Thursday, October 22, 2009

Week eight: a look ahead

Lansingburgh sophomore right guard Tom Blake (68) missed the Knights' Week 6 game against Broadalbin-Perth because of a viral infection, but he's rested and ready for the quarterfinal rematch Saturday night. Look for more on that story in Friday's edition of The Record. (Photo by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Section II High School Football Schedule
Class AA
L4 Colonie at E1 Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
E3 Shenendehowa at L2 Schenectady, 7 p.m.
E4 Guilderland at L1 La Salle, 7 p.m.
L3 Bethlehem at E2 Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.
Class A
DI-3 Bishop Maginn at DII-2 Gloversville, 7 p.m.
DI-4 Averill Park at DII-1 Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.
DII-3 Queensbury at DI-2 Niskayuna, 7 p.m.
Class B
R4 Albany Academy at W1 Schalmont, 7 p.m.
Class C
S4 Canajoharie at N1 Hoosick Falls, 7 p.m.
N4 Corinth at S1 Chatham, 7 p.m.
Class D
No. 6 Saratoga Catholic at No. 3 Lake George, 7 p.m.
Columbia vs. Albany at Bleecker Stadium, 6 p.m.
CBA at Shaker, 7 p.m.
Mohonasen at Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
Scotia at South Glens Falls, 7 p.m.
Ravena at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Mechanicville at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at Schuylerville, 7 p.m.
Whitehall at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.
Watervliet at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.

Class A
DII-4 Glens Falls at DI-1 Troy, 1:30 p.m.
Class B
R3 Hudson at W2 Hudson Falls, 1 p.m.
W3 Cobleskill-Richmondville at R2 Cohoes, 1:30 p.m.
W4 Broadalbin-Perth at R1 Lansingburgh, 7 p.m.
Class C
S3 Voorheesville at N2 Cambridge, 1 p.m.
N3 Granville at S2 Fonda-Fultonville, 1 p.m.
Tamarac at Cairo-Durham, 1 p.m.
Catholic Central at Coxsackie-Athens, 1 p.m.
Fort Edward vs. Hoosic Valley at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Class D
No. 5 Warrensburg at No. 4 Bishop Gibbons, 3 p.m.
Salem at Stillwater, 7 p.m.

Guilderland (Empire No. 4, 2-3, 3-4) at La Salle (Liberty No. 1 5-0, 7-0), Fri, 7

About Guilderland: QB Ryan Smith leads the most prolific passing offense in Section II, having thrown for 1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns. Peter Quinn is the Dutchmen’s top receiver, having caught 24 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns.
About La Salle: The Cadets have the best defense among Class AA teams in terms of fewest points allowed. A season ago, Marquis Terrell was nearly guaranteed to rush for 100 yards per game for the Cadets, a feat only one La Salle running back has accomplished this year. Tyler Washington gained 112 yards on six carries in a Week 3 victory at Colonie.
Notable: La Salle’s shutout victory over Schenectady last week earned them the Liberty Division title, the school’s first undefeated regular season title since the 2007 season, when they went 6-0 in the Liberty Division and won the Section II Class AA Super Bowl over Guilderland, 28-17. That was the most recent postseason meeting between the teams.

Canajoharie (South No. 4, 4-2, 5-2) at Hoosick Falls (North No. 1, 6-0, 7-0) Fri., 7

About Canajoharie: The Cougars played a Class D schedule a season ago, but they adjusted well to the level of play in Class C, earning the No. 4 seed out of the South Division. QB Peyton Stahler has passed for 750 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, mainly to his top target Dane O’Neil (21 receptions, 469 yards, 5 TDs).
About Hoosick Falls: QB Mike Brewster threw his first interception of the season last week against Corinth, but the junior signal caller is having a fantastic year, having completed 58-of-102 passes for 863 yards and 12 TDs. Senior RB Alex Hansen snapped a string of four consecutive games with fewer than 100 yards rushing, denting the Corinth defense for 328 yards and a pair of TDs.
Notable: The last postseason meeting between these teams was a Class C semifinal in 2006. Hoosick Falls won, 33-13, en route to a Section II championship. In 2008, the homestanding Panthers were upset in a Class C quarterfinal game by eventual Section II champion Watervliet.

