Gloversville, Glens Falls to meet in battle of Class B football unbeatens

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Gloversville’s Leo Perez makes his way past Green Tech’s Joseph Davis for a touchdown during a Sept. 9 game at Park Terrace Elementary in Gloversville.

GLOVERSVILLE – In a matchup of the last two unbeaten teams in Class B, Glens Falls will host Gloversville on Saturday.

The Indians are 4-0 overall and 4-0 in Class B play and enter the game ranked 13th in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association rankings. The Huskies are 5-0 overall and 5-0 in Class B and are ranked 17th in the state in Class B.

“Right now, it’s a good place to be,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “We all are excited for the challenge as both teams have been playing well thus far. The players will be ready and are excited as both of teams are ranked in the state.”

In last year’s meeting, Glens Falls posted a 32-6 victory at Gloversville in a game that was halted at halftime by thunderstorms. The Indians have won their last five meetings with the Huskies. Gloversville last defeated Glens Falls on Sept. 18, 2010, posting a 34-33 victory. The teams didn’t meet in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In last week’s 47-14 home win over Hudson Falls, Gloversville quarterback Caelan Porter completed 9 of 10 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns.

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Nicholas Bradt had six carries for 77 yards and a score. He also had two catches for 65 yards and a touchdown. Dom Dorman had three catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies, while Kyle Robare finished with 60 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Gloversville has outscored its five opponents 181-62 this season.

Glens Falls also cruised to a win last week, rolling to a 47-6 victory at Cohoes.
Caiden Wilkinson rushed for two touchdowns for the Indians, while Carson Rath was 6 of 11 for 126 yards and three touchdowns. Kellen Driscoll had four catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns for Glens Falls, and Peyton McClenning also had a touchdown catch. Oscar Lilac and Dimaggio Riley ran for touchdowns for Glens Falls, which has outscored its opponents 139-26 this season.

“Glens Falls is fast and explosive. We need to control the line of scrimmage, reduce penalties, reduce turnovers and special teams will play a big part,” coach Robare said. “I’m sure there will be some big plays made by both teams. We just need to eliminate mistakes.”

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BROADALBIN-PERTH TO FACE COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE

For the first time this season, Broadalbin-Perth will head into this week’s contest looking to rebound after a loss.
“Every game is important to us, but we are treating it like any other football game this season. There is no added pressure,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rick Wallace said. “Ultimately, we still have everything we want right in front of us. It is a three week season. We control our own destiny for playoff seeding.”

The Patriots dropped a 44-0 decision to defending Section II Class C champion Schuylerville last Friday. The Black Horses are ranked first in the state in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association rankings.

“The team came back with a positive attitude on Monday. I am proud of how they responded so far this week. We have had really good practices this week,” Wallace said. “Last week was an opportunity to learn where we can improve as a team as we head into the final three weeks of the regular season.”

The Patriots were originally set to face Coxackie-Athens in last week’s homecoming contest, but due to injuries and COVID-19 concerns for the winless Riverhawks, B-P scrambled to find a game and hosted the unbeaten Black Horses instead.

The night started off badly for B-P as Schuylerville blocked a punt and the Black Horses’ Martin Flanders had the ball bounce right to him for a 25-yard touchdown to end the Patriots’ opening drive. From there, things didn’t go much better for B-P, which completed just one pass for 4 yards on the night and had just 61 rushing yards on 23 carries.
Ryan Savoie led the Patriots with just 23 yards on three carries, Sam Hotaling had seven carries for 18 yards and Zach Laconte had eight carries for 11 yards.

While B-P (4-1 overall, 4-0 Class C South) suffered its first defeat, Cobleskill-Richmondville rebounded from a 27-13 loss to Ichabod Crane on Sept. 23 with a 27-18 home win over Johnstown last week to improve to 3-1 overall and in Class C South Division play.

“It is important that we travel well. Going to Cobleskill has always been a challenge. They have a great atmosphere and are very well coached. Traveling three times in a row early this season has prepared us for this moment,” Wallace said. “Blocking and tackling have been the focus of the week. If we get back to doing those things the right way, we will see improvements from last week. Cobleskill will be another good test for us. They will be a physical challenge. These are the type of teams that we have to play a full four quarters in order to beat. The team is up for the challenge. I think we are all eager to get back out there on Friday and put the improvements on film.”

JOHNSTOWN TO TRAVEL TO TACONIC HILLS

After dropping a 27-18 decision at Cobleskill-Richmondville last week, Johnstown will look to rebound at Taconic Hills.

“The team has gotten right back to work and continued to work on fixing our errors in the season so far,” Johnstown coach Paul Furman said. “Last week was a game the boys really wanted to win, but they have bounced back well and continued to look forward.”

In last week’s game against the Bulldogs, Ryan Hoyt was held to a season-low 52 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Jack Miller was 8-for-17 for 106 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Miller also rushed for two touchdowns and 12 yards on seven carries. Brandon Frank had four catches for 82 yards and a touchdown for the Sir Bills.

“The biggest key to this week’s game is ourselves. This team has been their own biggest obstacle,” Furman said. “We need to overcome ourselves and stop making the mistakes we have been making. This week in practice we have done some things to overcome that and fix our errors.”

Taconic Hills was off last week after its game at Hudson was canceled by low numbers for the Bluehawks. The Titans, who will be hosting their homecoming festivities tonight, are 0-3 overall and 0-3 in Class C South Division play this season. Taconic Hills has been outscored 128-24 in its losses to Fonda-Fultonville, Broadalbin-Perth and Ichabod Crane. The Titans last played on Sept. 23, dropping a 44-8 decision at Broadalbin-Perth.

“Taconic Hills are big up front. They have a lot of size on the line. They also have been able to pop a big play consistently in their games against their opponents,” Furman said. “If we are able to overcome those obstacles we will be able to put ourselves in a good position in this week’s game.”

Johnstown comes into the game in need of a win as it looks to remain in the playoff hunt.

“Every game in our season is important,” Furman said. “All games have playoff implications, it’s an opportunity for the boys to advance their win column one more towards a winning season, and it’s an opportunity to put four good clean quarters of football together.”

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