Patriots turn back Johnstown, 36-28

The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis Broadalbin-Perth's Sean Helferich (4) leaps to make the catch on a pass from quarterback Jackson Sassanella for his first of two touchdowns against Johnstown Saturday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

BROADALBIN — Thursday afternoon the Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown football teams were notified that the rolling seven-day COVID-19 rate in Fulton County was above the 4.0 percent mark — the point where the local high school high risk sports teams are restricted from playing out-of-county teams.

Broadalbin-Perth was slated to play Green Tech and Johnstown was scheduled to host Granville on Friday and Gloversville was scheduled to play South Glens Falls on Saturday at Patriot Field.

Instead, Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown opted to play on Saturday in the time slot vacated by Gloversville, which sat out the week.

Playing their first game since their season opener victory against Gloversville on March 26, the Patriots broke out to an early lead and held off a fourth-quarter rally by Johnstown for a 36-28 victory Saturday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Sean Helferich caught first-half touchdown passes of 20 and 54 yards from Jackson Sassanella and Alex DiCaterino ran a 28-yard interception into the end zone to help the Patriots build a 22-12 halftime lead.

The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis Johnstown's Ben Krempa (10) closes on the play as Broadalbin-Perth's Ryan Visco (21) tries to escape the grasp of the Sir Bills' Chase Benton Saturday at Patriot Field at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Johnstown quarterback Caden Mureness also had success throwing the ball in the opening half, hitting Ben Krempa and Connor Betts with 34-yard touchdown passes.

Ryan Visco got the Patriots ground game rolling in the second half and scored on runs of 41 and 13 yards.

The Sir Bills put together a strong fourth-quarter surge, with Mureness finding paydirt with a 2-yard run and hitting Krempa for his second touchdown catch of the game with 59 seconds left in the game but did not get the ball back for a game-tying scoring attempt.

Mureness finished with 136 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 10-for-21 passing performance for the Sir Bills and rushed the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a touchdown. Chase Benton carried the ball 21 times for 81 yards and had 21 tackles and two forced fumbles on defense.

Krempa finished with fives catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns, while Betts had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. Malik Holston had five tackles a sack and a fumble recovery for Johnstown, while Tanner Warner and Ryan Hoyt finished with five tackles apiece and Brodie Loucks had three tackles and a sack.

The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis Fonda-Fultonville's Jonathan Cranker (42) grabs the jersey of Schuylerville's Sam McGarrahan (24) as the Braves' Roger Boyer and Tyler Schmidtmann close on the play Saturday at John G. Boshart Field at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

Broadalbin-Perth 36, Johnstown 28

Johnstown 0 12 0 16 — 28

Broadalbin-Perth 8 14 7 7 — 36

First quarter

BP — Sean Helferich 20 pass from Jackson Sassanella (Ryan Visco run)

Second quarter

J — Connor Betts 34 pass from Caden Mureness (Kick failed).

BP — Helferich 54 yd pass Sassanella (Sassanella kick).

J — Ben Krempa 34 pass from Mureness (Kick failed).

BP — Alex DiCaterino 28 interception return (Sassanella kick)

Third quarter

BP — Visco 41 run (Sassanella kick).

Fourth quarter

BP — Visco 13 run (Sassanella kick).

J — Mureness 2 run (Betts pass from Mureness)

J — Krempa 4 pass from Mureness (Mureness run).

Schuylerville 30,

Fonda-Fultonville 7

FONDA — Samuel McGarrahan carried the ball 17 times for 88 yards and four touchdowns to lead Schuylerville to victory Saturday afternoon at John G. Boshart Field at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

Fonda-Fultonville’s defense held the potent Schuylerville offense in check through the first quarter and the Braves offense was able to move the ball but could not capitalize on its success.

McGarrahan broke second-quarter touchdown runs of 44 and 19 yards before Owen Sherman hit Caleb Max with a 3-yard touchdown pass to put the Black Horses up 18-0 at the half.

The Braves opened the second half with a touchdown drive that culminated with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Connor Weaver to Nate Mycek.

The Braves could get no closer as McGarrahan rushed for two more touchdowns to finish the 30-7 victory.

Weaver finished with 203 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception in his 19-for-38 passing performance with Mycek hauling in four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown and Brady Melious making two receptions for 58 yards and Giovanni DiCaprio gaining 35 yards with two catches.

Sherman finished with 121 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception in his 8-for-16 effort.

Schuylerville 30, Fonda-Fultonville 7

Schuylerville 0 18 6 6 — 30

Fonda-Fultonville 0 0 7 0 — 7

Second quarter

S — Samuel McGarrahan 44 run (run failed).

S — McGarrahan 19 run (run failed).

S — Caleb Max 3 pass from Owen Sherman (run failed).

Third quarter

FF — Nate Mycek 7 pass from Connor Weaver (Weaver kick)

S — McGarrahan 2 run (run failed)

Fourth quarter

S — McGarrahan 4 run (run failed).

Stillwater 49,

Canajoharie-Fort Plain 0

STILLWATER –Tyler Paffen threw for 92 yards and rushed for 81 more to lead Stillwater to victory over Canajoharie-Fort Plain Sunday afternoon at Stillwater High School.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain is scheduled to travel to play Chatham at 7 p.m. Friday night..

Stillwater 49, Canajoharie-Fort Plain 0

Canajoharie-Fort Plain 0 0 0 0 — 0

Stillwater 7 14 7 21 — 49

First quarter

S — Isaac Cutler-Jujjumbire 27 pass from Tyler Paffen (Cutler-Mujjumbire kick).

Second quarter

S — CJ McNeil 1 run (Cutler-Mujjumbire kick)

S — Paffen 26 run (Cutler-Mujjumbire kick)

Third quarter

S — McNeil 75 intereception return (Cutler-Mujjumbire kick)

Fourth quarter

S — Paffen 51 run (Cutler-Mujjumbire kick)

S — Reese Hotaling 61 run (Cutler-Mujjumbire kick)

S — Gavin Baker 40 run ((Cutler-Mujjumbire kick)


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