High school football: Week Three, a look ahead
About Ballston Spa: The Scotties dispatched one rival last week, defeating Saratoga Springs, 21-20, thanks to a blocked extra point late in the fourth quarter. Ballston Spa’s leading rusher is Bill Cook, who has gained an even 100 yards on 11 attempts.
About Shenendehowa: The Plainsmen have outscored opponents 75-10 through the first two games of the season. (Both Shen and Ballston Spa have posted blowout victories over Empire Division rival Albany High this season). Bronson Greene and Tony Fusco have made for a terrible twosome in the backfield, as Greene has rushed for 270 yards on 23 attempts and Fusco has added 192 yards on 20 carries.
Notable: Ballston Spa won the most recent meeting between the teams, a 34-18 decision on Sept. 17, 2009. The teams split a pair of games in 2008. Shen knocked Ballston Spa out of the first round of the playoffs, 45-41, but the Scotties won a crossover game 32-21, two weeks later.
About La Salle: The Cadets bounced back in Week Two after being shut out by Troy in Week One, but still lost, falling to Guilderland, 28-13. Junior quarterback Garrett Delory has thrown for 273 yards this year, but the Cadets have yet to establish a consistent running game – a calling card of the team under Al Rapp during his decade at the school.
About Niskayuna: The Silver Warriors are in a first-place tie in the Liberty Division with Shaker at Troy at this point, but it hasn’t been an easy road for Niskayuna. Rob Hilweh scored four touchdowns in an overtime victory over Columbia last week. Nisky eked past county rival Schenectady High by four points in Week One.
Notable: Niskayuna played a Class A schedule in 2009. The last game between the teams was on Sept. 12, 2008. La Salle won, 28-12.
About Tamarac: In Week Two, the Bengals turned the ball over four times yet still trounced Hoosic Valley, 46-0. Mark Morine ran for 150 yards on 19 attempts and senior tailback Nick Feldmaier and junior quarterback Nick Casale have also rushed for over 100 yards through two games. Tyler Larvie is one of Section II’s top receivers with 159 yards and six receptions, but head coach Erick Roadcap will tell you that everything starts up front with his beefed-up offensive and defensive lines.
About Granville: The Golden Horde had a dream season in 2009, winning their first six games in a row and winning the first playoff game in school history over Fonda-Fultonville in the quarterfinal round. Granville, however, was shut out in the Section II Class C semifinals by eventual Super Bowl champion Hoosick Falls. Quarterback Jamie Hicks and running back Codi Scriber return in 2010, but the Horde need a new set of linemen to learn on the job this year.
Notable: Tamarac last won three games in a row to open a season in 2008.
About Canajoharie: Running back Pete Schwab is one of Section II’s statistical leaders. He had gained 296 yards on 34 attempts out of the Cougars’ backfield this season, scoring a pair of touchdowns.
About Watervliet: The Cannoneers enter Week Three in a three-way tie for first place in the Class C South Division with Chatham and Fonda-Fultonville. Chatham hosts Fonda on Friday night. Watervliet has started slow in what wound up being blowout victories over Taconic Hills and Catholic Central, respectively. Senior running back Ryan Manning has gained 169 yards on 22 attempts and is in a third-place tie for third place in the Section II total points race with 38 (six touchdowns, one two-point converstion).
Notable: These teams met in Canajoharie on Oct. 2, 2009. The Cougars posted a 20-0 shutout over the Cannoneers, the second game of Watervliet’s five-game losing skid to close out the season.
About Schenectady: The Patriots have lost two games to open the season by a combined 11 points. Niskayuna topped Schenectady by four points in the season opener and Shaker won by a touchdown in Week Two. Senior quarterback and defensive back Tim Cox is also a standout lacrosse player and had made a verbal commitment to play college lacrosse at the University of Albany. He’s passed for 56 yards and rushed for 148 so far this season.
