Johnstown hosts Hudson tonight at Knox

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The Johnstown offensive line and Gloversville’s defensive line get ready for the snap during the 91st Gloversville-Johnstown game last Saturday at Husky Field in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

With just four weeks left in the regular season, two of the area’s seven high school football teams will play key divisional contests this weekend.

Gloversville is scheduled to travel to South Glens Falls today for a Class A Grasso Division game, while Canajoharie-Fort Plain set to make the trip to Mechanicville for a Class C Central Division game.

The other five teams will play non-division contests this weekend.

Johnstown will host Hudson in its homecoming game today at 6:30 p.m., while Dolgeville will play its first home game, hosting Beaver River on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Fonda-Fultonville will travel to Unatego on Saturday for a noon contest.

Though the Gloversville-Johnstown game took place last weekend, two graduates of the schools will meet tonight in a battle of Class AA unbeatens.

Shaker, which is coached by Gloversville graduate Greg Sheeler, will host Shenendehowa, which is coached by Johnstown graduate Brian Clawson, today at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Spectrum News. Shaker is ranked 14th in the latest Class AA state poll, while Shenendehowa is ranked 24th.

Broadalbin-Perth was scheduled to host Amsterdam tonight but the game has been postponed due to confirmed cases of Coxsackievirus in Amsterdam. A reschedule date for the varsity and junior varsity games has not been announced as of Thursday night.

Class B Crossover

Hudson (2-1 overall)

at Johnstown (2-1 overall)

Today, 7 p.m.

Though it is a non-division game, today’s contest between Johnstown and Hudson features teams on the upswing.

Both teams have won their last two games after losing their season openers.

Johnstown picked up a 35-28 victory last weekend over Gloversville.

Trey Stover finished with 247 yard rushing and three touchdowns on 15 carries for the Sir Bills. Chase Benton added 180 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while Bradey Brownell added 22 yards on five carries and completed 2 of 5 pass attempts for nine yards. Defensively, Marcus Nellis had five tackles and assisted on two more, while Benton and Nate Schrom had five tackles each.

“Every game is important for us this year. We need to continue the momentum we have had over the past couple weeks,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “Hudson is a solid team and will show us where we stand with the rest of Class B on the other side of the division.”

In Hudson’s Week 3 game, Josh Wallace rushed 12 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a win over Lansingburgh in its Week 3 contest.

After losing its opener 12-0 at Class A Columbia, the Bluehawks have posted back-to-back wins over Ichabod Crane (25-6) and Lansingburgh (38-8).

Our focus this week is to continue to get better each day,” Hall said. “Although we won last week, we still have many things to improve on with a tough upcoming schedule. Blocking and tackling is our focus each and every day.”

Class A

Grasso Division

Gloversville

(0-3 overall, 0-2 Grasso)

at South Glens Falls

(0-3 overall, 0-2 Grasso)

Today, 7 p.m.

Through three weeks of the season, Gloversville finds itself winless heading into today‘s game at South Glens Falls.

The Huskies dropped a 35-28 decision to rival Johnstown in a Class A-B crossover contest last Saturday.

“Last week’s game was a heartbreaker, but we have no choice but to find a way to respond,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said.

Petey Raldiris carried the ball 18 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns for Gloversville. He also had two catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.

Anthony Tomek-Russell completed nine of 19 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, while Julien Deumaga finished with 53 receiving yards on four catches and had seven tackles on defense.

South Glens Falls dropped a 41-0 decision to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake last week, giving up 250 rushing yards to the Spartans.

“South High is a good team who looks similar to us on film,” Bongo said. “They have made some mistakes and cost them but #13 [Connor Bovair] throws the ball well and #3 [Dylan Schrammel] runs it hard.”

Like the Huskies, the Bulldogs have struggled in their first three games, losing to Mohonasen (28-6) and Hudson Falls (26-14) in addition to Burnt Hills.

“Every game is important, when you keep score and results matter — every game is vital,“ Bongo said. “Hopefully, we are getting better each week.”

Class C 

Central Division

Canajoharie-Fort Plain (1-2 overall, 0-1 Central)

at Mechanicville

(2-1 overall, 1-1 Central)

Today, 7 p.m.

After dropping its Class C Central Division opener at defending Section II Class C champion Holy Trinity last Saturday, Canajoharie-Fort Plain will look to avoid a second straight division loss today when its travels to Mechanicville.

