Football: Tartans are building momentum
Scotia-Glenville gave Broadalbin-Perth a four-quarter battle in its season debut. The following week, the Tartans gave Schalmont fits for a half before a special-team miscue and a turnover swung momentum the Sabres’ way.
“After the Broadalbin-Perth game and the Schalmont game, they felt they beat themselves,” Scotia-Glenville coach Kevin Warren said. “They felt they were still a good team.”
The Tartans have shown that to be true over the last three weeks, knocking off Johnstown, Hudson Falls and Schuylerville. None of those games was close, and the streak has the Tartans in solid position to make the Section II tournament for the second year in a row after missing out the previous five seasons.
“We control our own destiny,” said Warren. “We control the things we can control. A lot of good things can come out of this.”
Scotia-Glenville (3-2) is looking for real big things after turning the corner last year with its six wins, the program’s highest total since 1994.
“Honestly, it would be us playing in the Class B Super Bowl, and watching my son [Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior Roswell] play in the Class A final,” said Warren, when asked of his dream scenario. “We believe we can be there. If you don’t put it out there, you’re selling yourself short.”
Wins tonight at home against Cobleskill-Richmondville (3-2) and next week at Glens Falls (2-3) will guarantee Scotia-Glenville no less than third place in the Class B West Division. With some help from others in the division, the Tartans could finish even higher.
“We’ve got Cobleskill-Richmondville, which is a decent ball club, and Glens Falls, which is always tough to play at home,” said Warren. “I believe in these guys. We’ve got good leaders and good chemistry going on. They’ve had a great turnaround. A lot of kids have stepped up and done the job, and I believe they’ll continue to do the job.”
Limiting mistakes has been a constant theme in the Scotia-Glenville camp. Warren said his Tartans made a few too many in their back-to-back road games to open the campaign, which resulted in a
19-12 setback against Broadalbin-Perth and in a 39-7 loss to Schalmont.
“When you play good teams, it’s going to come down to who makes the least mistakes,” Warren said. “We have to limit our mistakes.”
A defensive breakdown cost Scotia-Glenville a shutout in Saturday’s 34-6 homecoming win over Schuylerville.
“Our goal for the week was to get a shutout, and we came close. They got us on a pass play [in the fourth quarter], but otherwise, our defense was outstanding. They had 13 rushing yards on us,” said Warren. “We’re getting down and getting after it. Defensively, we’re peaking at the right time.”
Colin Evers made the last of many big defensive plays when he returned an interception 65 yards to cap Scotia-Glenville’s 61-14 victory over Hudson Falls.
“It’s an attitude thing,” said Warren. “We talk to the kids about it all the time, and they’re buying in. It doesn’t matter what the score is, what the situation is. Put the ball down, and we’re going to play.”
Marty McCollum was Scotia-Glenville’s offensive star in the Schuylerville game with 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and a 70-yard punt return for a score. Dan Zeglen three two of his three touchdown passes to Jon Clark and also ran for a pair of touchdowns in the Hudson Falls game. When Scotia-Glenville topped Johnstown before that, 42-13, Ramair Brown churned for 163 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when kids don’t care who gets the credit,” said Warren.
Schalmont (5-0) hosts Johnstown (2-3) and Broadalbin-Perth (4-1) goes to Schuylerville (1-4) tonight. Schalmont, ranked No. 5 in the state, is looking for its 30th straight West Division win.
Class AA battles
Guilderland (4-0, 5-0) continues its bid for the Class AA Empire Division title at Christian Brothers Academy (4-1, 4-1) tonight before closing at home against Saratoga Springs. The Dutchmen beat Shenendehowa,
29-22, last week behind Frank Gallo’s three touchdown passes to Jake Smith, and edged 2012 Section II champ Shaker the week before on Andrew Sentz’s overtime field goal, 31-28.
“The best part of us going forward is we know we can get better,” Guilderland coach Dan Penna said after his team overcame 15-7 and 22-15 deficits against the Plainsmen. “There’s more in us.”
Guilderland moved from No. 24 to No. 17 in the state rankings with last week’s win.
Shenendehowa (3-1, 4-1) plays at Saratoga Springs (3-1, 4-1) in another key Empire Division game tonight, while Schenectady (2-1, 3-2) travels to Liberty Division leader Shaker (3-0, 4-1). Shaker beat Schenectady by seven points twice last season, including a controversial 28-21 win in the sectional semifinals.
Lansingburgh (3-1, 3-2) goes to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (3-1, 3-2) tonight for a Class B Reinfurt Division game with sectional seeding implications.
First place is on the line in tonight’s Class D South Division game with Cambridge (3-0, 5-0) and host Rensselaer (3-0, 5-0). Cambridge dealt Rensselaer its only loss inside Section II last year.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (2-1, 4-1) will entertain Amsterdam (1-1, 3-2) in its homecoming game Saturday.