Sir Bills host Patriots in Week 4 rivalry game

The local high school football season has reached the midway point and teams are staring to get momentum and positioning for postseason play.

The Johnstown Sir Bills and Broadalbin-Perth Patriots will renew their rivalry tonight at Knox Field with both teams still in contention for a postseason berth.

The Fonda-Fultonville Braves will put their unbeaten record on the line tonight when they travel to play long-time rival Watervliet in a Class C cross-division showdown at Watervliet High School.

The Gloversville Huskies are seeking their first win of the season when they host South Glens Falls tonight in their Homecoming Game at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field.

Class B

Broadalbin-Perth

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

at Johnstown

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

Today, 7 p.m.

Tonight’s game pits the local rivals in a showdown with possible postseason implications.

Johnstown is coming off a division loss to Hudson Falls, while Broadalbin-Perth dropped a division game to Schuylerville.

“Last week was a roller coaster game,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “We got down early and did an unbelievable job coming back to take the lead in the fourth quarter then giving up a score. We learned that it takes all four quarters of good football to win tough games.”

The Tigers rallied to with Arek Hall punching in a 1-yard run before sealing the 32-22 victory with a 38-yard interception return.

The Patriots struggled to get their offense on track against Schuylerville with Dante Calderone providing the lone Broadalbin-Perth score with a 41-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter in the 42-7 loss.

“Once Monday hits, we move on to our next game, that’s what great about football, you can renew each week,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “Hopefully we learned lessons of the past two games and we can improve.”

Despite coming up on the short end of the final score, the Sir Bills offense put up good numbers.

Johnstown quarterback Caden Mureness threw for 212 yards in a 13-for-36 passing performance and ran for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Chase Benton rushed for 64 yards with touchdown runs of 19 and 14 yards and had two catches for 22 yards. Noah Massey grabbed four catches for 110 yards for the Sir Bills, while Dawson Sanges gained 82 yards with eight catches.

However, heading into tonight’s game, coach Hall is concerned about turning the ball over against the Patriots.

“We need to limit our turnovers,” he said. “We have turned the ball over 9 times in 3 games and it is tough to win games doing that. If we can take care of the ball, we will be alright.”

Injuries have plagued the Patriots this year but at the regular season hits the midway point, the Broadalbin-Perth players have bought into the adjustments.

“Given our low numbers and injuries, each week we are adjusting things here and there,” coach Pelneau said. “I am proud of the team for being flexible, that includes our young players on JV as well. They have giving us great effort in practice to help prepare us. We are slowly getting healthier but it’s always an issue with our number this year. ”

The Sir Bills are also adjusting to midseason injuries.

“We are banged up a bit,” coach Hall said. “We have a couple starters that are out this week including one that went down from a bad hit last week. We have some guys that are ready to step up in their place though.”

With a game against defending Class B state champion and top-ranked Glens Falls next week for Johnstown and two weeks for Broadalbin-Perth, getting a win this week would be crucial for the possibility of postseason play.

“This is a huge game for us. It is a big game for our playoff hopes,” Coach Hall said. “Our guys know the importance of this game and will be ready to go Friday night. We are figuring out what it takes to be successful including the daily grind of getting better each day.”

Pelneau said that facing the Sir Bills on their home turf is always a special game that the Patriots look forward to.

“Knox is one of the best places to play in the section, we are always excited to play there and being close its a natural rivalry game for both schools, it’s what high school football is all about,” he said.

Class A

South Glens Falls

(1-2 overall, 0-2 Class A Grasso)

at Gloversville

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

Today, 7 p.m.

It is Homecoming Weekend for the Huskies as they return to Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field for their third straight home game.

The Huskies are looking to turn their season around after facing three state-ranked teams in the opening weeks as they host South Glens Falls tonight.

“We need to be more physical up front, cut down on our mental mistakes offensively and tackle much better on defense,” coach Jim Robare said about what the Huskies must do to be successful against the Bulldogs.

South High is coming off a 26-0 loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, but the Bulldogs defense provided a challenge for the Spartans who are listed eighth in the Class A state rankings as they held them to nine first-half points.

Garrett Dooling has stepped in at quarterback as Anthony Tomek-Russell, who was the starting quarterback last year and the first two games this season, is sidelined with an injury.

