Whitehall sports round-up, Sept. 15, 2022

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Granville-Whitehall’s Chad Monty tackles a Warrensburg-Lake George receiver as Matthew Barlow looks on. (Photo by Jen Dickinson)

Granville-Whitehall’s 65-0 loss ‘tough’

By Keith Harrington

Ambrose Gilligan Field in Whitehall recently went through a makeover, and the plush new field evidently appealed to Warrensburg-Lake George, which racked up a whopping 457 yards of offense and dominated Granville-Whitehall, 65-0, in Section II Class C football on Saturday afternoon.

Senior running back Brody McCabe seemed to be especially fond of the field, leading the Wolverines with 150 yards on the ground and three touchdowns on nine carries. McCabe was the starting signal-caller for Lake George the last two seasons but appears to have made a seamless transition to his new position after the recent merger with his school’s former rival.

Warrensburg-Lake George led 30-0 after a quarter and 52-0 at halftime and were never challenged.

Granville-Whitehall had a chance to gain some momentum off the opening kickoff. The team tried to catch the Wolverines off guard with a trick play featuring a double pass. Starting quarterback RJ Monger threw to Alex Torres in the flat. Torres then fired a pass down the left sideline. The attempt went just off the fingers of the intended receiver.

“Very tough day at the office,” said Granville-Whitehall coach Darin Eggleston after the game. “I thought we would have more for them than that.”

Eggleston thought a connection on the big play early could have given his team some momentum.

“I think that first play could have been a touchdown,” Eggleston said. “That might have changed things a little.”

In the first quarter Warrensburg-Lake George took command with a 31-yard touchdown run by Brody McCabe and a 12-yard run by Landon Olden. Caden Allen found Luke Sheldon with a 22-yard scoring pass and Tristan Hitchcock scored on a two-yard touchdown run.

Brody McCabe added scoring runs of four and 13 yards in the second stanza, with Gavin McCabe sandwiching a 30-yard scamper in between.

Allen scored on a 20-yard run off a well-designed bootleg in the third quarter. Trey Stathis tacked on a two-yard run in the fourth.

Allen was 5 for 5 passing for 80 yards for the Wolverines.

In the second half, Granville-Whitehall finally was able to establish a bit of a ground game after attempting to pass the ball more in the opening two quarters.

“We got some things going with the run in the second half,” Eggleston said. “Maybe we should have just tried to pound them more.”

The size advantage for the Wolverines that was evident was a major factor.

“They are just so big,” Eggleston said.

Brent Perry, Torres, Troy Austin, Kyle Lavin, Chad Monty and Monger were involved in several plays on defense for Granville-Whitehall.

Lake George-Warrensburg is 2-0 on the season. Granville-Whitehall is 0-2.

Whitehall loses 2 to top soccer teams

By Keith Harrington

Whoever makes up the Adirondack League girls soccer schedule certainly wasn’t kind to the Whitehall Railroaders. Sure, coach Boyd Hunt’s roster is filled with familiar names with lots of experience but opening the Adirondack League season with powerhouses Bolton-Warrensburg and Lake George is a tall order for any squad.

That is exactly how Whitehall was challenged with, against Warriors and Eagles who decided last year’s league title by penalty kicks in the championship game.

On Tuesday the Railroaders went to Bolton-Warrensburg and came out on the short end of a 1-0 battle. The teams played scoreless for more than 80 minutes before Bolton-Warrensburg scored in overtime to claim the victory.

Zailey Baker scored the game winner for B-W 4:08 into the extra session.

Hope Sherman recorded her third shutout of the season in goal for Bolton-Warrensburg.

Khloe Paddock, who is starting in goal for her first season, had 18 saves for the Railroaders.

Bolton-Warrensburg moved to 1-0, 3-0. Whitehall fell to 0-1, 1-3.

Lake George traveled to Whitehall and came away with a 3-0 win as Lila Frasier scored two goals for the Warriors. Tiffany Cornelius also found the back of the net for Lake George.

Samantha Gorey assisted on both of Frasier’s goals.

Alex Cavalier earned the shutout in goal for the Warriors with four saves.

Paddock had seven saves for the Railroaders.

Whitehall is now 0-2, 1-4. Lake George is 2-0, 3-1.

Whitehall golf team opens with pair of close matches

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall golf team began its 2022 campaign last week with a pair of matches, hitting the links to face Adirondack League rivals Corinth and Hartford-Fort Ann.

Against Corinth on Wednesday, Whitehall dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Tomahawks at Brookhaven Golf Course.

Jacob Whiting and Camren Ellis both earned wins for Whitehall. Whiting defeated Aiden Schurr 3-1. Camren Ellis edged Collin Vincent 2-1.

Corinth got wins from Aiden Pettit, Cooper Philo and Reiley Halliday.

Aiden Pettit got past Logan Terry 3-1. Philo topped Rian Thomas 2-up. Halliday won by forfeit.

Corinth was 1-0 after the win. Whitehall fell to 0-1.

On Thursday, Whitehall traveled to Hartford Greens to take on Hartford-Fort Ann. Again, the Railroaders fell in a tight one, 3-2.

Mason Forbes, Brody Stockman and Benjamin Cusson earned victories for Hartford-Fort Ann.

Forbes defeated Schurr 5 and 3. Stockman edged Thomas 3 and 2. Cusson was awarded a forfeit win.

For the Railroaders Vincent topped Charlie Walker, 1-up. Terry slipped past Tim Webb 3 and 2.

Hartford-Fort Ann raised their record to 2-0. Whitehall is now 0-2.