High school football schedules announced

The 2019 schedule for the Johnstown football team will feature plenty of local flavor as three of the Sir Bills’ seven regular-season games are slated to be against area rivals.

The 2019 Section II football schedule was released last week and Johnstown is set to face Broadalbin-Perth, Fonda-Fultonville and Canajoharie-Fort Plain next fall.

The Sir Bills, who went 3-5 last fall, are slated to host Schuylerville in Week 1 on Sept. 6 at Knox Field at 7 p.m.

Johnstown then travels to Lansingburgh for a Week 2 contest and to Hudson Falls for a Week 3 game. The Sir Bills return home to host Broadalbin-Perth in Week 4 on Sept. 27 and Glens Falls in Week 5 on Oct. 4. Johnstown will host its third straight home game Oct. 11, when Fonda-Fultonville is slated to visit Knox Field. The Sir Bills will wrap up the regular season at Canajoharie-Fort Plain on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

B-P is slated to host Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in its home and season opener Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Patriot Field before traveling to South Glens Falls for its Week 2 contest.

The Patriots, who were 3-5 in 2018, will host Schuylerville in Week 3 before traveling to Johnstown for their Week 4 contest. B-P returns home for a Week 5 game against Hudson Falls and then travels to Glens Falls for its Week 6 game. B-P will wrap up the regular season at Lansingburgh in Week 7.

Gloversville, which went 2-7 in 2018, will open the 2019 season at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Sept. 6. Gloversville is slated to host Ballston Spa in its Week 2 contest on Sept. 3 at Husky Field at 7 p.m. Gloversville will host Glens Falls in Week 3 and South Glens Falls in Week 4 before traveling to Queensbury for its Week 5 contest on Oct. 5. Gloversville is slated to travel to Mohonasen for its Week 6 game before hosting Scotia-Glenville in its final regular-season game in Week 7.

Amsterdam, which went 4-4 last fall, is set to open the 2019 season at home against Colonie in a Class AA-A crossover contest on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at Lynch Literacy Academy.

The Rugged Rams are slated to travel to Troy in Week 2 before hosting Columbia in the third week of the season. Amsterdam is slated to travel to Albany and Green Tech for Week 4 and 5 games, respectively. The Rugged Rams return home for a Week 6 contest against Averill Park before traveling to Troy to face LaSalle in the final week of the regular season.

In Class C, Fonda-Fultonville will host Tamarac in its home and season opener on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m., while Canajoharie-Fort Plain will travel to Mechanicville for its Week 1 contest.

C-FP is on the road for each of its first three games with a trip to Fonda-Fultonville for Week 2 and a trip to Stillwater in Week 3. Canajoharie-Fort Plain, which went 2-6 in 2018, will play its first home game in Week 4 when it hosts Chatham. C-FP is set to travel to Taconic Hills in Week 5 before wrapping up the regular season with home games against Tamarac and Johnstown in Week 6 and 7, respectively.

FFCS, which went 5-4 last season, will have a new coach this season as Sean Thompson takes over for Tom Carpenter. After hosting Tamarac in Week 1, the Braves will host C-FP in Week 2. FFCS also will be at home in Week 3 as Mechanicville is slated to visit John G. Boshart Field. The Braves take to the road for the first time in Week 4, traveling to Watervliet before returning home to face Helderberg Valley in Week 5. FFCS wraps up the regular season with games at Johnstown and Stillwater in Week 6 and 7, respectively.

Just two of the area’s seven high school football teams reached the postseason last year as Broadalbin-Perth and Dolgeville qualified for the playoffs. Both lost their quarterfinal contests. Amsterdam, Gloversville, Fonda-Fultonville, Canajoharie-Fort Plain and Johnstown all missed the postseason in 2018.

The Section II Class A, Class B, Class C and Section III Class D quarterfinal games and crossover games will take place Oct. 25 and 26. The Section II Class AA and Class D playoffs are set to begin Nov. 2 with semifinal contests.

Section III Class D

Dolgeville, which posted a 4-3 record last season, will open the 2019 season at home against Sauquoit Valley in Week 1.

The Blue Devils travel to Sandy Creek in Week 2 before returning home to host Frankfort-Schuyler at Bynon Field in Week 3.

Dolgeville is slated to travel to Waterville and Onondaga for its Week 4 and 5 games before hosting Thousand Islands in Week 6. The Blue Devils wrap up the regular season at Beaver River in Week 7.

