By JAMES A. ELLIS
The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots have jumped out to a quick start in the 2012 high school football season, outscoring their opponents 95-16 in their first two games.
Tonight, Hudson Falls comes to Patriot Field with an eye on knocking B-P off and getting an early foothold in the Class B West standings.
Another key Week 3 match up takes place Saturday when well-rested and state-ranked Fonda-Fultonville travels to play Watervliet in a Class C South showdown Saturday afternoon.
Also putting their undefeated record on the line this weekend are the Canajoharie Cougars as they make the trip to Hoosic Valley for a Class D crossover game.
Tamarac at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Hudson Falls at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.
Gloversville at Niskayuna, 7 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville at Watervliet, 1 p.m.
Canajoharie at Hoosic Valley, 1 p.m.
Amsterdam at Queensbury, 1:30 p.m.
Dolgeville at Cooperstown, 2 p.m.
(1-1 overall, 1-1 Class B West)
(2-0 overall, 1-0 Class B West)
Today, 7 p.m.
The Patriots will get tested tonight when they take on Hudson Falls in a pivotal Class B West matchup.
The Tigers are coming off a 35-6 victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville in which Curtis Boddie rushed for 123 of Hudson Falls' 264 total rushing yards.
"They are going to line up and try to pound the ball. We need to be ready to meet them head on. I think we will be up for the challenge," B-P coach Jim Pelneau said. "I think we are ready. We know what to expect from them. They are a physical team that likes to run the ball."
The Patriots have outscored their opponents 95-16 over the first two weeks with Tim Gordon leading the way with five touchdowns.
"The kids themselves are making it happen," Pelneau said. "They have bought into what we have been preaching and are working their butts off. They are really into it, are very focused and staying positive. They are giving us everything they have both in practice and in the game."
Pelneau said the Patriots realize they need to continue to improve every game.
"We still have things to correct," he said. "We call Monday our move-on day. We move on from one week to the next and they have been very focused. In our league, every game is a battle and we expect Friday night to be another one."
Today, 7 p.m.
Gloversville fought back but never fully recovered from last week's game-opening 96-yard touchdown run by Scotia-Glenville's Dontrevius Porter.
Although the Huskies took a late second-quarter lead, offensive inconsistency led to the Tartans taking home the victory.
The Huskies are looking to iron out their inconsistencies tonight against Niskayuna, a team Gloversville last played and defeated in sectional play in 1999.
"Hopefully it opened up some eyes and showed that we need to put four quarters of football together," Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. "With that said, I think Scotia is a good football team and much improved from the team we saw last year. I just think we shot ourselves in the foot too many times last week."
The Silver Warriors, traditionally a team that likes to air the ball out, has found a strong running game this season with sophomore Aiden O'Brien leading the way with games of 216 and 160 yards rushing.
"He is a pretty good player," Bongo said. "They remind me a lot of our offense. They are spread and will go five wide and also run some wildcat formations where they snap the ball directly to O'Brien. They are very balanced and it will be a challenge for us."
Gloversville got a big game from senior Mike Murray last week while junior quarterback Asa Barnhill has given the Huskies a different look with his ability to run the option.
"We need to move the ball either through the air or on the ground; it depends on what they show us defensively," Bongo said. "To be able to play a double-A team is a great opportunity. Like I always say, playing the better teams is only going to make us better, especially later in the season when we play Burnt Hills, Amsterdam and Queensbury."
Today, 7 p.m.
After being routed twice on the road, the Sir Bills are looking to turn around their season tonight at Knox Field against Class C Tamarac.
Johnstown is coming off back-to-back division losses to Cobleskill-Richmondville and Broadalbin-Perth, while Tamarac has lost to Watervliet and Mechanicville in overtime.
Coach Matt Benton said the Sir Bills have regrouped after last week's 53-8 loss to B-P.
"We have been trying to iron out our mistakes and I think we have made progress," he said. "It is the little things that seem to kill us when we get into a game situation. When we get one breakdown, the kids try to start compensating for that one breakdown. We need to stick with assignment football, which is what we teach. It is a new week. We will get through this week and then focus on Glens Falls. We need to take it just one week at a time with this group. We are trying to stay healthy too because we are low in numbers."
Playing before their fans at home may be what the Sir Bills need.
"It is nice that we are finally going to be home after two weeks on the road," Benton said. "The little-league kids are going to be there and that usually gets the players charged up too. Just the overall atmosphere of being at home. The kids really look forward to that."
However, being the larger school in tonight's game doesn't mean it will be an easy assignment for Class B Johnstown.
