Regular season wrapping up for area teams

Heading into the final week of the regular season for local high school football, playoff berths are still open and local teams are among the schools in the thick of the battle for them.

Broadalbin-Perth and Dolgeville secured spots in the postseason tournaments with their wins in Week 6, while the Gloversville Huskies, Amsterdam Rams and Fonda-Fultonville Braves can still make the playoffs with victories this week.

With their losses last week, the Johnstown Sir Bills and Canajoharie-Fort Plain were eliminated from the playoffs and will play crossover games in Week 8.

While the local teams are battling for playoff spots, plenty of attention will be focused on the Class A Grasso Division matchup tonight featuring the undefeated teams of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Queensbury with the winner taking the Grasso Division championship and top seed in the Class A playoffs.

Class A Capital Division

LaSalle Institute

(3-3 overall, 1-3 Capital Div.)

at Amsterdam

(2-3 overall, 1-3 Capital Div.)

Today, 7 p.m.

For the Rams it is win-and-you’re-in.

Coming off a 54-27 loss to powerhouse Averill Park last week, Amsterdam is hoping the positive momentum they found in the second half carries over to tonight’s Capital Division matchup against former Big 10 rival LaSalle Institute.

“The positives [from that game] is how we played in the second half of that game, we never quit,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said.

A win by the Rams tonight will give them the fourth seed from the Capital Division and move them into the Class A sectional tournament to face the winner of tonight’s game between Grasso Division leaders Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Queensbury.

Coach Edick said the big challenge against the Cadets will be to contain quarterback Christian Luizzi.

“A big challenge will be to stop their QB[Luizzi],” he said. “He is very athletic.”

The Cadets suffered a set back after it was announced that they have forfeited two victories after reporting to Section II that they used an ineligible player in games against Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Ichabod Crane.

Section II football coordinator Bob Dorrance said La Salle will continue its season, and is playoff-eligible.

A statement released by the school stated “La Salle Institute had no intent to violate the spirit or the letter of any rules, but this is what unknowingly occurred. Nothing can take away from what our varsity players and coaches have accomplished on the field this season. They fought hard, played well, and grew as a team with their integrity and dignity intact.”

Class A Grasso Division

Gloversville at

(1-5 overall, 1-4 Grasso Div.)

Scotia-Glenville

(2-4 overall, 2-3 Grasso Div.)

Today, 7 p.m.

After picking up their first win of the season last week over Mohonasen, the Huskies find themselves still in contention for a berth in the Section II Class A postseason tournament.

“I believe if we win we are in but we have to take care of business Friday night,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “The team built some confidence last week and hopefully that can carry over against Scotia.”

Last week against Mohonasen, Gloversville brought up players from the junior varsity to fill open spots in the line up and coach Bongo was pleased with their contributions to the win.

“We added some freshman who did a great job being thrown to the fire and I think it has added to the depth of the team,” he said. “We are young in general and the more experience we get the better I think we will become. I do not see anymore personnel changes right now but we are only a injury away with our low numbers to that changing. The season will be over before you know it and our team must take every opportunity it has to grow, we are looking forward to the rest of the season.”

The Tartans are coming off a 33-12 loss to Ballston Spa after defeating Mohonasen 7-0 and South Glens Falls 20-14 for their two wins on the season.

Gloversville defeated Mohonasen 34-26 last week and fell to South Glens Falls 49-0 and Ballston Spa 41-6.

“Scotia is a much improved team and they have several weapons on both sides of the ball,” Coach Bongo said. “They come off the ball hard on both sides and their triple option attack runs very smooth, we must play assignment football in order to contain them.”

Class B North Division

Glens Falls at

(4-2 overall, 3-0 North Div.)

Broadalbin-Perth

(3-2 overall, 1-2 North Div.)

Today, 7 p.m.

With their 48-6 victory over Johnstown last week, the Patriots earned a berth in the Section II Class B tournament.

Now they turn their attention to hosting division-leading Glens Falls on Senior Recognition Night, Pink Game and possibly the final home game of the season.

“We survived Homecoming Week, which always brings distractions, I don’t see this week bringing anything off the field that we couldn’t handle,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “I hope they will be focused and ready to go.”

it has been a roller-coaster season for the Patriots, having a game canceled against Amsterdam as well as posting victories over Scotia-Glenville (21-20) and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (33-8) as well as pushing Hudson Falls to the limit in a 33-26 loss.

