Saturday, September 25, 2010

High school football: Week Four in review

CLUMS CORNERS — Reed Meehan wears two hats during the fall sports season at Tamarac High School, which is to say sometimes he wears a helmet and sometimes he does not.

A senior captain on the Bengals’ soccer team, Meehan also serves as the place kicker for Tamarac’s football team, which is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1983. Meehan booted the game-winning extra point with 1:58 remaining in Saturday’s 13-12 non-division Class C triumph over Watervliet.

Tamarac High School senior Reed Meehan (above) is the place kicker on the Bengals' football team and the captain of the soccer team. (Will Montgomery vidcaps - The Record).

“I’ve been playing soccer my whole life. I know when I come out on the field I have to calm down,” Meehan said of his approach to the all-or-nothing aspect of kicking an extra point. “I calmed down and I made that kick.”

Meehan, a forward on the soccer team, scored three goals in the Bengals’ season-opening victory over Granville. Hoosic Valley, however, defeated Tamarac 2-0 on Oct. 14 to snap the Bengals’ 30-game winning streak in Wasaren League action.

On the football field, he has connected on 11 extra points.

“It’s great. I’ve always been a part of the soccer team and we were always good,” said Meehan. “Now it’s great to see the football team doing good. I’m glad it’s my senior year and I’m glad I’m part of this football team.”

Healing from a broken right wrist, Meehan had his right hand wrapped in a protective foam sheath for Saturday’s game, a necessity since the cast had just been removed.

It’s his right leg, however, that has the Tamarac football players glad that he is part of the team.


“He holds his own in practice and he’ll go and make a play when he needs to,” said junior quarterback Nick Casale (pictured, above). “He’s got a golden leg and we’re just going to keep that going.”

“He comes out and gives us his all,” said senior wide receiver Nick Newell, pictured below. “He gave us touchbacks today. It’s just amazing. He has a golden leg. It’s incredible.”


Major matchups in Week Five: In a season that has been defined by blowouts, Week Five should provide Section II football fans with plenty of exciting and important games.

In Class AA, Christian Brothers Academy (2-1, 3-1) plays host to Shenendehowa (3-0, 4-0) in an Empire Division showdown Friday at 7 p.m. Troy (4-0, 4-0) heads to the Spa City for a non-division game Friday against Saratoga Springs (2-2, 2-2). The Flying Horses have outscored opponents 188-0 through four games.

Averill Park (2-0, 3-1) will host Lansingburgh (1-0, 3-1) Friday in a Class A Southeast Division game with the winner likely to wind up division champion.

Tamarac (3-0, 4-0) heads to traditional Wasaren League rival Greenwich (3-1, 3-1) in a Class C North Division matchup Friday night. Both teams are chasing Hoosick Falls (4-0, 4-0), which Saturday heads to Hoosic Valley (0-3, 0-4), the only team in Section II yet to score a single point. Stillwater (1-2, 2-2) will take the short trip to Mechanicville (1-2, 1-3) for the annual battle for the Indian Bowl, this time under the lights Friday night.

Last but not least, in what looks like a Section II Class D Super Bowl preview, Rensselaer (3-0, 3-0) plays host to Cambridge (3-0, 3-0) Friday at 7 p.m.

The Record's power polls
Class AA
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Troy High, 4-0, 4-0, 1
The Flying Horses have outscored opponents 188-0 through four games. Troy posted five straight shutouts during the 2009 season. This week, Troy travels to Saratoga Springs, which scored just two points in a 27-2 loss against CBA.
2, Shaker, 3-0, 4-0, 2
The Blue Bison haven’t blown out their opponents like Troy, but Shaker keeps finding a way to win under first-year head coach Greg Sheeler. Shaker hosts La Salle in a must-win game for the Cadets Friday night at 7 p.m.
3, Shenendehowa, 3-0, 4-0, 3
The Plainsmen are cruising toward an Empire Division title, but Friday’s game at CBA will go a long way in the division’s playoff seeding. Bronson Greene and Tony Fusco have proven to be a potent two-headed attack out of the backfield.
4, Ballston Spa, 3-1, 3-1, 4
The Scotties thumped up Bethlehem on Friday night, 35-6. Ballston Spa plays Empire Division games the next two weeks before playing Nisky of the Liberty Division in a crossover game in Week Seven.
5, Christian Brothers Academy, 2-1, 3-1, NR
The Brothers made a pretty big statement on Friday night, holding defending Section II Class AA champion Saratoga Springs to two points in a 27-2 victory. CBA isn’t afraid to spread the wealth on offense, as at least five players receive regular carries out of the backfield.