Cobleskill (West No. 3, 2-2, 2-5) at Cohoes (Reinfurt No. 2, 3-1, 5-2), Sat., 1:30 p.m.

About Cobleskill: The Bulldogs have been outscored by 70 points through seven games, but still managed to earn the No.3 seed out of the West Division with victories over Johnstown and Broadalbin. QB Cullen Hanna has thrown for 847 yards and six touchdowns, making up for a hit-or-miss running attack.
About Cohoes: The Tigers will host a postseason game for the second consecutive season, the first time they have accomplished that feat in school history. Cohoes won three games in a row in come-from-behind fashion, but coughed up an early lead in a non-division contest last week at Hudson Falls. Junior Anthony Fogarty, with 90 points scored, is one of 13 players in Section II to have posted at least that many points. Cohoes is 4-0 at home in 2009.
Notable: Cohoes won its Week 1 meeting at Cobleskill, 34-6, thanks to 201 passing yards from senior QB Josh Floeser. The teams last met in the postseason in a 2003 opening round game, which Cobleskill won 14-13.

Glens Falls (Division II No. 4, 2-3, 3-4) at Troy (Division I No. 1, 5-0, 7-0), Sat., 1:30 p.m.

About Glens Falls: The Indians have scored fewer points (111) than any other team that qualified for the Class A playoffs. RB Dan LaNoir has scored seven touchdowns, but five of those came in a Week 3 victory over Amsterdam.
About Troy: The Flying Horses had their 24-quarter shutout streak snapped last week when Niskayuna found the end zone in the second quarter. Still, Troy has outscored opponents 338-14, an average final score of 48-2. Shatiek Lewis has scored 17 touchdowns on 65 rushing attempts this season, a touchdown rate of 26.2% every time he touches the ball. Together, Lewis and Jordan Canzeri have combined for 1,558 yards on 134 attempts, an 11.6 yards per carry average.
Notable: Troy, a No. 2 seed a season ago, defeated Glens Falls 42-14 in a 2008 Class A quarterfinal on Edward C. Picken Field. The Flying Horses failed to qualify for the postseason only once this decade (2005) and hold an 8-7 record in Section II playoff games since the 2000 season.

The Record's Week 8 Power Poll
Class AA
Team League Overall Last Week
1. La Salle 5-0 7-0 1
The Cadets defense proved its worth against Schenectady’s rushing attack last week in the de facto Liberty Division championship game, but will get a test from Guilderland’s prolific passing game tonight.
2. Saratoga Springs 5-0 6-1 2
A 31-point victory over rival Shen in Week 7 was not only for bragging rights, it proved the Blue Streaks to be the top Super Bowl contender out of the Empire Division.
3. Ballston Spa 4-1 6-1 5
The Scotties rallied from their Week 6 defeat against Saratoga with a big shutout over Guilderland. Can a reenergized Mark Seager lead the Scotties to a poten¬tial semifinal matchup with La Salle?
4. Schenectady 4-1 5-2 3
The Patriots had the top scoring offense among Class AA teams coming into their Week 7 game against La Salle, but was kept off the scoreboard. Tim Cox and the rest of the Patriots look to get back on track against Shen.
5. Shenendehowa 3-2 5-2 4
The Plainsmen limp into the postseason after an extra-large loss at Saratoga, but running back Bronson Greene continues to impress. Greene eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last week.

