Thursday, October 21, 2010

High school football: Week Eight, a look ahead

Shenendehowa (4-2, 5-2) 
at Shaker (5-1, 6-1)
Fri., 7 p.m.
Class AA quarterfinals




About Shen: Just two weeks ago, the Plainsmen looked like a lock for the No. 1 seed in the Empire Division with a head-to-head victory over Ballston Spa and destiny in their hands with a Week Seven home game against archrival Saratoga Springs. Shen lost a shocker to Guilderland and dropped a 14-12 decision to the Blue Streaks, dropping to No. 3 in the division in the process. Senior running back Bronson Greene (146 atts., 1017 yds., 11 TD) is one of six running backs with at least 1,000 yards on the ground this season.
About Shaker: The Blue Bison laid an egg last Saturday at Troy High, losing 34-0 in their regular season finale. Shaker has not appeared in the postseason since 2005 and is making just its fifth trip to the playoffs in program history. Kyle Bernard (93 atts., 534 yds., 6 TD) and Conor Alund (53 atts., 484 yds., 5 TD) have split the duties out of the backfield this season.
Notable: This is just the third meeting between these schools in the last seven seasons. Shen won games in 2004 and 2009 by a combined score of 48-14.

Gloversville (2-3, 2-5) 
at Lansingburgh (4-0, 6-1)
Fri., 7 p.m.
Class A quarterfinals




About G’ville: The Huskies closed out the regular season with a loss to Amsterdam, sliding to the No. 4 seed in the Northwest Division. Gloversville has lost three of its last four games, including twice by shutout.
About ‘Burgh: The Knights have won six straight games since losing to Burnt Hills by 10 points in Week One. Marcus Little (91 atts., 682 yds., 6 TD) leads the team in rushing, although Anthony Fogarty (55 atts., 498 yds., 7 TD) and Jake Luce (40 atts., 305 yds., 8 TD) have contributed to Lansingburgh’s triple-threat backfield.
Notable: These teams last met during the 2007 regular season, a game Lansingburgh won, 34-21. The Knights appeared in the New York State Class A championship game later that season.

Queensbury (3-2, 5-2) 
at Averill Park (3-1, 5-2)
Fri., 7 p.m.
Class A quarterfinals




About Q’bury: The Spartans have been competitive in four straight games since losing to Burnt Hills 48-0 in Week Three. Queensbury has defeated South Glens Falls, Gloversville and Glens Falls and lost a 19-17 heartbreaker to Amsterdam two weeks ago. A run-first team, the Spartans are led by Thomas Shelvin (83 atts., 500 yds., 6 TD) on the ground.
About AP: Like Queensbury, the Warriors have suffered a blowout loss to BH-BL (42-0) and a tough two-point division defeat (36-34 to Lansingburgh). Averill Park’s option-based rushing attack has been bolstered this season by the return of a healthy Chris Miller, a speedster on the outside, and the elusive Matt Joe, who is also a threat for a punt or kick return for a touchdown.
Notable: Queensbury won regular season games against Averill Park each of the past two seasons by a combined score of 82-21. Averill Park last defeated Queensbury in 2005 in a Class A quarterfinal game in Averill Park, 38-24.

Christian Brothers Academy (3-3, 4-3) 
at Troy (6-0, 7-0)
Sat., 1:30 p.m.
Class AA quarterfinals




About CBA: The Brothers shut out Albany High last week to clinch their first playoff berth since the 2007 season. First-year head coach Joe Burke has used a multi-faceted attack on offense all season long, spreading out the rushing responsibilities among a number of ballcarriers. Trey Williams (71 atts., 445 yds., 7 TD) has rushed for over 100 yards just once this season, but still leads the team on the ground.
About Troy: The Flying Horses made a statement in the final week of the regular season by shutting out a previously undefeated Shaker team, 34-0, clinching the Liberty Division’s No. 1 seed in the process. Jordan Canzeri has thrived in the absence of fellow senior running back Shatiek Lewis, running for at least 145 yards in each of his last three games.
Notable: These two teams have not met since 2006. CBA won regular season games against the Flying Horses in 2006 and 2005 by a combined score of 32-14. Troy last defeated the Brothers in a 2004 regular season game, 12-0.

