BROADALBIN — Coming into the season, the Broadalbin-Perth football team was big on numbers and short on experience.
Through two weeks of the season, the Patriots have gained plenty of the latter, but have yet to put a number on the scoreboard in shutout losses to Bethlehem and Schalmont.
“We’re still in a place where we’re learning a new offense and defense,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rick Wallace said. “We have a lot of new players in the lineup. We’re a young team and we have to keep coaching them up.”
On Saturday, B-P dropped a 29-0 decision to Schalmont, completing a game that was halted on Friday night by lightning with 8:45 left in the first quarter.
The Patriots trailed 15-0 as the game resumed Saturday and drove to the Schalmont 1-yard line on their first possession of the day. However, a bad snap on second-and-goal was recovered by Schalmont at the Patriots’ 24-yard line.
B-P bounced back with an interception by Lorenzo Tambasco. It was that kind of day for the Patriots who showed several positive signs only to have them undone by penalties, turnovers or mistakes. B-P was penalized 10 times for 85 yards in the game.
“RIght now, we just need to work on cleaning up our mistakes,” Wallace said. “A lot of what happened in the first two weeks was self-inflicted. We have to play clean football and we didn’t do a good job of that today or last week.”
In the first week of the season, the Patriots were blanked 42-0 at Bethlehem.
“Now, we’ve got to get ready for league play,” Wallace said. “We didn’t want to start the season 0-2, but it doesn’t hurt us too bad. We’ve got all of our divisional games in front of us.”
On Saturday, Isaiah Smith led Schalmont with with three touchdown catches for Schalmont.
Smith finished with five catches for 126 yards for the Sabres, while quarterback Ryan Woodrow was 10-for-18 for 194 three touchdowns and an interception. Joey Devellis led Schalmont on the ground with 12 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown.
Smith scored on touchdown catches of 50, 50 and 31 yards, while Devellis scored on a 62-yard run.
Like B-P, Schalmont had its struggles as it was flagged nine times for 60 yards.
“It’s hard to come back and get the kids up to play the game,” Schalmont coach Joe Whipple said. “We were sloppy at times. We have to clean things up. We have high expectations every year and we’ve got to keep working to reach them.”
Colin Cotter had 17 carries for 79 yards for Broadalbin-Perth (0-2), while Kole Dominique had eight carries for 41 yards.
“Broadalbin-Perth did a great job. They played hard,” Whipple said. “They made adjustments and made it hard on us.”
Quarterback Garrett Jackowski was 5-for-15 for 52 yards for the Patriots, who are scheduled to travel to Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
“We’ve got a week to get ready for our next game and it’s up to me as the coach to get the team ready,” Broadalbin-Perth coach RIck Wallace said. “We’re going to go home and watch the film, prepare the game plan and on Monday, we’re going to start getting ready for next Friday’s game and focus on having a good week of practice.”
Schalmont (1-0) is slated to travel to Cairo-Durham/Catskill next Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
Schalmont 8 7 6 8 — 29
Broadalbin-Perth 0 0 0 0 — 0
S — I. Smith 50 pass from Woodrow (Preissler pass from Devine)
S — I. Smith 50 pass from Woodrow (Woodrow kick)
S — Devellis 62 run (run failed)
S — I. Smith 31 pass from Woodrow (Preissler pass from Devine)