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Indians down Maginn

Posted Monday, October 24, 2005 by Jason Collier

GLENS FALLS -- Just when it seemed Jimmer Fredette couldn't possibly come up with another big play for the Glens Falls Indians, he did it again Friday night at East Field.

Fredette scored on three touchdown passes from Denny Wilhelm to lead the Indians to a 27-20 victory over Bishop Maginn in a Class A quarterfinal of the Section II Football Tournament.

With their sixth consecutive win, Glens Falls (6-2) advances to the semifinals on Friday at East Field against Amsterdam (6-2), which defeated Burnt Hills 20-7.

Against Maginn, the Indians seemed to come out flat -- it took a 67-yard touchdown play by Fredette to give Glens Falls a 13-6 lead and momentum going into the half.

"Big plays are carrying us. Our offensive line is giving Denny time to throw," said Fredette, who finished the game with five catches for 151 yards.

"That's what we've relied on all year, the big plays," said senior running back David White, who led the Indians with 76 yards on 15 rushes.

Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac said he saw the letdown coming.

"It's too tough to keep that emotional level up three weeks in a row," Lilac said. "We had a little lack of focus, but we won and we're moving on."

"We had two huge emotional games coming in, so we did let down a bit," Fredette said.

Maginn (2-6) held a huge edge in time of possession, running a whopping 74 plays to 49 for Glens Falls, but were hampered by a rash of penalties.

The Griffins shot themselves in the foot as they trailed 7-6 late in the second quarter. They reached the Glens Falls 11-yard line, but drew a holding penalty and Isaiah Moore was intercepted by Fredette at the goal line.

Six plays later, Wilhelm connected with Fredette on a short pass that the junior wideout turned into a 67-yard touchdown and a 13-6 lead with 1:53 left in the half.

"That was a 5-yard hook that turned into a big touchdown for them," Maginn coach Joe Grasso said. "That was a 12-point swing right there. We were going in for a touchdown, they got an interception and turned it right around on us. That was the turning point in the game."

The Indians opened a 19-6 lead early in the third quarter, as Wilhelm hit Fredette on a 29-yard scoring pass in the end zone.

After Jamel Lyde scored his second touchdown of the game to pull Maginn within 19-12, Fredette turned in his most spectacular play of the night.

Wilhelm hit Fredette in the left flat, about 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. Fredette cut back across the field, shook off three tacklers and sped into the end zone for the touchdown. Wilhelm ran in the two-point conversion for a 27-12 advantage with 1:26 left in the period.

"They were trying to make us drive the field," Lilac said. "They were giving us a big cushion, but they were one-on-one on Jimmer and Alec (Conover). Denny played another exceptional game."

Wilhelm finished the game 8-for-17 passing for 188 yards, and he rushed for the Indians' opening touchdown.

The Griffins had a 17-play drive in the fourth quarter snuffed out by an interception by White at the Glens Falls 2-yard line. However, Maginn cut the Indians' lead to 27-20 with 3:33 remaining on a 7-yard scoring pass from Moore to Jalaun Taylor.

Glens Falls held firm as the Griffins had one final possession in the final minute, as Mike Coon sacked Moore on the last play.

Luis Santana led all rushers with 91 yards on 19 carries, and Lyde added 64 yards and two TDs for Maginn.

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