C-FP won its opener over Fort Edward/Argyle, but has lost its last two games against Hoosick Falls at Holy Trinity.

“The kids have been extremely focused. We felt we let the game against Hoosick Falls slip away. As far as last week, we knew we didn’t match up with them well at all,” Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Shannon Hyney said. “The game plan wasn’t probably the best against that team as well and we just didn’t match up athletically.”

Joe Tortello threw for eight touchdown passes for Holy Trinity last week. Tortello threw four touchdown passes to Nacier Hundley, two to Noah Foster and one each to Nelon Priest and Todd Williamson.

Isaiah Logan caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Derek Hyney for C-FP, while Hyney also scored on a 2-yard touchdown run. Joey Nare added a 13-yard touchdown run for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.

In its Week 3 contest, Mechanicville rolled to a 40-12 victory over Tamarac.

“We need to come out and play aggressive and play sound fundamental football,” coach Hyney said. “We need to win plain and simple just to keep the kids focused and to continue wanting to play.”

Section III Class D Crossover

Beaver River

(3-0 overall)

at Dolgeville

(1-1 overall)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

After dropping its opener to Frankfort-Schuyler on Aug. 31 and coming off a bye week, Dolgeville scored the final 20 points of the game to rally for a 20-14 victory at Waterville last Friday.

“We made a lot of physical and mental mistakes in the first quarter of last week’s game,” Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowski said. “Our team was able to overcome that deficit and rebound for a win. I’m proud of their ability to do that. We do, though, have to eliminate those early mistakes to be successful the remainder of our season.”

Zach Smith scored all three touchdowns for the Blue Devils, scoring on runs of 2, 1 and 4 yards and finishing with 139 yards on 22 carries.

For the first time this season, Dolgeville will have home field advantage, playing at Bynon Field for the first time Saturday in the fourth week of the season.

“The first games being on the road on Friday under lights in tough atmospheres were difficult,” Zilkowski said. “We are happy to be home and playing at our field on a Saturday afternoon.

In its Week 3 contest, Beaver River posted a 14-6 victory over South Jefferson.

“Beaver River is a solid football team that is yet to lose a game. They have a very diverse offense that we need to make alignments to and take care of our keys and responsibilities,” Zilkowski said. “The defense of Beaver River is athletic and usually avoids giving up the big play.”

Sam Bush threw two touchdown passes to Cameron Murphy to account for the Beavers’ scoring, while Colin Noftsier had 26 carries for 108 yards.

Bush was 10-for-17 for 168 yards for Beaver River, which also has wins over Westmoreland (34-8) and Sandy Creek (24-20) this season. The Beavers are fifth in the latest state Class D rankings.

“We are a team that is striving to get better. It was good for our team to realize that hard work will pay off with a win. Nothing will come easy.”

Non-league

Fonda-Fultonville

(2-1 overall)

at Unatego/Franklin

(0-1 overall)

Saturday, noon

Having suffered its first loss of the season last Friday against Stillwater, Fonda-Fultonville will look to bounce back against Section IV’s Unatego/Franklin.

John Mancini finished with an 8-for-16, 115-yard passing performance and was intercepted three times for FFCS in its 49-14 loss against Stillwater. Massimo DiCaprio had 46 yards on two carries for the Braves.

“The guys know that they can play better, they will be ready to play this week,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. “The game after a loss is very important, we need to bounce back by playing hard and playing together.”

After winning its opener over Moravia by a 36-6 margin, Unatego/Franklin has lost its last two contests.

The Spartans lost 46-22 to Sidney in Week 2 and 18-0 to Greene last week.

Shea Barber passed for just 19 yards and rushed for 36 yards for Unatego/Franklin, while Connor Griffin rushed for 42 yards.

“They are a very good well coached team,” Carpenter said. “They run the double-wing offense, so we need to play assignment football on defense and execute on offense.”

Class A-B Crossover

Amsterdam

(1-2 overall)

at Broadalbin-Perth

(2-1 overall)

The football game between Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to confirmed cases of Coxsackievirus at Amsterdam High School.

Four confirmed cases of Coxsackievirus in the Greater Amsterdam School District led to the district canceling all of Thursday’s scheduled athletic activities, including a varsity girls soccer game at Scotia-Glenville.

Coxsackievirus is contagious and can cause hand, food and mouth disease. The virus can cause fever, headaches and muscle aches, along with blisters on the hands, feet and mouth.

The districts are working on when the varsity and junior varsity games will be played.

By Paul Wager

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