Gloversville – Playing in their first sectional semifinal game since 2009, the Gloversville football team will face a familiar opponent.
The Huskies will travel to Rotterdam to face Class B Renfurt Division champions Charlotten on Friday at 7 p.m.
Gloversville coach Jim Robre said he thinks seeing the Sabers a second time will help his team.
“It helps a bit, but they are a tough team and well trained. It will be a challenge for us as we are Dalits, which makes it interesting,” he said.
Both teams come into the game with momentum.
Shalmont (8–1 on aggregate) have won their last six matches since dropping a 40–14 decision to Glens Falls on September 18, while Gloversville (6–3 on aggregate) have won four of their last five matches. live. The Huskies’ only defeat in this period was a 32–6 loss to Glens Falls on October 15.
Both teams ended their regular season schedules with wins last week as Gloversville beat Scotia-Glenville 47-12 and Shalmont beat Mohansen 17-8.
“As always, if we can control the front five and make some plays and reduce the penalty, it should be a good game,” said coach Robre.
It was the Huskies’ first playoff appearance since 2016 when they handed Avril Park a 54–7 decision in the quarterfinal contest. Gloversville last reached the sectional semifinals in 2009 at Troy except in a 28–13 decision.
“It means a lot to our student athletes, our coaches and our community,” Coach Robre said of reaching the playoffs. “I am very happy with the improvement from game one till now. The team is excited and we/they are taking every day as our business as usual.”
The teams met on 24 September, with the Sabers registering a 28–7 home win over Gloversville.
“Aggressively, we weren’t up to speed because their defense worked well with some of our key players,” said coach Robre. “Defensively, we need to reduce punishment as well as improve our behavior and function.”
The Huskies were trailed by a 309-185 margin in their loss to the Sabers, taking a lead of just 77 yards and managing just two first downs in the first half.
Shaun Willis led Shalmont, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 105 yards on 18 carries. Willis led a Sabers ground game that took 191 yards on 43 carries.
Max Pratt scored Shalmont’s other touchdown in a 57-yard touchdown pass from Noah O’Connor, which pushed the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. O’Connor completed 8 of 15 passes for 118 yards with touchdowns and interceptions. He also ran for 48 yards on nine carries.
The winner will face either Glens Falls or Ravenna-Koymans-Selkirk in the Class B Championship Game at Christian Brothers Academy on November 13 at 1:30 p.m.
“High school athletics is a special thing and it’s amazing what these kids can do when they play with confidence,” said coach Robre. “All four teams in the final four of Class B are special groups of teams that play very well.”
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