GLOVERSVILLE – After a Fall II season that saw it go winless in three games, the Gloversville football team is hoping for better results this season.
“We’re geared up and ready to go,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said.
After COVID issues curtailed the majority of the Huskies’ Fall II schedule, they have nine regular-season games scheduled for this fall.
Gloversville is slated to open its season Friday at Johnstown at 7 p.m. for a Week 0 matchup. The Week 0 format allows teams to schedule what amounts to a preseason game rather than taking part in a scrimmage on the first weekend of the season.
“We’re preparing for Johnstown. We’re not sure what they’re going to run, but we’re focused on getting ourselves ready,” coach Robare said.
It will be the 92nd meeting between Gloversville and Johnstown. The Huskies lead the all-time series 44-40-7. The teams haven’t met since 2018, which saw the Sir Bills post a 35-28 win at Gloversville.
“It’s going to be a great game between rivals to start the season,” coach Robare said. “It’s always a rivalry game. Their community is great and our community is great. It will be nice to get back together and back to somewhat of normalcy. I can’t wait.”
After traveling to Johnstown, the Huskies are set to head to Lansingburgh for their Week 1 game on Sept. 10 before facing Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in their home opener Sept. 17.
Gloversville has three other home games on its schedule against Mohonasen (Oct. 1), Glens Falls (Oct. 15) and Hudson Falls (Oct. 22).
Rounding out the Huskies’ schedule are road contests at Schalmont (Sept. 24), Broadalbin-Perth (Oct. 8) and Scotia-Glenville (Oct. 29).
This season will mark Gloversville’s first full campaign at the Class B level after spending several seasons in Class A.
“Everybody is dropping down. I think going to Class B will be good for us,” coach Robare said. “We’re going to playing schools closer to us in size and that will help us be more competitive. I think it will be good for our program in the long run.”
Despite dropping in class, coach Robare said he’s not expecting it to be easy pickings by any means.
“Class B is still really, really solid,” he said. “It’s going to be competitive for sure.”
Gloversville lost nine seniors from last season’s team. That group consisted of Joseph Boulware, Adrian Dorman, Jordan Fung Chen Pen, Mekhi Lanier, Paul Lomanto, Thomas Mancini, Carlos Matos, Kaleb Port and Dom Proietti
“We are missing a lot of our line from last year’s team,” coach Robare said. “We’re replacing them with some potentially very good linemen that are coming back.”
John Heimer, Gio Glionna, Simon Bruce and Garrett Dooling are the Huskies’ captains this season.
Devon Sisco, Xavier Bryant, Brady Renda Brett Rulison, Kyle Robare, Ethan Barkley, Leo Perez, Andrew Brae, Logan Oathout, Hunter Strauser, Anthony Renda, Kaymen Lewis and Dom Dorman also are expected to be key contributors.
“We are returning all of our skill players, which will help us offensively and defensively,” coach Robare said. “We’ve got a good core group of athletes.”
Gloversville is hoping to make the most of its season after its Fall II slate was shortened from six to three games by COVID-related quarantines and protocols in March and April.
“Our goals for the season are simple,” coach Robare said. “We’re taking it one game at a time and trying to stay healthy.”
Robare, who is entering his third season as coach, will be assisted this season by Eric Cheney, Ryan Mulligan, Adam Towne, Marc Porter and Martin Mulligan.