By MARK THERRIEN
For The Leader-Herald
BROADALBIN – The Broadalbin-Perth football team took a big step toward securing a berth in the Section II Class B playoffs Friday night at Patriot Field.
Behind a three-touchdown performance by Anthony Townsend and one touchdown from Ben Frye the Patriots posted a 25-20 win over the visiting Hudson Falls Tigers in a Class B West Division showdown.
“It feels better than the last couple of weeks,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “We were able to finally finish and it felt good for our guys.”
The Patriots got on the board first. After Hudson Falls turned the ball over on downs on their second possession, B-P started on its own 31-yard line. A 2-yard run by Frye and a 4-yard run by quarterback Brodryk Benton gave the Patriots a third-and-4 at the 37. Benton connected with Alex Gardner for a 38-yard pass play to move the ball to the Hudson Falls 30. The Patriots got 17 yards on three carries from Townsend and a 10-yard pass from Benton to Zach Johnson moving the ball to the 3-yard line. On second-and-goal, Frye took it in for the touchdown. Lucas Coon’s point after kick was blocked leaving the score at 6-0 with 2:55 left in the first quarter.
“It was nice to get him back”, coach Pelneau said of Frye who has been working through injury. “We didn’t have him the last couple of weeks so it was good to get him back healthy and that was important for us.”
The Tigers struggled to move the ball against an aggressive Broadalbin-Perth defense as the game entered the second quarter. After a Tigers punt was downed at the Hudson Falls 49, the Patriots used only five plays and 1:22 to score their second touchdown. Townsend ran for 9 yards and Benton picked up 15 on a keeper up the middle. On second-and-10, Benton passed to Townsend for a 14-yard gain and a first down. On first-and-10 from the 11, Benton again hit Townsend who took it in for the touchdown. Coon’s kick was blocked again and the Patriots had a 12-0 lead with 8:33 left in the half.
“Townsend has worked really hard and we ride him,” Pelneau said. “He’s our go-to guy.”
On the Patriots next possession, they were faced with a second-and-15 from the 50 when Benton’s pass was intercepted by Brody Hermanson, giving the Tigers the ball on the B-P 47. Three carries by Riley Mattison moved the ball down to the 16. On third down, Hudson Falls quarterback Caleb Condon found Hermanson with a pass down the middle for a touchdown. Chris Jett’s kick was good cutting the Patriots’ lead to five, 12-7, with 3:41 remaining in the quarter.
The Patriots would tack on one more score before the half. With 3:35 left on the clock, the Patriots went to the air. Benton connected with Townsend for 10 yards and Johnson for five more. On third-and-6 from the Broadalbin-Perth 35, Benton threw back across the field to Gardner who picked up 32 yards and a first down. A 23-yard pass to Townsend on second down moved the ball to the seven and on the next play Townsend ran it in for the score. Coon’s kick was good and the Patriots took a 19-7 lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw B-P receive the kickoff. A failed on-side kick attempt by Hudson Falls gave Broadalbin-Perth the ball at the Tigers’ 49. The Patriots put a 10-play drive together that resulted in another touchdown that ended with an 18-yard pass reception by Townsend before he ran it in from the one for his third touchdown of the night. Coon’s kick was blocked and the Patriots held a 25-7 lead with 7:01 remaining in the third quarter.
Hudson Falls answered on its next drive. On the drive, Condon found Joe Marine for two completions of 11 and 8 yards. A B-P penalty moved the ball to the Patriots’ 38 where Condon hit John Combs for 13 yards and Mattison ran for three to put the ball on the 18. A pass to Kris Patton put the ball on the 7 and Mattison ran it in from there to give the Tigers some momentum. Jett’s kick was blocked making the score 25-13 with 4:08 left in the third.
The Tigers carried that momentum into the fourth quarter and it appeared that they might have an opportunity to score when a 30-yard pass from Condon was intercepted in the end zone by Coons. The Patriots took over on the 20, but on a fourth-down punt the snap was high and Benton scrambled with the ball before being taken down at the 14. The Tigers had their momentum stopped again when Benton picked off a Condon pass over the middle. Three plays later, Combs intercepted a Benton pass at the 26 and ran it in for a touchdown for the Tigers. Jeff’s kick was good to bring the score to 25-20 with 6:30 left.
Hudson Falls had one more opportunity with the ball but on a fourth-and-26 Mattison was stopped by Coon and the Patriots took a knee to run the clock out and secure the win.
The Tigers (2-4 overall, 1-2 Class B West) face another tough challenge next week as they visit Glens Falls, while the Patriots (2-4 overall, 1-2 Class B West) will host Johnstown in their regular season finale.