Johnstown hosts Fonda-Fultonville in first game on new turf

Johnstown football head coach Paul Furman talks to his team during an Aug. 24 practice at Johnstown High School.
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Johnstown football head coach Paul Furman talks to his team during an Aug. 24 practice at Johnstown High School.

JOHNSTOWN For the first time since 2007, the Johnstown football team will head into the second week of the season unbeaten.

Prior to last week’s season-opening 35-0 win at Coxsackie-Athens, the Sir Bills last won a their opener on Aug. 31, 2007, when they posted a 41-0 victory at Taconic Hills.

“Last week’s win was very important to the program. We have not had season-opening win since 2007,” Johnstown coach Paul Furman said. “It’s validation for our players and the hard work they put into the offseason.”

Johnstown dominated last week in its win over Coxsackie-Athens.

Ryan Hoyt rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries for the Sir Bills. Hoyt also scored on a 70-yard punt return.

Jack Miller completed 5 of 11 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns for Johnstown. Andrew Lake had three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Bubba Frank added a 31-yard touchdown catch.

Lake led the defense with six solo tackles and an interception, while Adam Sweet added four solo tackles and a sack.

This week, the Sir Bills are scheduled to host local rival Fonda-Fultonville in a Class C South Division contest in their first game on the new turf at Knox Field.

“We have had one practice on it so far and it was one of our best practices of the year,” Furman said. “The boys are fired up to play Friday night.”

Johnstown will face a tough test against Fonda-Fultonville, which is 2-0 after wins over Section III’s Central Valley Academy and Taconic Hills.

In its 57-8 Class C South Division win over Taconic Hills, the Braves attempted just four passes and completed only one. Quarterback Jackson Cusack had 65 yards and a 30-yard touchdown on three carries for FFCS. He also completed 1 of 4 passes for 24 yards.

Seven of the Braves’ eight touchdowns came on the ground. Peyton Webber scored on runs of 1 and 4 yards, Jonathan Cranker scored on a 21-yard run, Jackson Croucher scored on a 33-yard run, Jose Vargas scored on a 15-yard run, and Owen Hicks scored on a 10-yard run.

Croucher had 63 yards and a score on four carries for the Braves, Cranker had four carries for 34 yards and a touchdown, and Hicks added two carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. Hicks also had the lone reception of the night for FFCS for 24 yards.

Fonda-Fultonville’s other points came on a safety and a 55-yard punt return for a score by Karsen Bulan.

“They are a good team. They are aggressive and want to stop the ball at the point of attack. Dealing with that will be the turning point in this game,” Furman said. “Dealing with their active linebackers and safeties is a big importance for us this week. I expect our boys to play their best brand of football and compete.”

HUSKIES LOOK TO IMPROVE TO 3-0

After posting 42-28 home win over Green Tech last week, Gloversville will look to go to 3-0 on the season in their third straight home game.

“The team has been excited and always looks forward to the next challenge. Each week we have faced some adversity and have done a great job in handling them,” Gloversville coach Jim Robare said.

This week, the Huskies will host Lansingburgh, which dropped a 33-7 decision last week to Glens Falls after opening the season with a 27-13 win over Hudson Falls.

Gloversville surged to a 35-8 lead in the first half in last week’s win over Green Tech.
Leo Perez led the Gloversville rushing game with 72 yards on seven carries and two touchdowns, while Kyle Robare added 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Caelan Porter finished his second game as the Gloversville starting quarterback with 133 yards in a 7-for-16, one-touchdown passing performance.

“We limited our turnovers and penalties last week, which was an improvement over our first game,” coach Robare said.

In their last game, the Knights surrendered 426 yards of offense to Glens Falls. Nazareth Lozada scored on an 80-yard run for Lansingburgh’s only touchdown of the game.

“Lansingburgh is a solid team with plenty of returning players. They will be experienced,” coach Robare said. “They have some very skilled players with a good line, so it will be a challenge to keep their offense off the field. We need to play hard, physical and play with speed while making good decisions. We also need to try to contain their offense and move the ball for us on offense and we have to win the line of scrimmage.

PATRIOTS HIT THE ROAD ONCE AGAIN

Through two games this season, Broadalbin-Perth has enjoyed its time on the road posting wins at Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley and Ichabod Crane to open the season.

“The team was very excited to get to 2-0. They enjoyed the victory over the weekend but when they returned on Monday, all of them were eager to watch the film to see how they could continue to improve,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Rick Wallace said. “Their attention quickly turned to getting ready for Hudson this Friday because of the goals we set as a team this season.”

The Patriots conclude their three-game road run with a game at Hudson this week before finally playing their first home game next Friday against Taconic Hills.

“This game is the final of our three-game road trip to start the year. Earning another victory and returning home undefeated is our main focus,” Wallace said. “The long trip this week will be a challenge, but our experience the last two weeks will help. We know that we need to tackle well to limit Hudson’s offense.”

In last week’s 33-0 victory at Ichabod Crane, Broadalbin-Perth got four rushing touchdowns from Sam Hotaling, who also threw a touchdown pass to Ryan Savoie. Jack Dunlap added an interception for the Patriots.

After posting a 14-6 win over Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley in its first game, the Patriots’ offense got rolling last week against the Riders.

“Overall, we saw better execution with all phases of the game. There was a big improvement within our defensive execution,” Wallace said. “It was great to get all 33 players in the game this past week. It gave us an opportunity to evaluate everyone and find more depth.”

This week, B-P will face Hudson, which has dropped its first two games. The Bluehawks lost 8-0 to Chatham in their opener and lost 26-14 to Cobleskill-Richmondville last week.

“They have good team speed and play physical football. We need to continue to play solid team defense in order to contain their run game. Offensively, we will need to maintain our blocks in order to get the ground game working,” Wallace said. “As coaches, we challenged the players to continue to show improvements. Many of them do not have much high school football experience so we know that every snap is critical. We feel that we are just s scratching the surface as a group.”

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