Wednesday, September 22, 2010

High school football: Week Four, a look ahead

Check back on the blog Thursday night for a story - along with pictures and video - previewing Saturday's game between Tamarac and Watervliet. In the meantime, here are some game capsules for Week Four.

Class AA, Liberty Division
Colonie (1-2, 1-2) 
at La Salle (1-1, 1-2)
Fri., 7 p.m.




About Colonie: The Garnet Raiders scored their first points of the season and won their first game last week against Columbia. Senior running back Davion Brink rumbled for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the triumph over the Blue Devils.
About La Salle: The Cadets also got on the winning track in Week Three, posting a 25-22 victory at Niskayuna. Junior quarterback Garrett Delory has completed 27-of-63 passes for 359 yards and one touchdown this season. Kevin Koberger (129 yards, 24 attempts) and Josh Landy (104 yards, 34 attempts) have paced the Cadets’ ground attack.
Notable: With Schenectady and Columbia both winless at the bottom of the Liberty Division, the winner of this game takes a big step toward claiming the fourth and final playoff spot behind likely shoe-ins Troy, Shaker and Niskayuna. La Salle has won games over Colonie each of the past three seasons by a combined score of 67-21.

Class AA, Liberty Division
Niskayuna (2-1, 2-1) 
at Shaker (2-0, 3-0)
Fri., 7 p.m.




About Niskayuna: The Silver Warriors are led by running back Rob Hilweh (337 yards on 64 attempts with nine touchdowns) and quarterback Kyle Bayly (33-of-61 for 368 yards with one touchdown and one interception). Niskayuna keeps those weapons rested by using starters exclusively on one side of the ball or the other.
About Shaker: The Blue Bison played a non-division game in Week Three, handling Bethlehem, 35-14. Kyle Bernard (296 yards on 51 attempts and two touchdowns) and Ryan Griffin (127 yards on 31 attempts with five touchdowns) have stepped up in the backfield in the absence of the injured Conor Alund. Wide receiver Adrian Valentino has caught nine passes for 263 yards, the second-highest yardage total among receivers in Section II.
Notable: These teams last met in 2008, with Niskayuna winning, 33-31. The Silver Warriors also posted a 40-20 victory in 2007. Shaker last defeated Niskayuna in 2006, winning 38-21. The winner of this game locks up second place in the Liberty Division behind Troy High.

Class AA, Empire Division
Christian Brothers Academy (1-1, 2-1) 
at Saratoga Springs (2-1, 2-1)
Fri., 7 p.m.




About CBA: The Brothers have done a fine job of spreading the load on offense in 2010. CBA’s leading rusher is Trey Williams (209 yards, 29 attempts), but Carter Sherman (160, 21) and Cody Zappone (157, 29) aren’t far behind. Quarterback Casey Crotty passed for 155 yards in last week’s victory over Guilderland.
About Saratoga: Quarterback Luke Fauler passed for at least 158 yards in each of the Blue Streaks’ first two games but was limited to a 2-of-10 performance for 32 yards in last week’s 20-0 shutout of Albany High. Saratoga will use this game as a tune-up before it hosts Troy High in Week Five, but the Blue Streaks also want to keep pace in the Empire Division behind Shenendehowa and Ballston Spa.
Notable: Saratoga Springs won last season’s Week Four regular season meeting, 38-7, en route to a Section II Class AA title. The Blue Streaks have won each game in the series the past three years by a combined score of 133-20.

Class A, Southeast Division
Bishop Maginn (1-0, 2-1) 
at Averill Park (1-0, 2-1)
Fri., 7 p.m.




About Maginn: The Griffins bounced back in Week Three following a loss against Glens Falls in Week Two, topping Mohonasen, 19-7. Matthias McKinnon has rushed for 303 yards on 38 attempts and has scored three touchdowns. Quarterback John Sica has passed for 232 yards on a 16-of-38 performance through three weeks.
About Averill Park: The Warriors have ridden the rollercoaster in 2010. Averill Park topped Gloversville in a shootout in Week One, lost 42-0 at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Week Two and followed that with a 34-6 triumph at Scotia-Glenville last week. Tyler Dunworth (330 yards, 35 attempts, four touchdowns) is one of 21 running backs in Section II to have gained at least 300 yards on the ground.
Notable: The winner of this game gains control of the Southeast Division, at least for now. Lansingburgh, which hosts winless Scotia tonight, also figures to factor in the title race. Maginn has dominated the series of late, winning games in each of the past four years by a combined score of 132-13. Averill Park last defeated the Griffins, 41-20, on Sept. 30, 2005.

