Playoff positioning at stake for area teams
Playoff positioning will be on the line for several area teams as the high school football schedule hits the final week of the regular season.
Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Dolgeville and Fonda-Fultonville have all clinched postseason spots. All four teams can improve on their seeds with wins this week.
Amsterdam is slated to travel to LaSalle tonight for a Class A Capital Division contest. The winner will be the division’s third seed, while the loser gets the fourth spot.
B-P can lock up the third seed in the Class B North Division with a win at Lansingburgh tonight, while Dolgeville can earn the second seed in the Section III Class D tournament with a win at Beaver River on Saturday. Fonda-Fultonville travels to Stillwater tonight for a battle of Class C Central Division unbeatens.
The winner will be one of the top three seeds in Class C.
Gloversville can play spoiler with a home win over Scotia-Glenville tonight, while Johnstown and Canajoharie-Fort Plain meet in a Class B/C crossover game Saturday at Fonda-Fultonville’s John G. Boshart Field.
Class C Central
(6-0 overall, 4-0 Class C Central)
(6-0 overall, 4-0 Class C Central)
Today, 7 p.m.
After holding off a determined effort from Johnstown last week in a Class B/C crossover contest, Fonda-Fultonville will face its biggest test of the season when it travels to Stillwater tonight.
Plenty is on the line as the winner will remain unbeaten, will claim the Class C Central Division title and guarantee itself a home sectional game next weekend.
“It means a lot to our kids. It has been three years since we’ve been in a game of this importance — vying for a division title,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Sean Thompson said. “A win would give us a division title and a home sectional game. “Those two accomplishments would be very special to this group of young men, especially to our seniors who have struggled in football for the past three years.”
In last week’s 26-13 victory over Johnstown, FFCS quarterback John Mancini finished with 202 yards passing in an 11-for-21, four-touchdown passing performance. Giovanni DiCaprio had touchdown catches of 63 and 45 yards for the Braves, while Jackson Atty scored on catches of 15 and 31 yards.
Stillwater had far less trouble in its rivalry game with Mechanicville last week, rolling to a 34-7 victory over the Red Raiders. The Warriors have outscored their opposition by a 233-53 margin this season.
James Galarneau threw a pair of touchdown passes for Stillwater and ran for another score. Mason Seymour scored twice for the Warriors to push his season total to 15 touchdowns.
“We have to excel in the fundamentals of the game — blocking, tackling, playing off blocks.” Thompson said. “We can’t turn the ball over and we have to capitalize on the turnovers we get. We respect Stillwater and we’re looking forward to competing Friday night.”
Class A Capital
(4-2 overall, 3-2 Capital)
(4-2 overall, 3-2 Capital)
Today, 7 p.m.
After losing its regular-season home finale to Averill Park last Friday, Amsterdam will look to bounce back tonight at LaSalle.
The winner of tonight’s game will be the third seed in the Class A Capital Division, while the loser gets the No. 4 spot.
“This game means a lot for our confidence going into the playoffs,” Amsterdam coach Doug Edick said. “This game is very important for seedings and momentum.”
In their 33-20 loss to Averill Park, the Rams fell behind 20-0.
Peyton Ausfeld scored all three touchdowns for Amsterdam, fining the end zone on runs of 1, 21 and 80 yards.
“The kids competed last week so they will be ready,” Edick said.
LaSalle notched its second straight victory last week, with a 342-8 victory over Green Tech.
Traydon Lawrence rushed for 190 yards and four touchdowns on 23 arries for the Cadets.
“We need to stop LaSalle’s running game and win the turnover battle,’ Edick said.
Class A Grasso
(3-3 overall, 2-3 Grasso)
(1-5 overall, 1-4 Grasso)
Today, 7 p.m.
After notching its first win of the season last week, Gloversville will close out the regular season at home against Scotia-Glenville.
The Huskies posted a 17-14 victory at Mohonasen a week ago, with Paul Lomanto hitting a 26-yard field goal for the only points of the fourth quarter.
“It’s always nice to win, the kids worked hard and it paid off,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said.
Anthony Tomek-Russell was 8-for- 12 for 145 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies.
Jaret Warner caught a 17-yard touchdown pass for Gloversville, while Garrett Dooling had a 71-yard touchdown catch.
“Every game is important, it gives the student another opportunity to get better and improve each week,” Robare said. “Coming off a win is key and the kids are excited to compete.”
Scotia-Glenville dropped a 61-21 decision in its Week 6 contest to Ballston Spa.
The Tartans can clinch a playoff spot with a win tonight.
“The keys are to control the line, play physical and play with speed without turning the ball over,” Robare said.
Section III Class D
(4-2 overall, 4-2 Class D)
at Beaver River
(5-1 overall, 5-1 Class D)
Saturday, 2 p.m.
