Huskies, Braves host Saturday afternoon games

The Gloversville Huskies and Fonda-Fultonville Braves turn back the clocks as they will play their home games on Saturday afternoon as part of their respective schools homecoming celebrations.

With a playoff spot on the line, the Huskies will host the Scotia-Glenville Tartans at 2 p.m. Saturday at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field. The festivities kicked off Thursday night with a bon fire at the high school and continued today with a pep rally. Saturday the district is partnering with the HFM Prevention Council to host a Fall Family Fun Day at Park Terrace from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature food, music, bounce houses and games and activities.

The Gloversville Athletic Department is sponsoring a Fan Appreciation Day for the homecoming football game with free admission for the contest, but will be accepting donations at the gate to be used toward future homecoming events.

The festivities continue Saturday evening with fireworks at the middle school beginning at 9:30 p.m. A post-game celebration will be held before the fireworks starting at 7 p.m. Pizza, fried dough, popcorn, ice cream and more will be available.

Homecoming events will end on Sunday with the annual GHS Powder Puff football game between the juniors and seniors, which will take place at Husky Field at 1 p.m.

The Fonda-Fultonville Braves will host Voorheesville in a Class C Central showdown starting at 1 p.m. at the newly renovated John G. Boshart Field.

The day’s activities start with the villages of Fonda and Fultonville sponsoring a parade in conjunction with the FFCS All Sports Booster Club. The parade will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street in Fultonville and will travel through Fonda and end at the Montgomery County Office Building.

Also as the regular season reaches the halfway point, several local teams are vying to positions in the postseason tournaments.

The undefeated Canajoharie Cougars and Whitehall Railroaders will square off in a crucial Class D contest tonight at Canajoharie High School, while the Johnstown Sir Bills will take to the road with an eye on picking up their first win of the season against the Schuylerville Black Horses.

Amsterdam is looking to recover from a 40-0 division loss to Queensbury last week when the Rams travel to face unbeaten Lansingburgh in a non-division contest tonight.

The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots will be home tonight and will open their Class B West Division campaign against a highly regarded Glens Falls squad, while the unbeaten Dolgeville Blue Devils will travel to face Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton in a Section III Class D East contest tonight.

Class A

Amsterdam

(1-2 overall,

0-1 Class A Northwest)

at Lansingburgh

(3-0 overall,

1-0 Class A Southeast)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Rams are coming off a 40-0 loss to Queensbury, but the game was not the only loss the defending Section II Class A champions suffered.

Rams’ starting quarterback Trey Holloway was injured early in the game and it as later confirmed that the junior quarterback suffered a broken leg and will most likely miss the remainder of the season.

Sophomore backup quarterback Trey Ausfeld stepped into role but could not get the Rams moving against a tough Queensbury squad.

Ausfeld has now had a week to settle in and get comfortable in his role as starting quarterback as the Rams travel to face unbeaten Lansingburgh, the top team in the Class A Southeast Division.

After a pair of big wins in Weeks 1 and 2 over Scotia-Glenville and Gloversville, the Knights had to stop a 2-point conversion in overtime to had Mohonasen a 38-36 loss.

The Rams defeated Mohonasen 40-22 in their Week 2 matchup.

Amsterdam is still looking for its first win in the Northwest Division and will use today’s non-division game to tune up for three division contest to close out the regular season against South Glens Falls, Gloversville and Scotia-Glenville.

Class B

Glens Falls

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

at Broadalbin-Perth

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After going 1-2 through the first three weeks of the season, Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau is looking at Week 4 as the start of a new season.

The Patriots first three games were all non-divisional games. Tonight’s contest kicks off the Class B West campaign and it will be a challenge as B-P hosts a strong Glens Falls team.

“Right now we are in fine shape with post season, we are 0-0 with four games to go, as we have told the players, everything is still right in front of them,” Pelneau said. “We can make a push into sectionals over the course of the next month. Division games are what count, and that starts this week, it is a four game season for us right now.”

