Thursday, October 2, 2008

Week five: a look ahead

Shaker's Jeremy Pryor gets loose during Thursday's practice at the High School. (JS Carras - The Record)

La Salle heads to Latham Friday night for a game against Shaker and junior tailback Jeremy Pryor, the No. 5 running back in Section II, in terms of rushing yardage.
The Cadets, however, feature Marquis Terrell, who ran for nealy 2,000 yards last year during his junior campaign.
The Blue Bison, at 1-1 in the Liberty Division play games against La Salle, Columbia and Schenectady in the next three weeks - and a playoff berth is on the line. Only the top four teams from each division will make the playoffs.
Check out the full scoop on Pryor and Shaker's hopes for clinching a playoff spot - their first since 2005 - in Friday's edition of The Record.
We'll also have the latest standings and stats as well as a story on Troy High head coach Jack Burger collecting his 100th career victory last week.
Here are some games of note in week five:

Troy (2-0, 4-0)
Averill Park (0-2, 1-3)
Friday, 7 p.m.

About Troy: The Flying Horses continue to put up big points with a 48-0 win over Mohonasen last week. The Troy offensive line is the unsung hero of the team paving the way for the Horses running backs including Fred Fitch who ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns last week.
About Averill Park: The Mighty Warriors have had a tough stretch of games since their season opening win over South Glens Falls. The Warriors have managed just seven points the last three games and have not scored in eight quarters. They have surrendered an average of 41.3 points a game in those three losses and could be in for another long night against Troy.
Notable: Troy’s Bryon Chattoo has racked up points with his leg converting on 18 extra-points this season. The senior running back/linebacker/kicker is eighth in Section II in kicking and has run for three touchdowns.

Cohoes (2-0, 4-0)


Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (2-0, 3-1),

Friday, 7 p.m.

About Cohoes: Running backs Steve Weaver (52 carries, 391 yards, four touchdowns) and Anthony Fogarty (53 carries, 368 yards, four touchdowns) have done a fantastic job splitting time in the Tigers backfield. Fullback Tommy Durant is the unsung hero of Cohoes’ running game. Carlos Torres, a hard-hitting linebacker, also kicked six extra points and a field goal in last week’s homecoming victory over Cairo-Durham.
About Ravena: Tailback Nick LaMountain has rushed for six touchdowns and quarterback Keith Hoyt has run for five and thrown three. The Indians have outscored opponents 88-27 over their last two games. Hudson Falls’ Joe McMurry-led power running attack bowled over Ravena in week one but the Indians have been flawless ever since.
Notable: The winner of this game likely wins the Reinfurt Division and claims a No. 1 seed and home field advantage in the Class B playoffs. The Tigers are ranked No. 19 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll.

Greenwich (2-1, 2-2)


Rensselaer (3-0, 4-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.

About Greenwich: Jordan James is Greenwich’s top receiver, with 100 yards on five catches and one touchdown so far. He is also one of the top Witches defensive backs, having returned a pick for a touchdown two weeks ago in a loss to Bishop Gibbons. Sophomore running back Leo Lynch picked up 112 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in a win over Spa Catholic last week.
About Rensselaer: Junior running back Jasheem Hamilton is the seventh-leading scorer in Section II, with 10 touchdowns. Hamilton, however, splits time in the backfield with Paul Dominy and Nate Butler and all three contribute to a smash-mouth running approach. Quarterback Shane Brozowski also has speedy targets in Chris Britt and Mico De Los Santos-Perez.
Notable: The Witches can create a two-way tie at the top of the South Division with a victory. The Rams are ranked No. 13 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class D poll. This is the final week of Division play in Class D. All Class D schools will play three weeks of crossover action before the semifinals begin on Oct. 31. The top two teams from each division qualify for the playoffs.

Cambridge (3-1, 3-1)

at Hudson Falls (1-1, 3-1),

Saturday, 2 p.m.

About Cambridge: The Indians have bounced back from a 34-19 week one loss to Hoosick Falls that featured Panthers quarterback Kevin Woods passing for 402 yards and five touchdowns. The Indians now take on Class B opponent Hudson Falls riding a three game win streak. The defending Class C champs feature a balanced offensive attack led by quarterback Kyle Paramenter. Paramenter has thrown for 451 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception.
About Hudson Falls: The Tigers may have lost hopes for a Class B West Division title with a week three loss at Schalmont but bounced back with a win over Cobleskill last week. Joe McMurray is the Tigers workhorse and the top rusher in the section with 771 yards on 128 carries.
Notable: The Indians defense will have its hands full trying to contain Joe McMurray. The Tigers senior running back has rushed for nine touchdowns and sits 13th in Section II with 3,433 career rushing yards. The Indians defense gave up a combined 64 points in weeks 1 and 2 but has clamped down of late surrendering 14 points in week 3 and pitching a shutout last week. That defense will be put to the test Saturday against a Class B opponent and the section’s top rusher.


