Thursday, September 18, 2008

Week three: a look ahead












Class AA, non-division

No. 9 Monroe-Woodbury (1-0, 2-0) at La Salle (2-0, 2-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.

About Monroe-Woodbury: Junior quarterback Danny Scalo has rushed for three touchdowns and passed for another in the Crusaders first two games. Scalo rushed for 156 yards on 23 carries in Monroe-Woodbury’s 17-7 victory over Pine Bush last week. The Crusaders, however, attempted only three passes, completing one for 26 yards.
About La Salle: Marquis Terrell rushed for 255 yards and two touchdowns on 33 attempts last week in a 28-12 victory over Niskayuna. Tyler Washington also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Cadets.
Notable: The Crusaders earned the No. 7 ranking in the first New York State Sportswriters Association Poll and have won 36 consecutive games in Section IX play. Monroe-Woodbury has won four consecutive Section IX Class AA titles and defeated La Salle 42-20 in the New York State Class AA quarterfinals a season ago. La Salle, after hosting the first three games of the year at Sutton Field, plays on the road each of the next three weeks.



Class AA Liberty Division

Colonie (0-2) at Shaker (0-2)
Friday, 7p.m.



About Colonie: The Garnet Raiders had a tough couple games to open the season with losses to 2-0 La Salle and 2-0 Schenectady. Mike Branche threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns in week one and will need another big game if the Raiders are going to get in the win column.
About Shaker: The Bison opened up with a home loss to No. 19 ranked Newburgh but the experience of playing a top caliber opponent in week 1 may help down the line. Shaker lost 25-19 to Ballston Spa in week two but gave up all those points in the first 12 minutes before shutting the Scotties out in the second. A good sign for the Bison-Jeremy Pryor ran for 132 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Ballston Spa.
Notable: This is a rivalry game add to that the dire need for both teams to get a notch in the win column should make for a heated contest. A win will breathe new life into Shaker or Colonie and go along way into securing a spot in the postseason.

Class B Reinfurt Division
Cohoes (0-0, 2-0) at Albany Academy (0-0, 1-1)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.



About Cohoes:
The Tigers have outscored opponents 58-6 this season, including a 26-0 thumping of defending Section II champion Cobleskill-Richmondville last week. Sophomore running back Anthony Fogarty stepped up when seniors Steve Weaver and Tom Durant went down with injuries in the first series against Cobleskill, collecting 127 yards on 21 carries. Quarterback Mark Gallerie rushed for a pair of touchdowns in a 32-6 victory over Johnstown in week one and threw for a pair against Cobleskill.
About Albany Academy: A blocked extra point was the only thing keeping the Cadets from forcing overtime against Hudson Falls last week, as Academy lost 14-13. The Cadets do like to go to the air on offense, exemplified by quarterback Hunter McCarthy’s 324 passing yards and three passing TDs.
Notable: Albany Academy’s senior wide receiver Jimmer Bennett held the Section II record for receptions and receiving yardage in a career before the season even started and has caught 12 balls for 139 yards in two games, putting his career total at 134 receptions for 2,219 yards. Cohoes plays the first-ever home night game in school history on Friday, Sept. 26 against Cairo-Durham. The Tigers are outfitting their home field with portable lights for the Homecoming occasion.

Class C South Division
Watervliet (1-1, 1-1) at Catholic Central (0-2, 0-2)
Friday, 7p.m.




About Watervliet:
The Cannoneers got on the winning track with a big 54-7 win over Voorheesville last week. In that game the Watervliet line had its way with the Blackbirds clearing holes for eight different backs to rush for 192 yards.
About Catholic Central: The Crusaders have struggle on both sides of the ball so far scoring just seven points while giving up 89. The Crusaders have had to match up with the potent Fonda offense in week 1 and the formidable Tamarac defense in week 2. It won't get any easier tonight with the Cannoneers seemingly running on all cylinders now.
Notable: Neither team can afford to lose tonight with three undefeated teams (Chatham, Fonda and Tamarac) atop the class C Southeast Division. The Cannoneers say they got a wake up call in their week one loss and won’t take another opponent lightly again. That could mean bad news for the Crusaders still looking for their first win.

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Class AA
Team (League, Overall) Last Week
1. Schenectady (1-0, 2-0) 1
The Patriots scored four touchdowns on defense or special teams in a 52-14 victory over Colonie.
2. Saratoga Springs (2-0, 2-0) 3
Tonight’s game against CBA will determine if Saratoga is really a contender in the Empire Division.
3. La Salle (2-0, 2-0) 2
The Cadets used the ground attack in week two, relying on Marquis Terrell, who rushed for 255 yards.
4. CBA (1-1, 1-1) 5
The Brothers lost to Guilderland 14-13 last week, but CBA senior quarterback Andrew Vivian (277 passing yards and two TDs) is still one of the best around.
5. Shenendehowa (1-0, 1-1) -
The Plainsmen rebounded with a 56-30 victory over Albany with Suhyab Banks scampering for 180 yards and four scores against the Falcons.

