Season hits halfway point for area teams

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Gloversville quarterback Willliam “Buck” Galster (5) rolls out in an attempt to avoid the pursuit from Broadalbin-Perth’s Niko Mancini (80) during last Friday’s game at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field in Gloversville. The Patriots are slated to travel to Glens Falls today for their Week 4 contest, while the Huskies are set to travel to Amsterdam on Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The high school football season hits the halfway mark this week as the area’s high school football teams prepare for Week 4 of the 2017 campaign.

Four of the area’s seven teams will be at home this weekend, with Johnstown and Canajoharie-Fort Plain home on Friday, and Amsterdam and Dolgeville hosting games Saturday.

Fonda-Fultonville and Broadalbin-Perth are on the road tonight, while Gloversville is on the road Saturday.

Class A

Gloversville

(0-3 overall, 0-2 Class A)

at Amsterdam

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

Saturday, noon

After losing for the first time this season, Amsterdam will look to rebound Saturday when it hosts Gloversville in its homecoming game.

The Rams failed to score in a 34-0 home loss to Queensbury last week.

“We learned that we have to get a lot better if we are going to make the playoffs,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “We have to practice better and prepare more.”

Queensbury’s Patrick Conway scored three rushing touchdowns and gained 157 yards on the ground to lead the Spartans past Amsterdam. Conway scored on runs of 3, 1 and 38 yards.

Brendan Scott scored on a 54-yard run for Queensbury, while Liam Mara caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Nate Angell.

The Spartans gained 349 yards on the ground against Amsterdam.

The Rams were held to just 9 yards of total offense by the Spartans.

“This week, we have focused on getting back to the basics and staying focused,” Edick said.

Gloversville also had its issues last week, falling to 0-3 on the season after a 26-14 home loss to Broadalbin-Perth.

“As you expect, no one is happy when you are losing and its makes it harder knowing you had opportunities in all of them,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said.

As has been the theme all season, many of the Huskies’ problems were self-inflicted against the Patriots. Turnovers and penalties hurt Gloversville against B-P and the Huskies are looking to clean up their mistakes.

“I think it is another example of how we can compete with just about anyone but we need to get over the hump,” Bongo said. “If you make mistakes, miss blocks, drop balls and make costly penalties its tough to win ball games. We clean up those things, then I have confidence we can win ball games.”

For the game, Broadalbin-Perth outrushed Gloversville 148-18 and held a 239-190 advantage in passing yardage.

“The test is not going to get any easier,” Bongo said after last week’s loss. “We have to come ready to play and if we keep shooting ourselves in the foot we are going to continue to lose football games. That is going to be our challenge this week.”

Lucas Coon carried the ball 17 times for 122 yards for B-P, while Joe Vitalis gained 36 yards on 15 carries.

B-P quarterback Brodryk Benton finished the night with a 12-for-18 passing performance for 239 yards, two touchdowns and was intercepted twice.

William Galster was 12-for-25 passing for 190 yards and he carried the ball 10 times for 23 yards for Gloversville.

Trevor Mee led the Huskies’ receivers with three catches for 114 yards, while Korey Cotugno finished with 33 yards receiving on three catches and 10 tackles and a fumble recovery on defense.

Both teams will get an extra day to prepare for this week’s game, with both playing a rare Saturday afternoon contest.

“Playing on Saturday won’t affect our preparations game wise, but we are going to have to stay hydrated with the weather being abnormally warm this far into September,” Bongo said.

Class B

Schuylerville

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

at Johnstown

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After facing the top-ranked team in the state Class B poll last week, Johnstown will face another top-10 state-ranked Class B team this week as Schuylerville visits Knox Field.

Against defending state champion Glens Falls, the No. 1 team in the state, the Sir Bills struggled in a 49-6 loss to the Indians.

Big plays hurt Johnstown as the Indians scored on four plays of 35 yards or more.

Quarterback Joseph Girard III ran for 82 yards, threw for 67 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 62 yards for a score for the Indians, while running back Aalijah Sampson rushed two times for 76 yards and returned an interception 43 yards for a score for the Indians.

