The final week of the local high school football regular season has some teams jockeying for position in the sectional postseason tournament.
Gloversville, Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth and Fonda-Fultonville have locked up berths in their respective Section II tournaments, while Dolgeville is locked into the Section III Class D bracket.
The Canajoharie Cougars have two more regular season games on their schedule to determine whether they will vie for the Section II Class D crown or enter crossover play.
Unlike the Class AA, A, B and C classifications, Class D plays an eight-game regular season, with the top two teams in each division crossing over in semifinal play, with the winners meeting in the Week 10 championship game.
Gloversville and Amsterdam will play in the Section II Class A tournament, while Broadalbin-Perth will be seeded in Class B and Fonda-Fultonville in Class C.
It also was announced this week that Hoosic Valley, which played in the Class D North Division, has forfeited its final two games due to low numbers. The Indians' roster dropped to the state minimum 16 players, 10 of which are freshmen and sophomores.
Hoosic Valley was scheduled to play Fort Edward and Warrensburg in Weeks 7 and 8.
(3-3 overall, 1-2 Class A Northwest)
(2-4 overall, 1-2 Class A Northwest)
Today, 7 p.m.
With a sectional berth secured, the Huskies now face their next "biggest game of the year."
With its shutout victory over South Glens Falls last Friday, Gloversville landed at least the Class A Northwest No. 4 seed.
Tonight, the Huskies have the opportunity to better the seed with a victory over the Spartans.
"If we take care of business, we may end up with Scotia, and if we don't get the job done, it looks like we will play Troy in Week 8," Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. "Either way, we are in sectionals, and in the postseason, anything can happen."
Queensbury also is coming off a shutout, defeating Albany Academy 35-0 last week in a non-league game after defeating South High, 40-6, the week before.
Bongo said he is looking for his defensive front line to step up against the Spartans' double-wing style offense that has produced more than 2,000 yards of rushing offense and 171 passing yards this year.
"We are going to find out if we have the horses to stop them," he said. "I have told the team all week we are going to have to win this game with the guys up front. We are going to do some things different than we have done them in the past to try to disrupt their pullers. It is difficult to prepare for them because not a lot of teams run that offense. Last year, they ran the ball on us, but I feel if we can get some points up on the board early against them, I like our chances."
The Gloversville offense has produced a more balanced scoring attack, gaining 840 yards on the ground and 662 through the air.
Mike Murray and Mike Fancher both have scored six touchdowns this season for the Huskies, but Fancher left last week's game against the Bulldogs with a hand injury.
"Fancher has a broken hand, but he has a cast on his hand and will be able to play," Bongo said. "Everybody else is healthy."
Gloversville will honor its seniors in pregame ceremonies tonight and will pay tribute to the undefeated 1962 Huskies coached by Jerry Baker and Larry Warshawski during halftime ceremonies.
(6-0 overall, 3-0 Class D South)
(5-1 overall, 2-1 Class D South)
Today, 7 p.m.
The Cougars' hopes of qualifying to the Class D postseaon hinge on the next two weeks when they face Cambridge and Greenwich.
Canajoharie has tuned up its offense the past two weeks, defeating Bishop Gibbons and Catholic Central with combined scores of 77-6.
However, undefeated and state-ranked Cambridge is a different challenge.
"We have two or three looks at them," Canajoharie coach Ken Sullivan said. "They have a very good runner in Matt Parmenter and he is their go-to guy. They run multiple formations and are well-disciplined. We need to focus on stopping the run first and then put enough points on the board to beat them."
Parmenter has 21 touchdowns and 909 yards rushing to his credit so far this season. He is the top overall scorer in Section II with 151 points and seventh in rushing.
The Cougars counter with Kevin Shannon, who is fourth in Section II with 1,006 rushing yards and seventh in points scored with 93.
"Our passing game is coming around," Sullivan said. "We need to play solid, then it could come down to the fourth quarter."
Next week, Canajoharie will close out the regular season on the road next week against Greenwich. The Witches fell to Cambridge last week, 42-34.
(4-2 overall, 3-2 Class B West)
(2-4 overall, 2-4 Class B West)
Today, 7 p.m.
