ROTTERDAM — After both teams suffered their first loss of the season last week, the Gloversville and Schalmont football teams headed into Friday’s Class B crossover game looking to bounce back.
The Sabres did just that, posting a 28-7 victory over the Huskies at Schalmont High School.
Sean Willis led Schalmont, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 105 yards on 18 carries.
“I give Sean credit. He did a nice job out there tonight,” Schalmont coach Joe Whipple said.
Willis led a Sabres’ ground game that gained 191 yards on 43 carries.
“We played more physical tonight,” Whipple said. “The kids played hard for four quarters for the first time this year.”
Max Pratt scored Schalmont’s other touchdown, hauling in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Noah O’Connor that put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. O’Connor completed 8 of 15 passes for 118 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 48 yards on nine carries.
Schalmont outgained Gloversville 309-185, including limiting the Huskies to just 77 yards and two first downs in the first half.
“Schalmont did a good job tonight,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said. “I’m not happy with our effort, but I’m not disappointed, either. We’ve just got to keep working and find a way to get the job done.”
Kyle Robare scored Gloversville’s lone touchdown on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Willis put the Sabres in front on their first possession, capping a nine-play, 62-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 7:08 left in the opening quarter.
Willis scored the only other points of the first half with a 1-yard run with 7:49 left in the second quarter to give Schalmont a 14-0 halftime lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, Willis scored on the first play of the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run to make it 21-0 with 11:53 remaining.
“Defensively, we’ve just got to find a way to stop somebody,” coach Robare said. “It’s not easy when you’re on the field that long and have to go right back out there when we couldn’t get a first down on offense.”
The Huskies scored their only points on their next possession, getting a 3-yard run from Kyle Robare to cap a nine-play, 80-yard drive. The biggest play of the drive came when Dominic Dorman hauled in a tipped ball for a 42-yard reception to move the ball to the Sabres’ 3-yard line.
Schalmont sealed the win on its ensuing possession, driving 78 yards on eight plays. O’Connor’s 57-yard touchdown pass to Pratt capped the drive.
“We’re still trying to figure things out and see where the pieces fit,” Whipple said. “Tonight was a step in the right direction.”
It was the second straight loss for the Huskies, who dropped a 28-6 decision to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in their home opener last week after starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 2015.
“Every game is important in the B’s,” coach Robare said. “Every team is tough and they all play smash-mouth football. Now, we’ve got to regroup and get ready for Mohonasen.”
Gloversville (2-2 overall) is slated to host Mohonasen next Friday in a Class B crossover contest at Husky Field at 7 p.m.
“Next week is our first divisional game. We look at our first few games as almost preseason games to get ready for our divisional schedule,” Whipple said. “We’re just trying to put the pieces together and get ready to make a run.”
Schalmont (2-1 overall) is scheduled to host Lansingburgh in its Class B Reinfurt Division next Friday at 7 p.m.
Gloversville 0 0 0 7 — 7
Schalmont 7 7 0 14 — 28
S — Willis 6 run (Shultis kick)
S — Willis 1 run (Shultis kick)
S — Willis 1 run (Shultis kick)
G — Robare 3 run (Glionna kick)
S — Pratt 57 pass from O’Connor (Shultis kick)