Trey Stover led the Johnstown ground game with 35 yards on four carries. He also had two catches for 20 yards. Austin Fullington had eight catches for 77 yards for the Sir Bills, while Adam Wilson had four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Johnstown quarterback Trevor Porter was 15-for-28 for 147 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

“Our guys realized who is going to step up when things aren’t going right. We got down a couple of scores in the second quarter and we had quite a few seniors step up and become leaders to get us to drive the ball and score,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “Our guys could have easily packed it in during the second quarter, but they played hard for all four quarters.”

The challenge gets no easier this week against Schuylerville, which has outscored its first three opponents by a 133-46 margin.

Last week, the Black Horses cruised to a 42-6 victory over Hudson Falls. 

Stratton Sherman threw for a touchdown and ran for two others for Schuylerville, while Carson Dunkel returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown.

“Our guys are ready to go for this week. We are confident in our abilities as a team to compete with Schuylerville on Friday night,” Hall said. “We know we can move the ball and we know we can stop them. We are motivated for this key matchup against the sixth-ranked team in the state. We need to play consistent and not turn the ball over. We can’t give Schuylerville any second chances.”

Class D

Fort Edward/Argyle

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

at Canajoharie-Fort Plain

(3-0 overall, 1-0 Class D Division II)

Today, 7 p.m.

Through three games this season, Canajoharie-Fort Plain has rolled to wins over Granville, Helderberg Valley and Cohoes, outscoring those three teams, 128-19.

Last week, C-FP posted a 54-12 victory in their home opener over Cohoes.

Nick Kocjan threw three touchdown passes for Canajoharie-Fort Plain, completing TD passes to Joe Trembley, Nick Mazzarella and Isaiah Logan. Joe Nare returned an interception for a touchdown for C-FP. Nare, Logan, Sam Terwilliger and Dayton Handy all scored rushing touchdowns for Canajoharie-Fort Plain, which is ranked 19th in the state.

“Once again, it boils down to execution of the kids defensively and offensively. Our defensive season has been very stout and our offensive line is starting to click and get better and better each week,” Canajoharie coach Shannon Hyney said. “We witnessed better offense of line play last week, so we’re starting to feel a little bit more confident with the offensive line.”

Fort Edward/Argyle had an off week last week after notching a 14-0 victory over Cohoes in Week 2, following a season-opening 33-20 loss to Helderberg Valley.

Cameron Sullivan rushed for 100 yards for Fort Edward/Argyle in the win over Cohoes, while Evan Serviss and Colby Servis both scored rushing touchdowns.

“We need to reduce penalties, play to our full potential and stay focused on playing week-to-week, as our schedule definitely gets harder the rest of the way,” Hyney said.

Class B

Broadalbin-Perth

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

at Glens Falls

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After posting their second straight victory a week ago against Gloversville, the task gets tougher this week for Broadalbin-Perth as it travels to Glens Falls today to face the defending state Class B champions.

The Indians notched their third lopsided victory in as many games this season with a 49-6 rout at Johnstown.

Glens Falls — the state’s top-ranked Class B team — opened this season with a 34-0 victory at Hudson before posting a 38-0 win at home over Schalmont in Week 2.

Against Johnstown, quarterback Joseph Girard III ran for 82 yards, threw for 67 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 62 yards for a score for the Indians, while running back Aalijah Sampson rushed two times for 76 yards and returned an interception 43 yards for a score for the Indians.

“In order to be successful this week we have to tackle well, not turn the ball over, and limit their possessions,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “Our offense has to help out the defense this week and get first downs to keep the ball away from them as much as possible.”

This week’s game is the first in a tough two-week stretch for the Patriots, who will host Schuylerville, ranked sixth in the state in Class B, on Sept. 29.

“I hope they respond with excitement and a competitive fire,” Pelneau said. “If you want to be considered the best you have to compete against and eventually beat the best so both weeks will be a good chance to test ourselves.”

The Patriots have won two straight after opening the season with a 28-7 loss to Cobleskill-Richmondville.

Last week, B-P faced Gloversville for the first time in program history and posted a 26-14 win at Husky Field.

