FONDA - With its inaugural class of the Fonda-Fultonville Hall of Fame looking on and the stands packed for Homecoming Day, the Fonda-Fultonville Braves provided plenty of excitement.
Rebounding from their first loss of the season, the Braves returned to their winning form, overpowering Coxsackie-Athens 41-0 Saturday at John G. Boshart Field at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
It also was the final regular-season home game for the Braves' senior players.
"I am happy for them.
They are a good group," Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said of the senior class. "Every year we have great kids here and this year isn't any different. The seniors and captains are really working hard and hopefully we are going to be playing more games."
One senior player in particular helped stop a Coxsackie-Athens drive. Nick Shafer made the most of playing time, coming up with a drive-stopping, fourth-quarter fumble recovery.
"I am happy for him," Carpenter said. "You look at him he looks like a football player. He got hurt last year. He is a program player and stuck it out and he makes our first team guys work harder. We need guys like that and I am real happy he got a fumble recovery."
Fonda-Fultonville set the tone for the game early.
After stopping the Indians on their opening possession, the Braves drove the length of the field with Pat Hart running the ball in from 12-yards out and kicking the extra point for a 7-0 advantage.
Fonda-Fultonville regained possession of the ball on Coxsackie-Athens' second snap from center on the ensuing series as Zak Shaw pounced on an Indians' fumble to give the Braves possession on the Indians' 23-yard line.
Fonda-Fultonville struck quick with quarterback Russ Williams hitting Brandon Baker in the end zone. However, a holding penalty took the score off the board and moved the ball back to the 42 yard line.
Unable to move the ball, the Braves turned it over on downs to the Indians on the 26-yard line.
Fonda-Fultonville wasted little time scoring in the second quarter.
Williams hit Baker with a short pass along the left sideline and Baker did the rest. The senior wide receiver reversed fields, breaking several tackles along the way to turn the short pass into a 42-yard gain. Five plays later Hart broke through the line for an 11-yard touchdown run. Baker controlled the ball on a fake field goal attempt and threw to Ryan Scofield for the two-point conversion.
Fonda-Fultonville started its second scoring drive of the quarter on the 50-yard line.
After a five-yard run by Anthony Sinicropi, Williams again connected with Baker, this time for a 45-yard touchdown strike. Hart kicked the extra point to give the Braves a 22-0 halftime lead.
Following an extended halftime for introductions of the Hall of Fame inductees, Alex Mancini, Bill Bowler, Dave Petersen, Bill Higgins, Michael Mongin and the late John G. Boshart and John West, along with senior recognitions, the Braves showed no signs of letting down.
On their third play from scrimmage after the break, Hart side-stepped a pair of Coxsackie-Athens defenders to finish off a 28-yard touchdown romp.
Hart picked up his second touchdown of the quarter on Fonda-Fultonville's next drive as he carried the ball the final 34 yards of a six-play, 65-yard drive and kicked the extra point for a 35-0 advantage.
Scofield set up the Braves' third score of the quarter with his interception of Indians' quarterback James Squier on the Coxsackie-Athens 43 yard line.
Zach Nizet rushed the ball for a 4-yard gain before breaking a 39-yard touchdown run for a 41-0 lead.
The Indians moved successfully moved the ball in the fourth quarter but had promising drives ended by big plays from the Braves' defense.
Shafer came up with a fumble recovery stopping a six play drive that moved the ball to the Braves' 27. Later in the quarter JV call-up Dan Parslow intercepted Squier on the Braves 39 allowing the Braves' offense to go to its victory formation.
Hart finished the game with four touchdowns and 173 yards rushing, while Baker pulled down six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.
"I am happy," Carpenter said. "I think offensively at times we sputtered a little bit. Defensively, I thought we played pretty well. The first half we put some scores in and probably could have, should have a couple more. We had our chances there. We had a couple of holding penalties that effected a couple of big plays and we can't be doing that. But overall, with all the distractions today, I am happy overall with the teams effort. The second half we came out and got that first drive and scored. I am happy it was a good team effort from everybody. Was it perfect? No. But I don't know if it ever is. There are things we need to work on and hopefully we will be doing that this week."
The Braves plans for Week 7 are on hold as they await word if Catholic Central of Troy will be able to field a team.
The Crusaders forfeited their game this week against Hoosick Falls because of an injury depleted roster.