The Patriots broke out of their two-game losing skid against state-ranked teams with a solid performance last week to defeat Schuylerville 33-6.
The win secured Broadalbin-Perth a berth in the Section II Class B postseason tournament and earned the Patriots honorable mention in the state rankings.
"We got back to doing the stuff that was working for us early in the year," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. "Our goal was to run the football. We did that and were able to control the ball on offense. On defense, we got better and were making the tackles better than we were earlier in the year."
However, tonight B-P makes the trip to Richmondville to face a Cobleskill-Richmondville squad that is playing with confidence.
"They will be a big challenge for us," Pelneau said. "They are coming off a big win against Fonda, and it is their homecoming night. We have got to make sure that we can overcome the emotions those guys are going to have. Hopefully, we can remain focused and make sure we execute."
Pelneau said the Patriots are excited about returning to sectional play but are not looking past the Bulldogs.
"One of our biggest goals was to reach sectionals and I am proud of the guys for doing that," he said. "Coming off two losses in a row, we bounced back pretty well against Schuylerville and got ourselves in. But our focus right now is on Cobleskill. We have to make sure we go down there and take care of business."
(3-3 overall, 2-1 Class A Northwest)
at South Glens Falls
(1-5 overall, 0-3 Class A Northwest)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Although riding a two-game losing streak, the Rams have locked up the second seed in the Class A Northwest.
Amsterdam is coming off a 32-22 loss to top-seeded Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, a game in which the Rams rallied and challenged for the win until the Spartans scored late in the game to secure the victory.
"We are looking to keep the momentum going that we built late in the Burnt Hills game," Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. "This whole year we have been inconsistent, and that is what we will be looking for this week, consistency."
While the game looks like a mismatch on paper, Edick said the Rams' coaching staff and players are not taking the Bulldogs lightly. They plan on staying with their starters but might look to give them some rest if the game allows.
"We will take the game as it goes," Edick said. "The next guy will be ready to play and, if we are up, who knows? But we have got to take care of business first. We need to play a whole game of football and we have not been able to do that yet this year."
Edick said that if the standings hold as they are going into the final regular season game, the Rams will host Averill Park, which beat Amsterdam 30-24 in Week 1, in the opening round of the Class A tournament next Friday.
(3-2 overall, 3-1 Class C South)
(2-3 overall, 2-2 Class C South)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The Braves will look to return to their winning ways Saturday against Voorheesville.
After jumping out to a 15-0 first-quarter lead last week against Cobleskill-Richmondville, the Braves ended up on the short end of the 19-15 final score.
One of the keys to the Bulldogs' victory was time of possession, which kept the Braves' potent offense sidelined.
"We need to be able to get off the field on defense," Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. "We played pretty good on first and second down and then gave up a big play on third down. We need to be more consistent defensively."
The Blackbirds are coming off a 23-20 overtime win last week against Coxsackie-Athens.
"Up front they are real big," Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. "They have some really big linemen we have to account for and their running back, Mike Feller, went for over 100 yards last week. So we will have to be able to stop the run. Offensively, we need to execute and be able to run the ball against them."
The Braves, who reached the Class C championship game last year, have secured a postseason berth but are looking to close out the regular season with a win and build momentum heading into the postseason play.
(5-1, 4-1 Class D East)
at West Canada Valley
(6-0 overall, 5-0 Class D East)
Today, 7 p.m.
As if the rivalry between Dolgeville and West Canada Valley wasn't already at a high pitch, tonight's game is for the Class D East championship.
Dolgeville enters the game ranked 17th in the state among Class D schools, while the Indians come in ranked 10th.
"They are a lot bigger than us up front and they have an all-state track runner [Jack Minasi] in the backfield. So it will be a challenge," Dolgeville coach Chris Connolly said.
Minasi rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns last week against Beaver River to push his season total to 16 touchdowns and put him over the 1,000-yard rushing plateau.
The Blue Devils also got a big game last week from running back Jason Nostovski, who ran for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns against New York Mills.
West Canada Valley is bringing in temporary lighting for tonight's game.
"We played under the artificial lights earlier this year against Little Falls," Connolly said. "We are going to have 10 diesel motors running for two hours for the lights. It can make things a little more difficult."