Class A
Team League Overall Last Week
1. Troy 5-0 7-0 1
Junior quarterback Brian Marsh made a few mistakes in the first half of Troy’s Week 7 game against Niskayuna, but his third quarter rushing touchdown helped rally the Flying Horses to the Division I title.
2. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 5-0 7-0 2
The Spartans draw Averill Park in tonight’s quarterfinal matchup, which is bad news for the Warriors. Burnt Hills has won quarterfinal games in each of the past three seasons by a combined score of 147-19.
3. Gloversville 4-1 6-1 4
Chad McCloskey has passed for 921 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, leading the Huskies to a No. 2 seed out of Division II behind Burnt Hills. The Huskies thumped quarterfinal opponent Bishop Maginn 51-6 in Week 2.
4. Niskayuna 4-1 5-2 3
The Silver Warriors played Troy tougher than anyone lately in the first half, tak¬ing a 7-7 tie into the break. Even if they win their quarterfinal game against Queensbury, they would likely face Burnt Hills in the semis.
5. Queensbury 3-2 4-3 5
The Spartans scored 27 points against Burnt Hills last week, but gave up 44. Queensbury will need to shore up that defense against the high-octane Nisky offense tonight.

Class B
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Lansingburgh, 4-0, 6-1, 1
The Knights haven’t looked that great in their last two games, but they still have more talent top to bottom than any team in Class B.
2, Schalmont, 4-0, 5-2, 3
Vince Gallo scored two rushing touchdowns against Broadalbin last week and he also tossed a touchdown pass. That dual-threat versatility makes the Sabres a team to be reckoned with in the postseason.
3, Cohoes, 3-1, 5-2, 2
The Tigers’ offense stumbled on the road last week, dropping a non-division game at Hudson Falls. Can they rekindle some of their midseason magic in their third consecutive postseason appearance?
4, Hudson Falls, 3-1, 4-3, 5
Dakota Drake scored a pair of touchdowns last week as the Tigers rallied from a six-point deficit to top Cohoes last week in their final tune-up before the playoffs.
5, Albany Academy, 1-3, 4-3, 4
The Cadets have lost three in a row, but have scored more points than any team except Lansingburgh this season. If Zay Richardson runs well, the Cadets have a chance against any team in Class B.

Class C
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Hoosick Falls, 6-0, 7-0, 1
The Panthers grounded it out against Corinth last week, as Alex Hansen rushed for 328 yards and a pair of scores over a tough Tomahawks team. Canajoharie brings its high-powered offense to Ken Baker Field Friday night.
2, Chatham, 6-0, 7-0, 2
The Panthers went pedal-to-the-metal against Ichabod Crane last week, scoring 41 points in the first quarter en route to a 69-0 win over their brand-new rival on the gridiron.
3, Cambridge, 5-1, 6-1, 4
The Indians got back on the winning track after a two-point loss at Hoosick Falls in Week 6, keeping undefeated Granville off the scoreboard in a crucial Week 7 contest. Their reward? A home game against Voorheesville Saturday afternoon.
4, Fonda-Fultonville, 5-1, 6-1, NR
The Braves can score points in bunches and will host Granville in a quarterfinal game Saturday. The Golden Horde will make the 160-mile round trip to Fonda for a battle between 6-1 teams.
5, Corinth, 4-2, 5-2, 5
228 yards for Jordan Charbonneau last week made him the top running back in Section II and the only one with more than 1,500 yards. The Tomahawks will have their hands full trying to stop Chatham’s Josh Keyes tonight.

Class D
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Rensselaer, 6-0, 6-1, 1
The Rams made a statement last week, knocking off Lake George, the No. 2 team in Class D, by five touchdowns. Rensselaer has outscored opponents by 207 points through seven games.
2, Greenwich, 5-1, 5-2, 3
The Witches blanked Spa Catholic in the final week of the season, securing the No. 2 seed and a first round bye via quarter points when Lake George lost to Rensselaer. How do they put this week’s crossover against Schuylerville to good use?
3, Lake George, 5-1, 5-2, 2
Caleb Meroksi averaged 200.5 rushing yards through his first six games, but Rensselaer held him to 70 yards on 23 attempts last week.
4, Bishop Gibbons, 4-2, 5-2, 4
Derrick Pitts and the Golden Knights narrowly missed the postseason last year, but now they’ve been awarded with a home game in a much fairer six-team system. Can Pitts deliver in the biggest game in school history?
5, Warrensburg, 2-4, 2-5, NR
The Burghers haven’t won a postseason game since 2004, when they defeated Salem 14-0 in an opening round contest. They are winless in three trips since.

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