Horde football against a wall

G ranville has three weeks left to salvage its football season.

After Saturday’s 66-8 nonconference loss at Class B Cohoes, the Horde have two regular-season games remaining, both at home. While their playoff chances are slim, and will end with a loss in either game, they still have some slight hopes of advancing to the first round of the Section II playoffs.

The Horde plays a nonleague game against Class C South’s Vorheesville at 1 p.m., Saturday, then finishes the season with two more home games. Granville hosts Tamarac at 1 p.m. Saturday and plays Stillwater in the culmination of Lights Week at 7 p.m., Oct. 12.

Vorheesville is 1-2 overall and in league play.

Head coach Mario Torres said the Vorheesville game will count toward the playoff tie-breakers. He said according to his calculations, if the Horde win out, they will not only make the playoffs, but be seeded third and avoid state-ranked Chatham in the first round.

In Saturday’s loss, Granville fell behind 32-0 before Paul Hanna’s one-yard run produced Granville only touchdown. Hanna also scored on the conversion run. Hanna gained 148 yards on 12 carries. Daishawne Sturdivant scored four touchdowns for Cohoes.

“I told the kids afterwards, sometimes in life, you’re going to get punched in the face,” he said. “This Saturday afternoon, right now, will help prepare you for that.”

Torres said his players are better than they think.

“We are playing not to lose, rather than playing to win,” he said. “These guys don’t realize how good they are. How strong and talented they are. We are trying to change the culture.”

Granville is 0-3 in the league with losses to Corinth, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville.

Hoosick Falls, 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the league, has already clinched a spot. Mechanicville, at 2-1 in the league, has not clinched the playoffs, but would finish ahead of Granville in a tie based on head-to-head. Tamarac and Stillwater are at 1-1. Corinth is 1-2, but again has a win in hand against the Horde if it comes down to that for the fourth playoff spot.

If Granville does not make the playoffs, it will get a crossover game against a nonleague opponent the week after the regular season ends.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Obituary: Roger T. White

Roger T White

Middle Granville, NY – Roger Thurman White, age 85, passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, […]

State investigating pig

wild pig

By PJ Ferguson   The pig that took Washington County by storm a couple weeks ago has been identified. Wilbur […]

Freed quashes village hall rumor

village hall

By Matthew Saari John Freed, one of the more vocal critics of the village-town joint purchase of the former TD […]

Whitehall Regents exam results ‘excellent’

WHS

By PJ Ferguson     Whitehall Central School District’s passing rates were impressively high for the 2018-2019 school year, nearly […]

Ice fishing derbies revving up

Ice fishing

Vermont may be famous for its flowing maple syrup and rolling Green Mountains most of the year, but during the […]

Obituary: James Kelly

James Kelly obit photo

Wells, VT –  James Kelly (Jim), 76 years of age, of Wells, VT; passed away Friday January 17, 2020 in […]

Obituary: Robert Joseph Pekar Sr

Robert Joseph Pekar Sr obit photo

Robert Joseph Pekar Sr., 82 of  Bonita Springs, Fl. passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at JoAnne’s House in Bonita […]

Lakes Region Freepress – 01/17/20

Lakes_1_17_20.pdf-web.pdf

North Country Freepress – 01/17/20

FreePress_1_17_20.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Classifieds – 01/17/20

Lakes Class 1_17_20.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 01/15/20

518 Wheels 1_17_20.pdf-web.pdf

Classifieds 01/16/20

Classifides 1_15_20.pdf-web.pdf