Saturday, October 17, 2009

Troy streak snapped, but Flying Horses still win; Section II playoff schedule

Troy junior quarterback Brian Marsh puts a stiff arm to Niskayuna's Nick Schuler during the third quarter of Saturday's game en route to a 19-yard touchdown scamper. Troy allowed points for the first time in 24 quarters of play, but kept their win streak intact with a 35-7 victory over the Silver Warriors. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Troy's Jordan Canzeri (34) leaps over the Niskayuna defenders behind the blocking of junior fullback Kyle Geraci (44). Canzeri piled up 103 yards on 16 carries and also added a 52-yard punt return in the first quarter.

Troy's Shatiek Lewis flies by the Niskayuna tacklers. Lewis led all rushers with 108 yards on 10 attempts, scoring three touchdowns.

Troy's Ian Blair knocks Niskayuna's John-Michael Fragnoli to the ground during Saturday's game. The Troy secondary intercepted Niskayuna quarterback Kyle Bayly five times in the game and also forced a fumble.

Check out the full story in Sunday's edition of The Record.

Section II football playoff scenarios
The Section II playoff committee meets Sunday and they will release the official bracket sometime tomorrow, so these are just best-guess predictions until we hear final word on the pairings sometime Sunday.

Class AA

Liberty Division
La Salle 5-0, 7-0
Schenectady 4-1, 5-2
Bethlehem 2-3, 3-4
Colonie 2-3 , 3-4
Columbia 1-4, 1-6
Shaker 1-4 , 2-5

What we know:
No. 1 La Salle
No. 2 Schenectady
No. 3 Bethlehem
No. 4 Colonie

Empire Division
Saratoga Springs 5-0, 6-1
Ballston Spa 4-1, 6-1
Shen 3-2, 5-2
Guilderland 2-3, 3-4
CBA 1-4, 1-6
Albany 0-5, 0-7


What we know:
The Empire wrapped up nicely Friday night as the top four seeds finished in order by record.

Section II Class AA quarterfinal matchups:
E1 Saratoga Springs vs. L4 Colonie
L2 Schenectady vs. E3 Shenendehowa
(winners meet in semis)

L1 La Salle vs. E4 Guilderland
L3 Bethlehem vs. E2 Ballston Spa
(winners meet in semis)

Class A
Division I
Troy 5-0, 7-0
Niskayuna 4-1, 5-2
Bishop Maginn 2-3, 3-4
Averill Park 2-3, 3-4
Scotia-Glenville 2-3, 2-5
Mohonasen 0-5, 0-7

What we know:
No. 1 Troy
No. 2 Niskayuna
No. 3 Bishop Maginn
No. 4 Averill Park

Division II
Burnt Hills 5-0, 7-0
Gloversville 4-1, 6-1
Queensbury 3-2, 4-3
Glens Falls 2-3, 3-4
Amsterdam 1-4, 1-6
South Glens Falls 0-5, 1-6

What we know:
This division wrapped up nicely, with the top four teams finishing in order.

Section II Class A quarterfinal matchups:
D-I No. 1 Troy vs. D-II No. 4 Glens Falls
D-I No. 3 Bishop Maginn vs. D-II No. 2 Gloversville
(winners meet in semis)

D-II No. 1 Burnt Hills vs. D-I No. 4 Averill Park
D-II No. 3 Queensbury vs. D-I No. 2 Niskayuna
(winners meet in semis)

Class B
Reinfurt Division
Lansingburgh 4-0, 6-1
Cohoes 3-1, 5-2
Hudson 2-2, 5-2
Alb. Acad. 1-3, 4-3
Ravena 0-4, 1-6
Ichabod Crane 0-0, 0-7

What we know:
The Reinfurt worked out in order thanks to team records.

West Division
Schalmont 3-0, 4-2
Hudson Falls 3-1, 3-3
Cobleskill 2-2, 2-5
Broadalbin-Perth 1-2, 3-3
Johnstown 0-4, 0-7

What we know:
This division is all set thanks to Schalmont's head-to-head tiebreak over Hudson Falls and Cobleskill's head-to-head over Broadalbin.

Section II Class B quarterfinals:
R1 Lansingburgh vs. W4 Broadalbin-Perth (nice rematch!)
R3 Hudson vs. W2 Hudson Falls
(winners meet in semis)

W1 Schalmont vs. R4 Alb. Acad.
R2 Cohoes vs. W3 Cobleskill
(winners meet in semis)

Class C
North Division
Hoosick Falls 6-0, 7-0
Cambridge 5-1, 6-1
Granville 5-1, 6-1
Corinth 4-2, 5-2
Mechanicville 4-2, 5-2
Tamarac 2-4, 2-5
Schuylerville 2-5, 2-5
Hoosic Valley 0-6, 1-6
Stillwater 0-7, 0-7

What we know:
No. 1 Hoosick Falls
No. 2 Cambridge
No. 3 Granville
No. 4 Corinth

South Division
Chatham 6-0, 7-0
Fonda 5-1, 6-1
Voorheesville 6-1, 6-1
Canajoharie 4-2, 5-2
Taconic Hills 3-4, 3-4
Watervliet 2-4, 3-4
CCHS 1-5, 2-5
Cairo-Durham 1-5, 2-5
Coxsackie 0-6, 1-6

What we know:

This division worked out in order, as Fonda claimed the No. 2 seed over Voorheesville via quarter points.

Section II Class C quarterfinal matchups:
N1 Hoosick Falls vs. S4 Canajoharie
N3 Granville vs. S2 Fonda-Fultonville
(winners meet in semis)

N2 Cambridge vs. S3 Voorheesville
S1 Chatham vs. N4 Corinth
(winners meet in semis)
Class D
Rensselaer 6-0, 6-1
Greenwich 5-1, 5-2
Lake George 5-1, 5-2
Bishop Gibbons 4-2, 5-2
Warrensburg 2-4, 2-5
Fort Edward 2-4, 2-5
Spa Catholic 2-5, 2-5
Salem 2-4, 2-5
Whitehall 0-7, 0-7


What we know:
Spa Catholic, Warrensburg, Fort Edward and Salem all finished with 2-4 or 2-5 records (essentially a tie because of unbalanced schedules). There is no discernible head-to-head advantage, although Fort Edward lost games to Warrensburg and Spa Catholic.
Salem and Spa Catholic had a win, a loss and a did not play against the other three teams, while Warrensburg beat Fort Edward and did not play Salem or Spa Catholic.

Here are the quarter point standings against Class D competition:
Spa Catholic 16.5, Warrensburg 14, Fort Edward 14 and Salem 5 (no report from Saturday's game, which they won 21-20 and even if they earned the maximum of seven, Salem could not catch any of the teams ahead of them).

Right now, I'm not sure who gets in, but it looks like Spa Catholic has the No. 5 seed on quarter points and the No. 6 would come down to Warrensburg and Fort Edward. Since Warrensburg beat Fort Edward head-to-head, I would assume they get the No. 6 seed.

Section II Class D quarterfinals
No. 1 Rensselaer and No. 2 Greenwich, byes (play Class C team in crossover)
No. 3 Lake George vs. No. 6 Warrensburg
(winner plays Greenwich in semis)
No. 4 Gibbons vs. No. 5 Spa Catholic
(winner plays Rensselaer in semis)

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Again, these pairings are just estimates until the Section II committee releases its official schedule sometime on Sunday, so check back tomorrow for the official schedule.

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