H.S. Football Week 5 Preview: Sectional berths on the line

Week five of the 2013 high school football season is loaded with key matchups.

Tonight in the Class C South, a battle of the unbeaten and state-ranked teams will take place under the lights at Chatham High School when the seventh-ranked Panthers host No. 11 Fonda-Fultonville.

In Class A, the Amsterdam Rams will focus their high-scoring offense on the Queensbury Spartans tonight at Lynch Literacy Academy. The once-beaten Rams are looking to take down undefeated Queensbury, fifth in the state Class A rankings, who knocked off defending sectional and state champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake last week.

The game will be broadcast live over Time Warner Sports Channel (Ch. 50/1803HD) starting at 7 p.m.

Gloversville will look to return to the win column when it hosts Bishop Maginn in a non-division game, while the Johnstown Sir Bills will seek their second-straight win when they travel to Hudson Falls on Saturday afternoon.

The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots and the Canajoharie Cougars are positioning themselves for sectional runs with key divisional matchups.

Dolgeville will take on Frankfort-Schuyler on Saturday in a non-conference game also between state-ranked squads.

Class A Crossover

Bishop Maginn

(1-3 overall, 0-2 Class A Southeast)

at Gloversville

(2-2 overall, 0-2 Class A Northwest)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Huskies have put together a pair of solid division outings against Burnt Hills and Amsterdam but came up on the short end of the final score.

This week, Gloversville will welcome Bishop Maginn to Robert E. Gould Stadium for a non-division matchup and an opportunity to get back in the win column.

“We are 2-2, and it is vital that we have a great week,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “From here on out we need to be on our ‘A’ game as we ready ourselves for sectionals.”

When the Huskies return to divisional play next week they will need a win over either Queensbury or South Glens Falls to qualify for sectional play.

However, Bongo is not looking past tonight’s game against the Griffins.

“They have very good skill players that we must contain in order to win this game,” Bongo said. “If we limit big plays, tackle and play smart husky football, we should find ourselves in a good position.”

The Huskies have outscored their opponents 143-101 so far this year with Asa Barnhill leading the team with 10 rushing touchdowns and 364 yards on the ground.

Class A Northwest


(4-0 overall, 2-0 Class A Northwest)

at Amsterdam

(2-2 overall,1-0 Class A Northwest)

Today, 7 p.m.

After knocking off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 28-27 last week, Queensbury is now the top dog in the Class A Northwest standings. Their win also lifted them to the No. 5 spot in the Class A state rankings and dropped Burnt Hills to No. 8.

However, playing under the lights at Lynch Literacy Academy on a Friday night against a fired up Amsterdam team is no easy task.

The upset minded Rams are coming off an intense 55-40 victory on the road against Gloversville.

“We must control the ball and keep Queensbury’s offense off the field,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “Our defense needs to read their keys and tackle. We also need to have 11 guys to the ball and win the turnover battle.”

Tonight’s game will be broadcast live over Time Warner Sports Channel (Ch. 50/1803HD) starting at 7 p.m.

Class D South


(2-2 overall, 1-1 Class D South)

at Canajoharie

(3-1 overall, 3-1 Class D South)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Cougars have a little extra inspiration heading into tonight’s Class D South matchup with Schoburg (Schoharie-Duanesburg). The teams enter the game tied in the standings with identical 1-1 division records.

“A win today against Schoburg will secure us a spot no less than third in the playoffs,” Canajoharie coach Ken Sullivan said.

However, he is not looking at the first-year varsity Schoburg team to be a pushover.

“In order to win tonight, we must establish to run early and stop their run game and not allow them make the big play,” Sullivan said.

Schoburg has won every other game and is coming off a 47-21 loss to Rensselaer. Junior quarterback Colin Kenyon has been the team’s primary weapon, having had games with 168 yards rushing and 179 yards passing this season.

For Canajoharie, junior Nathan Ferguson is coming off a 17-carry 121-yard game. Quarterback Jace Fox has been solid through the air this so far this season averaging 153.5 yards per game.