Class AA
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Schenectady 2-0, 4-0 1
The Patriots picked up a huge victory at Newburgh Free Academy (Section IX) last week and are now ranked No. 13 in the state.
2. Saratoga Springs 4-0, 4-0 2
The Blue Streaks defeated rival Shenendehowa last week thanks to 135 rushing yards from Ben Cook and three rushing scores from Leejay Pollacchi.
3. La Salle 2-0, 3-1 3
Marquis Terrell is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and gained 162 yards in three quarters of action in a blowout of CBA last week.
4. Ballston Spa 2-1, 3-1 5
Scotties quarterback Mark Seager has carried the ball 72 times for 439 yards and eight touchdowns.
5. Niskayuna 2-2, 2-2 -
Danny Peters is the most prolific passer in Section II, throwing for 803 yards and a dozen touchdown passes. The Silver Warriors have only one Liberty Division game yet to play.

Class A
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Burnt Hills 2-0, 4-0 1
The Spartans lit up the scoreboard again last week totaling 34 points in the first half en route to a 40-0 victory over Amsterdam. The Spartan defense has been every bit as impressive as Paul Layton and the counterparts on the offensive side of the ball. They have given up just 14 points, to Lansingburgh in week two, all season.
2. Troy 2-0, 4-0 2
The Flying Horses moved up two places to No.18 in the Class A state poll following a 48-0 win over Mohanasen last week. The win was No. 100 of head coach Jack Burger’s career. Senior running back Fred Fitch has scored nine touchdowns in four games this year.
3. Bishop Maginn 2-0, 4-0 3
The Griffins face the first real test of the season tonight when they host Southeast Division rival Lansingburgh. Senior quarterback Bunduka Kargbo ran for two scores and threw for one in Maginn’s 49-6 win over Scotia-Glenville last week. The Griffins jumped two spots to No. 21 in the state poll.
4. Lansingburgh 2-0, 3-1 4
The Knights are back on track scoring a total of 96 points in their last two victories. Senior running back Marcus Hepp has rushed for 548 yards and 13 touchdowns.
5. Gloversville 1-1, 2-2 --
The Huskies crack the top five with a convincing 42-13 win over Queensbury last week. Chad McCloskey threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

Class B
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Cohoes 2-0, 4-0 1
The Cohoes run defense has been dominant this season. Through four games, Cohoes has allowed only 28 points, with 22 of those surrendered in a 36-22 victory over Albany Academy.
2. Schalmont 2-0, 3-1 2
Vince Gallo continues to turn in on for the Sabres, running for 190 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries last week.
3. Ravena 2-0, 3-1 4
Nick LaMountain and Keith Hoyt ran for two touchdowns apiece in a 48-22 rout of Albany Academy last Saturday.
4. Hudson Falls 1-1, 3-1 3
Joe McMurry bounced back after a down week with 254 rushing yards and four touchdowns, reclaiming the yardage lead among Section II running backs.
5. Broadalbin-Perth 0-1, 1-3 -
The Patriots scored 14 unanswered points in the second half against Schuylerville, but just could not complete the comeback, losing 22-21.

Class C
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Schuylerville 3-0, 4-0 1
The Black Horses held on for a 22-21 non-league win over Class B opponent Broadalbin-Perth last week. Schuylerville scored all of its 22 points in the first half with quarterback Austin Bateman rushing for 155 yards on 13 carries.
2. Fonda-Fultonville 4-0, 4-0 2
The Braves held on for a wild win last week 41-39 over Tamarac. Quarterback Josh Nethaway threw four touchdowns and ran for two in the win. Nethaway is second in Section II with 714 yards and has thrown 16 touchdowns without an interception.
3. Chatham 4-0, 4-0 3
In a year when many thought the Panthers would be down they are contending for the South Division crown. First place in the division is on the division on the line tonight when they host the Braves. The Panthers 4-0 start is their best in three years.
4. Watervliet 3-1, 3-1 5
Chris Hughes threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-0 Cannoneer win over Coxsackie last week. Hughes connected with Tom Ebenhoch for all three scores. It was the second consecutive shut out for the Cannoneer defense.
5. Tamarac 3-1, 3-1 4
The Bengals may have dropped a 41-39 heartbreaker to Fonda last week but proved they’re legit with a 36 point fourth quarter comeback bid. David Fox threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

Class D
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Rensselaer 3-0, 4-0 1
The Rams routed Fort Edward last Saturday thanks to two touchdowns apiece from Mico De Los Santos-Perez and Jasheem Hamilton.
2. Lake George 0-0, 4-0 2
Caleb Merkoski is the top scorer and second-leading rusher in Section II. Too bad Lake George, a Class C school, cannot qualify for the playoffs.
3. Warrensburg 2-1, 3-1 5
The Burgers could well be a dark horse in Class D and will face a test tonight against Lake George.
4. Greenwich 2-1, 2-2 -
The Witches held off a frisky Spa Catholic team last week in the waning seconds. Leo Lynch ran for two touchdowns in the win.
5. Canajoharie 2-2, 2-2 -
The Cougars rebounded well after losing to Rensselaer, shutting out Bishop Gibbons 26-0 last week. Dane O’Neil is one of only four receivers in Section II with 300+ receiving yards.

--- Compiled by Ryan Kircher and Will Montgomery

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