SAUQUOIT, NY (WKTV) - After a defensive showcase resulted in a 0-0 tie after four quarters, Cooperstown came away with a 16-9 win in triple-overtime at Sauquoit Valley on Friday to earn its first 3-0 start since 2002.
After each team kicked a field goal in the first overtime, each team missed a chance to win in the second. Sauquoit Valley took the ball first and finally found the end zone on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ted Kondzielawa to Nick Critelli, but the Indians missed the extra point. Cooperstown answered with a 17-yard touchdown pass of its own from Tyler Hoke to Chad Parshall, but also missed the extra point, sending the game to a third overtime. There, Cooperstown's R.J. Alton ran for a 20-yard score and the extra point was good, and the Redskins' defense held on for the victory.
Cooperstown's field goal in the first overtime was a 27-yarder by Chad Parshall. Sauquoit Valley's was 30 yards by Devyn Hollenbeck.
The late scoring was a welcome relief for the offenses after a defensive standoff in regulation, highlighted by Sauquoit Valley's defense stopping Cooperstown on back-to-back goal line stands in the second quarter. Cooperstown had 4th and inches at the Sauquoit Valley 4-yard line and 4th and goal at the 3, but the Indians stood their ground each time.
While the defenses were the stars, Sauquoit Valley's Ryan Critelli did grind out 148 rush yards to stand out on offense.
While the victory is a cause to celebrate for Cooperstown, the game was not all good for the Redskins. Junior running back/defensive back Luke Folts left the game early in the first quarter with what medical personnel said was a possibly fractured left leg. He did not return, and there was no update on his status as of 1:00 a.m. Saturday.
While the Redskins are flying high at 3-0 (Class C East and overall), Sauquoit Valley is facing a huge hole at 0-2 league and 0-3 overall. Only the top two teams in each league will make the Class C playoffs this year, so with only four games left, the Indians now need to win out and get help to have a chance.