However, opening with the top Class B team in the section means the Patriots will need to take their play to the next level.

“We will have to tackle much better then we have the past two weeks, and we have to use the clock to our advantage,” Pelneau said. “We need to try to keep the ball away from their offense as much as we can. We have to limit their opportunities as well. We cannot turn the ball over like the first three games this year.”

Pelneau said he will be looking for some young players to prove themselves this week as injuries will sideline some key players.

“Unfortunately we will not be at full strength,” Pelneau said. “Our wide receiver/defensive back Mike Dygon has a stress fracture in his foot; running back Trevor Hemstreet is out for a few more weeks with a broken collar bone, running back Ben Frye is out with a joint sprain in his shoulder, and running back/linebacker Kobe Waldvogel is up in the air with a sprained wrist, so we will be dressing some JV players in emergency situation for this week.”

Class B

Johnstown

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

at Schuylerville

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After strong performances and close games in Weeks 1 and 2 the Sir Bills suffered a setback against Glens Falls last Saturday, with the Indians putting up 55 first-half points. Johnstown held the Indians scoreless in the second half and put a touchdown on the board to finish on the short-end of the 55-7 West Division loss.

Coach Tyler Hall said the Sir Bills regrouped this week in practice and he is looking for them to move forward after the loss to the top Class B team in Section II and seventh ranked Class B team in the state.

“We had to take a step back and look ourselves in the mirror,” Hall said. “In order to move forward, we had to realize what it takes to be a successful football team. We have had a pretty good week of practice this week so our guys already have a better mindset going into Friday’s game.”

Johnstown will take to the road to face a Schuylerville squad that is coming off a hard-fought 35-28 victory over Hudson Falls.

Hall said he is looking to his leaders on the team to step up and have the Sir Bills ready to play.

“We need to come out with some energy and enthusiasm on Friday night,” he said. “Last week, we weren’t in the right mindset to play a football game. Our leaders need to step up and get our guys going early on to give us confidence to play fast and play hard.”

Tonight’s line up may see some young players getting their number called to fill in for a few varsity players.

“We have had some sickness go through the team this week,” Hall said. “We will be down an offensive lineman, which gives a younger guy a chance to show what he can do. We will also be without one of our senior linebackers who hurt his ankle last game.”

Even with an 0-3 start, the Sir Bills are still in the hunt for a berth in the Section II Class B postseason tournament.

“Currently, we are 0-1 in league play,” Hall said. “As weird as it might sound we could be 1-3 in league play and still make the playoffs due to there only being five teams in our division and four making sectionals. Obviously we are setting our standard higher than that. This week is a big week if we want to play for the second seed in the division.”

Class D

Whitehall

(3-0 overall, 3-0 Class D)

at Canajoharie

(3-0 overall, 3-0 Class D)

Today, 7 p.m.

Through the first three weeks of the season the Canajoharie Cougars have outscored their competition 145-40.

Tonight the Cougars will be tested as hey host the Whitehall Railroaders who have given up on six points this season while putting 81 on the board.

“This is our big test,” Canajoharie coach Shannon Hyney said. “Whitehall will be getting running back Daryl Hillman back this week and they are the defending Class D Section 2 champs.”

Preseason predictions have the Cougars and Railroaders along with Cambridge and Warrensburg/Bolton as the sections Class D Final Four.

“Throughout the season we have been only looking at each week as our championship week and have to stay focused on the team we are playing each week and never look ahead,” Hyney said. “I feel if you look ahead you wont make it into that playoff spot.”

Canajoharie junior quarterback Nick Kocjan has settled into the system for Coach Hyney and has shown he can find his receivers as he has completed 14 of 22 passes for 387 years and nine touchdowns heading into tonight’s game.

Kocjan’s ability to find the open man will factor big into the Cougars game plan.

