HIGH SCHOOLS – With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown football teams will meet Friday at Knox Field with plenty on the line.
Both teams will be looking to solidify their position for the postseason and both still have an opportunity to host a first-round playoff game if they can win their final two games.
Only one team will have that chance after tonight’s Class C South Division meeting at Knox Field.
“This week is very important for us. The result of the game will determine a lot for the playoffs and momentum moving forward,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rick Wallace said. “Our goal is to get back on track and play like we did earlier this year.”
After starting the season with four straight wins, Broadalbin-Perth has hit a rough stretch the last two weeks, losing at home to Schuylerville on Sept. 30 by a 44-0 margin and at Cobleskill-Richmondville last Friday, 20-13.
“This week for both teams is important in terms of playoffs,” Johnstown coach Paul Furman said. “I expect all players from both teams to be fighting tooth and nail.”
In last week’s loss at Cobleskill-Richmondville, the Patriots mustered just 138 yards of total offense.
“It is easy to put your head down when things don’t go the way you want but the players have responded this week. We have spent a lot of time focusing on doing the little things,” Wallace said. “When we sat down as a team to watch a film, the players realized how a little mistake can create big plays for our opponents. They are eager to get back on the field and correct these things.”
After scoring 132 points in their first four contests, the Patriots have scored just 13 points in their last two outings. However, Furman said he’s not expecting an easy night defensively.
“Broadalbin-Perth has good athletes on the field and they have some size up front,” Furman said. “If we let them use those things to their advantage we will struggle. We need to play disciplined football Friday night. We need to play with our hair on fire.”
While B-P has struggled on the offensive side of the ball of late, the Sir Bills had no such trouble in their 48-20 victory at Taconic Hills last Friday.
“All wins have their importance to any program. For us, last week was an opportunity to solve our problems with interceptions and committing penalties at the line of scrimmage,” Furman said. “We were able to do that last week and put together four clean quarters of football.”
Ryan Hoyt led the way with 297 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, while quarterback Jack Miller was 5 for 6 passing for 71 yards and three touchdowns. Andrew Lake carried the ball six times for 63 yards for Johnstown, which gained 420 yards on the ground against the Titans.
“Johnstown will be another big test for us. They can really run the football well. They also have some explosive athletes,” Wallace said. “We have to limit those players. They will make us pay if we do not tackle well.”
Brandon Frank had two catches for 49 yards and two touchdowns for the Sir Bills (3-2 overall), while Lake added a 5-yard touchdown reception.
While the offense hit on all cylinders last week, Johnstown’s defense allowed Taconic Hills to score a season-high 20 points.
“It’s not a secret that we have let up big plays on defense. We need to solve that issue,” Furman said. “On the offensive side, we need to take care of the ball and limit penalties. Our players are very capable of playing solid football both ways. We need to focus our game plan and execute.”
Both teams head into Friday’s contest well aware of what is on the line.
“We need to get back on track and play with the chip on our shoulder we had earlier in the year,” Wallace said. “That has been the challenge of the week. We know what type of football we are capable of playing. As a group, we still have to prove what type of team we want to be.”
Broadalbin-Perth (4-2 overall), which topped Johnstown 41-14 in last year’s meeting, is scheduled to host division-leading Fonda-Fultonville next Friday to wrap up the regular season. The Sir Bills are slated to host Ichabod Crane at Knox Field in its regular-season finale.
GLOVERSVILLE OFF THIS WEEK
After dropping its first game of the season last Saturday at Glens Falls by a 27-0 margin, Gloversville (5-1 overall, 5-1 Class B) won’t be in action as it has a bye week.
The Huskies are scheduled to be back in action on Oct. 21 at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in a rematch of last year’s Class B championship game. The Indians won that meeting 33-14 and also posted a 28-6 victory at Gloversville during the regular season in 2021.