About Troy: The Flying Horses have posted eight straight shutout quarters on defense in 2010, which leaves them 16 quarters shy of the streak they put together in 2009. Shatiek Lewis is the team’s leading rusher with 241 yards on 17 carries, while Jordan Canzeri has contributed with 221 yards on 22 attempts. Senior quarterback Brian Marsh has passed for 94 yards and one touchdown. Troy High has outscored opponents 95-0 so far this season.
Notable: Troy High played a Class A schedule in 2009 and 2008, meaning the last game between these teams happened during Week Three of the 2007 season. Troy High won that game, a 28-20 decision at Schenectady High School, on Sept. 14, 2007.
About Lansingburgh: The Knights were in the news this week for disclosing that three varsity football players have been dismissed from the team and suspended from school for their alleged involvement in a hazing incident with a junior varsity player. Junior quarterback Carlos Grillo has completed 21-of-33 passes for 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first two varsity games. Lansingburgh needed his arm after having its ground game shut down last week in Gloversville.
About Cohoes: The Tigers have dropped two games to Schalmont and Schuylerville by a combined score of 88-13. Depending on the game situation, Cohoes will feature a pair of quarterbacks in 2010 – Danny DeChairo and Darnell Rafalko.
Notable: Last season, these teams met for the first time in four years. Lansingburgh won that Class B Reinfurt Division game, 51-19. With Lansingburgh in Class A this season, this game will not count toward either team’s playoff push.
Look for a story on the Hoosick Falls vs. Greenwich game in Friday's paper.
There have been some major changes to the Section II football master schedule for Week Three. Here is an updated list of games and times.
Thurs., Sept. 17
Albany at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
Ballston Spa at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.
Christian Bros. Acad. at Guilderland, 7 p.m.
La Salle at Niskayuna, 7 p.m.
Averill Park at Scotia-Glenville, 7 p.m.
Mohonasen at Bishop Maginn, 7 p.m.
Hudson vs. Albany Academy at UAlbany, 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 17
Columbia at Colonie, 7 p.m.
Bethlehem at Shaker, 7 p.m.
South Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
Cairo-Durham at Ravena, 7 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth at Schalmont, 7 p.m.
Cobleskill-Richmondville at Schuylerville, 7 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.
Fonda-Fultonville at Chatham, 7 p.m.
Stillwater at Lake George, 7 p.m.
Hoosick Falls at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Mechanicville at Corinth, 7 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 18
Schenectady at Troy, 1:30 p.m.
Gloversville at Glens Falls, 7 p.m.
Burnt Hills at Queensbury, 1:30 p.m.
Lansingburgh at Cohoes, 1:30 p.m.
Johnstown at Hudson Falls, 1 p.m.
Tamarac at Granville, 1 p.m.
Hoosick Falls at Greenwich, 1 p.m.
Canajoharie at Watervliet, 1 p.m.
Coxsackie-Athens at Voorheesville, 1 p.m.
Catholic Central at Hoosic Valley, 1 p.m.
Bishop Gibbons at Whitehall, 1 p.m.
Rensselaer at Warrensburg, 1 p.m.
Salem at Fort Edward, 1 p.m.