“Our focus this week [in practice] has been on establishing the pass game and being able to get the match-ups that we feel comfortable with,” Hyney said. “We need to be able to maintain our big play ability in the air and on the ground.”

The Cougars also have earned a spot in the Class D state ranking. Canajoharie is ranked 14th in the state, while Whitehall was given honorable mention and Cambridge is ranked ninth.

Section III Class D

Dolgeville

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

at Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton

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

Today, 7 p.m.

Blue Devils coach Dan Zilkowski emphasizes to his team that football games are won on the field by players not by rankings or records.

Dolgeville received the No. 6 ranking in the New York State Sportswriters poll for Class D schools this week a head into Week 4 unbeaten and facing a winless Morrisville-Eaton/Hamilton squad.

“We emphasize to kids to not follow records or rankings,” Zilkowski said. “It is important to prepare for all facets of the football game that MEH will throw at us. I have emphasized to the starters it would be nice though for us to take control of the game without being down 6-0.”

That is unlikely to happen to often as through the first three games, the Blue Devils’ starting defense has allowed only 12 first-half points.

“The defense has done a tremendous job stopping teams and allowing our offense to have good field position,” Zilkowski said. “The key to success has been players following their keys and being very physical up front. We also have forced many turnovers and short punts. We don’t keep defensive statistics because a major part of our success is playing as one unit. That being said, I will not give credit to an individual, but the entire group.”

Dolgeville’s offense has used a balanced attack with Cole Harlow rushing the ball into the end zone seven times this season, while gaining 258 yards on 50 carries. Chase Doxtader has carried the ball 26 times for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Aasin Claus has thrown for three touchdowns, while completing 12 of 17 pass attempts for 181 yards.

Zilkowski said the Blue Devils have the usual bumps and bruises but are generally healthy heading into tonight’s game.

Class A

Scotia-Glenville

(0-3 overall,

0-1 Class A Northwest)

at Gloversville

(0-3 overall,

0-0 Class A Northwest

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Change may be just what the Huskies need to move forward as they head into the second half of the regular season.

After three-straight non-division losses, the Huskies open their Class A Northwest schedule with a sectional berth on the line against an also winless Scotia-Glenville squad with its eye on the same postseason spot.

And they must do it in front of an anticipated large crowd for the inaugural homecoming celebration.

“I think after the first three games, we know what is at stake out there and should be motivation enough to bring out ‘A’ game,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “After going 0-3 to start the year, we now start league play, so we must be able to play like we are 0-0 and try to position our selves well for sectional seeding.”

On paper, the Tartans and Huskies look very similar statistic-wise with GHS scoring 42 and giving up 111 points, while Scotia-Glenville has scored 47 points and surrendered 117.

Bongo said to be successful, the Huskies “must not hurt ourselves, which has been an issue, with penalties and costly turnovers. We also must stop there very athletic quarterback [Rickey Woodley] and tough fullback [John Goetz]. They are dangerous and can make big plays for them.”

Class C

Voorheesville

(2-1 overall, 1-1 Class C Central)

at Fonda-Fultonville

(0-3 overall, 0-2 Class C Central)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

After going 0-3 through the opening weeks for the first time in more than a decade, the Braves will be looking to draw on the energy of an anticipated large crowd on Homecoming and Hall of Fame induction day.

To do so, the Braves must topple a Voorheesville team that is 1-1 in the Class C Central and coming off a 34-13 victory over Stillwater, a team that topped Fonda-Fultonville 49-14 in Week 2.

“Voorheesville is a very good team and we need to play our best game to be successful,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. “We have a couple guys injured, but we are going to need other guys to step up.”

Saturday’s game also is the final home game of the regular season for the Braves as they take to the road to play Chatham, Hoosic Valley and Holy Trinity in Weeks 5, 6, and 7 before entering postseason play.

Carpenter said that the Braves are not focusing Saturday right now, not the postseason.

“Our focus is on Voorheesville,” he said. “Homecoming is always fun, we need the players to use it as motivation to play their best.”

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