Class C, North Division
Granville (1-2, 1-2) 
at Hoosick Falls (3-0, 3-0)
Fri., 7 p.m.




About Granville: The Golden Horde lost a heartbreaker to Tamarac in Week Three, falling 24-22 on a safety in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Codi Scriber has rushed for 351 yards on 54 carries, a workhorse. Granville, which finished the 2009 season with a 7-2 record and won its first playoff game in school history, a 29-14 quarterfinal upset at Fonda-Fultonville.
About Hoosick Falls: The Panthers faced a tall task in Week Three, hitting the road to take on Wasaren League rival Greenwich. Hoosick Falls couldn’t get on the scoreboard in the first quarter, but posted a 20-0 shutout to knock the Witches out of a tie atop the North Division. Junior running back and safety Tanner Williams (50 points) is sixth-leading scorer in Section II this season. Sophomore Brad Burns leads the team with 293 rushing yards on 32 attempts.
Notable: These teams last met in the 2009 Section II Class C semifinals at Stillwater High School. Hoosick Falls won, 32-0, en route to a Section II title and a trip to the New York State semifinal round. The Panthers have won each of the last five meetings against the Golden Horde by a combined score of 164-39.


For the latest Section II QB ratings and stat pack, click here.

For the latest New York State rankings, click here.

Section II high school football standings, 2010
(I'm still missing QPs on Coxsackie-Athens-Taconic from Week Two...any help?)

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP
Shenendehowa, 3-0, 3-0, 82, 10, 21
Ballston Spa, 2-1, 2-1, 71, 34, 11.5
Saratoga Springs, 2-1, 2-1, 68, 33, 16.5
Bethlehem, 1-1, 1-2, 42, 86, 4.5
Christian Bros. Acad., 1-1, 2-1, 83, 53, 9
Guilderland, 0-2, 1-2, 61, 74, 0.5
Albany, 0-3, 0-3, 7, 107, 0
Liberty Division
Troy, 3-0, 3-0, 135, 0, 21
Shaker, 2-0, 3-0, 97, 35, 12
Niskayuna, 2-1, 2-1, 88, 81, 13.5
La Salle, 1-1, 1-2, 28, 105, 4
Colonie, 1-2, 1-2, 21, 88, 5.5
Columbia, 0-2, 0-3, 56, 92, 4
Schenectady, 0-3, 0-3, 49, 100, 3

Class A
Northwest Division
Amsterdam, 1-0, 3-0, 105, 24, 6
Burnt Hills, 1-0, 3-0, 115, 15, 7
Gloversville, 1-0, 1-2, 95, 106, 5.5
Glens Falls, 0-1, 2-1, 106, 71, 1.5
Queensbury, 0-1, 2-1, 71, 67, 0
South Glens Falls, 0-1, 1-2, 59, 63, 1
Southeast Division
Averill Park, 1-0, 2-1, 72, 81, 7
Bishop Maginn, 1-0, 2-1, 91, 73, 6
Lansingburgh, 0-0, 2-1, 108, 59, 0
Mohonasen, 0-1, 0-3, 38, 102, 1
Scotia-Glenville, 0-1, 0-3, 6, 84, 0

Class B
Reinfurt Division
Albany Academy, 1-0, 3-0, 157, 51, 7
Ravena, 1-0, 3-0, 115, 52, 7
Cohoes, 0-0, 0-3, 19, 146, 0
Cairo-Durham, 0-1, 0-3, 26, 132, 0
Hudson, 0-1, 1-2, 49, 71, 0
West Division
Hudson Falls, 1-0, 1-2, 82, 88, 7
Schalmont, 1-0, 3-0, 143, 26, 7
Schuylerville, 1-0, 3-0, 117, 20, 7
Broadalbin-Perth, 0-1, 0-3, 25, 177, 0
Cobleskill, 0-1, 1-2, 67, 55, 0
Johnstown, 0-1, 0-3, 20, 123, 0
Independent
Ichabod Crane, 0-0, 1-2, 72, 81, 0

