HUDSON — Down six in the fourth quarter and pinned against its own goal line, Timberlane needed something, anything.
Enter Tyler Furey. The sophomore tailback picked up 13 of his 30 touches during a 17-play, 98-yard drive that took seven minutes and culminated with Furey scoring to put the Owls ahead late in the fourth quarter. They held on for a 20-14 win over Alvirne.
“We had good blocking up front and we were just driving down field,” said Furey, who had a game-high 166 yards with two touchdowns. “The same play seemed to work so we just kept using it. It seemed like everyone picked it up and kept going.”
Bronco-busting defense: Timberlane committed three turnovers during the game, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Andrew Stevens, but the Owl defense dug in and wore down the Broncos.
“Our defense kept us in it when we turned the ball over,” Timberlane coach Kevin Fitzgerald said. “ You can’t do that at any level and expect to win. I thought we did a better job in the second half up front. I thought we wore them down a bit. Both sides of the ball played well. We had a bunch of new faces playing and I thought they acquitted themselves well.”
The Owls kept Alvirne’s offense from crossing the Timberlane 30-yard line for the final two-and-a-half quarters.
Furious Furey: Furey was at his best biding his time an extra moment and waiting for the line in front of him to open a hole. During the game-winning drive, the left side of the line gave Furey gaping holes off-tackle and off center.
Furey was able to get beyond the linebackers before he was even touched. Eleven of his runs were six yards or more.
“The patience was the key offensively,” Fitzgerald said. “It was a good team victory. I’m happy with what we got.”
agateHed:Timberlane 20, Alvirne 14
agateText:Timberlane (1-0): 6 6 0 8 — 20
agateText:Alvirne (0-1): 7 7 0 0 — 14
agateText: T: Zachary Downey 68 pass from Erik Nelson (kick failed), 8:14
A: Jose Rogriguez 2 run (kick good), 2:16
agateText: A: Andrew Stevens 17 interception return (kick good), 3:40
T: Tyler Furey 28 run (pass failed), 1:12
agateText: T: Furey 1 run (Downey pass), 5:30
agateText:RUSHING: Timberlane (39-168) — Tyler Furey 30-166, 2 TD, Andrew Augusta 1-0, Erik Nelson 5-(-10), Zachary Downey 1-12; Alvirne (35-184) — Jose Rodriguez 8-54 TD, Lucas Notini 13-38, Ryan Martineau 6-59, Tyler Ladebouche 3-6, Jack Mahoney 4-27, Blake Martineau 1-0
agateText:PASSING: Timberlane (7-13-1, 140) — Nelson 7-13-1, 140, TD; Alvirne (4-13-0, 66) — Mahoney 4-13-0, 66
agateText:RECEIVING: Timberlane — Downey 3-80 TD, Aiden Newell 2-14, Jason Hughes 1-30, Furey 1-16; Alvirne — Stevens 1-14, George Notini 2-49, Harold Leete 1-3