Rye (11-0) vs. Section 2’s Hudson Falls (10-1)
Saturday, 4 p.m. at Dietz Stadium, Kingston
Five things to know about Hudson Falls:
1. Of all the teams Section 1 is up against this weekend, Hudson Falls has faced the toughest competition from week to week. Unlike Rye, Hudson Falls wasn’t a favorite to win Section 2. It lost in the regular season Schalmont and was picked by many to lose its quarterfinal game in the Section 2 tournament.
2. Hudson Falls is an offensive powerhouse. It’s averaging 33 points and 343.5 yards per game.
3. Joe McMurry, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back, has been incredible. He’s rushed for a Section 2 single-season record of 2,451 yards and 31 touchdowns. He’s had at least 233 yards in eight games. Yes EIGHT. His season-low was 55 against Scalmont, but is coming off a 234-yard effort against Ravena in the Section 2 final and 265 yards and three scores against Beekmantown in the state quarters. Last year McMurry rushed for 435 yards in a win over Albany Academy, which beat Rye in the state semifinals the year before.
4. Hudson Falls runs a lot behind 6-foot-7, 305-pound tackle Tim Hammond. With McMurry, why do anything but run the ball, right? Hudson Falls throws it a little bit. Bret Melon has 635 yards passing and 11 touchdowns, and is coming off a season-high 145 yards against Beekmantown.
5. The win over Beekmantown was pretty impressive. Hudson Falls scored touchdowns on three of its first eight offensive plays and on its first seven possessions overall. It led 28-0 after the first quarter and 48-14 at the half. How good Beekmantown is is almost irrelevant. To do that to any championship-calibert team is impressive enough.
For more info: Hudson Falls has plenty of stats and information
on the Times-Union site. Pete Tobey of the Glens Falls Post Star does a great job on his blog
and has full detail of the last Hudson Falls games.
The winner of Bath (Section 5) and Oneida (Section 3) awaits in the final in the Dome at 1 p.m. on Nov. 30.