Thursday, October 16, 2008

Week seven: a look ahead

Class AA

Ballston Spa (3-2, 4-2)
at Shen (4-1, 4-2)
Friday, 7 p.m.

About Ballston Spa: The Scotties’ ground attack is led by junior quarterback Mark Seager, who has gained 809 yards on 112 attempts, good for more than seven yards per carry. The Ballston Spa defense has allowed only 102 points, the third-best in Class AA.
About Shenendehowa: Suhyab Banks has been one of the most productive backs in the section this season. He’s gained 942 yards on 134 carries and has scored 19 touchdowns. Plainsmen junior kicker and tight end Chris Millington has booted 22 extra points.
Notable: Shenendehowa can lock up the No. 2 seed and a home playoff game with a victory. If Ballston Spa Wins, however, and Bethlehem defeats CBA, there will be a three-way tie for the final three playoff spots in the Empire Division. Quarter points would then determine the order and Shen leads with 26.5, followed by Bethlehem (22) and Ballston Spa (19).

Class A

Scotia-Glenville (1-3, 1-5)
at Averill Park (1-3, 2-4)
Friday, 7 p.m.

About Scotia-Glenville:
The Tartans have defeated only Mohonasen this season but can still earn a playoff berth with a victory over Averill Park. In five losses, Scotia’s average margin of defeat is 39 points. Adam Tabbert ran for 126 yards against Mohonasen in a 21-7 victory.
About Averill Park: Kicker Bill Goodermote has connected on three field goals and six extra points. The Warriors defeated Mohonasen last week and also own a non-division victory over South Glens Falls. Quarterback Tim Murdick passed for a pair of scores and ran for another in the win over Mohonasen.
Notable: The winner of this game clinches the No. 4 spot in Southeast Division and earns a first-round date with Burnt Hills, the No. 4 team in New York State. The Spartans have outscored opponents 304-21 this season.

Class D

Rensselaer (4-0, 6-0)
at Lake George (0-0, 6-0)
Friday, 7 p.m.

About Lake George:
Caleb Meroski is tied for the Section II lead with 20 touchdowns scored. Lake George has outscored opponents 221-to-76. Lake George, with 294 students in grades 9-11, are classified as a Class C school and are not eligible for the Class D Section II playoffs. The cutoff for Class D is 275 students or fewer.
About Rensselaer: The Rams were ranked No. 11 in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association poll. Rensselaer has outscored opponents 232-to-45.
Notable: Rensselaer’s Jasheem Hamilton has run for at least two touchdowns in each game but Lake George’s Caleb Meroski has run for at least three in each of the Warriors’ first six contests. Both are among the top six individual scorers in Section II.

Class C

Tamarac (4-2, 4-2)
at Watervliet (4-2, 4-2)
Saturday, 1 p.m.

About Tamarac:
The Bengals lost to Chatham last week, 42-7, and also lost versatile quarterback and safety David Fox to injury during the game. He is probable for tomorrow’s game. Senior tight end Brent Matazinsky has caught 14 passes for 215 yards and four touchdowns.
About Watervliet: A turnover on downs and an interception from inside the Fonda-Fultonville 10-yard line doomed the Cannoneers a week ago, but Watervliet looks to get back on the right track against Tamarac.
Notable: Winner gets the No. 3 seed and a likely matchup against Hoosick Falls while the loser falls to No. 4 and has to play North Division winner Schuylerville – the No. 8 team in New York.


Class AA
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Schenectady 4-0, 6-0 1
Herman Seise gained 97 yards in the second half of last week’s game against La Salle, providing the Patriots a dangerous second option in the backfield behind Marc Thompson.
2. Saratoga Springs 5-0, 5-1 2
The Blue Steaks dropped a non-section contest to Monroe-Woodbury on Friday and they close out the regular season against Guilderland tonight. Saratoga has clinched the Empire Division title.
3. Shenendehowa 4-1, 4-2 5
The Plainsmen need a victory over Ballston Spa tonight to clinch the No. 2 spot in the Empire Division and secure a home playoff game in the Class AA quarterfinals.
4. La Salle 3-1, 4-2 3
The Cadets are guaranteed a No. 2 spot and a home game in the first round, likely against Bethlehem. However, if Ballston Spa defeats Shenendehowa tonight, quarter points will sort out a possible three-way Empire Division tie.
5. Ballston Spa 3-2, 4-2 4
Scotties quarterback Mark Seager is averaging 7.2 yards per carry and has reached the end zone nine times this season.