Section II stat pack
Rushing
Player, School, Att., Yds., Avg., TD
Zay Richardson, Albany Academy, 130, 1566, 12.0, 24
Duane Todman, Corinth, 133, 1230, 9.2, 13
Josh Keyes, Chatham, 103, 1174, 11.4, 16
Dakota Drake, Hudson Falls, 171, 1127, 6.6, 12
Jordan Canzeri, Troy, 119, 1081, 9.1, 16
Bronson Greene, Shenendehowa, 146, 1017, 7.0, 11
Josh Hoagland, Whitehall, 122, 990, 8.1, 15
Codi Scribner, Granville, 158, 955, 6.0, 11
Matt Best, Cambridge, 80, 938, 11.7, 10
Wally Kowalski, Fonda-Fultonville, 151, 897, 5.9, 9

Troy High senior running back Jordan Canzeri stiff arms Shaker senior defensive back Brendan Kisselback during Saturday's 34-0 victory for the Flying Horses. Canzeri is one of Section II's top rushers and scoring threats this season. (Photo by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Passing
Player, School, Comp., Att., Yds., TD, INT
Kyle Bayly, Niskayuna, 99, 186, 1410, 8, 6
Ryan Smith, Guilderland, 97, 191, 1345, 17, 4
Nick Casale, Tamarac, 46, 99, 985, 7, 8
John Stanley, Columbia, 74, 146, 962, 9, 11
Brandon Legault, Watervliet, 68, 149, 886, 7, 10
Tony Giroux, Greenwich, 34, 65, 878, 10, 2
Ryan Duncan, Voorheesville, 64, 105, 831, 7, 1
Cullan Hanna, Cobleskill, 64, 133, 799, 11, 6
Tanner Niles, Chatham, 37, 71, 792, 13, 2
Garrett Delory, La Salle, 68, 154, 781, 5, 4

NFL QB ratings (minimum 700 yards passing)
Tony Giroux, Greenwich - 124.5
Mike Brewster, Hoosick Falls - 122.6
Tanner Niles, Chatham - 119.8 
Bobby Noto, Amsterdam - 118.2
Ryan Duncan, Voorheesville - 104.1
Ryan Smith, Guilderland - 94.7
Kyle Bayly, Niskayuna - 78.9
Cullan Hanna, Cobleskill-Richmondville - 76.0
Nick Casale, Tamarac - 72.2 
Jake Gulisane, Ichabod Crane - 68.0 
John Stanley, Columbia - 60.9
Garrett Delory, La Salle - 60.0
Brandon Legault, Watervliet - 52.6
Jonathan Rumpf, Corinth - 41.9

Receiving
Player, School, Rec., Yds., TD
Tyler Larvie, Tamarac, 23, 572, 24.9, 7
Nick Schuler, Niskayuna, 32, 572, 17.9, 6
Ian McGrath, Chatham, 21, 491, 23.4, 7
Ricky Pallozzi, Ichabod Crane, 24, 421, 17.5, 4
Adrian Valentino, Shaker, 14, 391, 27.9, 5
Ryan McFee, Greenwich, 16, 389, 24.3, 6
Dom Litz, Guilderland, 21, 381, 18.1, 4
Corey Gibson, Columbia, 29, 376, 13.0, 5
Josh Callahan, Niskayuna, 25, 376, 15.0, 1
Alex Grayson, Mechanicville, 21, 370, 17.6, 1

Kicking
Player, School, PAT, FG, Tot.
Evan Nusbaum, Burnt Hills, 38, 0, 38
Ryan Behrens, Chatham, 33, 0, 33
Joel Agnes, Niskayuna, 21, 3, 30
Harlan Hoose, Ravena, 19, 3, 28
Matt Beighey, Ballston Spa, 25, 1, 28
Matt Best, Cambridge, 27, 0, 27
J.J. Murphy, Schalmont, 26, 0, 26
Joshua Sommers, Guilderland, 17, 3, 26
Bardo Talbi, Troy High, 23, 0, 23
Ryan Griffin, Shaker, 23, 0, 23

