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Amsterdam, Gloversville set to meet at Lynch

September 21, 2012
By MIKE ZUMMO , The Leader Herald

Two local teams will renew a football rivalry this week when the Gloversville Huskies travel to Lynch Literacy Academy to face the Rugged Rams.

Elsewhere, however, division leaders will collide in several other games as Broadalbin-Perth visits Rotterdam to face the Schalmont Sabres to determine who takes some early momentum in the Class B Northwest division chase. Unbeaten Rensselaer will take the long bus ride to Canajoharie to face the also-unbeaten Cougars in the division opener for both teams.

On Saturday, the Fonda-Fultonville Braves will host Chatham. Both teams have 2-0 records and are tied for first place in the Class C South.

The Dolgeville Blue Devils hope to keep rolling against Westmoreland, the team that eliminated them in the Section III Class D championship game last year, 20-7, at the Carrier Dome.

The Johnstown Sir Bills originally were scheduled to play the Glens Falls Indians on Saturday, but they will forfeit their final four scheduled games after canceling the rest of their varsity season due to low numbers.


(1-2 overall, 0-0 Class A Northwest)

at Amsterdam

(2-1 overall, 1-0 Class A Northwest)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Gloversville Huskies head into tonight's game after going 1-2 in non-divisional play. After winning their first game of the season, the Huskies have lost two straight, their most recent a 33-20 loss to Class AA Niskayuna.

The Rugged Rams come into the game winners of their last two after opening the season with a loss to Averill Park.

They opened their Class A Northwest schedule with a 34-26 win over Queensbury.

The Huskies come into today's game after giving up 235 yards and four touchdowns to Aiden O'Brien. They will face a similar ground threat today when Brett Stanavich takes the ball for the Rugged Rams.

"They have tremendous team speed," Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. "They're 2-1 and had a quality win last week. They're always a power in class A. Our Friday is going to be a challenge. We're going to have to bring our best."

In last week's win over Queensbury, Stanavich rushed for 187 yards and three scores, including a 57-yarder.

"We're going to continue our success," Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. "Get [our skill players] out in space and utilize their speed. I don't think that's any secret. We want to keep that going."

Defensively, Edick was concerned about the athleticism of Gloversville quarterback Asa Barnhill, who threw for a touchdown in last week's game. Mike Fancher also added two touchdowns to his team-leading total.

"We're just trying to get people healthy," Bongo said. "We're really trying to concentrate both dynamic and running and passing the ball. just fixing mental mistakes that have been costing us."

The Huskies will not only have to contend with the running of Stanavich, but also the atheticism of Amsterdam quarterback Geo Rodriguez, who can also carry the ball. He scored two touchdowns last week and ran for 79 yards.

"We have to be able to rally around the ball, gang tackle," Bongo said. "If they can get around the corner, they can take off. We're hoping we can corrall them, gang tackle and hopefully it will be a great game Friday night."

It's a game that both teams look forward to every season, being separated by only 10 miles and waging yearly battles in the division.

"It's a big rivalry and it's always a good game between Gloversville and Amsterdam," Edick said. "You can throw out the records this week."


(3-0 overall, 2-0 Class B West)

at Schalmont

(2-1 overall, 2-0 Class B West)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Broadalbin-Perth have been turning some heads over the past three weeks as they've run over their first three opponents by a combined score of 130-28.

Today, they will face their toughest opponent so far, the Schalmont Sabres, the three-time defending Section II Class B champions. Still, the Patriots enter the game riding the confidence of a three-game winning streak to open the season.

"Right now, the team is confident," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. "We're feeling good about the position we've gotten ourselves in. We know it's week-to-week. Every week is a battle in Class B and this is no exception."

Last week, the Patriots got off to a fast start against Hudson Falls and crusied to a 35-12 win.

The Sabres had a little more trouble as they squeaked by the Schuylerville Black Horses, 27-24.

In the opening week, they routed Glens Falls 41-16, before losing to Class A Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Week 2.

These are two teams that are very familiar with each other after hooking up for an offseason camp last June.

"We know they want to get their atheltes into space," Pelneau said. "They have speed and want to get one-on-one matchups. We're going to have to make sure we make good open-field tackles and get multiple guys out there."

Offensively, the Patriots will look to continue what they've been doing. In their first two wins, the Patriots' running game carried the night. Last week, the Patriots turned to the passing game to jump out on Hudson Falls.

This week, the Patriots will look to run some more, combining that with Gabe Mendez's passing ability under center.

