PITTSFIELD -- From what Hoosac Valley's football coaching staff saw in Pittsfield on Friday night, they learned they'll have to be physical to beat the Generals.
If they can attack and defend the way they did Saturday against Taconic, the Hurricanes shouldn't have too many problems. Hoosac rushed for 262 yards and walloped the overmatched Braves 50-0 at THS.
"We saw [Friday] night that Pittsfield is a physical team," Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot said. "They put some points up against Wahconah. We've got to be ready to really come out firing."
Hoosac not only owned the line of scrimmage Saturday, but also dominated everything in front of and behind it. Matt Braman scored every time he touched the ball -- two rushing touchdowns and a 33-yard screen pass for Hoosac's first TD -- and the Hurricane defense bottled up the Braves to the tune of minus-11 yards of offense.
Taconic coach Jim Ziter noted that he was missing five players Saturday, and had just 13 varsity-level players in uniform.
"My backups are all freshmen," Ziter said. "This is the most physical we've played all year. They're a well-coached football team."
Conversely, Poirot kept some of his usual defensive players off that side of the ball, and emptied the bench after Tyler Mach's 43-yard touchdown run on Hoosac's first offensive play of the second half.
After the game, Poirot was already looking ahead to next Saturday's home matchup with Pittsfield. Ziter was looking ahead, too -- and it doesn't get any easier. The Braves host Wahconah next Saturday afternoon.
"We've got a tough two games coming up [with Wahconah and Pittsfield]," he said. "If my kids keep playing physical, we're going to show what our future is."
Hoosac 50, Taconic 0
Taconic 0 0 0 0--0
Hoosac 7 21 14 8--50
H -- Matt Braman 33 pass from Matt Koperniak (Ian Hill kick), 8:52
H -- Braman 33 run (Hill kick), 10:14
H -- Tyler Mach 15 run (run failed), 6:31
H -- Braman 10 run (Peter Barrow pass from Koperniak), 3:21
H -- Mach 43 run (Hill kick), 6:41
H -- John Lewis 6 run (Hill kick), 2:10
H -- Brenden Ellsworth 7 run (Ellsworth run), 8:38
First downs 12 3
Rushes-yards 22-262 32-(minus 11)
Passing yards 67 0
Comp-Att-Int 2-2-0 0-3-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 3-25 0-0
RUSHING: Hoosac -- Brenden Ellsworth 6-65, Tyler Mach 4-92, Ian Hill 4-29, Matt Braman 2-43, John Lewis 2-20, Avery Hall 2-13, JP Levesque 2-0. Taconic -- Javon Reynolds 9-10, Nick Pomeroy 7-2, Anthony Whiteley 6-(minus 15), Jeno Teti 3-(minus 3), Tyler Dean 3-(minus 2), Jake Galliher 2-5, Davon Gollman 2-(minus 3).
PASSING: Hoosac -- Matt Koperniak 2-2-0 67. Taconic -- Teti 0-2-0 0.
RECEIVING: Hoosac -- Brandon Tworig 1-34, Braman 1-33.