The Patriots are slated to travel to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk on Friday for a 7 p.m. Class B crosscover contest.
“It was a let down to not play for sure, but it is unfortunately the reality we are living in here right now,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. “We have gotten used to adjusting on the fly and going back to the Fall 2 season’s approach I think helped with that.”
During the Fall 2 season, the Patriots went 4-0, but saw three other games canceled due to COVID protocols,
The week-to-week theme has continued into the fall as B-P started the season with 22 players and no junior varsity team.
Injuries and departures will have the Patriots looking to meet the 16-player minimum to take the field each week this season.
“No doubt it has been difficult generating competitive situations in practice,” Pelneau said. “It is a challenge but the players are doing their best and that’s all we can ask for from them on a daily basis.”
During the Fall II season in March and April, the Patriots went 4-0, posting wins over Gloversville (50-16), Johnstown (36-28), Cobleskill-Richmondville (21-13) and Green Tech (14-0). The Patriots also had games scheduled with Hudson Falls, Glens Falls and South Glens Falls that were canceled due to COVID protocols.
This season marks the first time since Pelneau joined the B-P program as an assistant in 2005, that the Patriots aren’t fielding a junior varsity squad.
With an unexpected extra week of practice before taking the field for the first time, the Patriots have been focused on getting themselves ready for game action.
“The focus for us this week is preparing to finally play against another team,” Pelneau said. “We have not had the chance to hit or play in a game or scrimmage yet, so we will have to adjust through the first quarter with the speed of the game.”
While B-P will be playing its first game, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk is coming off a 30-24 victory over Cambridge-Salem in its Week 0 contest last Friday.
Aidan Lochner scored three touchdowns for the Indians in the win, finding the end zone on runs of 3, 10 and 18 yards.
“The keys to success are the same things we always preach,” Pelneau said. “We need to be the better blocking and tackling team. We have to protect the football on offense and take it away on defense.”
GLOVERSVILLE HEADS TO LANSINGBURGH
After starting its season with a 34-0 victory over Johnstown in a Class B-C crossover contest, Gloversville will travel to Lansingburgh looking to build on its early season momentum in a Class B crossover matchup.
“The team has been working hard and has responded with enthusiasm,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “It’s always nice to win, it doesn’t matter who you play.”
That the win came over rival Johnstown in the 92nd meeting between the schools was also welcomed.
The Huskies did it in dominating fashion, surging to a 28-0 halftime lead on their way to the win.
Kyle Robare finished with 12 carries for 65 yards for Gloversville, while John Heimer had 18 carries for 63 yards. Quarterback Garrett Dooling added eight carries for 32 yards. He also completed 10 of 15 passes for 130 yards. Gio Glionna hauled in six passes for 81 yards for the Huskies.
Gloversville’s defense held Johnstown to just 4 total yards in the first half and created three turnovers – two interceptions and a fumble – in the second half.
With Friday’s win over the Sir Bills, the Huskies avenged their 35-27 loss at Husky Field to Johnstown in 2018. Gloversville now leads the all-time series 45-40-7.
Now Gloversville (1-0) turns its attention to Lansingburgh (0-0), which did not compete in a Week 0 contest, opting instead to take part in a scrimmage with Hoosick Falls-Tamarac last Saturday.
Coach Robare said that his defense will need to play well again this week against the Knights.
“Some keys would be to tackle in open field this week,” he said. “Lansingburgh will be shifty and quick. We also need to improve offensively and cut down on the 11 penalties we had last week. This week, we’ve worked on fixing offensive plays, and focusing in on Lansingburgh’s offense to prepare our defense.”
JOHNSTOWN LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK
After dropping its opener at home to Gloversville, Johnstown will look to regroup this week.
The Sir Bills face a long bus ride to face Section IV’s Norwich in a non-league contest.
First-year Johnstown coach Paul Furman said that his team has responded well this week in practice after its shutout loss to Gloversville.
“The team has responded well. We told them to use the 24-hour rule,” he said. “Let the game sit with you, and feel however you would like to about it. After 24 hours we have to put it behind us and move forward to the next week. They have shown up the first two days ready to learn what we need to in order to move forward.”
In its loss to the Huskies, Andrew Lake had nine carries for 42 yards and Brodie Loucks added seven carries for 35 yards as Johnstown struggled offensively.
After facing a familiar foe in Gloversville, the Sir Bills have spent this week learning what they could about an unfamiliar foe.
“Norwich likes to spread the field,” Furman said. “They have a bigger running back they use up the middle, and the quarterback is a running threat as well. Norwich is a solid program and will be another good test for our program.”
Norwich opened its season with Week 0 victory over Sherburne-Earlville last weekend, scoring all of its points in the first half of a 27-6 victory.
Quarterback Torin Lawrence completed 5 of 10 passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns for Norwich. He also rushed for 100 yards on eight carries. Mallachi Gaters added 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 11 carries for the Purple Tornado. Mason Edwards had two catches for 35 yards and a touchdown for Norwich and Holden Ryan added two catches for 18 yards and a score.
Johnstown has focused on continuing to learn its new offense and defense in this week’s preparations.
“We need to play disciplined football, and follow our keys on defense. With more of the offense installed, it will give our players more opportunities to make plays. We need to be more aggressive at the line of scrimmage,” Furman said. “This week we have focused on installing more of the offense and defense. We as a staff have focused on teaching more technique by position.”
IN OTHER ACTION
All three Montgomery County teams will spend Week 1 on the road. Amsterdam, coming off an 0-5 “Fall II” campaign, opens its season Friday at 7 p.m. at South Glens Falls. Fonda-Fultonville, which responded to the cancellation of its Week 0 game against Broadalbin-Perth by taking on Section VII’s Peru on two days’ notice and powering to a 49-21 win, visits Cobleskill-Richmondville in a Class C contest Friday at 7 p.m. Canajoharie/Fort Plain will kick off its Class D slate Saturday at 1 p.m. with a long road trip to face perennial contender Cambridge/Salem.