In a game many had expected to be close, the Saugerties Sawyer football team rolled over cross-river rival Red Hook 39-6 last week. After the game, the Sawyers were presented with the Mum/River Bowl.
Saugerties dominated in all phases of the game: running, passing, defense and special teams.
On special teams, defensive end Garrett Quinn burst through the offensive line on a punt, blocked it and was quick enough to get up and pounce on it at Red Hook’s one-yard line. That feat led to a Rob Trincilleto touchdown and a two-point scamper by quarterback Matt Bucci. It was the second touchdown for Trincilleto, who also scored two two-point conversions.
Bucci also ran for two two-point conversions and a touchdown. He also connected on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Zach Hartrum, who also hooked up with Bucci for another two-point conversion.
James Ball ran for two touchdowns and had 143 rushing yards.
The third member of the rushing trio, Jack Hindes, suffered an injury just prior to the end of the first half and sat out the second half.
All season long, the pass rush and run defense has done a terrific job of limiting the other teams’ rushing offense. The pass defense, which has been less successful this year, stepped up its performance against Red Hook’s passing game. The Sawyer pass-D was lead by senior Rory Cohan, who came away with two interceptions and a number of knockdowns. His dominance on his side of the field was tested time and again, and he came away the winner in each of the match-ups.
As it’s done week after week, the offensive line – the Road Crew – successfully cleared the path for Sawyer runners. The team piled up an impressive 509 yards in offense, with 19 first downs.
Next up for the Sawyers is a home game on Senior Day against Poughkeepsie this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.