LEE -- Dan Griffin ran for three touchdowns and quarterback Deaglan Giarolo threw for three more as the Lee football team rolled over Taconic 47-6 on Friday night.
The home team’s offense had a perfect first half, scoring on all six possessions. Griffin opened the scoring with a nifty 41-yard run on the third play of the game and wrapped the offensive onslaught with a 10-yard scamper with 2:39 left in the half.
Sandwiched in between were Giarolo’s touchdown passes of 53 and 4 yards to Paul Boutiette, and a 16-yard toss to John Graziano, who made a circus catch in the end zone.
Sophomore Cam Abderhalden had Lee’s sixth first-half touchdown, a spectacular 44-yard run in which he eluded three would-be tacklers on what was a broken play.
"The play was designed to go right, but someone missed a block, so I made a cut to the left side and went from there," he said.
However, Abderhalden’s defense is what impressed Wildcats coach Keith Thomson. The first-year starter at linebacker had several tackles, including two for losses.
"He’s been outstanding in all three of our games," Thomson said. He’s a quick study."
As impressive as Lee was on offense -- 244 yards rushing, 119 passing -- the Wildcats were equally stingier in giving up real estate.
Taconic only had two yards of total offense in the first half, finishing with 143 for the game -- half on their only score of the game. Anthony Whiteley sprinted 70 yards to the end zone with 3:20 left in the game.
"We couldn’t get our offense going and they have a very good offense," said Braves (1-2) coach Jim Ziter. "We have a very young team."
Lee (2-1) was victorious against a Berkshire County opponent for the first time since beating Monument Mountain in the final game of the 2011 season.
Taconic 0 0 0 6--6
Lee 19 22 6 0--47
L -- Dan Griffin 41 run (kick failed)
L -- Paul Boutiette 53 pass from Deaglan Giarolo (pass failed)
L -- Cam Abderhalden 44 run (John Graziano kick)
L -- Boutiette 4 pass from Giarolo (Graziano kick)
L -- Safety (QB sack in end zone)
L -- Graziano 16 pass from Giarolo (Graziano kick)
L -- Griffin 10 run (kick failed)
L -- Griffin 5 run (kick failed)
T -- Anthony Whiteley 70 run (pass failed)
First downs 3 9
Rush/yards 35-131 22-244
Comp-Att-Int 1-3-0 4-6-0
Pass yards 12 119
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 5-35
RUSHING -- Lee: Griffin 6-80; Matty Kelley 6-53. Taconic, Dylan Moody 9-49; Anthony Whiteley 5-73.
PASSING -- Lee: Giarolo, 4-5 119
RECEIVING -- Lee: Boutiette 2-57; Kelley 1-46; Graziano 1-16. Taconic: Devon Malik 1-12.