SCOTIA — Gloversville football coach James Robare didn’t have much to complain about Friday night.
There were, however, his team’s three first-half fumbles that Scotia-Glenville always recovered. So the pats on the back from Friday will turn into lessons early next week.
Besides that, the Huskies had things their way in a 41-6 Class B North Division victory at Hitchcock Field.
As is often the case, the game came down to line play, where the Huskies (1-0, 4-0) held a significant size advantage. That helped them rush for a total of 301 yards, led by senior Kyle Robare’s 24 carries for 188 yards and touchdowns of 5 and 21 yards.
Gloversville scored first on a 43-yard pass from Caelan Porter to Nicholas Bradt.
The Tartans (1-1, 2-2) tied it at 6 on the first play of the second quarter on a 3-yard slant pass from Bryce Layton to Paul Marotta.
Despite fumbles on their next two possessions, the Huskies regrouped to score twice more before halftime, on a 13-yard run from Dominic Dorman and the 5-yard run from Robare to give Gloversville a 21-6 lead at the break.
Just as importantly, Gloversville’s defensive line never let Scotia-Glenville’s running backs have an open look. The Tartans had minus-15 yards rushing at halftime.
“Our defense has been pretty solid all year,” Gloversville coach James Robare said. “We got kids who can play; we’ve got athletes, and they get after it. They’re all a veteran crew, and that helps.”
“We were having trouble getting the run game going, especially inside,” Scotia-Glenville coach Robert Leto said. “They were stout on defense. We’re giving up a fair amount of size to them.”
Gloversville, primarily running behind its big line, scored on its first three possessions of the second half. The Huskies made it 25-6 on a 6-yard run from Hunter Strauser, then closed the third quarter with Kyle Robare’s 21-yard run.
Having softened the Tartans’ defense with four consecutive runs, Gloversville scored its final touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Porter to Dorman.
“Our kids kept fighting,” Leto said. “We forced three turnovers in the first half. We went into halftime fired up and really feeling like we could compete in the second half, and it just kind of got away from us.”
Porter finished 4 of 9 passing for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
“It all starts with our trench game,” James Robare said. “Our line does a great job week-in and week-out. We’re big, strong and we can move, so that helps.”
Scotia-Glenville finished with six yards rushing on 21 carries. Layton was 12 of 24 passing for 84 yards and the score, with two interceptions.
“Scotia did a great job,” James Robare said. “The score didn’t reflect how hard they played. They’ve got some skilled players. For us offensively, we’ve got to hang onto the ball. We’ve got to clean up some mistakes going into next week.”
- Gloversville 6 15 13 7 — 41
- Scotia-Glenville 0 6 0 0 — 6
- G — Bradt 43 pass from Porter (kick failed)
- S-G — Marotta 3 pass from Layton (kick failed)
- G — Dorman 13 run (Porter run)
- G — Robare 5 run (Robare kick)
- G — Strauser 6 ru (Robare kick)
- G — Robare 21 run (kick failed)
- G — Dorman 24 pass from Porter (Robare kick)