Four teams look to continue early momentum

After posting opening-week victories, four area high school football teams will look to build on their early momentum tonight.

Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain and Fonda-Fultonville all opened their season with wins last Friday.

Three of the four will be home tonight as Amsterdam hosts Troy, Broadalbin-Perth hosts Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Fonda-Fultonville hosts Tamarac. Canajoharie-Fort Plain travels to Hoosick Falls tonight for its Week 2 contest.

Gloversville is slated to travel to Ballston Spa tonight, while Johnstown is set to host Green Tech at Knox Field at 7 p.m.

Dolgeville has a bye week after dropping its opener, 24-14, at Frankfort-Schuyler last Friday. The Blue Devils are scheduled to travel to Waterville next Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

Today’s Games

Class A-B Crossover

Green Tech (1-0 overall)

at Johnstown (0-1 overall)

Today, 7 p.m.

The season got off to a rough start for Johnstown as the Sir Bills dropped a 45-8 decision to Hudson Falls at Knox Field last Friday.

“Our guys are motivated to re-group and not back down this week,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “Our youth caught up to us this past week and I think having a game under our belts will shake those first-game jitters.”

Brennan Prevost rushed five times for 129 yards and three rushing touchdowns for Hudson Falls, while quarterback Caleb Condon ran for 109 yards and threw for 69 yards. The Tigers had 454 rushing yards in the game.

Quarterback Bradey Brownell was 6-for-13 for 130 yards and a touchdown for the Sir Bills, while Jack Stramezzi had 44 yards on 28 carries. Dawson Sanges had two catches for 97 yards and a touchdown for Johnstown.

“Last week allowed us to take a look in the mirror and focus on getting better as a team,” Hall said. “It gave us more motivation to be the best we can be. It showed our younger guys how much harder they need to work to be successful at the varsity level.”

Green Tech opened its season with a 22-20 victory over Ichabod Crane, rallying from a 14-0 first-quarter deficit.

Traydon Lawrence had 211 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles on 25 carries.

Rahsier Chandler threw two touchdown passes for Green Tech.

“Our focus is being more physical. Our mindset has to be more aggressive and physical,” Hall said. “Having only three returning starters hurt us in the fact of varsity speed and toughness.”

In last season’s meeting, Green Tech posted a 44-36 victory at Johnstown.

Class B Crossover


(0-1 overall)

at Broadalbin-Perth

(1-0 overall)

Today, 7 p.m.

After eking out a 21-20 victory at Scotia-Glenville in its opener, Broadalbin-Perth will host Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in its first home contest tonight.

“Anytime you can get a win I think it helps with confidence, that said we still have a lot of work to do to keep competitive within our league schedule,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said.

Ivan Roberts rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots in their one-point win over Scotia-Glenville.

“We learned how to finish a tough game last week, we had to dig down deep and play the entire game,” Pelneau said. “It wasn’t a clean game, but we were able to pull together when needed.”

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk lost to LaSalle, 43-14, in its opener.

Alton Ming had 185 yards on 16 carries for the Cadets, who had 314 rushing yards in the game.

“Ravena’s one of the best coached teams in the area, so it’s important that we are very sound in everything we do,” Pelneau said. “We have been preaching take care of our own assignments all week long.”


(1-0 overall)

at Fonda-Fultonville

(1-0 overall)

Today, 7 p.m.

After posing just one win last season, Fonda-Fultonville matched that total in its first game this season, posting a 28-0 victory at Rensselaer.

“Week 1’s win on the road was a huge confidence boost for our guys,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Tom Carpenter said. “We did not play a perfect game, but we played hard.”

John Mancini threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third to lead the Braves past Rensselaer.

Mancini connected on a 43-yard touchdown pass to Massimo DiCaprio and a 6-yard pass to Jon Flander before running one in from 10 yards out.

DiCaprio added a 69-yard touchdown run to his game credits, while Brady Myles led the Braves defense with a pair of interceptions.

For Rensselaer, Rommel Johnson rushed for 82 yards on 20 carries.

“Last week’s game allowed our guys to see that when you play hard and together, you can be successful,” Carpenter said.

In its first game, Tamarac cruised to a 32-8 victory over Cohoes. Peyton Nelean had 13 carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals, while Frank Zotto had three catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns.