Fonda-Fultonville 41, Coxsackie-Athens 0
Coxsackie -Athens0 0 0 0 - 0
Fonda-Fultonville7 15 19 0 - 41
FFCS?- Pat Hart 12 run (Hart kick)
FFCS?- Hart 11 run (Scofield pass from Baker)
FFCS?- Baker 46 pass from Williams (Hart kick)
FFCS?- Hart 28 run (kick failed)
FFCS?- Hart 35 run (Hart kick)
FFCS?- Nizet 39 run (kick failed)
Class A Northwest
South Glens Falls 14
SOUTH GLENS FALLS - Asa Barnhill scored four touchdowns to lead Gloversville to a win over South Glens Falls.
Barnhill scored on runs of 46, 9 and 13 yards. He also scored on a 75-yard kickoff return.
Quantel McGee scored twice for the Huskies, while Dante Galster scored on a 22-yard run. Austin Flynn added a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown for Gloversville (4-2 overall, 1-2 Class A Northwest), which led 27-6 at the half.
McGee finished with 149 yards on nine carries, while Barnhill had 108 yards on nine carries.
Jake Normandin scored on a 75-yard run and an 85-yard kickoff return for South Glens Falls (0-6 overall, 0-3 Foothills). Normandin finished with 85 yards on six carries for the Bulldogs, while Reggie Viger rushed for 77 yards on 16 carries.
Gloversville will travel to Queensbury next Saturday.
Gloversville 53, South Glens Falls 14
Gloversville7 20 26 0 - 53
South Glens Falls0 6 8 0 - 14
G - Barnhill 13 run (VanDenabeele kick)
Second Quarter -
G - McGee 27 run (VanDenabeele kick)
SGF - Normandin 85 kickoff return (kick fail)
G - Galster 22 run (VanDenabeele kick)
G - Barnhill 9 run (VanDenabeele kick)
G - Barnhill 75 kickoff return (VanDenabeele kick)
G - Barnhill 46 run (VanDenabeele kick)
SGF - Normandin 75 run (Deridder to Powers)
G - McGee 28 run (kick blocked)
G - Flynn 40 interception return (kick blocked)
Class A Northwest
Burnt Hills 49,
BURNT HILLS - Josh Quesada finished with five touchdowns, powering Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a shutout win over Amsterdam.
Quesada scored on runs of 5, 7, 5 and 6 yards. He also caught a 8-yard touchdown pass from John Clayton. Danny Maynard added touchdown runs of 1 and 6 yards for the Spartans.
Joe Butler added a 1-yard touchdown run for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (5-1 overall, 3-1 Class A Northwest)
Amsterdam slipped to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Class A Northwest Division play with the loss.
The Rams are scheduled to host South Glens Falls next Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lynch Literacy?Academy.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 49, Amsterdam 0
Amsterdam0 0 0 0 - 0
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake7 21 14 7 - 49
BH - Quesada 8 pass from Clayton (Clayton kick)
BH - Maynard 1 run (Clayton kick)
BH - Quesada 5 run (Clayton kick)
BH - Quesada 7 run (Clayton kick)
BH - Quesada 5 run (Clayton kick)
BH - Maynard 6 run (Clayton kick)
BH - Butler 1 run (Perregaux kick)
Section III Class D
West Canada Valley 26, Dolgeville 7
DOLGEVILLE - Ryan Moody scored three touchdowns to lead West Canada Valley to a victory over Dolgeville.
The loss was the first of the season.
Moody scored on runs 35, 1 and 3 yards for the Indians, finishing with 102 yards on 17 carries. Treyton Borden added a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for West Canada Valley (4-2 overall, 4-1 Class D East).
Jason Nastovski scored the lone touchdown run on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter for Dolgeville (5-1 overall, 4-1 Class D East).
Nastovski led Dolgeville with 50 yards on 12 carries.
Dolgeville is scheduled to travel to Waterville on?Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
West Canada Valley 26, Dolgeville 7
Dolgeville0 0 0 7 - 7
West Canada Valley6 0 6 14 - 26
WCV - Moody 35 run (run failed)
WCV - Moody 1 run (run failed)
WCV - Moody 3 run (Woods kick)
D - Jason Nastovski 14 run (kick good)
WCV - Borden 4 run (Woods kick)