CLASS A
School (League, Overall) Last Week
1. Burnt Hills (0-0, 2-0) 2
The Spartans stamped themselves as the team to beat in class A with a resounding 60-14 rout of Lansingburgh last week. Matt Shell’s squad is ranked No. 4 in the first state poll of the season.
2. Troy (0-0, 2-0) 1
Fred Fitch has rushed for 292 yards and five touchdowns behind maybe the best offensive line in the league. So far it looks like the Horses and the Spartans are on a collision course in the playoffs.
3. Bishop Maginn (0-0, 2-0 ) 4
The Griffins pulled out another late fourth quarter win last Saturday against Gloversville. Bunduka Kargo went a perfect five-for-five before connecting with James Torres for the game winning touchdown.
4. Lansingburgh (0-0,1-1 ) 3
The defending class A champs were dismantled in a 60-14 loss to Burnt Hills last week. The Knights are better than that loss though and are still a danger¬ous team in the A’s.
5. Averill Park (0-0, 1-1) 5
After a week 1 win the Warriors got beat up pretty bad in a 34-7 loss to Queensbury last week.

Class B
Team (League, Overall) Last Week
1. Hudson Falls (0-0, 2-0) 2
Joe McMurry is going to wear down opposing defenses this season. Through two games, the senior running back already has 76 attempts, 26 more than anyone else in Section II.
2. Cohoes (0-0, 2-0) 3
The Tigers are off to a great start, and Saturday afternoon’s game against Albany Academy just may determine the winner of the Reinfurt Division.
3. Albany Academy (0-0, 1-1) 4
Jimmer Bennett may have the career numbers, but junior wideout Jamel Fields has proven to be an effective second option for the Cadets. Fields has a pair of touch¬down grabs and is averaging over 30 yards per catch.
4. Broadalbin-Perth (0-0, 1-1) 5
Cody Menge has scored four rushing TDs for a youthful Patriots squad.
5. Ravena (0-0, 1-1) -
The Indians squeaked out a six-point victory over Broadalbin last week and after hosting Hudson tonight, will play Albany Academy and Cohoes in con¬secutive weeks.

Class C
Team (League, Overall) Last Week
1. Schuylerville (2-0, 2-0) 2
The Black Horses get the top spot this week after shutting down Hoosick Falls quarterback Kevin Woods in a 36-0 win last week. Austin Bateman continues to play extremely well running for 202 yards and four scores last week.
2. Fonda-Fultonville (2-0, 2-0) 1
The Braves have put up 96 points in the first two weeks and have surrendered just one touchdown to Catholic Central back in the first quarter of Week 1.
3. Chatham (2-0, 2-0) 4
The Panthers were supposed to be down after losing Zach Kraham but some¬body forgot to tell them. They are the surprise team of the class beating Watervliet in Week 1 and routing Coxsackie 57-8 in last week.
4. Watervliet (1-1, 1-1) 5
The Cannoneers got back on track in convincing fashion with a 54-7 win over Voorheesville last week. Caleb Gleason returned an interception for a touch¬down and was on the receiving end of a Chris Hughes pass for a 40 yard score.
5. Tamarac (2-0, 2-0) -
The Bengals defense has put up back-to-back shutouts with wins over Voorheesville and Catholic Central. The Bengals are off to a good start trying to put together the first winning season in Clums Corners since 1992.

Class D
Team (League, Overall) Last Week
1. Rensselaer (2-0, 2-0) 4
Running back Jasheem Hamilton, a powerful runner, is among the leaders in individual scoring with five rushing touchdowns in two games.
2. Lake George (0-0, 2-0) 5
Running back Caleb Meroski leads Section II with 470 yards on the ground.
3. Greenwich (1-0, 1-1) -
The Witches are easily making the transition to Class D and play host to an interesting game against Bishop Gibbons, another program on the rise, tonight.
4. Canajoharie (1-1, 1-1) 3
The Cougars make the long trip to Rensselaer tonight. Their pass-first approach will be a new look for the Rams’ defense. Quarterback Peyton Stahler threw for 144 yards in the loss to Greenwich.
5. Bishop Gibbons (0-1, 1-1) -
Derrick Pitts scored five touchdowns in a 57-6 rout of Whitehall, snapping a 20-game league losing streak for the Golden Knights.
Bishop Gibbons scored 33 points in the first quarter against Whitehall and they’ll need that kind of quick start to get going against Greenwich.

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