“Tamarac is a very athletic and physical team that is well coached,” Caprenter said. “We will have to execute on offense and defense to be successful.”

Class A Capital Division


(0-1 overall)

at Amsterdam

(1-0 overall)

Today, 7 p.m.

After defeating Lansingburgh in its season opener, Amsterdam will play its first league game when it host defending Class AA champion Troy at Lynch Literacy Academy.

Against Lansingburgh, Cameron Chrzanowski turned in touchdown runs of 14 and 78 yards for the Rugged Rams.

Amsterdam also got a touchdown run from Peyton Ausfeld, while Jose Merced and Trayvon Jones caught touchdown passes from Trey Ausfeld. Kyle Desbiens added a safety for the Rugged Rams.

“Last week’s win gave us more confidence,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “It proved we can be very good if we put in the work during the week.”

Amsterdam faces a tough test against Troy, which had its 26-game win streak snapped by Schalmont in its opener.

Shane O’Dell passed for 205 yeards and a touchdown for the Sabres.

Xavier Leigh had 103 yards rushing for Troy, while Kiernan Gilbert scored the lone touchdown for the Flying Horses.

“We have to be able to control the ball and limit our mistakes,” Edick said.

Class A Grasso Division


(0-1 overall, 0-1 Grasso)

at Ballston Spa

(0-1 overall, 0-1 Grasso)

Today, 7 p.m.

After both teams struggled in their opener, former Foothills Council rivals Gloversville and Ballston Spa meet tonight looking to regroup.

The Huskies were thumped 64-7 by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, while Ballston Spa was routed 47-6 by Queensbury.

“Last week’s game was a tough for everyone, but I think they are looking forward to getting on the field and moving on,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said.

Burnt Hills finished with a 445-161 advantage in total yards for the game and held a 362-81 advantage in rushing yards.

Darien LaPietro was 4-for-6 passing for 83 yards and one touchdown for Burnt Hills

Vincent Daviero carried the ball nine times for 136 yards and two touchdowns for Burnt Hills, while D’Andre Lashley ran the ball seven times for 63 yards and two touchdowns and caught one pass for 39 yards and a touchdown.

For Gloversville, Anthony Tomek-Russell competed 5 of 12 attempts for 80 yards and two interceptions. Petey Raldiris carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards and a touchdown for the Huskies.

“We learned that we can’t make mistakes against a great team like Burnt Hills because it can spiral out control quickly,” Bongo said. “We are very young and inexperienced in a lot of places, and hopefully, it allowed us to know what it takes to compete at the varsity level.”

Ballston Spa also had trouble containing the running game against Queensbury, allowing 293 yards on 49 carries.

The Scotties also were held to ninus-58 yards rushing.

“Ballston Spa has some quality players and we need be able to improve our tackling,” Bongo said. “If some of their skill guys get in space it can cause of fits, so we need to corral them before they get going.”

Class C Crossover

Canajoharie-Fort Plain

(1-0 overall)

at Hoosick Falls

(1-0 overall)

Today, 7 p.m.

After starting the season with a 46-7 victory over Fort Edward/Argyle in a Class C-D crossover contest, Canajoharie-Fort Plain moves into Class C play with a crossover game at Hoosick Falls.

In its opening win over Fort Edward/Argyle, Sam Terwilliger carried the ball 10 times for 105 yards and a touchdown for Canajoharie-Fort Plain. Nick Mazzarella scored on a 62-yard touchdown run for C-FP.

“Honestly, that is a game we felt comfortable with and felt that we should have won, so I don’t think it gave us any more confidence than usual,” Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Shannon Hyney said. “We needed to get the first hits out of the way.”

Quarterback Derek Hyney threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.

Defensively, Keegan Myers had two interceptions for C-FP, while Jalen Hall, Andrew Ferguson, Branden Johnson and Jimmy Fashett all had fumble recoveries.

“The team needed to settle in and get the nerves out of the way,” coach Hyney said. “After that, we felt very confident in our game plan.”

Hoosick Falls also was successful in its opener, posting a 52-32 victory at Whitehall.

Max Kipp rushed for 201 yards and five touchdowns for Hoosick Falls. He also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a score.

Liam McGarvin had 111 yards on the ground for the Panthers.

“We must play very sound defense and try and control the run game,” coach Hyney said.