Braves kick off season tonight against Sir Bills

The Fonda-Fultonville Braves had their season put on hold when their Week 1 opponent Cairo-Durham canceled its season just prior to the season.

The Braves will turn their attention and pent up energy on their Week 2 opponent, the Johnstown Sir Bills.

“It is unfortunate and I feel sorry for Cairo-Durham because I know they are trying to get a program going and you try to encourage that but on the same token, I feel sorry for my guys because you only get so many football games and to lose out on one I feel bad for them,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said.

During the extra week of preseason preparations, the Braves have tried to stay focused and iron out their plays.

“We just tried to keep business as usual and I didn’t let them know until after the scrimmage [about the cancellation],” Carpenter said. “We just tried to clean up on things we needed to work on in the scrimmage and worked on fundamentals and stuff. Overall, we did some good things. The effort was good and the hustle was good, so overall I was happy, but I believe they are kind of hungry and ready to play a game.”

The Johnstown coaching staff and players are very much aware of that hunger.

“They are itching to go I am sure,” Johnstown coach Ryan Baldock said. “After having their first game canceled, their guys are definitely ready to go. We had a good week of practice and we are going to ready to match up with them Friday night.”

The Sir Bills are coming off a season-opening 48-14 Class B West Division loss to Section II Class B finalist Schuylerville.

However, coach Baldock said he was not disappointed by the Sir Bills performance.

“There were a lot of positives from last Friday’s game,” he said. “I felt like our guys really competed and you have to give Schuylerville a lot of credit. We had some self-inflicted wounds that you can’t have against a team of that caliber. But I thought we got better from that game and we will get better from today in practice.”

First-year quarterback Sam McInnis had a good game under center, connecting on 9 of 13 passing attempts for 87 yards and a touchdown. The Black Horses’ defense limited the Sir Bills to just 33 yards rushing on 39 attempts.

“I thought that a lot of guys did some good things for us,” coach Baldock said. “I thought Hunter Livingstone played a really well for us in the middle of the defense and I was very happy with a couple of the guys who got back into playing football for us this year. Kyle Polidore has been out of football for a couple of years and he had a good game and Trevor Sweet had his first high school touchdown pass.”

Class B Johnstown and Class C Fonda-Fultonville have played 10 times in the past with the Braves holding a 7-3-1 record against their local rivals.

“I think that is fun playing to local teams. I am sure when the schedule came out they were excited. I know our guys were,” Carpenter said. “It is going to be a tough task for us. I know coach Baldock and his staff are doing a great job up there and we are going to have to come ready to play or it will be a long night for us. I think we have to come out and play hard and take care of the football. The old adage we need to block and we need to tackle. Being our first game out there are going to be some added nerves but I think we can overcome that and play through it.”

The Sir Bills celebrate Hometown Hereoes Night at Knox Field with veterans, current servicemen and women, police officers, firefighters and first responders honored in pregame ceremonies beginning at 6:45 p.m. followed by the kick off at 7 p.m.

Admission for Johnstown athletic events is free.

“It is going to be a great game for both communities,” Baldock said. “It is definitely a rivalry with them being just down the road. I know the kids are looking forward to it.”

Averill Park (0-1) at Gloversville (1-0)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Gloversville Huskies rallied for their opening-week victory, which was capped off by a 75-yard kickoff return by Alex Reppenhagen for a touchdown.

Senior quarterback Taylor McCredie led the Huskies back from a early 6-0 deficit to lead 7-6 at the half with a 47-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Ponticello. He also connected with Isaiah Horning for a 7-yard touchdown strike and Jared Malagisi on a 15-yard touchdown pass. in a 256 yard passing performance.

“We were confident going into the game [against Bishop Maginn] but we made some mistakes,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “Obviously, we were happy to come away with a ‘W.’ It is a confidence builder in that we played bad and still came away with the win, but if we played the way we were supposed to things could have been a lot different. I think we need to kick that in this week. We need to learn from our mistakes, take care of the football, make sure our defense is aligned correctly and have our eye on the football. If we do those things, good things are going to happen.”

