KINGSTON – The list of regrets grew quarter by quarter.
Tuckahoe committed six turnovers Friday and watched silently from a distance as Ticonderoga celebrated a resounding 32-0 victory in an NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal at Dietz Stadium.
Call it bad timing.
“Maybe they were pressing to make a big play, but it was our best guys turning it over,” Tigers coach Tom Itri said. “If you say to me, ‘Chris Corrado had three fumbles, what would you do differently?’ I’m still giving Chris Corrado the ball. I’m still giving Matt Annunziata the ball. Those are our best players. Those are our playmakers. They just didn’t have it today.”
The Sentinels are heading to the Carrier Dome to play for a championship.
“We beat ourselves,” Tuckahoe running back Corrado said. “It was 12-0 at the half and it shouldn’t have been. We gave them three turnovers and they capitalized. That’s what a good team does, and that’s why they’re going to states.”
The Section 7 champs built an early lead off miscues.
Jevyn Granger pushed into the end zone from a yard out six plays after Ticonderoga pounced on a Michael McLaughlin fumble. Ryan Trudeau made it 12-0 two plays after the Sentinals intercepted a screen from Annunziata.
The Tigers eventually got some traction offensively, but continued to short-circuit.
Brody Rocque killed any hopes of a comeback with five minutes to go in the third quarter when he converted another fumble recovery, helping the Sentinels go ahead 20-0.
Player of the game: Rocque. The senior defensive back came up with an interception and a fumble recovery in the first half. On the other side of the ball, he went over 100 yards rushing and scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half.
Turning point: Stringing together first downs was a struggle for Tuckahoe, but the Tigers were marching with three minutes to go in the first half, and were in position to cut into a 12-0 deficit, but a fumble ended the drive at the Ticonderoga 13-yard line.
Stat line: Ticonderoga had a 12-0 lead at the half, but had only 7 more yards of total offense than Tuckahoe. … Corrado was named most outstanding offensive player for Tuckahoe and Justin Wilson was named most outstanding defensive player of the Tigers.
Quotable: “Every time we turned it over, it weighed a little heavier on their shoulders,” Tuckahoe coach Itri.