Regular season winds down for area football teams


The Leader-Herald

Although several local teams have locked up berths in sectional postseason tournaments, the final week of the 2013 regular season is filled with games that could further affect the play next week.

A year after being unable to finish the season due to an injury-depleted roster, the Johnstown Sir Bills are still in the hunt for a Section II Class B playoff berth.

The 2-4 Sir Bills could get in with a little help from Broadalbin-Perth and Scotia-Glenville if they beat Cobleskill-Richmondville and Glens Falls respectively to set up a three-way tie for the final playoff berth. Which team gets the spot would come out of a series of tie-breakers.

The Canajoharie Cougars and the Rensselaer Rams both are in the Class D tournament. However, they enter tonight’s game tied for second in the South Division. A win tonight would give an opening-round home game to the victor.

The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots, Gloversville Huskies, Amsterdam Rams and Fonda-Fultonville Braves all have secured berths in their respective class tournaments.

Gloversville will travel to face undefeated Queensbury on Saturday afternoon, while the Rams will host winless South Glens Falls in their homecoming game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Patriots can give Johnstown a hand in their quest for a sectional berth as they host Cobleskill-Richmondville, also in their homecoming game tonight.

Fonda-Fultonville had its regularly scheduled game against Catholic Central canceled due to the Crusaders being unable to field a full roster for the second straight week.

The Braves scrambled and found the Ticonderoga Sentinels, a state-ranked Class D team in Section VII. The Sentinels also had their Week 7 game against the Plattsburgh Hornets canceled due to a depleted roster.

Class A


(4-2 overall,1-2 Class A Northwest)

at Queensbury

(6-0 overall, 3-0 Class A Northwest)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

With a resounding 53-14 victory last week over South Glens Falls, the Huskies secured the fourth seed in the Section II Class A postseason tournament.

Now they turn their attention to undefeated Queensbury, ranked No. 3 in the state among Class A schools.

“This week will be business as usual for us, we want to approach every week from here on out as a playoff game,” Gloversville coach Jared Bongo said. “Queensbury is a very tough opponent, especially with the size, speed and skill they have.”

However, the Huskies, who are among the Class A teams receiving honorable mention in the state rankings, are not ready to simply hand the game over to the Spartans.

“We must play team defense in order to slow their double-wing offense down,” Bongo said. “Everyone will have jobs to do and reads to make, and in order to have success we must buy into that system.”

Gloversville’s high-scoring offense may be the ticket to success against the Spartans.

So far this season, Gloversville has outscored its opponents 245-129, while Queensbury has scored 219 points but only surrendered 84.

“Our offense has done a nice job thus far, and it will be vital for us to put points on the board and keep their offense off the field,” Bongo said.

Class A

South Glens Falls

(0-6 overall, 0-3 Class A Northwest)

at Amsterdam

(3-3 overall,1-2 Class A Northwest).

Saturday, 3 p.m.

The Rams return home to a full fanfare and ready to tune up for the postseason against the winless Bulldogs of South Glens Falls.

Instead of its traditional game under the lights at Lynch Literacy Academy, the game was moved to 3 p.m. Saturday to be the feature event of the Homecoming celebration.

Amsterdam is coming off a 49-0 conference loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake last Saturday.

South High is looking to recover from its 53-14 conference loss to Gloversville.

Class B


(1-5 overall, 1-5 Class B West)

at Johnstown

(2-4 overall, 2-4 Class B West)

Today, 7 p.m.

After back-to-back wins over Glens Falls and Hudson Falls, the Sir Bills ran into a buzz saw last week against undefeated Schalmont, the fifth-ranked Class B team in the state.

Despite the setback, Johnstown is mathematically alive in the chase for the final playoff berth in the Section II Class B tournament.

A Johnstown victory combined with losses this week by Glens Falls and Cobleskill-Richmondville would set up a three-way tie for fourth place in the West Division standings with all three teams sporting 3-4 division records.

