SAUQUOIT, N.Y. — The West Canada Valley Indians kept their hopes for a share of the Class D East title alive with a 26-0 shutout of the Sauquoit Valley Indians Friday.
Fighting back from their season-opening loss to Herkimer, West Canada Valley’s Indians (3-2, 3-1 D East) can move into a three-way tie for first place with a win in Week 6 at Dolgeville (5-0, 4-0 D East) where the Blue Devils are undefeated and have already beaten Herkimer (4-1, 3-1 D East).
“If we win Saturday, it’s us, (Dolgeville) and Herkimer,” West Canada Valley coach Mike Moody said. “This is where we said we wanted to be when we lost to Herkimer. The kids did what they needed to do to be in a position to share the league title.”
Friday night, that meant stifling Sauquoit Valley’s offense. West Canada Valley took a 19-0 lead in the first half on the road and cut short a scoring chance for Sauquoit Valley (2-3, 1-3 D East) by forcing a turnover in the third quarter.
Quarterback Ryan Moody ran nine yards for a touchdown and Cole Smith ran 38 for another score in the opening period. Brandon Roberts added a touchdown run in the second quarter.
Sauquoit Valley drove into West Canada Valley territory in the third quarter only to turn over possession when Moody picked off a pass at his team’s 10-yard line and ran the ball back near midfield. West Canada Valley failed to take advantage of a scoring chance when a short punt started a drive at the Sauquoit Valley 23 but Ryan Grogan’s interception gave the visitors good field position again at their own 44. Grogan started the ensuing drive with a 28-yard run and Sauquoit Valley jumped offsides on a fourth down play to set up Roberts’ second touchdown run.
Roberts had only two carries in the game and scored both times on runs of four and six yards.
Grogan ran for 104 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 29 more. Smith added 74 yards on 14 carries and Moody ran for 54 on nine.
The win was the third in four games for West Canada Valley following its 19-0 loss at home in Week 1. The lone loss in that time was a non-league game at Lowville Academy.
“It seems like things have clicked,” Mike Moody said. “The first few weeks we struggled with some stuff but the last few weeks we’ve got things clicking.”
WEST CANADA VALLEY 26, SAUQUOIT VALLEY 0
West Canada Valley 13 6 0 7 — 26
Sauquoit Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
WCV — Ryan Moody 9 run (Zach Woods kick), 6:55.
WCV — Cole Smith 38 run (kick failed), 2:58.
WCV — Brandon Roberts 6 run (kick failed), 7:01.
Page 2 of 2 - WCV — Roberts 4 run (Woods kick), 7:41.
Records — West Canada Valley 3-2, 3-1 D East; Sauquoit Valley 2-3, 1-3 D East.