Hudson Valley Sports Report

SAUGERTIES SPOILS MURACO’S FDR DEBUT

Big Ground Attack Lifts Sawyers To Win

SAUGERTIES – Two players combined to rush for almost 300 yards on Saturday as the Saugerties High School football team ran over Franklin D. Roosevelt, 26-13, in the season opener for both teams.

The loss spoiled the debut of first-year FDR coach James Muraco.

The Sawyers scored the first 26 points of the game and cruised into the fourth quarter with a shutout until two late scores by the Presidents. The lead was built largely on the running of Caleb Edwards and Graeme Knissel. The former ran for 150 yards and two scores, and the latter, playing both running back and quarterback, tallied 139 yards and two TDs.

Craig Laurey led the Saugerties defense with nine tackles and a sack, while Anthony Obermeyer had seven tackles and Isaiah Synder added four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.

For FDR, Jack Muraco scored on a 1-yard run set up by a 61-yard pass from Ryan Taylor to Glenn Boucher. The Presidents then forced a three-and-out, and a bad punt snap by the Sawyers set up Taylor’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Muraco.

But both TDs came late in the fourth quarter.

“We played better in the second half,” FDR coach James Muraco said. “Saugerties was big and physical with us and it took us time to adjust to that. Our tackling in the first half was not very good and we had some breakdowns fundamentally.”

Muraco took over for Brian Bellino, who stepped down after last season.

Taylor went 6-for-10 for 135 yards after taking over in the second half. Muraco had three receptions for 53 yards. Quintin Rosenthal and Gavin Misove both had fumble recoveries for the Presidents.

Roosevelt plays Minisink Valley on Friday night in its home opener.

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