“Last week, we learned that if we play physical at the line of scrimmage we can be successful,” Pelneau said. “We felt we controlled the game up front on both sides and we will need to continue to do that moving forward.”

Broadalbin-Perth outrushed Gloversville 148-18 and held a 239-190 advantage in passing yardage.

Lucas Coon carried the ball 17 times for 122 yards for B-P, while Joe Vitalis gained 36 yards on 15 carries.

Broadalbin-Perth quarterback Brodryk Benton finished the night with a 12-for-18 passing performance for 239 yards, two touchdowns and was intercepted twice.

This week we continued to work on the mistakes we are making, we didn’t play a clean game against Gloversville,” Pelneau said. “Even though we got the win, there is still much to improve upon.”

Class C

Fonda-Fultonville

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

at Stillwater

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After opening the season with back-to-back losses to Mechanicville and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Fonda-Fultonville earned a much-needed victory over Corinth at home last Friday.

The Braves posted a 44-12 victory over the Tomahawks at John G. Boshart Field.

“Winning last week has helped tremendously in our confidence and effort in practice this week,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. “Our focus this week has been to continue to get better in our offensive execution, and defensively, we need to be more aggressive.”

Stillwater, which is the state’s fourth-ranked Class C team, posted a 28-6 victory over Hoosick Falls last week to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The Warriors have outscored the opposition 126-19 through three games this season.

Against Hoosick Falls, Stillwater trailed 6-0 after one quarter before scoring the final 28 points of the game.

Sean Kane passed for two touchdowns for the Warriors and ran for another, while Dan Morris scored on a 90-yard run and caught a 2-yrd touchdown pass.

“We need to execute and finish drives on offense, and defensively, we need to stop the run,” Carpenter said.

Section III Class D

Waterville

(0-3 overall, 0-1 Class D Central)

at Dolgeville

(3-0 overall, 2-0 Class D East)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

After rolling to a 38-6 victory in its home opener against Herkimer last Saturday, Dolgeville will face winless Waterville at Bynon Field this Saturday.

The Indians pushed unbeaten Beaver River to the limit last week before losing 34-28.

Trevor Dow threw two touchdown passes for Waterville, while Ryan Hunt scored on runs of 20 and 10 yards.

Waterville has also lost to Thousand Islands (42-19) and Sandy Creek (28-14) this season.

“Waterville has some very athletic players that have the ability to make big plays on offense and disrupt us on offense. We will need another solid week out of our offensive line to create  running room for our backs,” Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowski said. “The defense will need to adjust to a team that has a balanced throwing and running attack. Our special teams need to continue to improve and help us create field position.”

While Waterville fell short last week, Dolgeville shook off a slow start to continue its early season roll.

Quarterback Aasin Claus was 4-for-6 for 139 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Blue Devils past Herkimer.

Claus threw a 26-yard TD pass to Zach Smith, a 59-yard TD pass to Devin Gorinshek and a 44-yard pass to Dylan Lamphere.

Nic Bailey led the Blue Devils’ ground game, rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Gorinshek added 82 yards on 13 carries.

Dillon Lyon also scored for Dolgeville, returning a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown.

“Herkimer is a good defensive team. They schemed to try and stop our running attack. We were able to still gain over 200 yards, but we also put the ball in the air for over 100 yards and three touchdowns,” Zilkowski said. Our defense did a good job making stops and they were very good inside the 30-yard line.”

Matt Borek scored the lone touchdown on a 40-yard fumble return for Herkimer, which led 6-0 after the first quarter before Dolgeville, which is the state’s sixth-ranked Class D team, finished the game with 38 straight points.

Bailey had five touchdowns and 346 yards on 61 carries this season, while Chase Doxtader had 342 yards and five scores on 41 carries. Doxtader also had 15 total tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks on the defensive side of the ball, while Gorinshek had 12 tackles, two sacks and two tackles for loss.

Claus has completed 9 of his 17 passes this season for 238 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.

As a team, the Blue Devils have piled up 1,036 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground this season.

“On offense, we are working on blocking calls to combat the multiple defensive sets we get during the game,” Zilkowski said. “We have focused on improving our ability to make open field tackles on defense and special teams.”

By Paul Wager

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