After coughing up a 14-point lead in a 28-20 home loss to Thousand Islands last week, Dolgeville will look to regroup against Beaver River in its regular-season finale.
“Every game is important for us. We are playing a very good Beaver River team and will need our best effort,” Dolgeville coach Dan Zilkowski said.
The Beavers come into the game tied for the top spot with Frankfort-Schuyler in the Section III Class D standings.
Both teams have clinched top-four seeds and a home game for next week’s quarterfinals. Today’s winner will be one of the top two seeds.
In last week’s game, Connor Morse scored twice for the Blue Devils last week, while Kyle Getman added an 11-yard touchdown run. Morse finished with 71 yards on 17 carries and Getman had 70 yards on 17 carries. Morse also had two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.
“The team has responded well in practice and we are moving forward. Athletics are a learning experience of life for kids,” Zilkowski said. “You can’t dwell in the past. Learn from your mistakes, don’t make excuses, get better, and give your best effort in the next contest.”
Beaver River outlasted Frankfort-Schuyler, 43-38, last week, handing the Maroon Knights their first loss of the season.
Samuel Bush scored on runs of 6, 21 and 17 yards for the Beavers, while also throwing a touchdown pass to Zaccheaus LaComb.
Bush completed 20 of 30 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown, while also piling up three touchdowns and 259 yards on 23 carries.
Class B North
(3-3 overall, 2-2 Class B North)
(0-6 overall, 0-4 Class B North)
Today, 7 p.m.
After losing 47-8 at Glens Falls last week, Broadalbin-Perth will look to end the regular season on a high note as it travels to Lansingburgh.
A win by the Patriots tonight would give them a 4-3 overall record and a 3-2 record in the Class B North Division. It also would give B-P the third seed in the division.
“It’s a big game for us to ensure ourselves a winning record for the regular season and within our division,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “Every game is important, but we need momentum going into sectionals next week.”
In last week’s loss to division-league Glens Falls, which won the state Class B title, Griffin Woodell rushed for 242 yards and three touchdowns for the Indians. Noah Girard had three touchdown passes for Glens Falls.
Dante Calderone threw an 8-yard pass to Jackson Sassanella for B-P’s only touchdown of the night.
“We have had a good week of practice, we watched film and have refocused ourselves on fundamentals, I expect us to rebound in a positive way,” Pelneau said.
Lansingburgh fell to 0-6 overall and 0-4 in lass B North play with a 12-7 loss at Hudson Falls last week.
“We need to avoid making mistakes, not turn the ball over and get back to our fundamentals — alignment, stance and key responsibilities,” Pelneau said. “If we can do those things, I think we will play a cleaner game than last week.”
Class B/C Crossover
vs. Canajoharie-Fort Plain
at FFCS, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Turnovers proved costly for Canajoharie-Fort Plain last week in its 28-24 loss to Tamarac.
C-FP turned the ball over three times on fumbles and once on an interception against the Bengals.
“We need to start strong early and play mistake free and put together four quarters, which has been the story of our season,” C-FP coach Shannon Hyney said.
Leading the way for Tamarac was senior running back Jonah Rescott who piled up 262 yards and three touchowns on 31 carries.
Canajoharie-Fort Plain quarterback Derek Hyney finished 21-for-29 for 239 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
“It is important for us to contain their quarterback. He is a great athlete who can make something out of nothing with his legs and ability to keep his eyes downfield,” Johnstown coach Tyler Hall said. “They also have a good depth at the skill position of whose hands the ball is in. Most importantly, we need to play mistake-free football for four quarters.”
Marcus Johnson had 11 catches for 101 yards and a touchdowns. Ferguson made eight tackles for the C-FP defense, while Marcus Johnson and Brandon Johnson each had six tackles.
“They are hungry. They know we should be no less than 5-2 and we have let games slip away,” coach Hyney said. “This week is about pride and resilience and we need to bounce back strong.”
Johnstown gave Fonda-Fultonville a battle last week at Knox Field before dropping a 26-13 decision.
Chase Benton finished with 136 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for the Sir Bills, while Caden Mureness carried the ball 15 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.
“Friday night’s game was an emotional and tough battle with Fonda,” Hall said, “The extra day of preparation allows us to recover both physically and mentally.”
Though both teams have been eliminated from the postseason, they are looking to end the regular season with a win.
“At this point, we are out of the playoffs,” coach Hyney said. “Now it’s time for us to stay focused and try and win a few games and let the seniors finish out their career.”
Hall said that his team will be ready to play Saturday.
“Our guys are still motivated no matter what. At this point being eliminated from the playoffs, our kids know that we still get to play the game of football which we can’t take for granted,” he said. “With time winding down for our senior class, they want to be out there on the field giving it their all.”