GHS-JHS Inter-city Classic to be played Saturday
GLOVERSVILLE — A classic showdown that has traditionally been played at the end of the year take the spotlight in Week 3 of the local high school football season.
The Gloversville Huskies and Johnstown Sir Bills will square off for the 91st time in an inter-city football game as part of the Gloversville’s Homecoming festivities at 2 p.m. Saturday at Robert E. Gould Stadium at Husky Field.
Gloversville comes into Saturday’s game with an 0-2 record after Grasso Division losses to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Ballston Spa.
The Huskies are also rebounding from a week in which their game scheduled for last Friday against Ballston Spa had to be postponed until Monday for precautionary reasons due to a player and coach being diagnosed with Coxsackievirus (hand-foot-and-mouth disease).
“There are some things that are out of your control and you have to roll with the punches,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “We have to keep moving forward and not look back. It was a tough schedule and game for us but we need to find a way to respond. This is a big week for us and there are no excuses.”
Playing on a Monday has presented the Gloversville coaching staff with the challenge of working on a short week in practice, but playing on Saturday afternoon instead of Friday night may help.
“I try to approach it as we have to get our work in,” Coach Bongo said. “Usually our day before a game is a walk through to try to crisp everything up. This week we may not have that luxury. We may have to go right through Friday game planning our offense, defense and special teams for this game. I think it is a sacrifice these kids are willing to make because it is a big week for us.”
The Sir Bills are coming off a big win over Class A Green Tech, which they rallied from an 8-0 deficit and turned back a late fourth-quarter rally by the Eagles to pick up their first win of the season, 18-16.
“The kids played really hard last week and practices have been pretty good so far this week,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “The energy is up and they are ready to go for this week. Every practice we look to be high tempo and getting the kids fired up and energetic so as soon as we snap that football they are ready to go.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game, Coach Hall said how his team executes their game plan will be the key to success.
“Our biggest key is to focus on what we are going to do,” he said. “Executing our assignments on defense and executing our assignments on offense because the guys that we have we are going to put them in the right spot. They just need to execute on Saturday. We are not installing too much on offense, just trying to perfect what we have.”
Senior Trey Stover has been a workhorse for the Sir Bills in their first two games, carrying the ball 21 times for 112 yards and making seven catches for 76 receiving yards. Quarterback Bradey Brownell has completed 14 of 29 passes in the first two weeks for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Against Green Tech, Johnstown picked up a major contribution from Chase Benton who carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards and also contributed 11 tackles and forced a fumble on the defensive side of the ball.
“Chase Benton had a great game for them last week and did a nice job running the ball,” Coach Bongo said. “Trey Stover is explosive, He is small but very similar to Petey [Raldiris] for us, but you get him in space he is tough to bring down. We have to try to corral him as best we can because if he gets outside it could be trouble.”
Coach Bongo said that the Huskies have to focus on the basics of the game to have success on Saturday.
“Blocking and tackling. who ever does that best usually wins the game,” he said. “We haven’t done super well with that the first two weeks so we need to rally around the tackles we can make and stay on our blocks. We do those two things and things are going to be fine for us. It is a simple game that we sometimes make look difficult.”
Raldiris has rushed the ball for 86 yards and a touchdown this season, while Julien Deumaga has put up 125 receiving yards. Quarterback Anthony Tomek-Russell has completed 14 of 27 passing attempts for 196 yards. Against Ballston Spa the Huskies got a 40-yard rushing performance from Addonis Jefferies, while against Burnt Hills Sam Getman carried the ball six times for 11 yards.
“The biggest thing we saw on film and when we went over there [Ballston Spa] on Monday was that No. 10 [Raldiris] is a good athlete and we have to keep him from getting to the outside,” Coach Hall said. “Tomek is a decent quarterback and him throwing to Deumaga on the outside is going to be a tough assignment for us. On their defensive side [Kameren] Port seems tough at linebacker and that will be some of our keys for this week.”
For Coach Bongo, this year marks his fifth inter-city classic and he comes in with a 3-1 record, while Johnstown’s Tyler Hall is coaching in his third GHS-JHS game.
This is the third-straight year the game has been held since the start of classification play. The game was played annually from 1924-2006 before returning in a cross-over game in 2011 that Gloversville won 84-13. Play resumed in 2015 with the Sir Bills recording a 20-0 victory and the Huskies has won the last two meetings in 2016 and 2017 by the score of 9-7 and 35-27 respectively.
Gloversville leads the series 44-39-7.
“The scheduling people didn’t really help us out a lot going with two big boys right off the bat. But we are use to it,” Coach bongo said. “There have been times when we went back-to-back-to-back against Queensbury, Amsterdam and Burnt Hills. it is just the life of Class A football. Now this week we get Johnstown and it is not any easier. People have told me many, many times that with this game you throw the records out the window and see what happens. It is a rivalry game and it is going to be a battle. I know they are probably thinking the same thing and we are going to have to play a good game to beat them. They do a lot of great things over there and it will probably be another great battle right down to the finish.”
