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Canajoharie/Fort Plain football will be visitor at 'home'

Canajoharie/Fort Plain football will be visitor at 'home'

Team visits Fonda-Fultonville on Friday, where it will also play its home games this season
Canajoharie/Fort Plain football will be visitor at 'home'
Canajoharie/Fort Plain football visits Fonda on Friday night.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

Here's one from the quirky department.

Canajoharie/Fort Plain will be playing on its designated home football field for the 2019 season Friday night, but will do so as the visiting team.

That's because Canajoharie/Fort Plain's home away from home for this fall is Fonda-Fultonville's turf field, and Fonda-Fultonville will be supplying the competition 7 p.m. Friday night in what will be an important Class C Central Division Week 2 game between the neighboring schools.

"It's odd, really," Canajoharie/Fort Plain coach Shannon Hyney said.

Construction on the track that surrounds the Canajoharie football grass field will keep the merged team off of it this fall. Fonda-Fultonville is the closest school with a football facility.

"They're right down the street. We've got a pretty good rapport with them, and a ton of respect for them, but we want to beat them," Hyney said. "After this, we'll go back to liking them."

Both teams opened their seasons last weekend with Central Division wins and are tied for first with Stillwater.

"It's a big game," Hyney said. "You've got the rivalry kind of thing, and we're both 1-0 in the division. It's going to be a good game. It's going to be a battle."

Canajoharie/Fort Plain will play at Stillwater in Week 3, and host its first game at Fonda-Fultonville in Week 4 against Chatham before playing at Taconic Hills in Week 5. Games against Tamarac in Week 6 and Johnstown in Week 7, both at Fonda-Fultonville, will follow.

"It's kind of a bummer for the seniors not to be able to play on their field, but we'll be on turf fields every week," Hyney said. "And even though we're on the road [at Fonda-Fultonville], we're only 15 miles away from home."

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Canajoharie/Fort Plain posted a 28-20 season-starting win at Mechanicville. Senior Derrick Hyney, the coach's son, threw for three touchdowns and intercepted two passes, senior Marcus Johnson picked off two passes and had a TD grab, 12th-grader Andrew Ferguson was in on 15 tackles and forced two fumbles, and junior Keegan Myers scored TDs running and receiving.

Derrick Hyney was 13 of 19 passing, hitting five different receivers while netting 191 yards.

"Mechanicville is a solid team," coach Hyney said. "We couldn't get the running game going, but we had the passing game going. Hopefully we can be a little more balanced."

Fonda-Fultonville beat Tamarac 28-22 to begin its campaign, with senior quarterback John Mancini running for three touchdowns and passing for another.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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