Class C
North Division
Hoosick Falls, 3-0, 3-0, 110, 20, 20.5
Tamarac, 3-0, 3-0, 98, 40, 17.5
Greenwich, 2-1, 2-1, 97, 35, 14.5
Lake George, 2-1, 2-1, 74, 48, 11
Mechanicville, 1-1, 1-2, 35, 75, 7
Granville, 1-2, 1-2, 80, 80, 10
Hoosic Valley, 0-2, 0-3, 0, 115, 0.5
Stillwater, 0-2, 1-2, 47, 103, 0
Corinth, 0-3, 0-3, 45, 97, 3
South Division
Chatham, 3-0, 3-0, 105, 48, 20
Watervliet, 3-0, 3-0, 113, 19, 20.5
Fonda-Fultonville, 2-1, 2-1, 100, 71, 15
Voorheesville, 1-1, 2-1, 62, 57, 5
Coxsackie-Athens, 1-2, 1-2, 82, 86, 2
Canajoharie, 0-2, 1-2, 48, 74, 0
Catholic Central, 0-2, 1-2, 42, 82, 0.5
Taconic Hills, 0-2, 0-3, 38, 117, 0

Class D
Cambridge, 2-0, 2-0, 61, 15, 11.5
Rensselaer, 2-0, 2-0, 61, 29, 12
Fort Edward, 2-1, 2-1, 120, 62, 13
Whitehall, 2-1, 2-1, 73, 61, 14.5
Warrensburg, 1-2, 1-2, 40, 95, 8.5
Bishop Gibbons, 0-2, 0-2, 19, 50, 1.5
Salem, 0-3, 0-3, 35, 97, 1.5

Week Four schedule
Fri., Sept. 24
Class AA
Empire Division
Bethlehem at Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.
Christian Brothers Academy at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
Guilderland at Albany, 7 p.m.
Liberty Division
Colonie at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Niskayuna at Shaker, 7 p.m.
Troy at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Shenendehowa at Schenectady, 7 p.m.

Class A
Southeast Division
Bishop Maginn at Averill Park, 7 p.m.
Scotia-Glenville at Lansingburgh, 7 p.m.
Northwest Division
Burnt Hills at Gloversville, 7 p.m.
Queensbury at South Glens Falls, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Mohonasen at Hudson, 7 p.m.

Class B
West Division
Schalmont at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Schuylerville at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.

Class C
South Division
Catholic Central at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.
Voorheesville at Chatham, 7 p.m.
North Division
Corinth at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Hoosic Valley at Lake George, 7 p.m.
Granville at Hoosick Falls, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at Mechanicville, 7 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 25
Class A
Northwest Division
Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 1:30 p.m.

Class B
West Division
Cobleskill-Richmondville at Hudson Falls, 1 p.m.
Reinfurt Division
Ravena at Cohoes, 12:30 p.m.
Albany Academy at Cairo-Durham, 1:30 p.m.
Non-division
Ichabod Crane at Coxsackie-Athens, 1:30 p.m.

Class C
South Division
Canajoharie at Fonda-Fultonville, 1 p.m.
Non-division
Ichabod Crane at Coxsackie-Athens, 1 p.m.
Watervliet at Tamarac, 1 p.m.

Class D
Bishop Gibbons at Warrensburg, 1 p.m.
Fort Edward at Cambridge, 1 p.m.
Rensselaer at Salem, 1 p.m.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous BDC said...

Will, About the TH-CA game. The local paper down here the Register Star doesn't give box scores. They did report that TH was ahead 12-8 late in the 3rd and that CA rallied scoring 28 in the 4th. Final score 36-20. Hope that helps.

September 23, 2010 at 9:09 AM 

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