KINGSTON – In a defensive struggle between the top two ranked teams in the state, Hoosick Falls fell just short in a 13-12 loss to Dobbs Ferry in the state Class C football semifinals Saturday at Dietz Stadium.
Dobbs Ferry’s ball-control offense proved the difference late in the game. Tim Soave, the Eagles’ 230-pound fullback, scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter. Second-ranked Dobbs Ferry (10-1) then held the Panthers on defense, and Soave pounded the ball for the final 4:25 of the game as the Eagles ran out the clock.
Soave finished with a game-high 117 yards on 33 carries.
Top-ranked Hoosick Falls (11-1) had taken a 12-7 lead in the third quarter when Tanner Williams sprang loose for a 52-yard touchdown run. The Panthers’ rugged defense, led by linebacker David Couch, had kept Dobbs Ferry under wraps for much of the contest. The Panthers also staged a goal-line stand in the third quarter, as Randy Tutunjian and Billy Pine halted Eddie Ritch on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line.
Dobbs Ferry, which faces Southwestern in the state final next Sunday at the Carrier Dome, had used a long drive to take a 7-6 lead in the second quarter, capped by Ritch’s 2-yard touchdown run. Hoosick Falls had opened the scoring on Pine’s 2-yard quarterback sneak in the first quarter.