Johnstown rolls past Fonda-Fultonville, 40-13

Johnstown's Tanner Fahr is tackled by Fonda-Fultonville's Brady Miles (12) during Friday's Class B/C crossover game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — The Sir Bills of Johnstown traveled to Fonda-Fultonville to take on the Braves in a Section II Class B/C Crossover game Friday night.

Both teams were looking for their second win of the season and, in the end, it was Johnstown getting that win by a score of 40-13 over the Braves.

“It’s been a long season,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “They put a lot of work in during the off-season and they deserve a win like this.”

With both teams struggling to find their rhythm, the game got off to a slow start. However, on their third possession of the quarter the Sir Bills began to roll.

Starting on their 20-yard line, Trevor Porter picked up four yards on a quarterback keeper. Trey Stover added runs of six and 15 yards to move the ball to the 45. On the next play Porter found Austin Fullington racing down the sideline for a 40-yard reception.

With the ball on the Braves 15, Porter connected with Marquise Johnson for an eight yard pass completion. After an incomplete pass, Porter ran it in from the seven to put the Sir Bills on the board with 1:42 remaining in the first quarter. The kick was no good and the score was 6-0.

The Sir Bills struck again in the second quarter.

After a Fonda-Fultonville punt went out of bounds at the Braves 41 yard line, giving Johnstown good field position, the Sir Bills quickly capitalized.

On first down Porter passed down the middle to Tanner Fahr for a 30 yard pick up. On the next play, Porter connected with Fahr down the middle again for an 11 yard touchdown. The conversion pass was deflected by Jeremiah Hunter and the score was 12-0 at the 6:20 mark.

Fonda-Fultonville was quick to answer.

Starting on their own 42, Nick Oertel rumbled for a 22 yard pick up and then John Mancini found Dylan Hamlen open for a 22 yard reception.

With the ball on the Johnstown 14, Mancini faked a handoff to Oertel and ran up the middle for a touchdown to put the Braves on the board with 5:19 to go in the half. Hunter’s kick was good making the score 12-7.

Johnstown continued its momentum with its next possession.

Starting on their own 35, Johnstown got a 13 yard pass reception from Fahr, a five-yard run from Porter and a 10-yard run from Stover to move the ball to the Braves 37. The Sir Bills picked up 18 more yards when Porter found Adam Wilson open down the middle. A penalty put the Sir Bills back to the 28 and on second-and-19 Porter connected with Fullington for a touchdown reception. Fullington caught Porter’s pass for the 2-point conversion giving Johnstown a 20-7 lead with 3:53 left in the half.

Johnstown took advantage of an interception by Fullington to tack on another score before the half.

Taking over on the Braves 36, Porter picked up six yards and then handed off to the speedy Stover who raced 30 yards for a touchdown with 1:37 on the clock. Porter’s pass for the 2-point conversion was good to Fahr and the score at halftime was 28-7.

“They made some plays and we couldn’t answer,” Braves Head Coach Tom Carpenter said. “We felt we needed to win the turnover battle to win the game. We would get a turnover but then we gave it back.”

The second half started much like the first half ended.

Fullington picked off another pass and the Sir Bills were able to cash in. With the ball on the Braves’ 41 Porter threw an 18-yard completion to Wilson. Stover picked up five yards and on second-and-5, Porter rolled to his right and threw to the back of the end zone where Fahr made a diving catch for the touchdown. The kick was no good and the Sir Bills lead had grown to 34-7.

Fonda-Fultonville responded quickly. The ensuing Johnstown kick off was taken by Jonathan Flander at the Braves’ 37 and he returned it to the Johnstown 40. On first down Oertel broke multiple tackles and got to the outside where he rumbled in for a touchdown. The kick was no good but the Braves had gotten back on the board making the score 34-14.

With 4:00 left in the third quarter, the Sir Bills scored the final touchdown of the game.

After a 33 yard run from Stover and a 15 yard pass to Fahr, Johnstown was looking at a first-and-10 from just outside the ten yard line. That’s when Porter connected with Fullington for another touchdown reception. The extra point kick was no good and the score was 40-13. The remainder of the game saw some reserves get some playing time and the 40-13 score stood as the final tally.

Coach Carpenter said, “I’m proud of the way the kids played. I think we played hard and hung in there. Give credit to them and Coach Hall and his staff.”

Hall, a Fonda-Fultonville alum and former Brave, had kind words for the Braves.

“I have nothing but respect for Coach Carp and all of the rest of his coaches. I wouldn’t be here where I am today without those guys. They showed me the way,” he said.

Both teams will wait anxiously to see who they will be playing next weekend in what will be their final game of the year.

Johnstown 40, Fonda-Fultonville 13

Johnstown 6 22 12 0 — 40

Fonda-Fultonville 0 7 6 0 — 13

First quarter

J — Porter 7 yard run (Kick failed)

Second quarter

J — Fahr 11 yard pass from Porter (Kick failed)

FF — Mancini 14 yard run (Hunter kick)

J — Fullington 28 yard pass from Porter (Pass to Fullington)

J — Stover 30 yard run (Pass to Fahr)

Third quarter

J — Fahr 18 yard pass from Porter (Kick failed)

FF — Oertel 40 yard run (Kick failed)

J — Fullington 10 yard pass from Porter (Conversion failed)