Total scoring
Player, School, TD, PAT, FG, 2-pt., Tot.
Zay Richardson, Albany Academy, 27, 0, 0, 4, 170
Josh Keyes, Chatham, 21, 0, 0, 0, 126
Justin White, Fort Edward, 15, 1, 0, 10, 111
Brandon Beatty, Burnt Hills, 18, 0, 0, 0, 108
Jordan Canzeri, Troy, 18, 0, 0, 0, 108
Josh Hoagland, Whitehall, 17, 0, 0, 3, 108
Tyler Pruiksma, Greenwich, 14, 0, 0, 11, 106
Evan Nusbaum, Burnt Hills, 10, 38, 0, 0, 98
Rob Hilweh, Niskayuna, 16, 0, 0, 0, 96
Duane Todman, Corinth, 16, 0, 0, 0, 96

Lansingburgh junior quarterback Carlos Grillo drops back to look for a receiver during last Friday's victory over Bishop Maginn. The Knights are ranked No. 2 in The Record's weekly Class A power poll. (J.S. Carras photo - The Record).

The Record’s Power Polls
Class AA
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Troy High, 6-0, 7-0, 1
The Flying Horses survived a pair of scares in Weeks Five and Six, drubbing an undefeated Shaker team 34-0 in Week Seven. Can the defense keep up the pace against CBA this Saturday afternoon?
2, Niskayuna, 3-3, 4-3, 5
Led by senior quarterback Kyle Bayly, the Silver Warriors have proven to be one of Section II's most pass-happy teams. Nisky nearly upset Troy in Week Six and beat Empire Division champ Ballston Spa in a non-division game in Week Seven. The Silver Warriors are the hottest squad in Class AA, so consider them a postseason sleeper team.
3, Ballston Spa, 5-1, 5-2, 2
The Scotties lost big to Niskayuna last week, but the game didn't mean much at all to them. Ballston Spa clinched the Empire Division's No. 1 seed when Saratoga Springs defeated Shenendehowa, so the Scotties could possibly play a pair of home games before making an appearance in the Section II Super Bowl.
4, Shaker, 5-1, 6-1, 2
The Blue Bison are enjoying their finest season in recent memory, but lost the Liberty Division finale on the road at Troy last Saturday, 34-0. Shaker will host Shen Friday night in one of the most intriguing first round matchups on the docket.
5, Saratoga Springs, 4-2, 4-3, NR
The good news? The Blue Streaks earned a home playoff game by defeating archrival Shenendehowa 14-12 in Clifton Park last weekend. The bad news? Saratoga plays host to Niskayuna, which ended the regular season with a string of strong performances.

Class A
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Burnt Hills, 5-0, 7-0, 1
The Spartans scored 70 points in the regular season finale victory over South Glens Falls. Next up is Glens Falls in the opening round of the playoffs.
2, Lansingburgh, 4-0, 6-1, 2
The Knights clinched the Southeast Division title with a 20-14 victory over Bishop Maginn last week. 'Burgh hosts common sectional opponent Gloversville in the opening round of the postseason Friday night.
3, Amsterdam, 4-1, 6-1, 3
The Rugged Rams doubled up Gloversville last weekend, 42-21, to secure the No. 2 seed in the Northwest Division.
4, Averill Park, 3-1, 5-2, 4
The Warriors clinched a home playoff game with a victory over Mohonasen last week. Averill Park hosts Queensbury Friday night. A season ago, Queensbury defeated Averill Park 48-14 in Week Two.
5, Queensbury, 3-2, 5-2, 5
The Spartans have not scored a ton of points this season (156 scored through seven games, an average of 22.3 per game) but the defense has been even better (108 allowed, 15.4 per game, which includes a 48-0 loss to Burnt Hills).

Class B
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Schalmont, 5-0, 7-0, 1
The Sabres clinched the West Division title with a hard-fought 13-0 victory at Schuylerville last week. With a deadly balance of rushing and passing aptitude on the offensive side of the ball, Schalmont is the favorite to win the Section II title, which would be the school's second straight.
2, Ravena, 3-0, 5-1, 3
The Indians' defense met the challenge last week, holding Albany Academy's Zay Richardson – Section II's leading rusher – to one touchdown in a 21-6 victory. Can they stop Schalmont should they meet in the Super Bowl?
3, Albany Academy, 3-0, 5-1, 2
The Cadets not only lost the No. 1 seed by losing at Ravena Friday night, they found out they'll have to host West Division No. 3 Schuylerville Saturday afternoon in the opening round. The Black Horses will be an awfully tough test for the Cadets.
4, Hudson Falls, 3-2, 3-4, 4
The Tigers scored 61 points on Broadalbin-Perth last week in a Week Seven tuneup. One of the hardest-running teams in Section II, the Tigers are always a tough draw in the postseason, especially when the temperature drops.
5, Schuylerville, 3-2, 5-2, 5
The Black Horses lost the chance to host a playoff game by losing to Schalmont last week, but Schuylerville surrendered just 13 points to Class B's most prolific offense. Can the Black Horses' offense get back on track Saturday at Academy?

