. “They put us on the sidelines in the end. I’m proud of my kids that they played well.”
DiCaprio also intercepted a Sparks pass at the Fonda-Fultonville 5-yard line to seal the win.
“Our kids have fought this year from the very back, I thought we’d get through it again and rise to the occasion,” Thompson said.
Fonda-Fultonville (7–3 on aggregate) went on to face Schuylerville in the Class C championship game at 7 p.m. at Lansingburgh High School the following Friday, with Black Horse winning 48–0 over Voorheesville in Friday’s other semifinal event. registered.
Hoosick Falls finished their season with an overall record of 7–2.
“We keep calling ourselves party crashers,” Thompson said. “We shouldn’t have been in the playoffs after losing a game, but we made it. We shouldn’t have had a chance against Watervliet last week, but we won. Everyone thought the final was going to be Schuylerville and Hosick Falls/Tamarack.” Was, and the ticket was already punched, but we are crashing the party again.”
Fonda-Fultonville 0 6 6 8 – 20
Husik Falls/Tamarack 0 0 0 14 – 14
FF – Cranker 1 Run (Kick Failed)
FF – Weber 2 Run (Kick Failed)
HF/T – Sparks to Blake 21 pass (Buckley kick)
HF/T — Blake 25 Interception Return (Buckley Kick)
FF — DiCaprio 10 run (Cusack run)
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