Class A
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Burnt Hills, 2-0, 4-0, 1
The Spartans traveled to head coach Matt Shell’s alma mater, Gloversville, Friday night and posted a 41-0 decision over the Huskies. Brandon Beatty and Evan Nusbaum ran for at least 100 yards apiece.
2, Lansingburgh, 1-0, 3-1, 2
The Knights didn’t exactly light up the scoreboard last week against Scotia-Glenville, but a 21-0 final score was good enough for a Southeast Division triumph. The division title will likely be on the line Friday night in Averill Park.
3, Amsterdam, 2-0, 4-0, 3
The Rugged Rams have been perfect so far in 2010 following a down year in 2009. Amsterdam gets a test when it hosts Queensbury on Friday.
4, Averill Park, 2-0, 3-1, 5
The Warriors have bounced back well from a 42-0 defeat at Burnt Hills in Week Two and are 2-0 in a pair of Southeast Division games. Can Tyler Dunworth run wild Friday night on the Lansingburgh defense?
5, Queensbury, 1-1, 3-1, NR
Like Averill Park, Queensbury also responded well after being shut out by Burnt Hills, beating South Glens Falls 26-14 in Week Two.

Class B
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Albany Academy, 2-0, 4-0, 1
The Cadets fared well in their first full game without quarterback Hunter McCarthy, defeating Cairo-Durham 47-8, Zay Richardson added 240 rushing yards to become the first Section II back to break the 1,000-yard mark in 2010.
2, Schalmont, 2-0, 4-0, 2
The Sabres have outscored opponents 199-26 through four games. That’s an average final score of 50-7. Joe Paskevich has added a passing attack to the offense that Schalmont did not have in 2009.
3, Schuylerville, 2-0, 4-0, 3
The Black Horses have proved their worth in their first season in Class B, vaulting into a first-place tie with Schalmont in the West Division. Those teams appear set for a title-game showdown in Schuylerville in Week Seven.
4, Ravena, 2-0, 4-0, 4
The Indians are still undefeated after four weeks, but they’ll face a tough Reinfurt Division challenge at home from Hudson High Friday night.
5, Hudson, 0-1, 2-2, NR
The Bluehawks lit up the scoreboard in a 47-31 victory over Class A’s Mohonasen on Friday night. That type of win could propel Hudson to a hot streak at the end of the regular season in the Reinfurt Division.

Class C
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Hoosick Falls, 4-0, 4-0, 1
Tanner Williams caught seven passes for 77 yards and ran the ball six times for 66 yards in Hoosick Falls’ 34-6 victory over Granville in Week Four. Senior QB Mike Brewster added 115 passing yards for the defending Section II champs.
2, Chatham, 4-0, 4-0, 2
The Panthers received 309 rushing yards and five touchdowns from Josh Keyes in a 42-13 victory over Voorheesville one of the preseason favorites in Class C, Friday night.
3, Fonda-Fultonville, 3-1, 3-1, 4
The Braves blanked Canajoharie 19-0 in Week Four, looking to keep pace with Chatham in the South Division. Fonda makes the trek to the Collar City Friday night for a South Division game against Catholic Central.
4, Tamarac, 3-0, 4-0, 5
The Bengals are 4-0 for the first time since 1983, thanks in large part to junior quarterback Nick Casale, who has completed 38-of-73 passes for 779 yards and five touchdowns. Tamarac travels to Greenwich Friday night in a Wasaren League…make that North Division…clash.
5, Greenwich, 3-1, 3-1, NR
The Witches’ only loss this season came at the hands of North Division leader Hoosick Falls. Greenwich blanked Mechanicvile in Week Four, using 183 rushing yards from Tyler Pruiksma in the win.

Class D
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Rensselaer, 3-0, 3-0, 1
Timmy Foust passed for four touchdowns and Tyler Bishop ran for a score in Rensselaer’s 33-0 victory over winless Salem on Saturday. Senior running back Phil Sayers added 145 rushing yards in the triumph.
2, Cambridge, 3-0, 3-0, 2
The Indians will get their first real test on the Class D level since dropping down from Class C this Friday at Rensselaer in what could be a Section II Super Bowl preview. Matt Best ran for 262 yards in Saturday’s romp over Fort Edward.
3, Whitehall, 2-1, 2-1, NR
The Railroaders move into the Class D polls after Fort Edward lost at Cambridge in Week Four, 49-8.

Section II high school football standings, 2010

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP
Shenendehowa, 3-0, 4-0, 117, 31, 21
Ballston Spa, 3-1, 3-1, 106, 40, 17.5
Christian Bros. Acad., 2-1, 3-1, 110, 55, 15.5
Saratoga Springs, 2-2, 2-2, 70, 60, 17
Bethlehem, 1-2, 1-3, 48, 121, 5.5
Guilderland, 1-2, 2-2, 95, 100, 7.5
Albany, 0-4, 0-4, 33, 141, 0
Liberty Division
Troy, 4-0, 4-0, 188, 0, 28
Shaker, 3-0, 4-0, 118, 49, 18
Niskayuna, 2-2, 2-2, 102, 102, 14.5
Colonie, 2-2, 2-2, 41, 95, 11.5
La Salle, 1-2, 1-3, 35, 125, 5
Columbia, 0-3, 0-4, 56, 145, 4
Schenectady, 0-3, 0-4, 70, 135, 3

