Hambletonians Whip Roscoe 42-19
CHESTER, NY — Run for your life or rush for glory. Or both if the hounds are at your heels.
For Blue Devils quarterback Collin Hauschild, it was a game of both when the Roscoe Blue Devils faced off against the Hambletonians of Chester to determine the victor of the Section IX Class C playoff on Friday, October 20.
Hauschild’s running ability was put to the test by a focused opponent, as they corralled the hard charger from Sullivan West to 132 yards on 16 carries including a couple of TDs.
The Chester defense had his number for most of the game, but on several occasions, he eluded capture and racked up significant yardage moving laterally from one side of the field to the other in hopes of reversing an onslaught of Hambeltonian scores.
Chester showed they came to play, as they scored at about the six-minute mark in the opening frame, followed in short order by another TD and a pass completion by Joseph Battiato to Jacob Delgado to put the home team horses up 20-0.
The first couple of PATs failed, but a two-point conversion to Anthony Battiato was successful.
At 7:16 in the second quarter Chester scored again (26-0), but the two-point conversion pass was picked off by Roscoe’s Joshua Evans.
As the halftime clock ticked down, the Hambletonians completed a TD pass, and Mike Sannino added points on a conversion to make it a 34-0 contest.
A glimmer of hope arose for Roscoe with seconds left in the first half, as Hauschild slipped a gang tackle around the right for 16 yards to put the Blue Devils on the board. The PAT was good, and the score stood at 34-7.
Early in the second half Chester’s Sean Murphy snagged a Hauschild pass, followed by a long pass completion to Kevin Stein for a TD.
A two-point pass completion to Jacob Delgado put Chester up 35 points (42-7).
Hauschild stuck again at 8:17 with a 71 yard run, but the PAT was blocked.
Chester led 42-13.
With 21-seconds left on the game clock, Roscoe’s Dan Clancy charged across the line for a score, but it was called back on a holding penalty.
In a real show of sportsmanship, Chester’s coach declined the penalty, giving Roscoe six points and a bit of gridiron redemption. In the end, Chester (6-2) walked off the field of play with a 42-19 win over Roscoe (4-4).
Fred Ahart, coach of the combined Blue Devils team (Roscoe/Downsville/Livingston Manor/Sullivan West) is closing in on his golden anniversary as a high school coach.
“I’m so proud of the way they’ve come together as a family… they gave it all they had,” he said, while describing the Hambletonians as “an outstanding team.”
Josh Evans, an 18-year-old senior, takes to the field for Roscoe as a wide receiver and linebacker.
“Chester came out hot, and we couldn’t catch back up,” he said.
His take on the merger of four teams into one?
“This year, for the first time ever, four schools came together for one goal… just to play football.”
Ronald Stover, coach of the Hambletonians, summed up the win.
“We got off to a fast start… this group of kids is getting better all the time.”
Seventeen-year-old Aiden Wittekind plays middle linebacker and offensive lineman at Chester.
“We’re turning a lot of heads,” he said.
Collin Hauschild said the Blue Devils have had their ups and downs this season.
“We built on our downs, and focused on our ups… coming together as a team, playing as a unit and not as individuals,” he said.
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