Player, School, Att., Yds., Avg., TD
Zay Richardson, Albany Academy, 25, 559, 22.4, 11
Matt Best, Cambridge, 37, 344, 9.3, 3
Wally Kowalski, Fonda-Fultonville, 44, 336, 7.6, 3
Dakota Drake, Hudson Falls, 52, 314, 6.0, 3
Pete Schwab, Canajoharie, 34, 296, 8.7, 2
Rob Hilweh, Niskayuna, 59, 295, 5.0, 6
Michael Flowers, Amsterdam, 28, 294, 10.5, 5
Tyler Pruiksma, Greenwich, 32, 284, 8.9, 5
Justin White, Fort Edward, 30, 271, 9.0, 4
Bronson Greene, Shenendehowa, 23, 270, 11.7, 3
Player, School, Comp., Att., Yds., TD, INT
Ryan Smith, Guilderland, 30, 64, 449, 6, 0
Carlos Grillo, Lansingburgh, 21, 33, 363, 3, 2
Luke Fauler, Saratoga Springs, 19, 37, 341, 4, 0
Cullen Hanna, Cobleskill, 23, 46, 321, 5, 1
Brandon Legault, Watervliet, 21, 36, 317, 3, 0
Nick Dunn, Stillwater, 18, 37, 275, 5, 4
Garrett Delory, La Salle, 21, 48, 273, 1, 1
Jake Gulisane, Ichabod Crane, 11, 29, 255, 3, 2
Kyle Bayly, Niskayuna, 18, 33, 249, 1, 1
Tony Giroux, Greenwich, 10, 17, 246, 3, 0
Nick Casale, Tamarac, 10, 15, 239, 2, 1
Jonathan Rumpf, Corinth, 21, 38, 239, 1, 2
Player, School, Rec., Yds., TD
Dillon Greene, Cobleskill, 10, 201, 20.1, 3
Tony Stanish, Guilderland, 10, 176, 17.6, 3
Kyle Willmott, Saratoga Springs, 8, 160, 20.0, 2
Tyler Larvie, Tamarac, 6, 159, 26.5, 2
Ricky Pallozzi, Ichabod Crane, 7, 156, 22.3, 2
Adrian Valentino, Shaker, 5, 148, 29.6, 2
Shawn McNeil, Stillwater, 10, 132, 13.2, 3
Tanner Williams, Hoosick Falls, 6, 128, 21.3, 2
Dylan August, Guilderland, 9, 122, 13.6, 1
Corey Gibson, Columbia, 9, 122, 13.6, 3
Player, School, PAT, FG, Tot.
Jared Rivet, Shenendehowa, 9, 2, 15
Jordan Newton, Albany Academy, 11, 0, 11
Everett Flint, Amsterdam, 11, 0, 11
Quinn Rasmus, Hoosick Falls, 10, 0, 10
Matt Beighey, Ballston Spa, 9, 0, 9
J.J. Murphy, Schalmont, 9, 0, 9
Ryan Behrens, Chatham, 8, 0, 8
Harlan Hoose, Ravena, 5, 1, 8
Max Weaver, CBA, 5, 1, 8
Reed Meehan, Tamarac, 8, 0, 8
Player, School, TD, PAT, FG, 2-pt., Tot.
Zay Richardson, Albany Academy, 11, 0, 0, 1, 68
Tyler Pruiksma, Greenwich, 6, 0, 0, 4, 44
Ryan Manning, Watervliet, 6, 0, 0, 1, 38
Shatiek Lewis, Troy, 6, 0, 0, 1, 38
Ryan Griffin, Shaker, 5, 6, 0, 1, 38
Tanner Williams, Hoosick Falls, 6, 0, 0, 1, 38
Josh Keyes, Chatham, 6, 0, 0, 0, 36
Rob Hilweh, Niskayuna, 6, 0, 0, 0, 36
Luke Nethaway, Fonda-Fultonville, 5, 4, 0, 0, 34
Thomas Shevlin, Queensbury, 4, 4, 0, 2, 32
Section II NFL QB ratings
(passers over 200 yards through two games)
Hunter McCarthy, Albany Academy - 158.3 (a perfect rating)
Mike Brewster, Hoosick Falls - 151.0
Tony Giroux, Greenwich - 142.8
Ryan Duncan, Voorheesville - 123.8
Nick Casale, Tamarac - 121.5
Luke Fauler, Saratoga Springs - 119.3
Brandon Legault, Watervliet - 115.2
Ben Capeless, Shaker - 108.5
Carlos Grillo, Lansingburgh - 106.0
Ryan Smith, Guilderland - 101.6
Cullen Hanna, Cobleskill-Richmondville - 100.0
Kyle Bayly, Niskayuna - 76.5
Jake Gulisane, Ichabod Crane - 76.1
Nick Dunn, Stillwater - 73.6
Jonathan Rumpf, Corinth - 61.2
Garrett Delory, La Salle - 60.5
Mike Curtis, Warrensburg - 55.7
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