Whitehall sports round-up, Oct. 27, 2022

Granville-Whitehall wins again, 33-6

By Keith Harrington

Things didn’t get off to a good start for the newly formed Granville-Whitehall football team. Granville-Whitehall lost its first four games by a combined score of 163-7 facing the top Class D team in the section and three of the best teams in Class C North in consecutive weeks.

Since then the team has improved, the schedule has eased up and things have swung in a more positive direction.

Granville-Whitehall won its second game in a row Friday night, defeating Rensselaer 33-6 on the road.

Granville-Whitehall is 3-1 over their last four contests.

The Rams came into the game winless and had been blown out by a Watervliet team that Granville-Whitehall had beaten 66-0 a week ago.

“It was great to see the boys having fun,” Granville-Whitehall coach Darin Eggleston said. “We showed great respect for the game of football and our opponent.”

Granville-Whitehall raced out to a 13-0 first quarter lead. Matthew Barlow scored on a five-yard run less than three minutes into the contest to make it 6-0. The extra point kick was no good.

Alex Torres extended the Granville-Whitehall advantage with 4:37 to go in the stanza with a six-yard run. Brent Perry’s extra point kick made it 13-0. In the second quarter Tommy Barber caught a one-yard touchdown pass from RJ Monger to give G-W a 20-0 lead at the half. Perry nailed the conversion kick.

Granville-Whitehall scored again on its first drive of the second half. Troy Austin opened the third quarter with a one-yard scoring run to increase the lead to 27-0. Perry again kicked the extra point.

CJ Monty rounded out the scoring for G-W with a four-yard run with 11:17 to go in the game.

The Rams scored with 30 seconds left in the game to avoid the shutout.

Eggleston and his coaching staff were able to gain some experience for their younger players in the fourth quarter.

“It was nice to give our younger players some snaps at the varsity level,” Eggleston said.

Barlow finished with 92 yards on 11 carries.

Monty ran eight times for 75 yards and Austin 74 yards on six carries.

Monger was 10 of 18 for 119 yards through the air.

Granville-Whitehall will now look to climb to the .500 mark with a pair of crossover games in the coming weeks. The first crossover game is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Class D playoff contender Chatham.

Granville-Whitehall moves to 3-4, 3-5 on the season. Rensselaer is 0-7, 0-7.

Golf all-stars named

By Keith Harrington

Zach Bruno of Lake George was named the Adirondack League Golfer of the Year.

The league first team all-stars are Hadley-Luzerne’s Tyler Plummer and Taylor Smead, Granville’s Andrew Rathbun and William Jennings, Mason Forbes of Fort Ann-Hartford and North Warren’s Myles Walker.

Earning second-team recognition were Whitehall’s Jacob Whiting, Fort Ann-Hartford’s Joey Happy, Caeden Wilson of Hadley-Luzerne, Lake George’s Kyle Casabonne, and Granville’s Liam Farrell and Nate Williams.

Whitehall girls ousted from tourney

By Keith Harrington

The Whitehall girls soccer team made the long trip to St. Johnsville to open play in the Section II Class C Tournament last Wednesday. Whitehall entered play as the 11-seed. OESJ came in as the six-seed.

The Lady Wolves jumped out to a big first half lead and went on to oust the Railroaders from the playoffs, 7-0.

Sydney Schell and Anderson Eggleston both scored a pair of goals for OESJ.

Schell scored both of her goals in the first half off penalty kicks after Whitehall fouls in the penalty box.

Schell also assisted on goals by Lily Arduini and Jordan DeNinno as the home team built a 5-0 lead at halftime.

Jade Bonneau made one save in goal to record the shutout for OESJ.

OESJ is now 9-6-2. Whitehall ends the season 4-12.

See also “Four teams compete in cross-country” in “Granville sports round-up, Oct. 27, 2022”