Class C
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Hoosick Falls, 6-0, 7-0, 1
The Panthers received a bye week last Friday when Lake George could not field at least a 16-man roster, allowing them to rest up for this week's postseason opener against reeling Watervliet.
2, Chatham, 6-0, 7-0, 2
Chatham posted a significant non-division victory on the road at Greenwich last week, winning 48-28. Senior running back and safety Josh Keyes is one of five Section II backs with at least 1,000 rushing yards.
3, Fonda-Fultonville, 5-1, 5-2, 3
The Braves bounced back from a non-division loss to Hoosick Falls, defeating Taconic Hills to finish one game behind Chatham in the South Division. Could they see Hoosick Falls in a semifinal rematch?
4, Greenwich, 5-1, 5-2, 4
The Witches lost by 20 points to Chatham last week, but may not have been showing their hand too much, feeling a semifinal rematch is in order a week from now.
5, Mechanicville, 4-2, 4-3, 5
The Red Raiders willed themselves to a postseason berth last week, scoring twice in the final 50 seconds of regulation to force overtime at Tamarac. David Funaro caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in the second overtime and scored the game-winning two-point conversion run on the next play. After having missed the postseason with a 5-2 record a season ago, Mechanicville will certainly be fired up to be playing this year.

Class D
Team, League, Overall, Last Week
1, Cambridge, 6-0, 6-0, 1
Running back Matt Best is one of Section II’s best, having gained 938 yards on 80 attempts – with 10 rushing touchdowns – through six regular season games. The Indians play Granville in a crossover tuneup this weekend.
2, Rensselaer, 5-1, 5-1, 2
The Rams clinched a first round bye with a victory over Whitehall Friday night. Rensselaer, which gets a crossover bye game at Canajoharie this week, has won two straight Section II Class D Super Bowl titles.
3, Whitehall, 4-2, 4-2, 3
The Railroaders lost a chance at earning a first round bye by losing at Rensselaer last week, meaning they'll host No. 6 Warrensburg in an opening round game this weekend. If they win, they'll earn a semifinal rematch against Rensselaer in two weeks.

Section II high school football standings, 2010

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP
1*Ballston Spa, 5-1, 5-2, 186, 120, 30
2*Saratoga Springs, 4-2, 4-3, 138, 118, 31
3*Shenendehowa, 4-2, 5-2, 162, 96, 26
4*Christian Bros. Acad., 3-3, 4-3, 166, 103, 25.5
Guilderland, 3-3, 4-3, 196, 155, 21.5
Bethlehem, 2-4, 2-5, 104, 196, 13
Albany, 0-6, 0-7, 47, 233, 0
Liberty Division
1*Troy, 6-0, 7-0, 290, 40, 41
2*Shaker, 5-1, 6-1, 205, 96, 32
3*Niskayuna, 3-3, 4-3, 210, 154, 22
4*Schenectady, 3-3, 3-4, 155, 164, 22.5
Colonie, 2-4, 3-4, 68, 170, 12
Columbia, 1-5, 1-6, 98, 225, 12
La Salle, 1-5, 1-6, 75, 240, 5.5

Class A
Northwest Division
1*Burnt Hills, 5-0, 7-0, 326, 61, 35
2*Amsterdam, 4-1, 6-1, 232, 149, 23
3*Queensbury, 3-2, 5-2, 156, 108, 22.5
4*Gloversville, 2-3, 2-5, 137, 232, 13.5
5*Glens Falls, 1-4, 3-4, 176, 178, 9
South Glens Falls, 0-5, 1-6, 113, 207, 2
Southeast Division
1*Lansingburgh, 4-0, 6-1, 233, 107, 26.5
2*Averill Park, 3-1, 5-2, 221, 176, 20.5
3*Bishop Maginn, 2-2, 4-3, 201, 192, 13.5
Scotia-Glenville, 1-3, 2-5, 93, 146, 8.5
Mohonasen, 0-4, 0-7, 83, 255, 1

