WEST CANADA VALLEY 31, COOPERSTOWN 3
The West Canada Valley Indians came out ready to play Saturday — the second time.
The Indians endured a weather delay of more than one hour while the scoreboard showed the Cooperstown Redskins leading 3-0 in the first quarter. After the thunder stopped and the rain let up, the Indians were the dominant team at Koch Field.
“Defensively, we played very well,” said coach Mike Moody whose Indians held the visitors to 16 yards before halftime on the way to a 31-3 victory. “Offensively, we’re getting better each week.”
Senior Jack Minasi and junior quarterback Ryan Moody, the coach’s son, led the offensive charge for West Canada Valley. Minasi had 158 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries while Moody ran for one touchdown and passed for another.
The game was barely five minutes old and Australian exchange student Noah Sims’ 20-yard field goal was the lone mark on the scoreboard when heavy rain pounded the Kuyahoora Valley, pushing the teams off the field and back to their locker rooms. After a 2 p.m. start, the game got going for good at about 3:30.
The Indians (2-0, 2-0 D East) were driving when the first quarter expired and put their first points on the board when Minasi bulled his way across the goal line with 8:59 left in the half. Cooperstown blocked West Canada Valley’s kick and the Indians went on top to stay at 6-3.
Minasi had runs of 31 and 23 yards on the portion of the 73-yard drive before the change of direction. He added an eight-yarder on fourth-and-two to keep West Canada Valley moving after the switch.
“Jack has the ability to hit the hole quick and make people miss,” Mike Moody said, “and he did a lot of that today.”
The Redskins (1-1, 1-1 D East), coming off a Class D East win of their own to open the season, turned the ball over on downs on their own side of the center stripe and five plays later Ryan Moody tossed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grogan along the left sideline. Grogan turned to catch the ball, leaped and landed on his back across the goal line.
The West Canada Valley defense did its job again and got the offense back on the field when Max Searles intercepted a pass from Sims at the Cooperstown 40. The Redskins were penalized for pass interference on one play and Brandon Roberts ran 25 yards for a touchdown on the next to put the Indians up 19-3 before halftime.
The first three West Canada Valley touchdowns came in a span of less than four minutes.
The Indians would find the end zone two more times in the third quarter. The younger Moody’s 26-yard touchdown came on the second play from scrimmage and his 41-yard pass to Roberts set up Minasi’s second touchdown, a two-yard run.
Page 2 of 2 - West Canada Valley’s defense took the ball away twice in the second half and came up with a pair of fourth-down stops. Cole Smith intercepted a pass and Jimmy Schloop recovered a fumble at the Indians’ 17-yard line. Jordan Yaworski sacked Sims on fourth down from the West Canada Valley 30 in the third quarter and Sims’ second field goal try fell victim to a bad snap as holder E.J. Perez was tackled before Sims could take a swing at the ball.
“What I’m most proud of today — and I’m proud of the way we played — is how well we did with the scouting report this week,” Mike Moody said of the Indians’ preparations for a Cooperstown team that scored 43 points against New York Mills last week. “They really focused on our scouting report and that makes me happy.”
Sean Sowich made six tackles for the Indians.
WEST CANADA VALLEY INDIANS 31, COOPERSTOWN REDSKINS 3
Cooperstown 3 0 0 0 — 3
West Canada Valley 0 19 12 0 — 31
COOP — Noah Sims 20 field goal, n/a.
WCV — Jack Minasi 1 run (kick failed), 8:59.
WCV — Ryan Grogan 28 pass from Ryan Moody (Minasi kick), 5:35.
WCV — Brandon Roberts 25 run (kick failed), 5:04.
WCV — Moody 26 run (kick failed), 11:34.
WCV — Minasi 2 run (kick failed), 4:59.
Records — Cooperstown 1-1, 1-1 D East; West Canada Valley 2-0, 2-0 D East.