BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots spent the first half pushing the Johnstown offense backward and the offense beat up on the Sir Bills' defense as the Patriots pounded out a a 53-8 win Friday night in their home opener.
"I think we're really rolling right now," said running back Tim Gordon, who scored three touchdowns in the game. "Everyone's happy. Hopefully this will get some momentum going into Hudson Falls."
The Patriots (2-0 overall, 1-0 Class B West) feasted on the Sir Bills from the opening kickoff, pinning them at their own 15-yard line, and forcing a quick three-and-out. Broadalbin-Perth then followed with a five-play drive that ended when quarterback Gabe Mendez connected with Gordon for a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Gabe Mendez breaks away from the Johnstown defense during Friday’s Class B West game at Patriot Field in Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
The scoring strike was Mendez's first pass of the game. He finished with 106 yards in the air and two touchdown passes. He also ran for 106 yards, including a 45-yard scoring run early in the second quarter. Mendez's second touchdown pass was to Andre Taylor to finish the Patriots' second-half scoring.
"Last week, I believe it was just a transition," Mendez said. "I was coming from the JV level, which is obviously a lot slower than the varsity level. I hadn't gotten used to the speed yet. [Friday], I had all day to throw that ball."
Two of Gordon's three touchdowns were on the ground and Luigi Magliocca returned a punt 24 yards for a touchdown and finished an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter after picking up Biagio Bucciferro's fumble near the 4-yard line.
Tyler Schmidt also scored a touchdown.
"That's what we preach and what our coaches preach: balance," Mendez said. "It's not one person that is going to get 30 carries with the ball. We're going to have three or four people maybe get five or 10, maybe 12 carries per person. That's what we wanted to do. We just wanted to play physical. We're a very physical team."
The Patriots came into the game on a high after defeating Stillwater 42-8. After two games, they've outscored their opponents 95-16.
"We know we can't do that all the time," Gordon said "We know in this league, there are always going to be dogfights. This has given us great confidence on offense and we're always still going to have to play defense."
The Sir Bills (0-2 overall, 0-2 Class B West) came into Friday night's game after being routed by the Cobleskill-Richmondville Bulldogs, 49-21, to open the season. They've been outscored 102-29 in their first two games.
"We've got a lot of work to do with our offensive line, getting off the ball and getting them to sustain blocks," Johnstown coach Matt Benton said. "It's so hard to do that with a young team. We do have some players that are fairly green and new to the program. It's tough because every week, we practice against the JV team because our numbers are so low."
Only 19 players were listed on Johnstown's roster and only six of those players are seniors. The Sir Bills scored their only touchdown with 10:08 remaining in the game, a 2-yard run by quarterback Matt Szurek.
"You have to take it in stride right now and we just keep working these guys as hard as we can work them and keep practicing," Benton said.
The Sir Bills will get a break from Class B West competition next week when they host Class C Tamarac for their opener at Knox Field next Friday night.
"Our kids come in and we get looking around, Friday Night Lights, the whole thing," Benton said. "There's nerves involved and there's excitement involved. It's a young team. They are a hardworking team. We can't take that away from them. We have to practice to improve right now."
The Patriots, meanwhile, are playing with a lot of confidence. Next week, they will start heading into the teeth of their Class B schedule when they host Hudson Falls on Friday night.
"We told our guys from day one, the past is the past," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. "It doesn't matter. Tradition only takes you so far. Every game and every year is different. We try to keep living in the moment. This is one game. Next week, we'll go work against Hudson Falls."
Broadalbin-Perth 53, Johnstown 8
Johnstown0 0 0 8 - 8
Broadalbin-Perth19 21 13 0 - 53
BP -Gordon 32 pass from Mendez (kick failed), 7:41
BP - Gordon 2 run (Magliocca kick), 3:00
BP - Magliocca 24 punt return (run failed), :52.
BP - Mendez 45 run (Magliocca kick), 9:00
BP - Gordon 3 run (Magliocca kick), 3:17
BP - Taylor 26 pass from Mendez (Magliocca kick), :15
BP - Schmidt 53 run (Magliocca kick), 8:31
BP - Magliocca 11 run (Magliocca kick), 4:16
J - Szurek 2 run (Szurek run), 10:08