Ball control. A strong running game. A powerful offensive line. Cooperstown football aspires to possess these traits, but on Saturday they saw them up close from West Canada Valley.
The Indians, the defending champs in Class D East football, put on a running showcase at the expense of the Cooperstown defense, and won 34-0.
West Canada Valley had four rushing touchdowns and 281 yards on the ground. The Indians big offensive line and quick skill players kept their option offense moving all game long, and they scored on their first three possessions of the first half, and first two of the second half.
Indian wing back Ryan Grogan had 122 yards rushing on 14 carries including a rushing touchdown. He also caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Ryan Moody rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown on five carries. He was 4-for-11 passing for 76 yards and one touchdown.
After Cooperstown went three and out to start the game, the Indians scored on a five-play, 52-yard drive to make it 6-0. Moody had a 25-yard run on an option keeper to the left, and Brandon Roberts scored on a 2-yard run with 6:36 left in the first quarter. Mike Louis missed the extra point.
Cooperstown’s next possession ended when Grogan picked off Carmen Booan’s pass and returned it 22 yards to the 43-yard line. Grogan scored 11 plays and 43 yards later on a 2-yard run up the middle as the first quarter ended. Moody ran the conversion in to make it 14-0.
Cooperstown lost yardage on its next possession thanks to a false start and a 11-yard loss on a trick play. West Canada got the ball on its 39 and scored on a 61-yard, 9-play drive that ended when Moody ran it in on a 4-yard keeper. Louis kicked the extra point to make it 21-0 with 7:14 left in the half.
In the second half, the Indians got 22 yards on Grogan’s kickoff return to start at their 37-yard line. On the seventh play of the drive Moody found Grogan in the right-corner of the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Louis missed the extra point, and West Canada led 27-0 with 7:51 left in the quarter.
Booan threw his second interception on the second play of the next series. Tyler Grogan made a diving catch for the turnover. West Canada started bringing subs into the game at this point, but still scored in six plays. Treyton Borden had three carries for 34 yards on the drive, including a 16-yard touchdown with 3:40 left in the third quarter. Louis made the extra point to make it 34-0.
Cooperstown moved into Indian territory on the next drive but Booan’s fumble was recovered by Adam Congden to end the drive and the quarter.
West Canada gave the ball right back to Cooperstown as Trentin Carentz recovered Borden’s fumble. But Cooperstown went three and out again.
Cooperstown finally got a sustained drive on its final possession. The team went 55 yards on 10 plays, including a 20-yard run by Lucas Lyons and a 13-yard run by Joe Harmon. But Cooperstown stalled in the red zone, and tried a field goal with time running out. Lyons’ kick was blocked by Zach Woods.
For Cooperstown the stats were bleak. Booan, the sophomore quarterback who played admirably in his first start, was 0-for-6 with two interceptions and a fumble. The team had just 95 yards on offense overall, all on the ground. Lyons had 69 yards rushing and Harmon had 21.
Lyons had 10 tackles and 106 yards on kickoff returns. In addition to Carentz’s fumble recovery, the Cooperstown defense stopped the Indians twice on fourth down. Late in the first half, on third and 11, E.J. Perez ran down Moody from behind, giving him only a 3-yard run. Then, late in the game, Cooperstown stopped a West Canada drive at the Cooperstown 21 when Tyler Grogan was swarmed in the backfield.
For Cooperstown (0-2, 0-2), the next game will likely be just as tough as the last game as it visits Dolgeville at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Blue Devils beat Cooperstown 49-2 last season, and have started 2-0 this season.
On Friday, they beat Herkimer 7-6, one week after the Magicians shut out West Canada Valley. The Blue Devils shut out Herkimer’s offense and led 7-0 most of the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Dan Appley scored on a 15-yard fumble return for Herkimer, but Dolgeville stopped the two-point conversion to win the game.
On Sept. 7, Dolgeville beat Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton 42-11.
West Canada Valley 34, Cooperstown 0
W.Canada Valley 14 7 13 0 -34
Cooperstown 0 0 0 0 - 0
W – Brandon Roberts 5 run (kick failed), 6:36
W – Ryan Grogan 2 run (Ryan Moody run), 0:00
W – Ryan Moody 4 run (Mike Louis kick), 7:14
W – Ryan Grogan 17 pass from Ryan Moody (kick failed), 7:51
W – Treyton Borden 16 run (Mike Louis kick), 3:40
West Canada Valley rushing: Ryan Grogan 14-122, Ryan Moody 5-47, Treyten Borden 6-59, Brandon Roberts 8-38, Austin Stewart 2-13, Tyler Grogan 2-3, Chris Boerger 1-1, Cole Smith 1-0, Josh Chapin 1-4.
Cooperstown rushing: Lucas Lyons 22-69, Joseph Harmon 6-21, E.J. Perez 2-5, Cullen Rathbone 2-0, Carmen Booan 1-0.
West Canada Valley passing: Ryan Moody4-11 76 yards, 1 TD.
Cooperstown passing: Carmen Booan 0-for-6, 0 yards, 2 Int.
West Canada Valley receiving: Ryan Grogan 3-43, Cole Smith 1-33.
Cooperstown receiving: None.