Area teams remain in hunt for playoff spots

Heading into the fifth week of the regular season, nearly all of the area’s high school football teams remain in the hunt for playoff spots.

With just three games left before the postseason, this week’s games will be key to determining playoff possibilities.

Today, Gloversville will host division leader Queensbury in a Class A Northwest contest at Husky Field, while Johnstown will host Hudson Falls at Knox Field in a Class B West game. Fonda-Fultonville and Broadalbin-Perth will hit the road today, traveling to Chatham and Schuylerville, respectively.

On Saturday, Canajoharie is set to travel to Warrensburg/Bolton for a Class D contest, while Dolgeville is slated to host Herkimer in a Section III Class D game. Amsterdam will host South Glens Falls on Saturday in its homecoming game at Lynch Literacy Academy.

“With only three weeks remaining, this week’s game is extremely important,” Canajoharie coach Shannon Hyney said. “With a win, you can potentially be third or fourth seed, so it is a very important week for each team.”

Class A

Queensbury

(4-0 overall,

2-0 Class A Northwest)

at Gloversville

(1-3 overall,

1-0 Class A Northwest

Today, 7 p.m.

After celebrating its homecoming with a 24-8 win over Scotia-Glenville last Saturday, Gloversville will be back at home today against perennial Class A power Queensbury.

“Last week’s win did help our confidence, but it has been there all year. We just have done things to hurt ourselves, like turn the ball over and have costly penalties,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “We feel if we play the way we are capable of playing then we can play with just about anyone.”

Jackson Peck led the Huskies with 79 yards on eight carries in last week’s win over Scotia-Glenville, while Anthony Ponticello had 72 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Joshua Nails added 55 yards on 10 carries for the Huskies and Trevor Mee added 36 yards on six carries.

The Spartans won last year’s meeting 46-21 at Husky Field.

After escaping with a 44-36 overtime win over Averill Park in its opener, Queensbury has rolled to three straight wins over Green Tech, Amsterdam and South Glens Falls by a combined 149-28 margin.

“We’re focused on just playing our game and continuing to strive to play to our potential, that’s all I can ask of my guys,” Bongo said.

Last week, the Spartans put up a season-high 62 points in a 62-22 victory over South Glens Falls.

Dom Nassivera scored on runs of 29, 65 and 92 yards for Queensbury, which rushed for eight touchdowns in the game.

“We are focused on preparing to do our job in all three phases of the game, they are a very difficult team to prepare for because they are not a normal team in what they do,” Bongo said. “The double-wing offense is tough to defend and they like to bring pressure on defense.”

Class B

Hudson Falls

(1-3 overall, 0-1 Class B West)

at Johnstown

(0-4 overall, 0-2 Class B West)

Today, 7 p.m.

Having lost to the top two teams in its division – Glens Falls and Schuylerville – the last two weeks, Johnstown is looking for its first division and overall victory tonight against Hudson Falls.

“This week’s game is important for our playoff hopes,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “Last year, they beat us up at their place and the guys remember that. So they have a little extra motivation as well.”

The Tigers won last season’s meeting, 21-7, in Hudson Falls.

The Sir Bills lost to Glens Falls and Schuylerville by a combined 90-13 score, mustering just seven points against the Indians and six against the Black Horses.

“We are focused on finishing our drives this week. Last week, we had a total of 300 offensive yards but only had six points,” Hall said. “We need to execute in the red zone in order to put it together this week.”

Jeff Irish led a Schuylerville offense that amassed 402 yards with his 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns on nine carries, while Derek Wilson scored two touchdowns in a 100 yards rushing on 11-carry performance.

Jared Ercolino led Johnstown with 84 yards rushing on 20 carries.

The Sir Bills’ second-quarter score came on a 3-yard pass play from Trevor Porter to Nick Frasier.

Defensively for Johnstown, Brandon Laboy recorded a sack and a fumble recovery and Austin Dingman also had a fumble recovery.

“We are a very positive team,” Hall said. “All year our focus has been to take each game one at a time and play with effort, energy, and character.”

Hudson Falls earned its first win last week, rolling to a 46-0 victory over Cairo-Durham in a Class B-C crossover contest.

Riley Mattison scored three rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, while Caleb Condon added 104 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Class B

Broadalbin-Perth

(1-3 overall, 0-1 Class B West)

at Schuylerville

(3-1 overall, 2-0 Class B West)

Today, 7 p.m.

After winning its season opener, Broadalbin-Perth has hit a tough stretch of late, losing three straight games coming into this week’s road contest at Schuylerville.

“Each game is very important for postseason positioning, we have to win division games to advance to sectionals,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said.

Last week, the Patriots dropped a 55-6 decision to unbeaten Glens Falls at Patriot Field.

Joe Girard threw for 56 yards and two touchdowns for the Indians, while Aaron Sampson carried the ball five times for 41 yards and two touchdowns. The Indians also got a 72-yard second-half kickoff return from Dylan Balcom.

Anthony Townsend accounted for the Patriots’ scoring with a 1-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run, while Brodryk Benton completed 13 of 22 pass attempts for 128 yards for B-P.

“The team’s attitude has been great this week, we understand that we played a really good team last week,” Pelneau said. “The previous two weeks, we did a lot of things to ourselves that put us in bad spots to win a game, so the attitude in practice has been very spirited this week heading into this game.”

Schuylerville, which defeated B-P 66-7 in Broadalbin last season, won its second straight game last week, 35-6, over Johnstown.