“We have it so where everyone is competed each week for a starting spot,” coach Robare said. “This the team is working hard and getting after it.”

Gloversville and South Glens Falls have met several times over the years, but South High has had the edge lately winning the last four games in a series that the Huskies lead 34-11.

Being their Homecoming Game, coach Robare wants his players to take in all the excitement leading up to tonight’s game.

“This is high school football. I tell the kids to have fun and take it all in but be focused throughout the day and do school work,” he said. “Once we get to the field its work time.”

Class A

Amsterdam

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

at Albany

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

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The Amsterdam Rams are coming off a gutsy 35-28 Homecoming victory over Columbia on Sunday at the Lynch Literacy Academy.

The Rams made the Class A state rankings this week as an Honorable Mention and will be looking to put back-to-back wins together for the first time this year.

It should not be a tough task as they face Albany, which is mired in a 22-game losing streak on Saturday.

The Falcons normally play Class AA but are competing in the Class A Capital Division this season as they try to rebuild their program.

Last week against Columbia Peyton Ausfeld played with his left arm in a cast to protect a broken wrist and finished with 127 yards rushing on 13 carries including touchdown runs of 42 and 57 yards.

Quarterback Tommy Ziskin threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for 91 yards for the Rams.

Amsterdam has scored 94 points this year and given up 93, while Albany has scored 34 given up 110 points.

Class C

Fonda-Fultonville

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

at Watervliet

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

Today, 7 p.m.

After three-straight home games to open the season with a 3-0 record, Fonda-Fultonville takes to the road tonight to face a tough Watervliet squad.

“We are prepared,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Sean Thompson said. “We face the 20th ranked Class C team in the state so it is a big test for us. They are well-coached and athletic.”

The Cannoneers are coming off a 50-44 loss to Class B Hudson, but have outscored their opponents 104-64, while the Braves have outscored their opponents 93-61.

“They are big and physical and they run a type of offense that is difficult to simulate in practice so our defense will really have their work cut out for them,” coach Thompson said.

Kareem Duncan has found the end zone eight times this season for Watervliet,while rushing for 376 yards, while Dave Austin has rushed for another 329 yards.

The Braves’ John Mancini has put up 349 passing yards and thrown for five touchdowns, while rushing for four more and gaining 190 yards on the ground.

Garrett Neff has caught three of the touchdown passes, while Jackson Atty has pulled down two.

“We have to get some stops on defense and we must be more consistent on offense,” Coach Thompson said. “Our offensive line must have a big game for us. Our special teams must continue to play well as they have the previous three weeks.”

The strong start to the season has Fonda-Fultonville on the fast track to postseason play.

“Making it into the play-offs was our main goal this season and we are in a great position to make that happen,” Coach Thompson said. “A win Friday night would put us extremely close to reaching it.”

Class C/D

Chatham

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

at Canajoharie-Fort Plain

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

Saturday, 2 p.m. at Fonda-Fultonville

Canajoharie-Fort Plain will take to the turf at John G. Boshart Field at Fonda-Fultonville High School for a home game, while their field at Canajoharie High School is under construction.

C-FP fell to Stillwater, the fourth ranked Class C team in the state, 48-14 last week and will face another state-ranked team this week in Chatham, which is ranked eighth in Class D.

The Panthers are coming into tonight’s game off a 20-14 overtime loss to Lake George/Hadley Luzerne and have outscored their opponents 141-33 so far this season.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain has put up 74 points this season but have given up 115.

C-FP quarterback Derek Hyney is ranked second in Section 2 in passing yards with 620 and has thrown for seven of the teams 11 touchdowns. Keegan Myers has pulled down three of those touchdown passes while marcus Johnson has two touchdown receptions.

Sect. III Class D

Dolgeville

(2-1 overall, 1-0 Class C Central)

at Waterville

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

Saturday, 1 p.m.

The Dolgeville Blue Devils are ranked 11th in the Class D state poll and will be looking to put their first loss of the season, a 34-22 decision to third-ranked Frankfort-Schuyler.

Against the Maroon Knights, Kyle Getman finished with 123 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts, while Connor Morse finished with 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts to go with three catches for 40 yards.

Waterville received Honorable Mention in the Class D state rankings and is riding a two game win streak after dropping its season opener to Beaver River

By Paul Wager

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