Friday's game at Lansingburgh won't count in the divisional standings, but it will help gauge Mohonasen's progress.
"Lansingburgh is a quality team. They're probably one of the top teams in class A. To beat a team of that caliber at their home field, we need to play at the very best we possibly can," said Sabourin.
Fumble return helps Sabres tame Tigers
In other football action last weekend, Schalmont topped Cohoes 14-12, while Niskayuna and Scotia-Glenville suffered losses in their season openers.
Schalmont trailed in the second quarter when Coleman Jenns picked up a Cohoes fumble and ran 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. The Sabres' defense came up big again late in the fourth quarter, as they stopped a Tigers drive at Schalmont's 20-yard line.
Ryan Donadio rushed for 143 yards and returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown to lead the Schalmont offense.
Niskayuna couldn't contain Queensbury's double wing offense in a 26-14 loss last Saturday. The Spartans jumped out to a 12-0 lead on touchdown runs by Jeff Benway and Matt Howard and sealed the victory on Dominick Marino's 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Nick DiSarro caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Danny Peters, and Joe D'Alessandro added a 2-yard touchdown run to account for Niskayuna's points. Peters completed 12 of 15 passes for 123 yards in his varsity debut.
Scotia-Glenville had its own problems containing Lansingburgh's double wing offense last Friday. Kenny Youngs gained 117 yards on nine carries, and Mike Hepp added 112 yards on 15 carries to lead the Knights' ground game.
Brett Evensen led Scotia-Glenville's offense with 88 yards on nine carries " 68 of which came on a touchdown run late in the second quarter.""