Gloversville football drops Lansingburgh for second road win of the year

STAN HUDY/LEADER-HERALD Senior John Heimer barrels forward for another offensive gain Friday night at Lansingburgh in Section II Class B football action. Sept. 10, 2021.

By Stan Hudy

The Leader-Herald

TROY — The Gloversville football squad has already proven in the first two weeks of the season that they are road warriors.

The Huskies (2-0) earned a 21-14 road victory at Lansingburgh Friday night in Class B action, one week after winning on the road at rival Johnstown, 34-0, last week.

“We’ve got kids that can play,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “They played hard defensive. We bent, but we didn’t break.”

Gloversville saw its 1-2 running back punch of junior Kyle Robare and senior John Heimer run for 105 and 62 yards, respectively, and all three scores.

“Those two running backs have been together their whole football career and they’re both very hard runners,” Jim Robare said. “They both enjoy the weight room and they work hard in the offseason. And I’m proud of both of those guys.”

While the Heimer provided the late round points — a four-yard run up the middle with 11:02 left — the Huskies’ offensive line wore down the Knights.

“You have to give our line credit,” Robare said. “We got big boys and we’re going to move people.”

Gloversville went up early on an 8-yard run by an almost untouched Kyle Robare with 2:29 left in the first quarter. Heimer scored from 1 yard out to open the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.

A 53-yard touchdown run by Lansingburgh’s Charles Govan cut the lead on the next possession.

Kyle Robare intercepted a Lansingburgh pass late in the third quarter, and the Huskies turned it into their final score on Heimer’s 4-yard rumble into the end zone.

As the Gloversville ground game provided another win, Jim Robare said the Huskies have more plays to unveil next week in its home opener against Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

“It’s no surprise, we’re going to try to run the ball on the ground, which opened up our passing,” Robare said. “There’s a lot of people that don’t know we have weapons outside yet. Lansingburgh did a good job shutting those weapons down tonight. A few people that normally touch a ball, didn’t get a chance to touch a ball today.

“We stayed with what was working. We stayed with what was moving the ball. We stayed what was eating the clock down.”