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Amsterdam, Fonda-Fultonville set for semifinal matchups

October 26, 2012
By JAMES A. ELLIS , The Leader Herald

A pair of long-time rivalries will be renewed this weekend in the semifinal round of the Section II football tournament.

Troy and Amsterdam, both former members of the Big 10, will square off in the Class A semifinal game tonight at Troy High School.

In the Class C semifinal, Fonda-Fultonville and Hoosick Falls will play a rematch of last year's championship game Saturday night at Stillwater High School.

The Amsterdam Rams are coming off back-to-back victories over South Glens Falls and Averill Park in which they outscored their opponents 120-26.

Troy is on a three-game winning streak allowing 26 points, while scoring 92, including a 56-7 win last Friday over Gloversville.

"We have the speed, we need to be physical because they are going to pound it right at you," Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. "If we can tackle well and be more physical, like we have been the past couple of weeks, I think we can stop them."

The Rams reached the Class A championship game last year before losing to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 26-23, on a late-game touchdown pass.

"We lost a good group of seniors from last year's squad," Edick said. "We have three returnees [Geo Rodriguez, Brett Stanavich, Isiah Martin]; most of the other guys are new. Brett has been on varsity for three years and we will be looking to all three of them to step up and provide the leadership."

Edick said for the Rams to be successful tonight, "Our offensive line has got to be able to block and handle their front line. Their linebackers fire to the ball and hopefully we can handle it. We try to be balanced between running and throwing. Troy won their division. Hopefully, we are going in as the underdog with very little pressure on us and we can just play our game."

After being upset by Cobleskill-Richmondville 19-15 three weeks ago, Fonda-Fultonville has rebounded to beat Voorheesville 40-13 and shut out Tamarac 34-0 last week to advance to the Class C final four.

Now the Braves advance to what has become a year-end rivalry.

Two years ago, the Panthers and Braves met in the semifinals with Hoosick Falls claiming a 46-13 victory, while last year, in a battle of unbeatens, the Panthers claimed their third-straight Class C title, 32-7.

"We are going to have to make the tackles," Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. "They are very good and can score quickly."

Hoosick Falls has outscored its opponents 375-44 this season with a balanced attack of 2,062 rushing yards and 1,143 passing.

The Braves have outscored the opposition 184-92, rushing for 1,114 yards and passing for 1,105.

"Playing on the turf will be fast," Carpenter said. "But it is the same for both teams. We need to come ready to play Saturday night."

Kickoff for both games are slated for 7 p.m.



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