By Paul Wager
GLOVERSVILLE — With both teams playing their final game before beginning divisional play next week, Gloversville gained some much needed momentum with a 34-6 victory over Mohonasen in a Class B crossover contest Friday at Husky Field.
After starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2015, Gloversville had dropped its last two contests to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (28-6) and Schalmont (28-7).
The Huskies used a balanced attack to overcome a slow start on their way to a win over the Mighty Warriors.
“We moved the ball pretty well,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “I was happy with how our offensive line played tonight. They did a good job.”
The Huskies’ offensive line paved the way for 204 yards on the ground as Gloversville outgained Mohonasen 385-207.
The Huskies got touchdowns from five different players in the win. Kyle Robare, Garrett Dooling, Gio Glionna and John Heimer all rushed for touchdowns for the Huskies, while Dom Dorman caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Dooling.
“I was happy with our play calling tonight. We were well-balanced on offense,” coach Robare said.
Drachir Carlos scored on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Donald Carpenter for Mohonasen’s lone touchdown.
The loss continued a trend for the Mighty Warriors who have alternated wins and losses over their first four games.
“We’re just inconsistent,” Mohonasen coach John Gallo said. “We’re a young team, and it’s going to be a roller-coaster ride this season. We’re trying to figure it out, but we just can’t find the consistency we need.”
After defeating Scotia-Glenville 33-20 in its opener, Mohonasen went scoreless in a 7-0 loss to Hudson Falls in its second game. The Mighty Warriors rebounded with a 42-13 win last week over Broadalbin-Perth.
Mohonasen started quickly, recovering the game’s opening kickoff after an onside kick. However, the Gloversville defense forced a punt.
After the Mighty Warriors’ defense did the same, Mohonasen’s offense needed just three plays to score the first points of the game.
Carlos scored on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Carpenter to make it 6-0 with 6:35 left in the first quarter.
“We had a pretty good first half,” Gallo said.
Gloversville responded with a 14-play, 70-yard drive that concluded with a 4-yard touchdown run by Kyle Robare. Glionna added the extra point to make it 7-6 with 11:54 remaining in the second quarter.
The Huskies added to their lead with a 73-yard, 10-play drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Dooling to take a 14-6 lead into the half.
Things went from bad to worse for Mohonasen on its first drive of the second half when Carpenter went down with an injury and didn’t return.
“Losing Donald didn’t help us at all,” Gallo said.
Gloversville took advantage, outsourcing the Mighty Warriors 20-0 in the second half and holding them to just 92 second-half yards.
“Our defense did a great job,” coach Robare said. “They really stepped up tonight. Our inside linebackers, Kyle [Robare] and [John] Heimer read plays well and it seemed like they were in on every tackle tonight.”
Gloversville got a 1-yard touchdown run from Glionna and a 4-yard touchdown run from Heimer, while a 12-yard touchdown pass from Dooling to Dorman closed out the scoring.
“My hat’s off to Gloversville. They did a good job,” Gallo said.
Kyle Robare finished with 87 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while Dooling had 53 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. He also passed for 181 yards, a touchdown and an interception while completing 14 of 25 passes.
Dom Dorman caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown to lead the Huskies’ receivers. Gio Glionna had four catches for 45 yards for Gloversville. He also rushed for 39 yards and a score on seven carries.
“This is the type of effort I want to see every time out,” coach Robare said. “We played well on offense and got after them on defense. We can play with anyone when we play like this.”
Gloversville (3-2 overall) is scheduled to kick off Class B North Division play next Friday at Broadalbin-Perth at 7 p.m.
Mohonasen (2-2 overall) is slated to travel to Lansingburgh for its Class B Reinfurt Division opener next Friday at 7 p.m.
Mohonasen 6 0 0 0 — 6
Gloversville 0 14 6 14 — 34
M — Carlos 60 pass from Carpenter (kick failed)
G — Robare 4 run (Glionna kick)
G — Dooling 1 run (Glionna kick)
G — Glionna 1 run (kick failed)
G — Heimer 4 run (kick failed)
G — Dorman 12 pass from Dooling (Dorman pass from Dooling)