Granville sports round-up, Sept. 8, 2022

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Chad Monty scores on a six-yard run to record the first-ever touchdown for the Granville-Whitehall football program. (Photo by Steve Bradley)

Merged football team drops its debut, 18-7

By Keith Harrington

It may have not been a win but there were certainly lots of reasons to be optimistic about the future.

The Granville-Whitehall football team made their debut Saturday against Cambridge-Salem and came up on the short end of an 18-7 score in Cambridge.

Despite the loss the new merged team was competitive to the end. Had it not been for one or two miscues and missed opportunities, Granville-Whitehall might have been celebrating their first victory.

“We feel like we’ve got a good team. We’ve got a lot of athletes. They have been putting forth a hell of a lot of effort,” said coach Darin Eggleston. “It’s a new coaching staff too. We’re working hard to make the right decisions to get these kids where they need to be.”

Cambridge-Salem took the opening kickoff and struck first. Coach Doug Luke and his staff used a mixture of runs by Evan Day and Brice Burr with a couple of short passes sprinkled in to control possession and navigate to the red zone.

Freshman signal caller Stephen Yakubec closed out the drive with a 20-yard scoring strike to Alex Luke to give Cambridge-Salem a 6-0 lead with just over seven minutes to play in the first quarter. The extra point kick was no good.

Chad Monty etched his name in the Granville-Whitehall history books as he scored the program’s first touchdown in the second quarter. The freshman’s six yard run up the middle gave Granville-Whitehall a 7-6 advantage after Brent Perry’s extra point kick.

“For a ninth grader he played like a tank today,” Eggleston said of Monty.

Cambridge-Salem regained the lead late in the second quarter and never gave it back. After the Granville-Whitehall punter was forced to his knee to field a low snap Cambridge-Salem took over at the 16-yard line. Day made Granville-Whitehall pay as he rumbled to a two-yard touchdown to make it 12-7 with 1:32 remaining in the half. The conversion pass was incomplete.

In the third, Cambridge-Salem tacked on another score and it proved to be all they needed. Brayton Cary scored on a three-yard run set up by a long run by Burr down the left sideline to make it 18-7. The conversion pass again was unsuccessful.

Burr led Cambridge-Salem with 87 rushing yards on 13 carries. Day added 63 yards on 13 attempts.

Kyle Lavin recovered a fumble for Granville-Whitehall. Tommy Barber grabbed an interception.

Cambridge-Salem coach Doug Luke was impressed by Granville-Whitehall.

“I thought they played very well. They made a mistake, and we took advantage, and we made a couple of mistakes, and they didn’t take advantage.” Luke said. That was the difference, but they played well for their first game.”

Eggleston was also pleased with the effort of his squad despite the loss.

“I feel like we’ve got a lot more to give. You know what, I’m proud of them today. They fought hard to the bitter end,” Eggleston stated. “We started a little shaky. The first drive was a little bit of a dud. But we’ll get there.”

Cambridge-Salem is 1-0. Granville-Whitehall is 0-1.

The Granville field hockey team opened the season with a win over Ichabod Crane last week. (Photo by Keith Harrington)

Horde field hockey team wins opener

By Keith Harrington

The Granville field hockey team flexed their early-season muscles and opened the 2022 campaign with a 6-0 win over Ichabod Crane in a non-league game played in Granville on Thursday.

The Golden Horde got out to an early lead and cruised to the decisive victory.

Granville scored two goals in the first quarter and two in the second to take control. Natalie Williams gave the Golden Horde a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game with an unassisted goal at the 12:32 mark of the first half.

Melissa Beaver increased the lead to 2-0 with 4:20 to go in the opening stanza with an unassisted goal of her own.

In the second quarter, Raegan Swain made it 3-0 Granville with her first goal of the season at the 6:24 mark. Late in the period Ashley Pratt scored off an assist from Haylie Barber to send the Golden Horde to the half with a 4-0 lead.

Williams connected for her second goal of the afternoon off an assist from Claire Gould at the 10:11 mark of the third.

Barber completed the scoring in the fourth with an unassisted goal with 13:12 to play.

Megan Decker and Kalyn Gould combined for the shutout in goal for Granville. Decker played the first and fourth quarters while Gould handled the middle periods. The duo wasn’t forced to make a save as Ichabod Crane didn’t have a shot on goal or offensive corner.

Granville finished with 27 shots on goal and 26 offensive corners.

Catherine Farley in her first-ever appearance in goal was a bright spot for the Riders. Farley recorded 14 saves.

Granville is 1-0. Ichabod Crane is 0-1.

Horde drops soccer opener

By Keith Harrington

The Granville boys soccer team dropped their season opener, falling to Saratoga Catholic 7-0 last Wednesday in a non-league game on their home pitch.

Hunter Fales was the standout of the game for the Saints. Fales scored a hat trick in the second half to lead Saratoga Catholic. Fales also scored a goal in the first half and contributed two assists.

Freshman Kihl Kelley had a goal and two helpers for the Saints. Bobby Cousineau and Aiden Crowther also found the back of the net.

Matt Murphy picked up the shutout in goal with nine saves for Saratoga Catholic.

Cam Woodruff stopped 20 shots for the Golden Horde.

Saratoga Catholic is 1-0. Granville is 0-1.