Class A
Northwest Division
Amsterdam, 2-0, 4-0, 144, 53, 12
Burnt Hills, 2-0, 4-0, 156, 15, 14
Gloversville, 1-1, 1-3, 95, 147, 5.5
Queensbury, 1-1, 3-1, 97, 81, 7
Glens Falls, 0-2, 2-2, 135, 110, 2.5
South Glens Falls, 0-2, 1-3, 73, 89, 1
Southeast Division
Averill Park, 2-0, 3-1, 121, 101, 13.5
Lansingburgh, 1-0, 3-1, 129, 59, 7
Bishop Maginn, 1-1, 2-2, 111, 122, 6.5
Mohonasen, 0-1, 0-4, 69, 149, 1
Scotia-Glenville, 0-2, 0-4, 6, 105, 0

Class B
Reinfurt Division
Albany Academy, 2-0, 4-0, 204, 59, 14
Ravena, 2-0, 4-0, 152, 59, 14
Cohoes, 0-1, 0-4, 26, 183, 0
Hudson, 0-1, 2-2, 96, 102, 0
Cairo-Durham, 0-2, 0-4, 34, 179, 0
West Division
Schalmont, 2-0, 4-0, 199, 26, 14
Schuylerville, 2-0, 4-0, 169, 32, 14
Cobleskill, 1-1, 2-2, 101, 81, 5
Hudson Falls, 1-1, 1-3, 108, 122, 9
Broadalbin-Perth, 0-2, 0-4, 37, 229, 0
Johnstown, 0-2, 0-4, 20, 179, 0
Independent
Ichabod Crane, 0-0, 1-3, 72, 119, 0

Class C
North Division
Hoosick Falls, 4-0, 4-0, 144, 26, 27.5
Tamarac, 3-0, 4-0, 111, 52, 17.5
Greenwich, 3-1, 3-1, 123, 35, 21.5
Lake George, 3-1, 3-1, 115, 48, 18
Mechanicville, 1-2, 1-3, 35, 101, 7
Stillwater, 1-2, 2-2, 82, 121, 7
Granville, 1-3, 1-3, 86, 114, 10
Hoosic Valley, 0-3, 0-4, 0, 156, 0.5
Corinth, 0-4, 0-4, 63, 132, 3
South Division
Chatham, 4-0, 4-0, 147, 61, 27
Watervliet, 3-0, 3-1, 125, 32, 20.5
Fonda-Fultonville, 3-1, 3-1, 119, 71, 21.5
Coxsackie-Athens, 1-2, 2-2, 120, 86, 2
Taconic Hills, 1-2, 1-3, 62, 130, 7
Voorheesville, 1-2, 2-2, 75, 99, 5
Canajoharie, 0-3, 1-3, 48, 93, 0.5
Catholic Central, 0-3, 1-3, 55, 106, 0.5

Class D
Cambridge, 3-0, 3-0, 110, 23, 18
Rensselaer, 3-0, 3-0, 94, 29, 19
Whitehall, 2-1, 2-1, 73, 61, 14.5
Fort Edward, 2-2, 2-2, 128, 111, 13.5
Bishop Gibbons, 1-2, 1-2, 35, 62, 8
Warrensburg, 1-3, 1-3, 52, 111, 9
Salem, 0-4, 0-4, 35, 130, 1.5

Week Five Schedule
Fri., Oct. 1
Class AA
Empire Division
Ballston Spa at Guilderland, 7 p.m.
Bethlehem at Albany. 7 p.m.
Shenendehowa at Christian Brothers Academy, 7 p.m.
Liberty Division
Columbia at Schenectady, 7 p.m.
La Salle at Shaker, 7 p.m.
Niskayuna at Colonie, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Troy at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
Class A
Southeast Division
Mohonasen at Scotia-Glenville, 7 p.m.
Lansingburgh at Averill Park, 7 p.m.
Northwest Division
South Glens Falls at Gloversville, 7 p.m.
Queensbury at Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
Glens Falls at Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.
Class B
Reinfurt Division
Hudson at Ravena, 7 p.m.
West Division
Johnstown at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.
Schalmont at Cobleskill-Richmondville, 7 p.m.
Class C
South Division
Fonda-Fultonville at Catholic Central, 7 p.m.
Watervliet at Chatham, 7 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Canajoharie, 7 p.m.
North Division
Stillwater at Mechanicville, 7 p.m.
Tamarac at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Granville at Lake George, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Coxsackie-Athens at Corinth, 7 p.m.
Class D
Cambridge at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 2
Class A
Non-division
Bishop Maginn at Albany Academy, 1:30 p.m.
Class B
West Division
Schuylerville at Hudson Falls, 1 p.m.
Reinfurt Division
Cohoes at Cairo-Durham, 1:30 p.m.
Non-division
Ichabod Crane at Voorheesville, 1:30 p.m.
Class C
North Division
Hoosick Falls at Hoosic Valley, 1 p.m.
Non-division
Ichabod Crane at Voorheesville, 1 p.m.
Class D
Salem at Bishop Gibbons, 1 p.m.
Whitehall at Fort Edward, 1 p.m.

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