Big plays lift Green Tech past Broadalbin-Perth

BY PAUL WAGER

The Leader-Herald

BROADALBIN — A pair of big plays proved to be just enough for Green Tech to post a 12-7 victory over Broadalbin-Perth in a Class B crossover football game at Patriot Field on Friday.

Mehki Kersey threw a pair of 66-yard touchdown passes to Kevin Hammonds Williams to lead Green Tech to the win. Kersey finished 5-for-12 for 154 and two touchdowns, while Hammonds Williams had three catches for 144 yards and two scores.

“We’re dealing with a young group, but they persevered tonight,” Green Tech coach Brian Braxton said. “I was expecting this game to be a tight battle, and it was.”

Zach LaConte scored on a 20-yard run for the Patriots’ lone touchdown.

Mistakes proved costly all night for B-P, which turned the ball over five times and was whistled for nine penalties, including eight in the first half.

“You’re not going to win a lot of games when you turn the ball over five times and commit as many penalties as we did tonight,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “We’ve got a young group, and we’re still learning. We’ve just got to clean up our mistakes.

After a scoreless first quarter, Green Tech opened the scoring when a roughing the kicker penalty on Broadalbin-Perth gave the Eagles a fresh set of downs.

Three plays later, Kersey uncorked a 66-yard touchdown pass to Hammonds Williams for the first points of the game.

Green Tech maintained its lead into the half and extended it on the second play of the third quarter.

Just as they had in the second quarter, Kersey and Hammonds Williams combined on a nearly identical 66-yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0 with 11:33 left in the third quarter.

Broadalbin-Perth finally got on the board with just 11 seconds left in the third quarter when LaConte scored on a 20-yard run to cap a seven-play, 65-yard drive by the Patriots. Aiden Mussen added the extra point to make it 12-7 after three quarters.

After forcing a punt on the Eagles’ first drive of the fourth quarter, the Patriots got a 55-yard run from Kole Dominique to move the ball to the Green Tech 10-yard line.

However, the Eagles stuffed the Patriots on three straight runs and a sack by Derrick Sutton ended the drive with a 10-yard loss.

“You’ve got to punch it in there,” Pelneau said. “We had a lot of opportunities to make plays and we didn’t capitalize.”

It was one of four sacks on the night for Sutton.

“We made a couple of nice goal-line stands,” Braxton said. “Derrick Sutton had a big game for us. He made some big plays when we needed them.”

From there, Green Tech was able to hold on for its first win of the season after missing the first two weeks due to COVID protocols.

“COVID is for real,” Braxton said. “It’s tough not to play any games and only have five days to get ready for this game. You can’t replicate game speed in practice. We were dealing with a lot of rust, but we pulled it out.”

Dominique had three carries for 77 yards to lead B-P, while LaConte had 11 carries for 46 yards and a score. Quarterback Sam Hotaling had seven carries for 47 yards. He also completed

6 of 8 passes for 54 yards.

“I’m proud of our effort,” Pelneau said. “We’re going to keep working hard and trying to get better.”

Broadalbin-Perth (0-2 overall) is scheduled to travel to Rotterdam to face Mohonasen next Friday at 7 p.m.

Green Tech (1-0 overall) is slated to host Scotia-Glenville next Friday at Bleecker Stadium at 7 p.m.

Green Tech 0 6 6 0 — 12

Broadalbin-Perth 0 0 7 0 — 7

GT — Hammonds Williams 66 pass from Kersey (run failed)

GT — Hammonds Williams 66 pass from Kersey (run failed)

BP — LaConte 20 run (Mussen kick)

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