Most area teams hit the road for Week 2

All but one of the area’s seven high school football team will hit the road this weekend for Week 2 of the season.

Fonda-Fultonville is the lone area team to play at home this weekend. The Braves are slated to host Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George today at 7 p.m.

Gloversville, Johnstown, Broadalbin-Perth, Amsterdam, Canajoharie-Fort Plain and Dolgeville all will take to the road.

The Huskies are slated to travel to Averill Park today for a Class A contest, while the Rams are set to travel to Rotterdam today to face Mohonasen.

Johnstown is slated to travel to Ichabod Crane today for a Class B crossover, while B-P will head to Lansingburgh today for a Class B crossover contest.

In Section III Class D play, Dolgeville is set to travel to Mount Markham today.

In the lone Saturday game, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is scheduled to travel to Helderberg Valley for a 1 p.m. contest.

Class C

Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George

(0-1 overall, 0-1 Class C North)

at Fonda-Fultonville

(0-1 overall, 0-1 Class C North)

Today, 7 p.m.

After dropping a 43-19 decision at Mechanicville in last week’s opener, Fonda-Fultonville will take to its home turf for the first time tonight.

“We are excited to be at home on our turf,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said.

Against the Red Raiders, the Braves surrendered 409 yards in total offense.

Mechanicville quarterback Dan Motta rushed for 81 yards and passed for 139. Motta ran for three touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass.

Massimo DiCaprio ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries for Fonda-Fultonville.

“Our team learned that we need to focus and play hard on every play if we expect to win,” Carpenter said.

In its opener, Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George lost at home to Hoosick Falls, 13-6.

Chris Becker caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Michael Johnson for the WarEagles lone touchdown.

“We have focused on practicing at game speed and fundamentals,” Carpenter said. “We need to finish on offense and play more aggressive on defense.”

Class A

Gloversville

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

at Averill Park

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After dropping a 35-20 decision to South Glens Falls in its opener at Husky Field last week, Gloversville will look to bounce back tonight at Averill Park.

After trailing 7-6 at the half, the Huskies were undone by big plays by South Glens Falls, which outscored Gloversville 28-14 in the second half.

“We learned that we cant be our own worst enemy, we are not good enough to consistently make mistakes —assignments, missed tackles, turnovers, etc. — and win,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said.

K.J. Mickel finished with 150 yards rushing to lead the Bulldogs.

William “Buck” Galster finished his debut game as the Huskies quarterback with a 10-for-28, 145-yard, one-touchdown performance, while Trevor Mee rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Averill Park used a strong start on its way to a 34-12 victory over Lansingburgh.

Dom Law rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Warriors, who finished with more than 350 yards rushing.

“Our focus in practice this week has been on limiting mistakes and being assignment perfect against the triple option of Averill Park,” Bongo said. “We need to do our job and not try to do someone else’s, and not give up the big play. We must make them drive 70, 80, 90 yards to score. This will be a tough test for us defensively.”

 

Class A

Amsterdam

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

at Mohonasen

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After cruising to a 35-8 victory over Scotia-Glenville last week, Amsterdam will look for its second straight win today at Mohonasen.

Mikey Gomez finished with 114 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries to lead Amsterdam past Scotia-Glenville at Lynch Literacy Academy. It was the first season-opening win for the Rams since 2013.

Gomez scored on runs of 4 and 20 yards for Amsterdam, while Jake Greco scored on a 76-yard punt return. Greco also scored on a 43-yard touchdown run, while A.J. Smith scored on a 20-yard run.

Elijah Stay scored the lone touchdown for Scotia.

“We learned last week that we have a lot of work to do to get better,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “We need to clean up the things we did not do very well, like blocking on the line of scrimmage. Also, taking plays off is unacceptable.”

Mohonasen opened its season with a 12-0 victory over Green Tech last week.

Paul Archambault rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown for the Mighty Warriors, while Austin D’Ambrosio had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.

“We need to execute better on the offense side and tackle on defense,” Edick said. “We have to win the special team battle again this week.”

Class B

Johnstown

(0-1 overall, 0-0 Class B North)

at Ichabod Crane

(0-1 overall, 0-0 Class B Reinfurt)

Today, 7 p.m.

After turning in a solid effort in a season-opening, 20-14 loss at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, the Sir Bills head to Ichabod Crane in search of their first victory.

“We learned a lot this past week. Offensively we had some guys that really produced and we need to keep finding new ways to get them the ball to be successful,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. Defensively, we were very pleased with how we tackled and made it difficult for Ravena to move the ball. Overall, the biggest thing was learning our rotations to get guys breaks and change up the pace.”

Ravena was led bu Marlon Laing who risked for 14 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, while Brandon Warnken added 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Warnken also passed for another touchdown.

Trevor Porter was 15-for-28 for 194 yards and two touchdowns for Johnstown.

Trey Stover caught both touchdown passes for the Sir Bills, who led 7-6 at halftime before being outscored 14-7 in the second half.

Stover finished with two catches for 97 yards, while Austin Fullington had six catches for 55 yards.

