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Fonda-Fultonville returns from layoff with lopsided win

Fonda-Fultonville's Zen Miles runs to his left against Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne during Monday's Class C football game at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
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Fonda-Fultonville's Zen Miles runs to his left against Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne during Monday's Class C football game at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

FONDA — To say the least, it’s been an unusual start to the season for the Fonda-Fultonville football team.

The season began with a win at Section VII’s Peru, an opponent that was a last-minute replacement for Broadalbin-Perth, which didn’t have enough players for the Week 0 matchup.

Then, in Week 1, the Braves were forced to forfeit their game at Cobleskill-Richmondville due to COVID protocols.

As a result, Fonda-Fultonville had 10 days off before practicing Sunday and facing Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne in its home opener Monday at John G. Boshart Field.

The Braves?

They showed no signs of rust, rolling to a 56-0 Section II Class C North Division victory.

“It’s nice to get back out there and play football after 10 days off,” said Fonda-Fultonville coach Sean Thompson, whose team’s Week 2 game was delayed from Friday so the Braves could clear needed protocols.

But despite the many obstacles they’ve faced this season, the Braves had little trouble in dominating from start to finish against Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne. Fonda-Fultonville scored on eight of its first 10 possessions, including its first seven, on its way to a lopsided victory that saw the Braves lead 49-0 at the half.

“We didn’t make a lot of mistakes tonight,” Thompson said.

Senior quarterback Connor Weaver ran for a 40-yard touchdown, threw for two more and also scored on a 65-yard punt return to lead the Fonda-Fultonville offense. Weaver, who didn’t play in the second half, competed 3 of 4 passes in the first half for 65 yards and two touchdowns. All three passes went to Jackson Croucher who finished with 65 yards and scored on 12- and 38-yard receptions.

Giovanni DiCaprio added touchdown runs of 23 and 24 yards for the Braves, finishing with 79 yards on five carries. Zen Myles added an 18-yard rushing touchdown and D.J. Greco added a 7-yard touchdown run for Fonda-Fultonville.

“The kids have been good about adjusting to everything they faced this season,” Thompson said. “They’ve been frustrated at times, but they’ve done a good job staying focused and staying positive.”

After forcing a punt on the Mountaineers’ first possession, Weaver took the punt 65 yards down the sideline for a score.

Then, the Braves got the ball back after a botched snap on a another punt attempt by Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne. Three plays later, Fonda-Fultonville was in the end zone again, this time when Croucher scored on a 12-yard pass from Weaver.

DiCaprio added a 23-yard touchdown run in the first quarter for the Braves, and a 38-yard pass from Weaver to Croucher closed out the first-quarter scoring with Fonda-Fultonville up 28-0 after 12 minutes of play.

On its first possession of the second quarter, Weaver raced 40 yards for a score to cap a two-play, 57-yard drive. Weaver also found Jonathan Cranker with a two-point conversion pass to make it 36-0.

An interception ended the Mountaineers’ next possession. Three plays later, Myles scored on an 18-yard run for the Braves.

With Fonda-Fultonville out to a huge lead early in the second quarter, the game was played with a running clock the rest of the way.

DiCaprio capped the first-half scoring with a 24-yard touchdown run with 1:06 left in the first half to make it 49-0 at the half. Greco scored the only points of the second half on a 7-yard run.

“We came out of this game healthy, and we were able to get some work in,” Thompson said.

Fonda-Fultonville had 226 total yards of offense in the first half and 96 yards in the second half. The Braves’ defense held the Mountaineers to negative-15 total yards for the game. It was the second straight shutout loss for Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne, which dropped a 62-0 decision to Mechanicville in its Week 1 contest.

Fonda-Fultonville (1-1 Class C North, 2-1 overall) is scheduled to travel to Schuylerville on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest. The Black Horses won the Section II Class C crown during the 2020-21 academic year’s “Fall II” season and the Section II Class B title in 2019. Schuylerville posted a 30-7 win over FFCS last spring during the Fall II season.

“Now, we have three days to prepare for a very good football team in Schuylerville,” Thompson said. “It should be a good game. Hopefully, we can put some of our frustration to use against them.”

Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne (0-2, 0-2) is slated to host Cobleskill-Richmondville on Friday at 7 p.m.

Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne 0 0 0 0  0
Fonda-Fultonville 28 21 7 0  56
F-F  Weaver 65 punt return (Weaver kick)
F-F  Croucher 22 pass from Weaver (Weaver kick)
F-F  DiCaprio 23 run (Weaver kick)
F-F  Croucher 22 pass from Weaver (Weaver kick)
F-F  Weaver 40 run (Weaver pass to Cranker)
F-F  Myles 18 run (Weaver kick)
F-F  DiCaprio 24 run (kick failed)
F-F  Greco 7 run (Weaver kick)

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