Averill Park is coming off a 47-7 loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

“They play a flex offense,” Bongo said. “We have to make sure we stay on our keys defensively. I never feel super confident because I am a worrier, but we have some guys who can do some things this year and if they play up to their potential we will be OK. I have said to people that we have potential but potential doesn’t win football games. Producing will win you football games. We need to continue to battle every week. When your number gets called you have to be ready to go.”

The Huskies hare hosting fan appreciation night with free admission for fans and will also honor members of the military during the evening’s program.

“The kids are pumped up because they are on their home field,” Bongo said. “It is also military appreciation night and they have camo jerseys to wear. Everybody gets in free so hopefully we put on a good show for the fans.”

Schuylerville (1-0) at Broadalbin-Perth (0-1)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Patriots are looking to bounce back from a tough 41-7 loss to Schalmont in their division opener against Schuylerville.

The young B-P squad will have their hands full with a veteran Schuylerville squad that returned the majority of its starting lineup from a team that went to the Section II Class B Super Bowl and is coming off a 48-14 season-opening division win over Johnstown.

One of the two returning starters for the Patriots, quarterback Vincenzo DiCaterino, threw for 41 yards and rushed for 20 more, including a fourth-quarter touchdown run.

B-P’s other returning starter is two-way lineman Jeff Derwin.

The Patriots will honor active and retired first responders at tonight’s football game. Active or retired fire fighters, ambulance service or law enforcement officers will be honored during a special half-time presentation and also will receive a free T-shirt and snack at the concession stand.

The Patriots also are asking every one in attendance to wear red, white and blue to the game.

Tonight’s game also is being broadcast live on Time Warner Cable.

Tri-Valley (0-1) at Canajoharie (0-1)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The game against Tri-Valley of Section IX was originally scheduled for tonight but has been switched to Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to accommodate the Bears travel from Grahamsville.

Tri-Valley is coming off a 56-12 loss to the Chester Hambletonians, while the Cougars are looking to recover from a 29-0 Week 1 Class D Division loss to Whitehall.

Alex DiLorenzo led the Cougars with 34 yards rushing, while quarterback Jace Fox connected on 6 of 17 passes for 72 yards.

Amsterdam (0-1) at Queensbury (0-1)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Both teams are coming off tough opening-week losses.

The Rams were overpowered by Cazenovia 47-0 at the Kick Off Classic in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University, while Queensbury, the 2014 Class A state runner-up, fell to Troy 20-6.

Cazenovia held the Rams’ top offensive threat, Bryan Stanavich to 68 total yards with 40 of those rushing yards in the domes’ sweltering heat and high humidity.

In his first start, sophomore quarterback Trey Holloway completed 4 of 13 passes for 55 yards and two interceptions.

Troy contained the Spartans’ double-wing offense allowing only a 31-yard touchdown run from Brett Rodriguez, while using a pair of passing touchdowns and a long run to put 20 points on the board.

Both squads are looking to put a win in the books before starting divisional play next week.

Dolgeville (1-0) at Utica-Notre Dame (0-1)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Dolgeville opened its season with a strong performance against Waterville with a 44-18 victory at Bill Bynon Field.

Saturday, the Blue Devils will take to the road and face Class C East contender Utica-Notre Dame in a non-conference matchup.

The Blue Devils amassed 311 yards of total offense against the Indians, while holding them to 187 total yards.

Seth Wilson led Dolgeville with 72 yards rushing on nine carries, 11 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Cole Gorinshek caught one pass for 21 yards and ran the ball five times for 53 yards and Cole Harlow carried the ball 10 times for 56 yards. Sophomore quarter Aasin Claus completed 8 of 12 passes for 92 yards and three touchdowns and was intercepted twice.

The Jugglers kicked off their season in the Kick Off Classic in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University and came up on the short end of the 32-14 score against Section IV’s Newark Valley.

Utica-Notre Dame jumped out to and early lead before Newark Valley put 20 unanswered points on the board to help put the game away.

Notre Dame quarterback Anthony Bianco was able to get his second touchdown pass of the game, but the Cards responded with another touchdown to ensure the win.

By LH Staff