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.