With the week-long Homecoming festivities going on, the Huskies are hosting a bonfire tonight at the high school from 8-10:30 p.m. with a fireworks display scheduled for 9:15 p.m.
“I am sure it will be an absolute carnival out there between it being Homecoming, Gloversville-Johnstown and a Saturday afternoon game,” Coach Bongo said.
There is a juniors vs. seniors Powderpuff Football game scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday at Husky Field..
Johnstown will hold its Spirit Week and Homecoming next week with a Bonfire scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and a fireworks display slated for 8:15 p.m.
The Sir Bills will host Hudson in their Homecoming game on Sept. 21 at Knox Field.
Class C Central
(1-0 Central, 2-0 overall)
(1-0 Central, 2-0 overall)
Today, 7 p.m.
Both teams enter the early-season showdown with unblemished records and looking to take control of the top spot in the Class C Central Division.
Fonda-Fultonville is coming off a 28-14 victory over Tamarac, while Stillwater shut down Mechanicville 29-6.
The Braves will have a big task in front of them facing the Warriors running game led by Mason Seymore with 321 yards in two games and Joe Conti who ran for 91 yards against Granville in the season-opener.
Fonda-Fultonville will counter with the passing combination of John Mancini at quarterback and wide receiver John Flander to back up the running game led by Massimo DiCaprio who has 221 rushing yards so far this year and Giovanni DiCaprio, while Garrett Neff, who had a solid game against Tamarac, will anchor the Braves defense.
“I’m really happy for the kids, especially the senior group,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said after his teams win over Tamarac. “The kids are playing hard. They’re coming together and working hard. They’re young and are going to make mistakes. We know that, but we’ve got to work through those and learn from them. We just have to keep getting better.”
Class B North
(0-0 North, 2-0 overall)
(0-1 North, 0-2 overall)
Today, 7 p.m.
The Patriots are off to a good start with a 2-0 record with victories over Class A Scotia-Glenville and Class B Reinfurt Division contender Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
Tonight Broadalbin-Perth opens its Class B North Division play on the road against winless Schuylerville.
Senior quarterback Brodryk Benton is coming off a solid performance against Ravena in which he completed 10-of-12 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdown passes went to Dante Calderone who finished with 106 yards on four catches. Ivan Roberts had 10 carries for 50 yards and a touchdown against Ravena to bring his season total to 166 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Kobe Waldvogel had two sacks for the B-P defense, while Jake Galarneau had seven tackles and blocked a punt against the Indians.
The Blackhorses, who lost to Glens Falls in the Section II Class B title game last year, started the season off with a pair of top-rated teams in Glens Falls 43-14 loss) and Class A contender Averill Park (38-27 loss)
Class A Capital
(0-1 Capital, 1-1 overall)
(1-0 Capital, 2-0 overall)
Today, 7 p.m.
After dropping their Capital Division opener to Troy, the Rams are looking to get back in the win column tonight against Columbia.
Amsterdam put the Flying Horses in a 14-0 hole before they rallied to score 25 unanswered points in the 25-14 loss.
Cameron Chrzanowski came up with a big defensive play for Amsterdam returning a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown, while quarterback Trey Ausfeld hooked up with Nic Carbone on a 13-yard touchdown pass to account for the Rams’ scoring.
Columbia, which like Troy, dropped down to Class A from play Class AA in 2017, has posted victories over Hudson (12-0) and LaSalle Institute (20-14) in the first two weeks of play.
(0-1 Class D East, 0-1 overall)
(1-0 Class D East, 1-1 overall)
Today, 7 p.m.
The Blue Devils have had a week to rest up with a Week 2 Bye after dropping 24-14 decision to Frankfort-Schuyler in their season-opener.
Waterville faced Frankfort-Schuyler last week and came away with a 24-19 victory with a game-winning touchdown catch by Connor Marriott from Derek Buell with 32-seconds left to play.
Buell finished the game with 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 15-for-25 passing performance.
Dolgeville, the defending Section III Class D champion, was paced by Zach Smith who ran for a touchdown and threw for one in the Week 1 loss.
Jordan Ortlieb ran for 84 yards on 14 carries for Dolgeville, while Smith carried the ball 11 times for 52 yards and Zach Carpenter added 47 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, Toby Weber picked up 10 tackles in the game, while Ortlieb and Kyle Getman had seven tackles apiece.
Class C Central
(0-0 Central, 1-1 overall)
at Holy Trinity
(0-0 Central, 1-1 overall)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Canajoharie-Fort Plain opens its conference play on the road Saturday against defending Section II Class C champion Holy Trinity at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School.
C-FP opened its season with a 46-7 romp over Fort Edward/Argyle before outscoring Hoosick Falls 18-7 in the second half but came up on the short end of the 28-24 final score.
C-FP quarterback Derek Hyney connected on 15 of 21 passes against Hoosick Falls for 86 yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Logan rushed for two touchdowns and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Hyney, while Joe Nare carried the ball 10 times for 127 yards.
Holy Trinity it coming off a 35-7 loss to Cambridge after posting a 47-12 opening week victory over Corinth.
The Pride are led by quarterback Joe Tortello and running backs Nacier Hundley and Nelon Priest.