Johnstown, Broadalbin-Perth battle for Class B title tonight

Brian Henry and Jon Jennings communicate often during the season. The friends will be in constant co
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Brian Henry and Jon Jennings communicate often during the season.

The friends will be in constant contact tonight, when their teams play for the Section II Class B boys’ soccer title.

Henry’s second-seeded Broadalbin-Perth Patriots will be attempting to stop the postseason run of Jennings’ ninth-seeded Johnstown Sir Bills when they meet in a matchup of Foothills Council rivals at 7 at Colonie High School.

The sectional final is the first since 1995 for the Patriots. Johnstown has never advanced this far.

“We’re familiar with them, obv­iously. Jon and I are good friends, we talk once a week,” said Henry, whose 16-1-2 league co-champs dispatched Schalmont, 4-0, five days ago in the semifinals.

“They’re on a nice little run, they’ve got seven in a row. But let’s not forget that we’ve got a nice little streak going ourselves since August.

“We’re going to be prepared for them. But we also know that they’re a very confident squad, and they are going to give us everything.”

Johnstown was stagnant at 1-9-2 after a 3-0 loss to the Patriots on Oct. 14. The Sir Bills turned their season around by winning their final four league games, and upset defending Class B champ Tamarac in the sectional quarterfinals.

“We came together, finally,” said Jennings. “We had some guys carrying the ball a bit too much early in the year, so we weren’t moving the ball the way we should have. It all came together.

“We changed our system, we changed our style of play with four games left in the Foothills.”

Broadalbin won both matches with Johnstown in the FC season. Can the Patriots make it three in a row, and advance to Wednesday’s regional semifinal?

“They are just as familiar with us as we are with them. We’re not going to change anything,” said Henry. “We’re just going to just play our style of soccer, and let the soccer gods decide what will happen.”

“We’re playing better, but Broadalbin is well-coached. Bryan does an excellent job,” Jennings said. “They do a very good job of eliminating our space.

“We’ve got our hands full, without question. He’s got a nice team.”

Waterford-Halfmoon is also trying to advance, as it meets Voorheesville at 5 p.m. at Colonie for the overall Class C title.

Waterford had little trouble beating Berlin, 3-1, in Saturday’s Class C final. Voorheesville got past Schoharie on penalty kicks in the Class CC final.

“Maybe that will play into our advantage,” said Waterford coach Fred Engelmann, whose team takes a 16-2-0 record into the game.

The Fordians are a well-balanced unit, getting offense from Fre Breen, Zac Lennon and Dylan Carlton.

“We don’t have any one or two players we need to control a game,” said Engelmann. “We play pretty well, possession and passing.”

Waterford lost in the Class C final a year ago.

“We had four or five starters coming back, but I didn’t know how the junior class was going to step in and play.

“They’ve been a big surprise.”

Voorheesville finished second to Schalmont in the Colonial Council, and was seeded first in Class CC.

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