The Sir Bills defeated Glens Falls to win that head-to-head tie breaker but lost to Cobleskill-Richomndville. But Glens Falls soundly defeated Cobleskill-Richmondville setting up the possibility of the playoff berth being decided by quarter points.

Class B


(3-3 overall, 3-3 Class B West)

at Broadalbin-Perth

(5-1 overall, 5-1 Class B West)

Today, 7 p.m.

The Patriots are already secure as the No. 2 seed out of the Class B West and will host an opening round game next week.

So is there any incentive for the Patriots against Cobleskill-Richmondville?

“We will definitely not look past Cobleskill,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “They are a talented team and very well coached. They will be playing for their playoff lives, so we will need to be ready and focused.”

The Patriots are coming off a 26-6 victory over Schuylerville, a game in which quarterback Jake Morreale threw for 176 yards in a 14 for 17 passing performance. However, the Patriots will need to cut down on the defensive penalties before entering postseason play.

“We are hoping to play well and continue to improve in all aspects of the game this week,” Pelneau said. “We need to gain momentum heading in the playoffs and hopefully we get that going this week.”

The Bulldogs will have more than a tough B-P squad to contend with as the stands at Patriot Field are expected to be jam packed for the highlight game of Homecoming Week at Broadalbin-Perth.

“Homecoming is always an exciting time for our town, school and players,” Pelneau said. “At the same time we are focused on playing well and the task at hand. Our seniors want to make sure they play inspired for their last homecoming game and are excited after being away the last two weeks.”

Class C



(6-1 overall, 6-1 Class B West)

at Ticonderoga (Sect. VII)

(6-1 overall)

Today, 7:30 p.m.

Neither team expected to play this week as their regularly scheduled opponents were forced to forfeit due to lack of healthy players on the rosters.

However, connections were made and now Fonda-Fultonville, ranked 17th among the state’s Class C teams, will make the long bus ride to take on the Ticonderoga Sentinels, the 17th ranked Class D team in the state, tonight.

The Braves are coming off a 41-0 victory against Coxsackie-Athens, which helped lock up the No. 2 seed in the Class B South.

The Sentinels were originally scheduled to face Plattsburgh, however a depleted lineup has forced the Hornets to forfeit the last four weeks of the regular season.

Ticonderoga has posted wins over Beekmantown (32-21), Saranac Lake (35-13), Moriah (24-12), Ausable Valley (35-6) and Saranac Central (28-12). The lone setback came at the hands of Peru, 53-7.

The Braves were scheduled to take on Catholic Central tonight, but the Crusaders forfeited last week’s game to Hoosick Falls and were not able to suit up a full 16-man roster for this week, either.

Class D


(5-1 overall, 3-1 Class D South)

at Canajoharie

(5-1 overall, 3-1 Class D South)

Today, 7 p.m.

There will be a lot on the line tonight at Canajoharie High School when the Cougars host Rensselaer.

The teams enter the contest tied for second place in the Class D South Division.

Canajoharie is coming off a strong 48-8 victory over Hoosic Valley, while the Rams are looking to get back in the win column after suffering a 46-27 loss to division leader Cambridge.

“We are a definite No. 3 right now, but we need to beat Rensselaer to get a home game,” Sullivan said. “They are a good team. I have seen a lot of tape on them, and I believe if we execute and play our best game, we can give them a run. We will break down our film and see what mistakes we made, because the tapes will tell. We are really fired up to have another game at home and we are playing a state-ranked team, which is huge. If we win, we get another home game. I don’t know what other motivation they need than that.”

The Cougars’ lone loss this season also came at the hands of Cambridge, 26-10.

Section III, Class D


(5-1 overall, 4-1 Class D East)

at Dolgeville

(5-1 overall, 4-1 Class D East)

Today, 7 p.m.

After their loss to West Canada Valley last week, the Blue Devils find themselves in a log jam at the top of the Section III Class D East standings.

Dolgeville, this week’s opponent Waterville/Madison and Herkimer all have 5-1 overall records and 4-1 in the division. West Canada Valley is in the mix with a 4-2 overall mark and also is 4-1 in the division.