“We have shown great character to work through adversity,” Coach Pelneau said. “We always talk about the season being a marathon and not a sprint, our kids stuck with us through good and bad and got ourselves into the playoffs.”

Now they face state-ranked Glens Falls and standout quarterback Joe Girard III who has connected for 1,542 yards and 18 touchdowns passing.

“Like every week, we have preached tackling and blocking, even more so this week we have to be great tacklers in space,” Coach Pelneau said. “They present a lot of issues with their athletes, so we have to be sound in group tackling.”

Ivan Roberts returned to the lineup for the Patriots against Johnstown and rushed 16 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Brodryk Benton also had a big game throwing for 179 yards and running for a touchdown.

Class B North Division

Johnstown at

(2-4 overall, 0-3 North Div.)

Schuylerville

(4-2 overall, 2-1 North Div.)

Today, 7 p.m.

After falling to Broadalbin-Perth last week, the Sir Bills slipped out of contention for a spot in the Class B playoffs.

They will close out the regular season tonight on the road against a solid Schuylerville squad.

Coach Tyler Hall remains positive and will be looking for his team to continue to play hard as they look to upset the Black Horses

“We are looking for our guys to compete,” he said. “Schuylerville is a very good football team. Our guys need to forget who we are playing against and play hard the entire game.”

The Sir Bills will also use the game as a chance to get new players involved with an eye toward the future.

“We are dressing our JV players as well as this week,” Coach Hall said. “We are going to play the players that are going to give us the best chance to win on Friday night.”

Class C Central Division

Tamarac at

(2-4 overall, 0-4 Central Div.)

Canajoharie-Fort Plain

(2-4 overall, 1-3 Central Div.)

Today, 7 p.m.

After falling short against Fonda-Fultonville last week Canajoharie-Fort Plain was eliminated from playoff contention.

Now C-FP will look to regroup as they prepare to take on a Tamarac team that is winless in the division and posted two wins on the season.

“We needed to focus better and not not take a team lightly,” Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Shannon Hyney said. “Our athletes thought they had the game but need to realize that they need to battle every snap.”

Tamarac has put up 114 points on offense this season, while giving up 151, while C-FP has scored 176 and given up 174.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain will be without the services of starting quarterback Derek Hyney who was injured in last week’s game against Fonda-Fultonville.

Coach Hyney said his squad will “need to be more balanced with the run and the pass we must establish the rum game much better so it opens the passing game.”

Class C Central Division

Fonda-Fultonville at

(3-3 overall, 2-2 Central Div.)

Mechanicville

(2-4 overall, 1-3 Central Div.)

Today, 7 p.m.

With their victory last week, Fonda-Fultonville stays in the mix for a playoff spot in a hotly contested Class C postseason.

With 10 teams still vying for playoff berths, the Braves can only focus on the task in front of them, a Mechanicville team that has produced 94, points and surrendered 136. The Braves have put up 106 points and given up 141.

“Mechanicville is a very well coached and physical team,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. “The guys have been working hard in practice. We will have to execute on offense and match them physically.”

The Braves are coming off a hard-fought battle against Canajoharie-Fort Plain in which they rallied from a two touchdown deficit for the 36-26 victory.

Section III

Class D East

Westmoreland at

(1-5 overall, 0-4 West Div.)

Dolgeville

(3-2 overall, 2-2 East Div.)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Despite falling to Herkimer in a clash of state-ranked teams last week, Dolgeville is headed to the Section III Class D playoffs.

“We are in the Section 3 playoffs that start next week,” Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowski said. “Our seed and opponent will be determined based on results of other games played on Friday and Saturday.”

On paper this week’s opponent for the Blue Devils, the Westmoreland Bulldogs with a 1-5 overall record and 0-4 in the Class D West.

“We work with the players to take one week at a time and to not overlook any opponent,” Coach Zilkowski said. “You learn from your experiences and we will prepare for Westmoreland like any other opponent this year. It is homecoming and we are playing a traditional Class D rival. The players and coaches have worked very hard in practice this week.”

The Blue Devils will be concentrating on stopping the Bulldogs’ Mike Alloggio who has amassed 404 yards rushing this season, while quarterback David Piersall has thrown for 441 yards.

The Blue Devils counter with Zach Smith who has rushed for 524 yards and thrown for 204 more. Zach Carpenter has rushed the ball for 230 yards and Jordan Ortlieb has carried the ball for 189 yards.

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