"We've been going along with the the things we've been practicing," Pelneau said. "The guys are focused and excited for the challenge. We know what's at stake."


(3-0 overall, 0-0 Class D South)

at Canajoharie

(3-0 overall, 0-0 Class D South)

Today, 7 p.m.

After a strong start, every win becomes precious now for the Canajoharie Cougars as there are four unbeaten teams in the Class C South as the divisional schedule begins this week.

However, only two teams from the division will qualify for Class D's four-team playoff after Week 8. A week ago, the Cougars picked up a 28-6 win over Hoosic Valley, while Rensselaer posted a 36-20 win over Salem.

"This is a big game," Canajoharie coach Ken Sullivan said. This is the start of our playoffs. If we don't win this game, we have to take the next two and we're behind the eight-ball."

Quarterback Nick Taylor performed when his number was called last week, completing 4 of 5 passes for 116 yards and three touchdown passes, all to Zack Folts.

Against a well-balanced Rensselaer team, the Cougars hope to continue their success on the ground with running back Kevin Shannon, who ran for 211 yards and a touchdown in last week's win.

"We really want to keep our running game going," Sullivan said. "If we can't run, we're in trouble. Kevin and Alex [Renzi] make up a good part of our offense, but we still have to extablish run. I still want to improve on our passing game. Nick was successful with two or three touchdowns, but we need to sharpen up on our passing game so we can go in the air."

The Cougars also will need strong play from their defense, which limited Hoosic Valley to 157 yards, will have to find a way to shut down Seth Butler, who ran for 98 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams last week. He also ran for an two-point conversion.

"They've done a great job of slwoing down other team's offenses," Sullivan said. "Other than first week, we haven't given up any touchdowns with our first team. We have to keep that going."


(3-0 overall, 2-0 Class C South)

at Broadalbin-Perth

(2-0 overall, 2-0 Class C South)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

After a two-week layoff, the Braves picked up their second win of the season, a 6-0, defensive struggle against the Watervliet Cannoneers.

This week, Fonda-Fultonville will play for the division lead against the Chatham Panthers, who pounded Voorheesville 52-0 a week ago behind the running of Jesse Whiteman, who finished with 97 ards and three touchdowns.

"They're a good program," Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. "They're a good team. They do a combination, more a running team than a passing team, but they are capable of passing the ball. They use different formations and motions and defensively, we have to do our assignments."

The Braves struck early against Watervliet, scored an early touchdown behind the running of Pat Hart, who finished with 223 yards on the day.

After that first score, the defenses took over and the Braves held on for a hard-fought win.

"It was a back and forth game," Carpenter said. "We rushed the ball and on defense I thought we were good, but we need to throw the ball a little better."

Hart will find himself running into an eight-man front for most of his carries Saturday as the Panthers employ a 3-5 defense.

"We have to make sure we're able to run the ball and protect the quarterback when we do throw it," Carpenter said.

Both the Braves and Panthers are sitting atop the Class C South with 2-0 league records, but the difference between the two teams so far is that the Braves own a win over Watervliet. A win Saturday will put Fonda-Fultonville in the driver's seat toward a division title.

"We have teams on our schedule that have been struggling," Carpenter said. "For us to win our division outright, this is a key game, no doubt about it. I'm glad it's home."


(3-0 overall, 2-0 Class D East)

at Westmoreland

(3-0 overall, 2-0 Class D Central)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Dolgeville and Westmoreland have a lot of history and the two teams will meet for the first time since last November when the Bulldogs sent the Blue Devils home for the winter.

They'll renew acquaintances Saturday in Westmoreland.

"We're both a little different," Dolgeville coach Chris Connolly said. "We're both very young. They have a returning quarterback in Zack Green. They have a tough scatback and will really bring it on defense."

The Blue Devils are coming off a 49-2 rout of Cooperstown in last week's game, which relied heavily on the running game. Austin LaVeck had 88 yards and two touchdowns, while Devin Coonradt had a 75-yard scoring run. Quarterback Reid Johnson completed two passes.

"We're trying to throw the ball and not be so predictable," Connolly said. "On defense, we're working on corralling [Green]. He's allowed to call plays."

Facing Green and Westmoreland for the third time in two seasons is forcing the Blue Devils to make sure they're not as predictable and that Westmoreland can draw on previous encounters as little as possible.

Coming off a 3-0 start, the young Blue Devils are confident.

"It's incredible how these guys have rise to the occasion," Connolly said. "This is one of the most fun groups I've ever been with in my life."



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