"There are a lot of quality Class C programs," Benton said. "Tamarac seems to run the ball as much as they throw the ball. Their quarterback has a nice touch and he has some receivers who can come down with it."
(1-0 overall, 1-0 Class C South)
(2-0 overall, 1-0 Class C South)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville comes in ranked 17th in the New York State Sportswriters Association poll, while Watervliet received honorable mention as the Class C powerhouses square off in an early-season showdown.
The momentum Fonda-Fultonville built in its season-opening victory over Taconic Hills is lost as the Braves found themselves without a game last week because of Cairo-Durham folding before the season.
"We are glad to be preparing for a game and happy that last week is over," Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. "It worked out with the holiday and stuff. We gave them a couple of days off. The positive spin of it was it let them get accustomed to being back in school and it also gave us a chance to get accustomed to being back in school. It also allowed us to do some scouting Friday night and Saturday. One positive is we didn't get banged up."
Watervliet will try to build on its road wins of 34-14 over Tamarac and 39-7 over Voorheesville.
"From what we have seen, they look solid up front and are very similar to us on offense," Carpenter said. "They have a couple good running backs and their quarterback really throws the ball well."
On the receiving end of three of Taylor Dockstader's touchdown passes is senior Jordan Gleason.
"Jordan Gleason is an exceptional athlete," Carpenter said.
at Hoosic Valley
Saturday, 1 p.m.
After back-to-back Class D crossover victories, the Cougars open divisional play Saturday afternoon.
Hoosic Valley, a Class C team playing down in the Ds this year and not eligible for postseason play, defeated Bishop Gibbons 38-13 in week one and lost to Cambridge 48-0 last week.
"They are very aggressive on defense," Canajoharie coach Ken Sullivan said. "We saw them play Cambridge and they played Cambridge tough in the first quarter. But they are not very deep and that took its toll on them."
Sullivan said his offensive line has come together nicely and has allowed the Cougars' offense to click.
"The offensive line has gelled and is doing a nice job blocking for Kevin Shannon," he said. "He rushed for over 200 yards the first game and 197 this last game and has seven touchdowns If teams start keying on him, Alex Renzi can start carrying some of the responsibilities."
Sullivan also attributes the team's success so far to senior quarterback Nick Taylor.
"I am very happy with the play of Nick Taylor," he said. "He has been managing the games very well. He hasn't had any turnover and has been doing what we have asked him to do."
Sullivan said for the Cougars to take their record to 3-0 they need to "establish our run game and not have any turnovers or mistakes. If we can do that, we can come away with a victory."
Canajoharie received honorable mention in the initial Class D state rankings.
(1-1 overall, 0-0 Class A Northwest)
(1-1 overall, 0-0 Class A Northwest)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The Rams begin their drive for a Class A Northwest Division title Saturday on the road in Queensbury.
"This is big," Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. "We only have four conference games so every game is huge starting with this one. We have to make our trip up there, but we are looking forward to it."
Queensbury comes into the contest off a 26-12 win over Averill Park, a team that defeated Amsterdam 30-24 in Week 1.
Facing the Spartans' winged-T offense will be a challenge for the Rams.
"We have to stop their inside run," Edick said. "They are always big and physical upfront and they are coming off a big win over Averill Park."
Edick said for the Rams to be successful they need to have a balanced offense.
"We have to get our running game going and be able to throw the ball," he said. "They are going to load the box so we have to be able to throw the ball better than we have been and get the ball into the hands of our playmakers."
(2-0 overall, 1-0 Section III Class D)
(1-1 overall, 1-1 Section III Class D)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Blue Devils coach Chris Connolly joked that halftime of last week's game against Mohawk was the longest one he has ever seen.
"Talk about a 40-hour halftime and over-thinking stuff," he said. "We had to take a day off. It was the most bizarre game I have been involved in."
The game was halted at the half due to thunderstorms rolling through the area. Play resumed at 5 p.m. Monday with Dolgeville grabbing a 21-12 victory.
Dolgeville will suit up again this week to take on a good Cooperstown squad.
"They have an exchange student from Australia, Noah Sims, at quarterback. He runs, kicks and throws," Connolly said. "They are legit with some decent athletes and tough kids, not a lot of them but the ones they have are good."
Connolly said the youthful Blue Devils continue to grow every time they take the field in a game or practice.
"We are growing up every week," Connolly said. "Reid Johnson is a sophomore at quarterback and he is throwing to a couple of sophomores and juniors. We are in the heart of the schedule now with Cooperstown and Westmoreland."