Big plays key Green Tech 20-9 win over Huskies

The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis Gloversville John Heimer V holds on the ball after being tackled by Green Tech’s Jahzanear Pointer (28) and Nazaire Turner (12) during Class B action Friday afternoon at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

BROADALBIN — The Gloversville Huskies may not have scored on their opening possession but a booming 65-yard punt by Jordan Fung Chen Pen led to their first points of the game.

Pen’s punt pinned the Green Tech Eagles inside their 5-yard line and a mishandled snap from center ended up with quarterback Mekhi Kersey falling on the ball in the end zone for a safety and a quick 2-points for the Huskies.

The Eagles defense kept Gloversville from capitalizing on good field position and held the Huskies in check, while using long pass completions to pick up their first victory of the year 20-9 Friday afternoon at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“Overall, for us, if you look at the stats, they had some big plays and that is what killed us,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “We made a lot of arm tackles and that isn’t going to stop too many people.”

The Huskies offense was hampered by an injury to prime running back Kyle Robare, who sat out the second half after gaining 30 yards on 12 first-half rushes.

The Eagles made the most of a fumble recovery with 4:51 left in the first quarter to put their first points of the game on the board. Keyed by a 45-yard pass completion from Kersey to Dion Foendoe Green Tech moved the ball to the Gloversville 13 before the duo hooked up again for an 8-yard touchdown strike and a 6-2 lead.

Kersey and Foendoe hooked for another bit play early in their second quarter, this time for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Jahquil Thompson ran the 2-point conversion in for a 14-2 lead.

The Huskies answered with a time-consuming 16-play drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Garrett Dooling to Gio Glionna. Paul Lomanto kicked the extra point to cut the Eagles lead to 14-9.

“I was happy,” Glionna said. “Scoring is always good, especially getting my first score of the season.”

Gloversville made another run at the end zone late in the second quarter.

After taking over on downs at the Green Tech 46, the Huskies backs John Heimer V and Robare ground the ball down to the 12 yard line with 32 seconds left on the clock.

Dooling dropped back and hit Simon Bruce in the end zone, but before Bruce could bring the ball under control, the Eagles’ Isaac Sylvain knocked the ball free and grabbed it for the interception in the end zone, leaving the score at 14-9 at the half.

Green Tech extended its lead to 20-9 on its first possession of the second half with Pointer scoring on a 2-yard run.

With Kyle Robare on the sideline, Leo Perez joined Heimer in the backfield and the duo alternated carries to moved the ball from the Gloversville 42 to the Green Tech 26 in seven carries.

The Huskies drive stalled at the 16 and after a missed 33—yard field goal attempt, the Eagles took over on their 20.

Both defenses stepped up in the final quarter to keep the offense in check, putting the final score at 20-9 in favor of Green Tech.

“Cudos to Leo [Perez] he did a great job stepping in and playing hard,” Coach Robare said. “We work in practice on the plays, so as far as somebody coming in and knowing stuff, Leo did a great job. Kyle going down probably hurt us a little bit defensively as well. But the team stepped up. We can turn around and say next person, it is your time to play. I always tell my team to work while you wait so you will be ready to go.”

Heimer finished with 55 yards on 13 rushes, while Perez had six carries for 32 yards.

Dooling finished with 118-yards and a touchdown in 25 attempts, while Glionna had seven catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Gloversville (0-2) will head to Glens Falls Saturday, while Green Tech (1-0) is scheduled to play Hudson Falls Saturday at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School.

Green Tech 20, Gloversville 9

Green Tech 6 8 6 0 — 20

Gloversville 2 7 0 0 — 9

First quarter

G — Safety, 10:24

GT — Dion Foendoe 8 pass from Mekhi Kersey (run failed), 1:22.

Second quarter

GT — Foendoe 42 pass from Kersey (Jahquil Thompson run), 11:16.

G — Gio Glionna 8 pass from Garrett Dooling (Paul Lomanto kick), 5:08.

