The Cooperstown Sr. Giants traveled to Delhi Sunday and defeated first-place Delhi Sr. Bulldogs 19-6.

This marked the first win for the youth football team that is made up of fifth- and sixth-graders. The team, coached by John Lambert, is now 1-3.

Quarterback Jack Lambert ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third to lead the Cooperstown Sr. Giants to their first victory.

Lambert started the scoring with a 28-yard run around the left side that ended with him diving and extending the ball over the goal line for the games first score.

In the second period, The Giants made it 12-0 when Lambert hit tight end William Friedman for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Friedman, playing his first game as tight end, made a tough catch in traffic to the delight of the Giants fans, according to Lambert.   

The strong running of tailback Richie Abbate and halfback Nick Santoro helped the Giants control the clock in the second half and Lambert finished off the scoring late in the third quarter with a 1 yard plunge. Abbate broke three tackles on his way to converting the extra point making the final 19-6.

Defensive guard Travis French led a Giants defense that had multiple sacks and caused two turnovers. Linebacker Isaiah Johnson, defensive end Keaton Tsouvas, cornerbacks Jack O’Dell and Andrew Poole and safetys Ryan Palmatier, Michael Rudloff and Michael Pattryn limited the traditionally powerful Bulldogs running game to only one run of more than 10 yards

Jackson Rodgers, Christopher Sacci, Peter Hockbrueckner and Hunter Wilfreard pounded open lanes for the Giants running game with their tireless blocking efforts.

The Giants next game is Saturday at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club field against the Oneonta Sr. Yellowjackets. The game will start at noon.

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