GLOVERSVILLE – Glens Falls rolled to a 32-6 victory over Gloversville at Husky Field on Friday and clinched the Class B North Division.
The game was halted and declared official with 49.9 seconds left in the first half due to lightning.
“This gives us the top seed in the Class B North Division,” Glens Falls coach Kurt Conduzio said. “We know we’re in the playoffs, but we won’t know who we’re playing until we see how the Reinfurt Division shakes out.”
Glens Falls (5-1 overall, 3-0 Class B North) was scheduled to host Broadalbin-Perth next Saturday, However, that game has been canceled because the Patriots don’t have enough available players.
On Friday night, Glens Falls senior Griffin Woodell rushed for 234 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries in less than a half. He scored on runs of three, 65 and 96 yards, and also ran for three two-point conversions.
Woodell now has 1,282 yards and 22 touchdowns in six games.
“We played really well tonight,” Conduzio said. “Our offensive line blocked well and Griffin had another great game.”
Heading into Friday’s game, Gloversville was missing several key players, including John Heimer and Kyle Robare.
“Injuries killed us tonight. We didn’t have either of our inside linebackers [Kyle Robare and Heimer] and that hurt us,” Huskies head coach Jim Robare said. “The kids that replaced them did the best the could and gave it all they had.”
The game began with the teams trading punts to end their opening possessions.
However, Glens Falls blocked the Huskies’ punt and recovered the ball at the Gloversville 31-yard line.
Woodell carried the ball three straight times, capping the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run with 6:34 left in the first quarter. He also added the conversion run to make it 8-0.
Glens Falls’ Tanner Sokol intercepted a pass on the first play of Gloversville’s next drive, giving the Indians the ball at their own 35-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Glens Falls quarterback Carson Rath hit a wide open Aidan Murphy for a 65-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. Rath added the conversion on a run to make it 16-0 with 6:05 left in the opening quarter.
It was Rath’s only completion of the night as the Indians called just three pass plays.
After a three-and-out by the Huskies, Woodell needed just one play to take the ball 65 yards the other way for his second score of the night, adding another conversion to make it 24-0 with 4:10 left in the first quarter.
Gloversville was able to drive from its own 23-yard line to the Glens Falls’ 4-yard-line on its next possession before the Indians forced a turnover on downs.
Glens Falls got the ball back on their own 9-yard line before a false start pushed them back to the 4-yard line.
Again, Woodell needed just one play to score, racing 96 yards to make it 30-0 before adding his third conversion run of the night to give the Indians a 32-0 lead with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
Gloversville was able to find the end zone for the first time on its next possession as Gio Glionna scored on a 3-yard run to cap an 85-yard, 13-play drive.
After the Huskies recovered an onside kick, they turned the ball over on downs.
Glens Falls drove to the Gloversville 25-yard line before the game was halted and eventually called off.
“[Glens Falls] controlled the line of scrimmage,” Jim Robare said. “Our strong point has been our offensive and defensive line this season, but they controlled the point of attack tonight.”
Leo Perez led Gloversville with 35 yards on seven carries. Quarterback Garrett Dooling was 5-for-17 for 105 yards with an interception. Dom Dorman had three catches for 43 yards, while Simon Bruce had one catch for 48 yards.
“Obviously, Glens Falls is an outstanding team,” Jim Robare said. “They really haven’t been challenged this season. We were hoping to give them a little bit of a look, but it didn’t happen that way.”
Gloversville (4-2 overall, 1-1 Class B North) is scheduled to host Hudson Falls next Friday in its regular-season home finale at 7 p.m. That game could decide the second and final playoff spot in the Class B North Division depending on the outcome of Saturday’s game between Scotia-Glenville and Hudson Falls.
Glens Falls’ next scheduled game is slated for Oct. 29, when they are set to host Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in a Class B crossover.
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to find a game for next week,” Conduzio said. “It’s easier to do earlier in the season. At this point, a lot of teams are banged up. So, we’re going to focus on getting ready to face Ravena.”
Glens Falls 24 8 0 0 – 32
Gloversville 0 6 0 0 – 6
GF – Woodell 3 run (Woodell run)
GF – Murphy 65 pass from Rath (Rath run)
GF – Woodell 65 run (Woodell run)
GF – Woodell 96 run (Woodell run)
GHS – Glionna 3 run (run failed)
JOHNSTOWN, FONDA-FULTONVILLE POSTPONED
Due to a lack of officials, Friday’s Class C North Division contest between Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville was postponed with no make-up date set.
The game, which was set to be played at Boshart Field, will be a crucial one in terms of the postseason for both teams.
Johnstown, which blanked Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne 44-0 last week, is 2-4 overall and 2-2 in Class C North play. Fonda-Fultonville, which lost 20-7 at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac last week, is 3-3 overall and 1-3 in Class C North play.
BROADALBIN-PERTH CALLS OFF NEXT WEEK’S GAME
After canceling this week’s home game with Lansingburgh, Broadalbin-Perth will not play next 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, according to Broadalbin-Perth athletic director Tucker Gifford.
The Patriots also were forced to call off their season-opening game at Fonda-Fultonville due to a lack of available players.
“We want to give our a opponent a chance to find someone to play,” Gifford said Friday. “It’s also a safety concern for our team because I don’t want to send kids out there for a varsity football game after not practicing for 10 days.”
Broadalbin-Perth is planning to play its regular-season finale at home against Hudson Falls on Oct. 29.
“Our whole focus is playing Hudson Falls at home on Oct. 29 and having a senior night,” Gifford said.