Sir Bills slated to host Hoosick Falls/Tamarac

By Paul Wager

The Leader-Herald

Through its first two games and half of its third, the Johnstown football team failed to score a point.

The Sir Bills may have saved their season last Saturday, rallying from a 21-0 halftime deficit to notch a victory over Mechanicville in a Class C North Division contest.

“Coming back from a 21-0 deficit half way through the third quarter shows that our team has a lot of character and will never go away,” Johnstown coach Paul Furman said. “They have done that through three games now. Even through our two losses this team has never stopped playing. I think our athletes are excited to see what they are capable of if they put together four quarters of mistake-free football.”

The Sir Bills had lost their first two games by shutout to Gloversville (34-0) and Section IV’s Norwich (46-0) before their third game with Schuylerville was canceled due to COVID protocols.

In their return to the field, Johnstown fell behind early once again before rallying for its first win.

“Last week’s win was very important to the team. It allowed them to build confidence in what we are doing, and the techniques that are being taught,” Furman said. “It showed them the difference between a half filled with mistakes, and a half of mistake free football. It showed them how to perform under stress.”

The Sir Bills (1-2 overall) are slated to host Hoosick Falls/Tamarac on Friday at 7 p.m. at Knox Field.

The Wildcats improved to 2-1 with a 39-13 victory over Glens Falls last week.

“Hoosick Falls/Tamarac shows a lot of different things on film. The team is learning everything Hoosick Falls/Tamarac does and how to be successful against it,” Furman said. “After a big emotional win like Saturday, it can be hard to come back on a Monday and prepare for your next opponent. We need to put it in the rear view, and mentaly prepare for Hoosick Falls/Tamarac.”

Jake Sparks threw for two touchdowns and returned an interception for another touchdown for the Wildcats. Josh Colegrove caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from Sparks, while James Blake hauled in a 56-yard pass for a score. Greg Mays rushed for two touchdowns for Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, while Dillon Grogan also added a rushing touchdown.

Hoosick Falls-Tamarac outgained Glens Falls 265-165 and led 26-7 at the half on its way to the win.

“Hoosick Falls/Tamarac is a well-coached team. They have size and speed. They have multiple fronts defensively. Our staff and players are working hard to deal with the things they do on offense and defense,” Furman said. “To put it simply, mistake-free football will be the key to this week’s game. Mistakes have hindered us throughout the season so far. If we can limit mistakes we should be able to put ourselves in a good spot.”

B-P travels to Scotia-Glenville for divisional opener

Just getting on the field each week has been an ordeal for Broadalbin-Perth.

With just barely enough players to meet the minimum to play, the Patriots have avoided injuries and illness since sitting out their Week 0 contest with Fonda-Fultonville.

In last week’s 42-13 loss to Mohonasen, B-P had two players forced from the game in the third quarter.

“We are banged up, we had two players have to leave the game in the third quarter last week, but will be cleared to play Friday,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said.

After going winless in its three Class B crossover contests, the Patriots are hoping for better results as they kick off Class B North Division play at Scotia-Glenville on Friday at 7 p.m.

“This game is very important because it is a divisional match up, these are the ones that determine playoff and postseason seedings, so winning in your division is critical,” Pelneau said.

Scotia-Glenville posted a 47-32 victory over Green Tech in its Class B crossover contest last Friday.

“They are a very physical team. They have good size along the offensive and defensive lines and speed in the skill positions,” Pelneau said. “We have to clean up our own mistakes, penalties and fumbles have been hurting us in critical situations, we have to tackle better in the open field as well.”

Gloversville hosts Mohonasen in Class B crossover

After starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2015, Gloversville has hit a rough stretch with back-to-back losses to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (28-6) and Schalmont (28-7).

The Huskies struggled offensively in both contests and were outgained by a 309-185 margin in last week’s loss at Schalmont. The Huskies gained just 77 yards and managed just two first downs in the first half.

Sean Willis led Schalmont, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 105 yards on 18 carries. Willis led a Sabres’ ground game that gained 191 yards on 43 carries.

Max Pratt scored Schalmont’s other touchdown, hauling in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Noah O’Connor that put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. O’Connor completed 8 of 15 passes for 118 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 48 yards on nine carries.

“We showed our resilience last week. They never gave up against a state-ranked team,” coach Jim Robare said. “They did the best job they could. I’m proud of their efforts.”

Gloversville (2-2 overall) is slated to host Schalmont’s Rotterdam rival Mohonasen Friday at 7 p.m. at Husky Field in just its second home game of the season.

The Mighty Warriors (1-2 overall) picked up their first win in three games this season, notching a 42-13 victory over Broadalbin-Perth at home last Friday.

“Mohonasen is a solid team up front. They are big and strong. Both of us play similar game styles,” coach Robare said. “We need to keep the ball on offense, We can’t keep our defense on the field as long as we did last week, We can’t have turnovers and we need to eliminate penalties and score one more point than them.”

Friday’s game will be the final crossover contest before the Huskies, who will wrap up the regular season with four straight divisional games, starting next Friday at Broadalbin-Perth.

“Obviously, divisional play is important,” coach Robare said. “However, every game we play is important too.”