Gloversville faces Hudson Falls with playoff spot on the line

Gloversville’s Giorgio Glionna with the ball during a game against Broadalbin-Perth at Broadalbin-Perth High School on Oct. 8.

GLOVERSVILLE — After a week in which everything that could go wrong basically went wrong, the Gloversville football team will look to bounce back when it hosts Hudson Falls on Friday.

Last week, the Huskies lost 32-6 at home to Glens Falls in a contest that was halted with 49.9 seconds left in the first half due to lightning.

Less than a half was more than enough for Glens Falls senior running back Griffin Woodell, who rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. Woodell scored on runs of 3, 65 and 96 yards. He also ran for three two-point conversions.

Woodell now has 1,282 yards and 22 touchdowns in six games this season for Glens Falls, which also clinched the Class B North Division title and a playoff spot with the win.

Leo Perez led Gloversville with 35 yards on seven carries. Quarterback Garrett Dooling was 5-for-17 for 105 yards and an interception in miserable, rainy and wet conditions. Dom Dorman had three catches for 43 yards for Gloversville (4-3 overall, 1-1 Class B North), while Simon Bruce had one catch for 48 yards.

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With just two weeks left in the regular season for the Tigers and Huskies, the playoffs will be front and center Friday at Husky Field.

With a win, both teams can position themselves in the second and final playoff spot in the Class B North Division.

“We have been banged up and a few out due to COVID, so this will be very important,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “Win and we are in the sectionals.”

Without starting linebackers Kyle Robare and John Heimer in the lineup last week, Gloversville wasn’t able to stop Woodell and the Indians.

“We have been trying to remain healthy and have been working hard defensively and offensively to improve on different personnel,” coach Robare said. “We have a few key spots out right now and are improving on the guys that need to step up.”

Hudson Falls rolled to a 62-14 victory over Scotia-Glenville last week, piling up 391 rushing yards. The Tigers led 28-0 after one quarter and cruised to the victory.

Jesse Mullis and Brandon Fish each ran for three touchdowns to lead Hudson Falls (3-3 overall, 1-1 Class B North). Fish ran four times for 130 yards, and Mullis scored on all three of his carries for a combined 73 yards. Mason Watson returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown for the Tigers, while Nate Jackson (8 rushes, 97 yards) and Anthony Lafarr also ran for scores for the Tigers.

The Hudson Falls defense held the Tartans to 79 rushing yards and allowed 146 passing yards to Jack Armstrong on 12-for-29 passing.

It was the second straight win for the Tigers, who reached the .500 mark after a 1-3 start to the season.

“Hudson Falls is most certainly a good team. They are big and powerful,” coach Robare said.”We need to control the ball on offense with no penalties, while maintaining position on the defensive side of the ball.”

Friday’s game is the final regular-season home contest for Gloversville, which will look to send its seniors out on a winning note.

“It’s always an advantage to play at Husky Field,” coach Robare said. “This is an important matchup along with senior night.”

In the final week of the regular season, Gloversville is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville, while Hudson Falls is slated to travel to Broadalbin-Perth.

JOHNSTOWN HOSTS COBLESKILL IN HOMECOMING CONTEST

Like its area rivals from Gloversville, Johnstown also had a week to forget.

Two trips to Fonda-Fultonville, resulted in a game postponed due to a lack of officials on Friday and a 44-0 loss to the Braves on Sunday.

It marked the third time this season that the Sir Bills have been shut out.

“The team realizes where they went wrong. They understand and have learned the lessons they needed to from a game like that with Fonda,” Johnstown coach Paul Furman said. “They are prepared to move forward.”

Johnstown (2-5 overall, 2-3 Class C North) will look to bounce back when it hosts Cobleskill-Richmondville in its homecoming game Friday at Knox Field.

Furman said his team is looking forward to the game, which will cap a week full of activities.

“The whole school is enjoying spirit week. The team is really looking forward to playing in front of a large home crowd,” he said. “There’s nothing better than playing at home under the lights in front of full stands that are screaming and yelling.”

The Sir Bills face a tough challenge against Cobleskill-Richmondville (4-2 overall, 3-2 Class C North), which lost 16-0 to Schuylerville in a game that was called off at halftime due to the weather.

“Cobleskill is a very well coached team. They are solid and do not make too many mistakes in the scheme they are running,” Furman said. “Offensively, we need to get off the ball and block to the whistle. On defense, we need to get 11 guys to the ball and play with our hair on fire.”

BROADALBIN-PERTH FOOTBALL SIDELINED FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK

After canceling last week’s home game with Lansingburgh, the Broadalbin-Perth football team will not play Saturday’s game at Glens Falls as injuries and quarantines will leave it with “no way to meet the 16-player minimum” for the third time this season.

The Patriots also were forced to call off their season-opening game at Fonda-Fultonville due to a lack of available players.

Broadalbin-Perth (1-6 overall, 1-2 Class B North) is planning to play its regular-season finale at home against Hudson Falls on Oct. 29.

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By Paul Wager

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