Class A
Team League, Overall Last week
1. Burnt Hills 4-0, 6-0 1
The Spartans picked up their fourth shutout victory of the season last week with a 56-0 romp over South Glens Falls. The Burnt Hills offense has scored 304 points many coming with the starters resting on the bench in the second half.
2. Bishop Maginn 4-0, 6-0 3
The Griffins stayed unbeaten thanks to another successful fourth quarter comeback bid against Troy. Bunduka Kargbo tied the game with his second rushing touchdown and Tymear Mallory scored on a 65-yard run to secure the 27-20 victory and the first Southeast title for Maginn since 2000.
3. Troy 3-1, 5-1 2
Fred Fitch scored three more touchdowns last week but they all came in the first half in a 27-20 loss to Maginn. The Horses look to bounce back against inner city rival Lansingburgh tonight in The Record’s Uncle Sam Cup. A No. 2 seed in sectionals is on the line.
4. Lansingburgh 3-1, 4-2 4
The Knights host Troy tonight and can secure a home field sectional game with a win. Lansingburgh needs to play error free football something they didn’t do in a five turnover loss to Bishop Maginn.
5. Amsterdam 3-1, 3-3 --
Head coach Pat Liverio has his team playing its best ball at the right time of the year. The Rugged Rams have reeled off two straight wins including a 34-28 overtime victory over Gloversville last week. Ben Miseikis ran for 223 yards and five touchdowns including the game winner in overtime.

Class B
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Cohoes 4-0, 6-0 1
The Tigers squeaked out a win at Hudson last week thanks to 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Steve Weaver. Weaver is 11th-highest rusher in Section II with 762 yards.
2. Schalmont 3-0, 5-1 2
Vince Gallo is one of only five running backs in Section II with more than 1,000 rushing yards through six games and he’s averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
3. Hudson Falls 2-1, 5-1 3
Joe McMurry has run for 3,952 yards in his career, good for seventh all-time in Section II history. Former Watervliet star Larry Starks (4,114 yards) currently holds sixth place.
4. Ravena 3-1, 4-2 4
A week after losing a heartbreaker to Cohoes in the third overtime, the Indians beat Taconic Hills 49-14, including a rushing touchdown and a passing score from quarterback Keith Hoyt.
5. Albany Academy 2-2, 3-3 -
The Cadets host Hudson this week in a Reinfurt Division game and the winner claims the No. 3 seed and a first-round date with West Division No. 2 Hudson Falls. The loser travels to West Division champ Schalmont for a first round game.

Class C
Team League, Overall Last week
1. Schuylerville 5-0, 6-0 1
The Black Horses beat Stillwater 66-8 last week and can secure the North Division title with a win over 4-1 Cambridge Friday night. The game is a rematch of last years Class C title game in which Cambridge prevailed 21-20.
2. Chatham 6-0, 6-0 3
The Panthers picked up a big road victory 42-7 at Tamarac last Friday night. Quarterback Parker Niles ran for three touchdowns and Ryan Coon returned a kick 80 yards for a score.
3. Fonda-Fultonville 5-1, 5-1 2
Josh Nethaway passed for two touchdowns and ran for one in the Braves 25-18 triumph over Watervliet last week. Nethaway has thrown the most touchdowns (21) in Section II and the second most yards (1,251). The Braves can wrap up a home playoff game with a win at Coxsackie-Athens on Saturday.
4. Hoosick Falls 5-1, 5-1 --
The Panthers have won four straight since a week 2 loss at Schuylerville. Kevin Woods threw for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-15 victory over Mechanicville last week.
5. Watervliet 4-2, 4-2 5
The Cannoneers lost a shot a shot for a first round home game with a 25-18 loss at Fonda last week but can wrap up a three seed with a win on Saturday against Tamarac. Look for quarterback Chris Hughes to bounce back from a three-interception performance.

Class D
Team League, Overall Last Week
1. Rensselaer 4-0, 6-0 1
Mico De Los Santos-Perez is averaging over 32 yards per reception and five of his ten catches have been touchdowns.
2. Lake George 0-0, 6-0 2
Warriors running back Caleb Meroski is averaging nearly 12 yards per carry and has scored 20 touchdowns this season.
3. Canajoharie 2-2, 4-2 3
Quarterback Peyton Stahler and receiver Dane O’Neil have been the best passing duo in Class D as Stahler has thrown for 618 yards and O’Neil has caught 27 balls for 440 yards.
4. Bishop Gibbons 2-2, 4-2 5
The Golden Knights have already been eliminated, but junior do-it-all back Derrick Pitts has rushed for 1,076 yards, passed for 211 and has scored on a pair of kick returns.
5. Fort Edward 3-0, 3-3 4
The Flying Forts are 3-0 against North Division teams but are 0-2 against the South Division and Fort Edward also lost a non-division game to Lake George.

-- Compiled by Ryan Kircher and Will Montgomery

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