Heading into the final week of the regular-season, the Gloversville football team is looking to build momentum for the postseason.
The Huskies will look for their second straight win when they travel to Scotia-Glenville tonight for a 7 p.m. contest at Hitchcock Field.
“Every game is important. You want to do the best job you can do and get better at your skill and craft,” coach Robare said. “There are no games we take off. We play every week as if it’s our last.”
Last week, Gloversville claimed its biggest win of the season, outlasting Hudson Falls 27-21 to clinch a Class B playoff spot.
The Huskies led 21-0 at the half before the Tigers tied the game at 21-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Robare said that he was pleased with his team’s resilience.
“We weren’t playing well in the second half, but we still managed to make stops and come out with a win,” he said.
The Huskies dominated in the first half, taking a 21-0 lead into the break before the Tigers opened the second half with 21 straight points to tie the game.
Gloversville got a 39-yard touchdown from Garrett Dooling to retake the lead and stopped a late Hudson Falls drive inside its own 20-yard line to hold on for the win.
Dooling rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on six carries for the Huskies. He also threw for 126 yards, a touchdown and an interception, completing 11 of 25 passes.
Gloversville gained 218 of its 354 yards on the ground, rushing for 118 yards in the first half and 110 in the second half.
Kyle Robare added 82 yards on 14 carries for the Huskies, while John Heimer had 10 carries for 62 yards.
One area the Huskies have struggled with this season is penalties. Gloversville was whistled for 12 penalties against Hudson Falls, including seven in the second half.
Scotia-Glenville (2-6 overall, 0-3 Class B North) canceled last week’s home game with Schalmont due to a lack of available players.
The Tartans last played Oct. 16, dropping a 62-14 decision at Hudson Falls.
“Scotia has a versatile quarterback and we will need to contain him along with their passing attack,” coach Robare said. “The keys will be to control the line of scrimmage, make plays on offense and continue to work on our defense to stop teams quickly.”
Gloversville (5-3 overall, 2-1 Class B North) is scheduled to face Class B Reinfurt Division winner Schalmont in the Class B semifinals next Friday. The Sabres posted a 28-7 victory over the Huskies in Rotterdam on Sept. 24.
It is the Huskies’ first playoff appearance since 2016, when it dropped a 54-7 decision to Averill Park in a quarterfinal contest. Gloversville last reached the sectional semifinals in 2009, dropping a 28-13 decision at Troy.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for the players. Being placed in the ‘Bs’ will help us and hope to continue to improve,” coach Robare said. “It’s been awhile since we have made the playoffs and a huge thanks goes out to our team for enduring the hurdles they had to face this season with COVID and student athletes had to step up every week.”
on CANAJOHARIE/FORT PLAIN
After dropping a 27-14 decision to Cobleskill-Richmondville in its homecoming contest, Johnstown will look to regroup tonight when it hosts Canajoharie/Fort Plain in a crossover game.
“It’s very important for us to finish the season on a positive note,” Johnstown coach Paul Furman said. “We are not sure of how many crossovers we will get due to other teams cancelling the rest of their seasons. It is important to our seniors, and the program to finish this year on a positive note.”
The Sir Bills, who are 2-6 overall, have dropped their last two contests after posting a 44-0 victory at Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne on Oct. 8.
“The team is positive. That is the one thing I can say about this group of seniors,” Furman said. “They have led this group of young men through a difficult time in this program. They have had a lot to deal with this season. I could not have asked for a better group of seniors to lead this program through a time where they have a new offense, new defense, new coaching style, and still dealing with side effects of COVID. The win loss column does not reflect what they have left behind for this program.”
Canajoharie/Fort Plain (2-5 overall) forfeited last week’s Class D South Division game at Stillwater due to a lack of available players. C//FP last played Oct. 18, when it posted a 40-20 victory over Helderberg Valley.
“They are very similar to us in the special teams, offense, and defense they are running. They have a few different wrinkles but they are very similar,” Furman said. “We need to stay focused on the task at hand, and playing through the whistle. Offensive and defensive line play are going to be key for our success.”
B-P CANCELS AGAIN
For the third straight week, Broadalbin-Perth will be sidelined by a lack of available players and will forfeit this weekend’s Class B North Division game with Hudson Falls.
“It’s been an interesting week here, unfortunately we will not have enough players to play this week’s game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “However, we are getting a few players back from injury and quarantine and are hopeful to have one more game next week.
If the Patriots can return to the field, it will be their first game since a 46-14 loss to Gloversville on Oct. 8 in its homecoming game at Patriot Field. Since that game, injuries and quarantines have forced B-P to cancel a home game with Lansingburgh on Oct. 15 and last Saturday’s road game at Glens Falls.
After starting its season with just 22 players on its varsity roster and no junior varsity team, B-P also was forced to cancel its Week 0 game with Fonda-Fultonville on Sept. 3.
“This season has been the most challenging I can remember as we navigate through with the low numbers we have,” Pelneau said. “The players have kept up hope to get another game in and I hope we get one more shot to play and end the season on the field, especially for our seniors.”
If they are able to compete next week, the Patriots will learn their crossover opponent Sunday.
B-P is 1-7 overall and 1-3 in Class B North Division play this season.