CHESHIRE -- Rivalry games are always unpredictable, as much as they may seem straight forward on paper.
The old cliché of throwing out the records when old foes get together sounds lame at best, but that's exactly what needs to happen. Drury did that Saturday at Hoosac Valley, and the Blue Devils gave themselves a chance.
But the Hoosac offense opened up the playbook and put up 42 points in the final three quarters to shut out Drury 42-0.
When we got going, I think, we just made some changes, made some adjustments," Hoosac coach Dayne Poirot said. "Our O-line started making the right blocks."
The Drury defense closed off the inside running game early by stacking the box. It forced Hoosac to call some pass plays and counters on the ground to spread the defense out.
"We blitzed a lot," Drury junior middle linebacker Nate VanSteemburg said. "That really helped us out."
Drury couldn't keep it all straight, and the points started streaming in for Hoosac. The Hurricanes scored two touchdowns in each of the last three quarters.
"We executed on the line very well in the second half," Hoosac senior wingback Matt Braman said. "Second half, we made a lot of adjustments and we picked up the blocks that we missed in the first half. That turned out to give us some big gains, and it really helped us."
Ty Mach was the first to put points on the board with his 7-yard, trouble-escaping run. Matt Koperniak followed 2:34 later from 5 yards out, and Hoosac took a 14-0 lead into halftime.
Drury was one mistake away from continuing to stymie Hoosac's offense in the second quarter until a personal foul call gave the Hurricanes new life. Matt Braman came in motion between the center and the quarterback, but the snap was early and hit him. He pounced on it for a loss of 10, but was hit late, and the flags poured in.
"We played really well in the first half, especially," Drury coach Bill Bryce said. "A couple mistakes actually cost us. We gave them a couple touchdowns ... Who knows if it's nothing-nothing.
"We knew that we had to play mistake-free and in the end, penalties and things like that came back to haunt us."
There wasn't much stopping Hoosac after that.
Koperniak scored his second TD of the day midway through the third, and Braman followed with a 39-yard score on one of those counters.
Ian Hill, who earned a tough 99 yards between the tackles, got into the action with a 32-yard play up the middle that he kicked to the outside before displaying some of his speed to outrun the last defender.
And then Koperniak showed a deft touch to find Braman in the back of the end zone, just behind a Drury defender to complete the scoring.
"It's a great feeling. It's a great feeling for not only me, but for the whole team," said Hill, who was awarded the Mike Rysz Award. "We started out a little shaky, but we came together, and we played hard."
Hoosac Valley 42, Drury 0
Drury 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Hoosac 0 14 14
HV -- Ty Mach 7 run (Hill kick), 3:46.
HV -- Matt Koperniak 5 run (Hill kick), 1:12.
HV -- Koperniak 2 run (Hill kick), 4:08.
HV -- Matt Braman 39 run (Hill kick), :56.
HV -- Hill 32 run (Hill kick), 10:42.
HV -- Braman 15 pass from Koperniak (Hill kick), 6:32.
Rushes-yards 31-44 41-241
Comp-att-int 2-7-0 8-10-1
Passing yards 0 69
Penalties-yards 5-42 3-20
RUSHING -- D: Kirby Bryce 8-(-1), Brandon Koprowski 11-20, Kareen Beckett 10-29; Nate Hillard 1-1, Kody Crosier 1-(-5); HV: Ian Hill 12-99; Matt Koperniak 9-19; Ty Mach 7-27; Matt Braman 11-80; Brandon Tworig 2-16.
PASSING -- D: Kareen Beckett 2-7-0-0; HV: Matt Koprniak 8-10-69-1.
RECEIVING -- D: Brandon Koprowski 1-(-4), Justin Girard 1-4; HV: Matt Braman 3-25, Ty Mach 1-9, Peter Barrow 1-3, Brandon Tworig 3-32.