Monday, January 30, 2023

Gloversville preparing for Class B football title game

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 win over Charlotte on Friday.

Gloversville (7-3 on aggregate) will take on Ravenna-Koymans-Selkirk (8-2 on aggregate) at Christian Brothers Academy in the Colony at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Despite unfamiliar territory, Gloversville coach Jim Robre said his team was preparing as usual.

“We are working as usual. Whenever we go out for practice, it is a working day,” he said. “It is business as usual for us and we stick to the fundamentals. We each Work on the fundamentals for the first 30-45 minutes of practice and then focus on getting ready for that week’s opponent.”

Saturday’s game will be a rematch of the September 17 event in which the Indians registered a 28-6 win over Gloversville at Husky Field.

“We’re excited to play for the championship and get another shot at Ravenna,” said Gloversville senior quarterback Garrett Dooling. “When we first played them we came flat out.”

To earn their place in the title game, the Huskies avenged their first 28–7 loss to Shalmont, receiving a two-point conversion run from Gio Gliona to secure the victory.

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

Like Gloversville, Ravenna-Koymans-Selkirk also took on their semi-final opponent.

A week after losing to Glens Falls 42–0 in their regular season final, Ravenna won Saturday’s semifinal rematch 35–28 at Glens Falls.

“When you get to this level, every game means something,” Robre said. “That’s what’s great 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 a Class B title game. Robre was a member of that team.

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

Ravenna last appeared in a Class B title game in 2010, when she lost 48–13 to Shalmont. Ravenna last won the Class B title in 2004 with a 59–28 win over Lansingborg.

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

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