Gloversville, Glens Falls football to battle for division lead

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

It’s been a bit of an up-and-down season for the Gloversville football team.

The Huskies opened the season with back-to-back wins over Johnstown and Lansingburgh before dropping two straight games to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Schalmont. Since those two losses, Gloversville has bounced back with wins over Mohonasen and Broadalbin-Perth.

In order to run their win streak to three, and claim sole possession of first place in the Class B North Division, the Huskies will have to do something no one has done this season. They will have to slow down Glens Falls senior running back Griffin Woodell when he and the Indians visit Husky Field Friday night.

In last week’s 48-0 victory over Scotia-Glenville, Glens Falls’ go-to rusher ran for 258 yards and five touchdowns on 14 carries. He has rushed for 1,048 yards and 19 touchdowns in five games this season.

“Glens Falls is always a tough matchup. We expect them to be fast and physical,” Gloversville head coach Jim Robare said.

After dropping a 39-13 decision to Hoosick Falls/Tamarac in its third game, Glens Falls (4-1 overall, 2-0 Class B North) has posted wins over Hudson Falls (39-14) and Scotia-Glenville (48-0).

“We have learned that they have some speed but not like they have in the past,” Robare said. “They are still quick. We must work hard to contain while working off the blocks and have all 11 to the football.”

After scoring a total of 13 points in its back-to-back losses, the Gloversville offense has scored 34 and 46 points, respectively, in its last two wins over Mohonasen and Broadalbin-Perth.

In its 46-14 win over the Patriots last week, Gloversville piled up 243 rushing yards and 188 passing yards, outgaining Broadalbin-Perth 431-189. The Huskies held the Patriots to just 17 yards in the first half on their way to a 27-0 halftime lead.

Gloversville’s Gio Glionna caught two touchdown passes and rushed for another, while Dom Dorman had a 60-yard touchdown run and a 51-yard touchdown catch.

In addition to his offensive effort, Glionna also had two sacks and blocked a punt.

Garrett Dooling was 9-for-15 for 168 yards and four touchdowns, while John Heimer had 23 carries for 106 yards. Nicholas Bradt added a 45-yard punt return for a score for the Huskies.

Gloversville (4-2 overall, 1-0 Class B North) has been battling some injuries in recent weeks.

“Our team health wise is just OK,” Robare said. “We have a few players that we may be missing, but we are good overall.”

He said that his team is preparing for what figures to be a battle.

“We’ve been working on leverage, speed and placement on the field,” Robare said. “The keys would be to play mistake free football and be aggressive to the run.”

PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS

After posting a 44-0 victory at Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne last Friday, Johnstown is looking to continue to build momentum as it travel to Fonda on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

The meeting between the Sir Bills and Braves is crucial to both Class C North teams postseason hopes.

“The team is very excited to play this week. There are a lot of things going into this game,” Johnstown head coach Paul Furman said. “These are players they have played against since youth. The players have personal reasons they want to play this game. It’s a conference game that is right down the road with playoff implications. Yes, I would say they are excited to play this week.”

The Sir Bills’ shutout of the Mountaineers last week pushed them to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in Class C North play. The players showed their coaches a lot of positives in their performance.

“Last week’s win was important for them because they proved to themselves that they could handle a game like that,” Furman said. “Sometimes going into a situation like that it’s the hardest type of game to manage, and they did it exactly the way any coach would want their team to perform.”

The Braves dropped a 20-7 decision last Friday at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac to slip to 3-3 overall and 1-3 in the division.

Now, they take on an opponent that is all-too-acquainted with how they do things. The Fonda-Fultonville coaching staff, headed by Sean Thompson, includes former Johnstown coach Tyler Hall and former Gloversville coach Jared Bongo.

“The coaching staff, and players are very familiar with some of the things they are doing. Many of us coached for coach Hall, and a lot of the players played for him,” Furman said. “Many of the coaches are familiar with Coach Bongo and what the defense likes to do. We played against him for many years when we were both in Class A.”

However, the Sir Bills first-year head coach also said his team is looking to turn in another solid effort this week as the hard work of implementing his staff’s systems continues.

“We have been working on perfecting our offense and defense. Minimizing mistakes, There is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to installing a new offense and defense,” Furman said. “We need to play four solid quarters of football, and play as a complete team. We need to have everyone buy into their role no matter how big or small it is. Every player is important on this team.”

INJURY, ILLNESS BUGS GET B-P

Due to a lack of available players, Broadalbin-Perth was forced to cancel this week’s home Class B crossover game against Lansingburgh.

It marks the second time this season the Patriots have had to cancel a game due to low numbers.

“Between injuries and quarantines, we aren’t able to meet the 16-player minimum to play this week’s game with Lansingburgh,” Broadalbin-Perth athletic director Tucker Gifford said.

After starting its season with just 22 players on its varsity roster and no junior varsity team, Broadalbin-Perth was also forced to cancel its Week 0 game with Fonda-Fultonville on Sept. 3.

Broadalbin-Perth is next scheduled to play at Glens Falls next Saturday, Oct. 23 before hosting Hudson Falls in its regular-season finale Oct. 29.

Broadalbin-Perth is 1-4 overall and 1-1 in Class B North Division play.

By Paul Wager

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