Class C South


(4-0 overall, 4-0 Class C South)

at Chatham

(4-0 overall, 4-0 Class C South)

Today, 7 p.m.

In a showdown between a pair of state-ranked Class C teams, nothing will be held back.

The teams enter the game with identical 4-0 records and tied for first in the Section II Class C standings.

Through the first four weeks of the season, the Panthers lead Section II in scoring with 221 points while holding their opponents to 14. Fonda-Fultonville also has put up the points, outscoring their opponents 149-39.

Braves running back Pat Hart is coming off a 208-yard rushing performance against Watervliet and has pounded out 447 yards so far this year. The Braves have had a balance in their scoring with nine different players hitting paydirt.

Brandon Baker leads the scorers with five touchdowns, while Hart and Anthony Sinicropi have four apiece. Senior quarterback Russ Williams has passed for nine touchdowns and completed 29 of 55 attempts for 435 yards.

“We need all our guys to do their jobs on defense, get off blocks and tackle,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. “Offensively, we do need to be balanced and take what the defense give us.”

Class B West


(1-3 overall,1-3 Class B West)

at Hudson Falls

(0-4 overall, 0-4 Class B West)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The Sir Bills snapped a 16-game losing streak last Friday with a close 28-24 victory over Glens Falls.

Johnstown is now in position to pick up a second-straight victory when they head north to face a winless Hudson Falls squad.

“The team’s goal this week is to try and do what hasn’t been done in Johnstown in a while during the regular season and that’s win back to back,” Johnstown coach Matt Benton said. “It is not going to be easy traveling up to Hudson Falls on a Saturday and beat them up there. The word from up there is that Hudson Falls has not won a game so far this season and is looking to try and get their win out of us.”

Matt Szurek turned in a solid performance on both sides of the ball last week for Johnstown. Szurek intercepted three passes in the first quarter and rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Benton said the Sir Bills have been focused all week in practice and are up to the task for Saturday’s game.

“Our practices have been business-oriented and work on being an 80/20 percent type of team [80 percent doing the right things, 20 percent wrong things.]” Benton said. “Last week we were 70/30. They [Hudson Falls] are a tough team and so are we. If we come to play it will be a battle. Those are the games you remember, ‘The Battles.'”

Class B West


(3-1 overall, 3-1 Class B West)

at Glens Falls

(2-2 overall, 2-2 Class B West)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The Patriots gave state-ranked Schalmont all it could handle last Friday. However, the Sabres capitalized on a couple of B-P errors to pull out the 21-3 victory.

“We felt we did match them, but they were able to capitalize on our few mistakes, and that was the difference in the game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “We need to clean up those mistakes heading into a big game this weekend against another good football team within our league.”

Even though the Indians are coming off a loss to Johnstown last week, Pelneau said the team is focused on taking care of business Saturday.

“We always talk about moving on, win or lose, the Monday following a game,” he said. “Our team is focused on Glens Falls, and we need to bring the same intensity that we did against Schalmont last week. Glens Falls is a good football team and presents a big challenge for us.”

With a sectional berth within their reach, the Patriots have a little more incentive this week.

“I believe it does [lock into sectionals] but I am not totally sure,” Pelneau said. “We want to get a home playoff game and need to win out in order to do so. I was proud of the effort our kids played with last week, and we will need to same type of effort in our last three games to hopefully make a run at sectionals.”

Section III Class D East


(3-1 overall, 3-1 Class C East)

at Dolgeville

(4-0 overall, 4-0 Class D East)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

The Blue Devils and the Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights square off in a non-conference battle of state-ranked teams.

Undefeated Dolgeville is ranked ninth in Class D, and the Maroon Knights are among the honorable mention teams in the Class C ranks.

The Blue Devils rallied to beat Sauquoit Valley 48-26 behind a 204-yard six touchdown performance from Jason Nastovski. The junior back has 10 touchdowns on the season and has amassed 528 rushing yards.

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