GLENS FALLS — The Glens Falls Greenjackets came away from Saturday’s Empire Football League opener knowing they need work.
Not a complete overhaul, but some tweaks and a few more reps to clean up some misplays and procedure penalties that occurred during the Jackets’ 13-12 win over the Tri-City Spartans.
Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. game against the Seaway Valley Venom at Glens Falls High School may present an opportunity to get on a roll. The Massena-based Venom, whom the Jackets defeated for the EFL title last year when they were the only two teams in the league, lost 87-0 to Utica last week.
“A lot of things could’ve happened up there that made it that way,” Jackets head coach Raymond Swann said before Thursday’s practice at the high school. “I don’t expect them to come down and fold for us. Last year we played them for the championship. They played with heart.”
Glens Falls committed eight penalties in last week’s game, but only one after halftime — not bad considering the Jackets had one preseason game three weeks ago.
“The boys played well, we just had a couple hiccups,” Swann said. “We had three facemask penalties, we had two false starts, we had that kickoff called back. We just need to clean stuff up. We’re talking about mistake-free football Saturday.”
Glens Falls’ defense shined in last week’s victory, holding Tri-City to 79 total yards and recording four sacks, including one by Andrew Morehouse that halted a go-ahead two-point conversion attempt in the third quarter. The Spartans scored their points on a red-zone pass and a kickoff return.
“Our defense was rock-solid last game,” Swann said. “We gave up the one touchdown on a missed assignment, but other than that, we’ll be ready to go this week.”
The Jackets did well in time of possession, holding onto the ball for long stretches. Three drives consumed 8-9 minutes each, with two capped by touchdown runs quarterback Zach Infield and fullback Tony DeLoatch.
Swann said he would like to see better passing from Infield, more of a scrambler who completed 10 of 21 passes for 84 yards last week.
“We’ll move a couple pieces around,” Swann said. “We’re still trying to find our niche, just trying to tighten up on everything.”