Third quarter

GT — Jahzanear Pinter 2 run (run failed), 8:37.

Johnstown 7,

Corinth-Fort Edward 6

JOHNSTOWN — Chase Benton’s second quarter 5-yard touchdown run tied the game and Ryan Hoyt’s extra-point kick proved to be the game winner as Johnstown picked up the victory in its home opener Friday night at Knox Field.

Corinth-Fort Edward capitalized on a first-quarter turnover to put their lone points of the game on the board.

One in the lead the Sir Bills defense shut down the Warhawks to secure the victory.

Benton led the Sir Bills (1-1) carrying the ball 22 times for 88 yards and a touchdown to go with 28 receiving yards and eight tackles and an interception on defense.

Quarterback Caden Mureness threw for 50 yards in a 3-for-6 passing performance and carried the ball four times for 44 yards. Shawn Chiddick added 19 yards rushing on four carries, while Brandon Frank had one catch for 28 yards.

Defensively, Malik Holston had five tackles and a fumble recovery and Connor Betts also had a fumble recovery to go with four tackles. Brodie Loucks finished with nine tackles, while Riley Savoie had eight tackles and Hoyt and Tanner Warner finished with five tackles apiece.

Johnstown will travel to play Mechanicville next Friday night.

Johnstown 7, Corinth-Fort Edward 6

Corinth-Fort Edward 6 0 0 0 — 6

Johnstown 0 7 0 0 — 7

First quarter

CFE — Ashton Sullivan 9 run (run failed)

Second quarter

J — Chase Benton 5 run (Ryan Hoyt kick)

Canajoharie 34, Helderberg Valley 8

AMSTERDAM — Max Prime rushed the ball 20 times for 160 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as Canajoharie/Fort Plain opened its season with a a 34-8 win over Helderberg Valley Friday morning at the Lynch Literacy Academy field.

With the score tied at eight at the half, C-FP took its first steps toward putting the game away with Prime rushing the ball 40 yards in three carries, setting up Quinn Casler for an 8-yard touchdown run. to take a 14-8 lead.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain kept the offense going in the final quarter with Prime, Zachary Hergert and Richard Spicci all rushing for touchdowns to secure the 34-8 season-opening win.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain 34, Helderberg Valley 8

Helderberg Valley 0 8 0 0 — 8

Canajoharie-Fort Plain 8 0 6 20 — 34

First quarter

CFP — Max Prime 9 run Quinn Casler pass from Zach Suits), 4:19.

Second quarter

HV — Chris Davis 1 run (Duell pass from Stempel)

Third quarter

CFP — Casler 8 run (Pass fail)

Fourth quarter

CFP — Prime 3 run (Pass fail).

CFP — Zachary Herget 10 run (Lyman Bartlett pass from Suits)

CFP — Richard Spicci 20 run (Pass fail).

LaSalle 25,

Amsterdam 8

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Rams picked up a safety early in the first quarter but would not score again until late in the fourth quarter as the Rams dropped a 25-8 decision to LaSalle Institute Friday morning at the Lynch Literacy Academy.

The Cadets big play of the game came in the second quarter when the Rams had them backed up against their goal line and quarterback Eddie Yamin threw a bomb down the left sideline to wide receiver Brady Fenton for a 99-yard touchdown.

Bo Catherwood led the Cadets offense with 141 rushing yards and three second-half touchdowns.

LaSalle 25, Amsterdam 8

LaSalle 0 6 6 13 — 25

Amsterdam 2 0 0 6 — 8

First quarter

A — James Shatas safety.

Second quarter

L — Brady Fenton 99 pass from Eddie Yamin (Conversion failed).

Third quarter

L — Bo Catherwood 10 run (Kick failed).

Fourth quarter

L — Catherwood 1 run (Conversion failed).

A — Ceasar Thompson 38 pass from Tommy Ziskin (Conversion failed).

L — Catherwood 20 run (Miklas kick)

By Paul Wager