“We have to focus on the same thing we always try to focus on, blocking and tackling well, if we can do that better, than we have the past few weeks, it can put us in a position to be successful,” Pelneau said.

Class C

Fonda-Fultonville

(0-4 overall, 0-3 Class C Central)

at Chatham

(1-3 overall, 1-2 Class C South)

Today, 7 p.m.

After coming so close to its first win of the season last week, Fonda-Fultonville will try again this week at Chatham.

The Braves had a go-ahead touchdown negated by a holding call in the final seconds in a 35-31 loss to Voorheesville last Saturday.

“It’s been tough, but we need to keep our heads up and move on,” FFCS coach Tom Carpenter said.

Dalton Esposito had 127 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries for Voorheesville, while quarterback Ryan Daly was 8-for-11 for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Massimo DiCaprio ran for a career-high 180 yards on 32 carries for FFCS, while quarterback Dan Parslow ran 21 times for 155 yards with two touchdowns. He also was 8-for-16 passing for 114 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

“We have improved and we need to continue to work hard,” Carpenter said.

Like Fonda-Fultonville, Chatham has had its struggles this season.

The Panthers, who lost 36-15 at home to the Braves last season, have just one win in four games this season.

Last week, the Panthers dropped a 21-13 decision at Tamarac.

“Chatham is a good team, we need to execute on offense and tackle on defense,” Carpenter said.

Class D

Canajoharie

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

at Warrensburg/Bolton

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

Saturday, 1 p.m.

After suffering its first loss of the season, Canajoharie has no time to dwell as it travels to Warrensburg/Bolton in a game that is crucial to playoff positioning for both teams.

The Cougars dropped an 8-0 decision to defending Class D champion Whitehall at home last Friday.

“The loss has been a positive thing we don’t have the pressure of going undefeated any longer and it also helped us to refocus on the big picture of what we have set out to accomplish this year,” Hyney said. “Kids have been very positive and have had a great week of practice.”

Daryl Hillman rushed 19 times for 95 yards and a touchdown to lead Whitehall, while Austin Alguire intercepted a pass in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout and win.

“We have focused on getting back to our style and brand of football and remaining positive no matter what happens,” Hyney said.

In last season’s meeting, the Cougars eked out a 13-12 home win over Warrensburg/Bolton. This time around, it will be Canajoharie making the long trip to Warrensburg.

“Being that we travel so far for each game, we are used to travel times and bus trips,” Hyney said. “I think we will be OK. Our kids stay pretty relaxed on all the trips.”

Last week, Warrensburg/Bolton posted a 39-20 win at Helderberg Valley.

Trevor Prosser rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns to lead Warrensburg, while Greg Shambo had 125 yards on nine carries.

Section III?Class D

Herkimer

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

at Dolgeville

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

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Playing at home for just the second time this season, Dolgeville will host Herkimer today at Bynon Field.

“It’s hard to believe how fast the regular season moves. The league is very strong with contenders this year,” Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowski said. “We will need to play at a high level to continue our success as we move towards sectionals.”

The Magicians handed the Blue Devils one of their two home losses over the last three seasons in the opening week of the 2014 season, posting a 30-14 victory. After that loss, Dolgeville reeled off nine straight wins and claimed the Section III Class D title.

Through the first four weeks of the season, the Blue Devils are in the thick of the title chase, outscoring the opposition 200-84 on their way to four straight victories.

“We have emphasized to players all year to take every game one at a time. We are always trying to move forward in practice and make our kids prepared for the game they will play this week,” Zilkowski said. “Blocking schemes and tackling have been a major focus this week.”

Last week, Dolgeville rolled to a 54-8 win at Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton.

Aasin Claus ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns on four carries for the Blue Devils, while Cole Harlow added 91 yards and a score on 14 carries. Zach Dillenbeck rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on two carries for Dolgeville, and Chase Doxtader added two touchdowns and 50 yards on two carries. Dillenbeck also scored on a 77-yard kickoff return for the Blue Devils. Anthony Randall capped the Dolgeville scoring, returning an interception 35 yards for a touchdown.

Collectively, the Blue Devils rushed for 421 yards and seven touchdowns on 41 carries.

Dolgeville’s defense held Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton to -4 yards rushing on 26 carries.

Antonio Aceto scored all three touchdowns for Herkimer in last weeks 40-20 home loss against Frankfort-Schuyler. Aceto scored on runs of 19, 31 and 45 yards.

“Herkimer has been a leader in Class C over the last few years. They have very skilled athletes,” Zilkowski said. “We will need to continue preparing our defense, offense, and special teams to the challenges they present.”

Class A

South Glens Falls

(1-3 overall, 1-1 Class A Northwest)

at Amsterdam

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

Saturday, 3 p.m.

After losing 40-0 and losing quarterback Trey Holloway in a Week 3 defeat at Queensbury, Amsterdam rebounded with a 35-0 win over Lansingburgh last Friday.

Dale Stanavich finished with 260 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries for the Rams, who also held Lansingburgh to 104 yards of total offense.

Amsterdam will look to improve to 3-2 overall and post its first division win today when it hosts South Glens Falls.

“Hopefully, they are not distracted and we play well in front of a big crowd,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “We need to get a league win.”

South Glens Falls has just one win in four games this season and lost 62-22 at home to Queensbury last week.

Brendan Yando scored two rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs last week, while Kevin Mickel also scored.

“We need to stop the run on defense, be balanced on offense and win the kicking game,” Edick said.

Amsterdam posted a 34-14 home win over South Glens Falls in the Class A quarterfinals last season, as the Rams opened their run to the Class A crown.

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