Class A football previews: Gloversville, Mohonasen, Queensbury and Troy

Gloversville
Head coach: Jared Bongo
Last year’s record: 4-5
Playoff result: did not make the playoffs

Returning starters: Julien Deumaga (wide receiver/safety), Sam Getman (fullback/middle linebacker), Patrick Raldiris (cornerback), Anthony Albanese (offensive line/defensive end), Dom Proietti (offensive line), John Carpenter (offensive line/defensive tackle), Kam Port (linebacker)

Graduated: Trevor Mee (wide receiver/safety/wildcat quarterback), Korey Cotugno (tight end/linebacker), Jared Malagisi (running back/defensive end), Pryce Bouchard (center/defensive tackle), Buck Galster (quarterback/safety), Zac Alikhan (linebacker), Hunter Miller (offensive line), Brent Muhlberger (kicker)

Newcomers: Anthony Tomek-Russell (quarterback), Thomas Mancini (offensive tackle), Ethan Edwards (tight end/defensive end), Jaret Warner (split end/linebacker), Nick Nellis (wide receiver/outside linebacker), Shawn Glionna (offensive line), Addoni Jeffries (wide receiver/cornerback), Paul Lomanto (kicker)

Outlook for season: Graduating eight key players from last year’s team, Gloversville’s path to the Class A playoffs this year depends on how quickly the newcomers can adapt to the varsity level.

“We are very young, and as a program we lost a bunch of really great kids with last year’s graduation,” said Bongo. “With continuing low numbers, we need to make sure we stay healthy, and if we grow and mature quickly, we could surprise some people.”

The additions of Troy, Ballston Spa, LaSalle and Columbia makes Class A a more competitive league, but it also doubles the number of playoff berths from four in 2017 to eight this year.

“With Class A football in Section 2 being loaded with what I believe [are] the best quality teams in any division in the state, every game will be a challenge,” said Bongo. “That being said, we have [a] group of players who have been working hard every day, and I’m looking forward to see[ing] them develop.”

Mohonasen
Head coach: Joe Emma
Last year’s record: 2-7
Playoff result: N/A

Returning starters: Alek Britten (quarterback), Tom Middleton (running back), John Chest (running back), Paul Archambault (running back), Tim Woodward (center), Jared Stillson (wide receiver), Camrin Russell (guard), Noah Pincher (wide receiver), Natai Sawyer (wide receiver), Christian St. Louis (wide receiver)

Graduated: Matt Miller (wide receiver), Antonio Spadaro (tackle), James Marx (running back), Austin D’Ambrosio (wide receiver)

Newcomers: Tyler Reinke (quarterback/middle linebacker), Eric Starr (running back), Jacob Deguire (running back), Kevin York (running back), Harrison Ford (wide receiver), Mike Romano (wide receiver), Justin Park (tackle), Shawn Sherman (tackle), Shateek Cohoon (tackle)

Outlook for season: Emma is reunited with his 2016 Mohonasen junior varsity team that won the Class A title with a 7-2 record.

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Queensbury scrimmages Guilderland on Saturday, Aug. 25. Photo by Rob Jonas

Queensbury
Head coach: Matt Crossman
Last year’s record: 6-4
Playoff result: lost to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Class A Super Bowl

Returning starters: Nate Angell (quarterback), Ryan Tubbs (center), Devin Hunt (offensive tackle/defensive tackle), Kellen Gannon (offensive tackle), Zaki Farah (end/defensive end), Liam O’Mara (running back/defensive back), Brendan Scott (running back/safety)

Outlook for season: Crossman said his team’s success depends on the development of the newcomers to the starting lineup.

“This year, like all the others, will come down to how fast we can get our first-year varsity players playing at a varsity speed,” said Crossman.

Troy logoTroy
Head coach: Bob Burns
Last year’s record: 13-0
Playoff result: New York State Class AA champions

Returning starter: Xavier Leigh (cornerback)

Graduated: Joe Casale (quarterback/free safety), Joey Ward (running back), Dev Holmes (wide receiver), Matt Ashley (linebacker), Derrick Cipriani (linebacker)

Newcomers: Ari Holmes (running back/linebacker), Kiernan Gilbert (fullback/defensive end), Prince Wadjas (offensive line/defensive line), Ronnie Franklin (tight end/nose guard)

Outlook for season: One of four Class AA teams dropping to Class A in Section 2 this season, Troy will look to a new group of players to continue New York State’s longest winning streak (26 games) and make a run at a third consecutive state title.

“Our expectations never change,” said Burns. “Our first … goal will be to compete for a Sectional championship.”

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