Tigers slip past Sir Bills, 14-7

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Sir Bills football team entered Friday night’s game looking for their first win of the season against Class B North counterpart Hudson Falls. In a game where the Sir Bills defense seemed to have control, the Tigers took advantage of two big plays to earn their second win of the season by upending the Sir Bills by a score of 14-7.

“Defense, I can’t be more proud of the guys and how they played,” Johnstown head coach Tyler Hall said. “They did everything they could.”

Johnstown got on the board first. After each team had traded punts on their first possessions, Hudson Falls was faced with a fourth-and-4 from their own 20. The Tigers attempted a fake punt but Mike Nourse and Zachary Pedersen broke through and dropped the Tigers for a 4-yard loss giving the Sir Bills the ball on the 16-yard line.

Jared Ercolino gained a yard before Sam McInnis was tackled in the backfield for a 7-yard loss. With third-and-16 from the 22, Trevor Porter connected with McInnis on a pass for a 22-yard touchdown. Zachary Szurek added the PAT to put the Sir Bills up 7- 0 with 5:59 remaining in the first quarter.

“We started out well on offense, moving the ball well with that score,” Hall said.

Hudson Falls took the ball on its own 26. Brandon Laboy sacked quarterback Caleb Condon for a loss of 2 and Robert Osborne tackled Riley Mattison for a 3-yard loss. On third-and-15, Condon passed to John Combs for a 19-yard gain and a first down. Mattison broke loose for a big gain moving the ball to the Johnstown 32. Ercolino, Osborne and Patrick Blake combined for two more sacks making it third-and-18 from the Johnstown 40-yard line. Condon hit Combs with a 15 yard pass and on fourth-and-3, Mattison picked up 6 yards for a first down at the 19-yard line. On the next play Mattison got the ball on a draw and ran it in for the touchdown. Chris Jett kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 with 1:32 left in the opening quarter.

“Give a lot of credit to Johnstown’s defensive line. Their front four played a tough game,” Hudson Falls head coach Bill Strong said. “Our inability to move the ball between the tackles was tough so we had to go to the air a little bit.”

At the start of the second quarter, Johnstown was unable to move the ball and Nourse’s punt was downed at the Hudson Falls 20. Mattison picked up a yard on first down and on second and nine, Condon threw a swing pass out to the left to Combs who raced 79 yards for a touchdowns at the 9:30 mark. Jett’s kick was good giving the Tigers the lead at 14-7.

“They were giving us two-on-one out there so we just took the inside receiver and picked him,” Strong said. “Then Johnny [Combs] made a quick move on the corner and he was gone.”

Late in the quarter, the Sir Bills put together a drive that started at their own 4 and moved the ball all the way to the Hudson Falls 35 but turned it over on downs with 22 seconds left in the half.

The Sir Bills punted the ball away on their first possession of the second half and Hudson Falls drove down to the Johnstown 36. On fourth-and-9, Condon threw another swing pass to Combs but this time Laboy was there to drop him for a loss allowing the Sir Bills to take over on downs at the 39.

Johnstown appeared to have a little momentum and they began to push down the field. Ercolino picked up 22 yards on three carries to move the ball to the Hudson Falls 39. After a sack and a holding penalty put the Sir Bills back at their own 44, they took to the air. Porter hit McInnis for a two yard gain and then found Austin Fullington for a 10-yard pick up. Facing fourth-and-7 Porter connected with Adam Wilson for a 13-yard gain and a first down to keep the drive going. On the next play, Porter was pressured out of the pocket and had to throw on the run. The ball was intercepted by Joe Marine, ending the Sir Bills’ drive and allowing the Tigers to take over on the 23.

The fourth quarter found both teams struggling to move the ball into scoring position allowing the Tigers to hold on for the win.

“It seemed like every play was either a loss, or we were tackling at the line or a pass breakup in the secondary,” Hall said. “In all aspects of the game, our defense dominated them.”

Johnstown will try again for their first win next week when they host Holy Trinity, while Hudson Falls will try to make it three wins in a row as they visit Broadalbin-Perth.

Hudson Falls 14, Johnstown 7

Hudson Falls7 7 0 0 – 14

Johnstown7 0 0 0 – 7

First Quarter

J McInnis 22 pass from Porter (Szurek kick)

Second Quarter

HF – Mattison 19 run (Jett kick)

Third Quarter

HF – Combs 79 pass from Condon (Jett kick)

Class B West

Schuylerville 46, Broadalbin-Perth 21

SCHUYLERVILLE – Paul Harshbarger scored three touchdowns to help Schuylerville to a win over Broadalbin-Perth.

Harshbarger caught two touchdown passes from Stratton Sherman and rushed for another for the Black Horses. Stratton also threw touchdown passes to Mitchell Burroughs and Jeff Irish.

Derek Willson scored on a 28-yard run for Schuylerville (4-1 overall, 3-0 Class B West), while Thomas Donovan returned a fumble 41 yards for a score.

Alex Gardner caught a 51-yard touchdown pass for Broadalbin-Perth, while Anthony Townsend hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass. Gardner finished with 132 receiving yards for B-P.

Kobe Waldvogel added a 3-yard touchdown run for the Patriots, who got 242 passing yard from Brodryk Benton.

Broadalbin-Perth (1-4 overall, 0-2 Class B West) is slated to host Hudson Falls next Friday at 7 p.m. at Patriot Field.

Schuylerville 46, Broadalbin-Perth 21

Broadalbin-Perth7 7 0 7 – 21

Schuylerville7 14 25 0 – 46

First Quarter

B-P – Gardner 51 pass from Vitalis (Coon kick)

S – Willson 28 run (Griffin kick)

Second Quarter

S – Harshbarger 10 pass from Sherman (Griffin kick)

S – Harshbarger 20 run (Griffin kick)

B-P – Townsend 20 pass from Benton (Coon kick)

Third Quarter

S – Burroughs 55 pass from Sherman (kick failed)

S – Harshbarger 25 pass from Sherman (conversion failed)

S – Irish 50 pass from Sherman (Griffin kick)

S – Donovan 41 fumble return (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

B-P – Waldvogel 3 run (Coon kick)

Class C Crossover

Chatham 40, Fonda-Fultonville 6

CHATHAM – The Braves got an 82 yard touchdown run from Nick Oertel to account for their lone score of the game Friday night against Chatham.

The Panthers were paced by quarterback Kaleb Taylor who connected on touchdown passes of 57 and 32 yards in the game.

Chatham 40, Fonda-Fultonville 6

Fonda-Fultonville0 0 0 6 – 6

Chatham13 14 13 0 – 40

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