Sunday, November 4, 2007

"Super" Bowls

Man those were some great games this weekend. I was at the La Salle/Guilderland game and the Lansingburgh/Burnt Hills tilts.

The La Salle comeback will go down as one of the best comebacks in Section II history, down 17-0 with 10 minutes to go, the Cadets scored four touchdowns in the final 9:45. The final one, a 92-yard fumble return by senior linebacker Brian Beaury, coming to stop what could have been a game-winning drive by Andrew Smith and the Dutchmen.

As the first half was coming to an end, a veteran member of the media said to me he hadn't seen one player (he was referring to Smith) take over a championship game like that. Smith had both Guilderland touchdowns and had made two interceptions.

It was a bit ironic that Smith's ability to keep plays alive and shed La Salle defenders was him and his team's undoing.

Guilderland coach Dan Penna was very gracious in defeat, not blaming the officials once while I talked to him for what must have been three minutes following the game. Even though the Dutchmen were playing in their first Super Bowl in school history, I see no reason why Penna can't engineer another run soon.

This was probably the best high school football game I've ever seen.

The Lansingburgh/Burnt Hills game featured eight lead changes. Every score in the game caused a lead change except Paul Layton's second field goal, which brought the score from 14-10 Lansingburgh to 14-13.

This game was truly a great one.

How much did having NyQuan McGirt in this year's Super Bowl help the Knights? The senior tailback, who had been through so much coming in to the playoffs, ran a kick back 99 yards, finished wiith over 100 yards rushing and had a HUGE, HUGE 57-yard run to set up a late score.


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