Defensively, Stover and Ben Lake each had 10 tackles, while Joe Belknap finished with 11.

“Our biggest focus has been finishing drives when we get in the red zone. Last week, we didn’t score twice once we got inside the 20-yard line,” Hall said. “We finish those drives and we win the game by a score. We did a great job of driving the ball but now we have to finish the drive.”

In its opener, Ichabod Crane struggled in a 33-0 loss at Hudson Falls.

The Riders were held to -26 yards on 28 attempts on the ground by the Tigers.

“We need to play physical and execute. We had a couple dropped passes last week and a couple missed assignments,” Hall said. “This week we need to make the plays consistently throughout the entire game.”

Class B

Broadalbin-Perth

(0-1 overall, 0-1 Class B North)

at Lansingburgh

(0-1 overall, 0-0 Class B Reinfurt)

Today, 7 p.m.

After losing 28-7 to Cobleskill-Richmondville, in its home and season opener last Friday, Broadalbin-Perth will face Lansingburgh tonight.

The Bulldogs rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two others in the victory.

Brodyk Benton threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Nick Geren for the Patriots’ lone score.

“We learned that we need to be much more physical in our tackling and blocking if we are going to compete with the teams in Class B,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “We have focused on finding an identity again of who we want to be as a team.”

In its opener, Lansingburgh lost 34-12 to Averill Park. Mike Zanda scored on a 10-yard run for the Knights, and Eric Thompson threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Kiernan Gilbert.

“In order to be successful we have to play better at the line of scrimmage, protect the football and tackle better as a team,” Pelneau said. “Their quarterback, especially, is a great athlete and they have a lot of big strong players coming down from Class A last year.”

 

Section III Class D

Dolgeville

(1-0 overall, 0-0 Class D East)

at Mount Markham

(1-0 overall, 1-0 Class D East)

Today, 7 p.m.

After opening its season with a 46-19 victory at Sherburne-Earlville in a rare Thursday game, Dolgeville will travel to Mount Markham for its Section III Class D opener.

Chase Doxtader finished the game with 181 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries for the Blue Devils, while Nic Bailey rushed for three touchdowns and 118 yards on 23 carries.

Devin Gorinshek carried the ball nine times for 55 yards and a touchdown for Dolgeville, and quarterback Aasin Claus picked up 40 yards and a touchdown on eight rushing attempts.

The Blue Devils’ defense held Sherburne-Earlville to just 59 yards on 24 carries on the ground and 51 receiving yards on six catches.

“Our defense played very solid. We allowed just over 100 yards of offense by Sherburne and most of that came on one drive,” Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowski said. “Our offense used the short fields gained by the solid defensive effort to execute some sound drives. Our special teams and penalties caused some concerns that need to be corrected.”

In its opener, Joshua Douglas and Robert Linden-Holmes both rushed for two touchdowns to lead Mount Markham to a 36-12 victory over West Canada Valley.

“We have focused on preparing a game plan to offset some of Mount Markham’s strengths. They have two very skilled backs that will need to be contained,” Zilkowski said. “We also have worked on taking on blocks and open field tackling during our defensive session. We have really worked on blocking schemes on offense to combat the multiple defenses teams are throwing at us. We will need to execute in all three areas — offense, defense, and special teams — physically and mentally. It will be important to keep field position against a team with a solid running attack.”

Class D

Canajoharie-Fort Plain

(1-0 overall, 0-0 Class D Division 2)

at Helderberg Valley

(1-0 overall, 0-0 Class D Division 1)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

After rolling to a 41-0 victory at Granville last Saturday, Canajoharie-Fort Plain heads to Helderberg Valley for its Week 2 contest Saturday.

Nick Suits rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns to lead Canajoharie, Suits scoring on runs of 29 and 55 yards.

Nick Kocjan had three touchdown passes for the Cougars including two to Joe Trembley.

Trembley had touchdown catches of 58 and 10 yards for the Cougars, finishing with three catches for 110 yards.

Isaiah Logan had a 5-yard touchdown catch for the Cougars, while Sam Terwilliger added a 1-yard touchdown run.

“After watching tape of our game of week one we felt that we had some issues with our offensive line and lack of experience but the kids made adjustments on the fly and really seemed to gel very well,” Hyney said. “Make no mistake we have a lot of work to do, but they played very well.”

Helderberg Valley opened its season with a 33-20 victory over Fort Edward/Argyle.

Helderberg Valley quarterback Xander Monroe threw four touchdown passes, including a 52-yard pass to Mike Flower.

Flower had three catches, two for scores, for 95 yards to lead Helderberg Valley.

Jake Flower added a 14-yard touchdown run for Helderberg Valley, while George Cornelius had touchdown catches of 25 and 15 yards.

“We have been working on keeping the kids focused not thinking about last week’s game and but now refocusing on the task at hand of this week’s game,” Hyney said. “In order for us to be successful for Week 2, we have to be able to be very disciplined with our coverage and stopping the run as this team can run and throw very well we have to understand our responsibilities and make fewer mistakes than they do to come away with a win.“

By Paul Wager

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