Divisional breakdown

There were several changes to the Section II and Section III divisional lineup.

The Section II Class A league will include Albany, which will drop down from Class AA. Albany, will join the Class A Capital Division, and will not be eligible for postseason competition.

Bethlehem, CBA, Colonie, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Shaker and Shenendehowa will make up the lone Class AA division. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs.

In Class A, joining Albany in the Capital Division will be Amsterdam, Averill Park, Columbia, Green Tech, La Salle and Troy.

Gloversville will be part of the Class A Grasso Division, joining Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Mohonasen, Queensbury, Scotia-Glenville and South Glens Falls.

Holy Trinity, which has featured players from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and Catholic Central, moves up from Class C to Class B after meting with Bishop Maginn.

Holy Trinity will be part of the Class B Reinfurt Division along with Cobleskill-Richmondville, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Schalmont.

Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown will join Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Lansingburgh and Schuylerville in the Class B North Division.

Cairo-Durham has merged with Catskill to create another Class B-size team. However, the team will compete in Class C and be ineligible for the postseason.

Rensselaer and Hoosic Valley move from Class D to Class C this season. Rensselaer will be part of the Class C South Division, along with Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Coxsackie-Athens, Taconic Hills, Watervliet and Voorheesville.

Hoosic Valley joins Cambridge/Salem, Granville, Greenwich, Hoosick Falls and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne in the Class C North Division.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain and Fonda-Fultonville will compete in the Class C Central Division, along with Mechanicville, Stillwater and Tamarac.

The Section II Class D Division has just six teams in its for 2019. Chatham and Helderberg Valley drop down from Class C, while Corinth merged with Fort Edward to form a Class C-sized team that will play in Class D and be ineligible for the postseason. Cohoes, a Class B-size school, also will compete in Class D and be ineligible for the playoffs. Whitehall and defending Section II Class D champion Warrensburg round out the Class D schools for 2019.

Section III will have just one Class D division. It will feature Dolgeville, Beaver River, Frankfort-Schuyler, Onondaga, Sandy Creek, Sauquoit Valley, Thousand Islands and Waterville.

2019 High School Football Schedule

Week 1

Friday, September 6

Schuylerville at Johnstown

Gloversville

at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk

at Broadalbin-Perth

Tamarac at Fonda-Fultonville

Colonie at Amsterdam

Canajoharie-Fort Plain

at Mechanicville

Saturday, September 7

Sauquoit Valley at Dolgeville

Week 2

Friday, September 13

Ballston Spa at Gloversville

Canajoharie-Fort Plain

at Fonda-Fultonville

Johnstown at Lansingburgh

Broadalbin-Perth

at South Glens Falls

Amsterdam at Troy

Dolgeville at Sandy Creek

Week 3

Friday, September 20

Glens Falls at Gloversville

Schuylerville at Broadalbin-Perth

Mechanicville

at Fonda-Fultonville

C-FP at Stillwater

Saturday, September 21

Johnstown at Hudson Falls

Frankfort-Schuyler at Dolgeville

Columbia at Amsterdam

Week 4

Friday, September 27

South Glens Falls at Gloversville

Broadalbin-Perth at Johnstown

Chatham at Canajoharie-Fort Plain

Fonda-Fultonville at Watervliet

Amsterdam at Albany

Dolgeville at Waterville

Week 5

Friday, October 4

Glens Falls at Johnstown

Hudson Falls at Broadalbin-Perth

Helderberg Valley at FFCS

C-FP at Taconic Hills

Amsterdam at Green Tech

Dolgeville at Onondaga

Saturday, October 5

Gloversville at Queensbury

Week 6

Friday, October 11

Fonda-Fultonville at Johnstown

Tamarac at C-FP

Gloversville at Mohonasen

Averill Park at Amsterdam

Saturday, October 12

Broadalbin-Perth at Glens Falls

Thousand Islands at Dolgeville

Week 7

Friday, October 18

Scotia-Glenville at Gloversville

Johnstown at C-FP

Broadalbin-Perth at Lansingburgh

Fonda-Fultonville at Stillwater

Amsterdam at LaSalle

Saturday, October 19

Dolgeville at Beaver River

Week 8

Friday, October 25

Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Saturday, October 26

Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Week 9

Friday, November 1

Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Saturday, November 2

Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Note: Some dates may change.

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