Gloversville preparing for Class B football title game

Gloversville’s Garrett Dooling looks to pass against Johnstown during their football game at Knox Field in Johnstown on Sept. 3.

Gloversville’s Garrett Dooling looks to pass against Johnstown during their football game at Knox Field in Johnstown on Sept. 3.

For the first time in 21 years, the Gloversville football team is getting ready to compete for a sectional title.

The Huskies earned a spot in Saturday’s Section II Class B championship game with a 15-14 victory over Schalmont on Friday.

Gloversville (7-3 overall) is slated to face Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (8-2 overall) on Saturday at Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie at 3 p.m.

Despite the unfamiliar territory, Gloversville coach Jim Robare said his team is getting ready as it normally does.

“We’re working as usual. Everytime we go out for practice, it’s a work day,” he said. “It’s business as usual for us and we’re sticking to the fundamentals. We work on the basics for the first 30-45 minutes of every practice and then focus in on getting ready for that week’s opponent.”

Saturday’s game will be rematch of a Sept. 17 contest that saw the Indians post a 28-6 victory over Gloversville at Husky Field.

“We’re excited to be playing for a championship and to get another shot at Ravena,” Gloversville senior quarterback Garrett Dooling said. “We came out flat when we played them the first time.”

To earn their spot in the title game, the Huskies avenged an earlier 28-7 loss to Schalmont, getting a two-point conversion run from Gio Glionna to earn the victory.

“We all knew what play we were going to run, but Schalmont called a timeout and coach [Robare] wanted to change the play,” Dooling said. “I told him we needed to keep the play because Gio [Glionna] is our best option in short yardage situations.”

Like Gloversville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk also turned the tables on its semifinal opponent.

One week after losing 42-0 to Glens Falls in their regular-season finale, Ravena notched a 35-28 victory at Glens Falls in Saturday’s semifinal rematch.

“When you reach this level, every game means something,” Robare said. “That’s what so wonderful about the game of football. It’s a great game that teaches a lot of life lessons.”

Gloversville last won a sectional title in 1987 when it defeated Hudson, 50-8, in the Class B title game. Robare was a member of that team.

“It’s nice to have another week of football, especially with it being my senior year,” Dooling said. “I didn’t expect us to be here, but I’m glad we are.”

Ravena last appeared in the Class B title game in 2010, when it lost 48-13 to Schalmont. Ravena last won a Class B title in 2004, posting a 59-28 win over Lansingburgh.

“The kids have worked hard to get to this point and reaching the championship game means a lot to the players and coaching staff,” Robare said. “The community has been very supportive. It’s been nice because several former players and coaches have reached out to tell us how excited they are for us.”

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