Class B
Reinfurt Division
1*Ravena, 4-0, 6-1, 219, 118, 25
2*Albany Academy, 3-1, 5-2, 276, 122, 21
3*Hudson, 1-3, 3-4, 147, 157, 11
4*Cairo-Durham, 1-3, 1-6, 63, 252, 0
Cohoes, 1-3, 1-6, 74, 255, 6
West Division
1*Schalmont, 5-0, 7-0, 252, 32, 34
2*Hudson Falls, 3-2, 3-4, 207, 184, 23.5
3*Schuylerville, 3-2, 5-2, 240, 77, 21.5
4*Cobleskill, 3-2, 4-3, 162, 121, 19
Broadalbin-Perth, 1-4, 1-6, 110, 350, 7
Johnstown, 0-5, 0-7, 51, 293, 0
Independent
Ichabod Crane, 0-0, 1-6, 93, 215, 0

Class C
North Division
1*Hoosick Falls, 6-0, 7-0, 217, 39, 34.5
2*Greenwich, 5-1, 5-2, 264, 105, 35.5
3*Mechanicville, 4-2, 4-3, 118, 142, 23.5
4*Tamarac, 4-2, 5-2, 164, 148, 24.5
Granville, 4-3, 4-3, 208, 172, 30.5
Lake George, 3-4, 3-4, 141, 87, 20
Stillwater, 2-4, 3-4, 141, 218, 14
Corinth, 0-6, 1-6, 115, 210, 6
Hoosic Valley, 0-6, 0-7, 39, 313, 0.5
South Division
1*Chatham, 5-0, 7-0, 263, 97, 34
2*Fonda-Fultonville, 5-1, 5-2, 188, 117, 34.5
3*Voorheesville, 3-2, 5-2, 174, 108, 18
4*Watervliet, 4-2, 4-3, 141, 92, 27.5
Canajoharie, 3-3, 4-3, 111, 119, 19.5
Coxsackie-Athens, 1-4, 2-5, 150, 135, 3
Taconic Hills, 1-5, 1-6, 83, 209, 8.5
Catholic Central, 0-5, 2-5, 102, 186, 1.5

Class D
1*Cambridge, 6-0, 6-0, 245, 26, 39
2*Rensselaer, 5-1, 5-1, 135, 65, 26
3*Whitehall, 4-2, 4-2, 160, 106, 28.5
4*Fort Edward, 3-3, 3-3, 195, 144, 20.5
5*Bishop Gibbons, 2-4, 2-4, 61, 132, 14.5
6*Warrensburg, 1-5, 1-5, 59, 211, 9
Salem, 0-6, 0-6, 41, 209, 2

QP = quarter points
*=clinched playoff berth

Week Eight schedule

Friday, Oct. 22
CLASS AA
L3 Niskayuna at E2 Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
L4 Schenectady at E1 Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.
E3 Shenendehowa at L2 Shaker, 7 p.m.
CLASS A
N5 Glens Falls at N1 Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.
N3 Queensbury at S2 Averill Park, 7 p.m.
S3 Bishop Maginn at N2 Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
N4 Gloversville at S1 Lansingburgh, 7 p.m.
CLASS B
R4 Cairo-Durham at W1 Schalmont, 7 p.m.
W4 Cobleskill at R1 Ravena, 7 p.m.
CLASS C
S4 Watervliet at N1 Hoosick Falls, 7 p.m.
S3 Voorheesville at N2 Greenwich, 7 p.m.
N4 Tamarac at S1 Chatham, 7 p.m.
Class D
No. 6 Warrensburg at No. 3 Whitehall, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 23
Class AA
E4 CBA at L1 Troy, 1:30 p.m.
Class B
W3 Schuylerville at R2 Albany Academy, 1:30 p.m.
R3 Hudson at W2 Hudson Falls, 1:30 p.m.

Class C
N3 Mechanicville at S2 Fonda-Fultonville, 1 p.m.
Class D
No. 5 Bishop Gibbons at No. 4 Fort Edward, 1 p.m.


Crossover games
Thurs., Oct. 21
Broadalbin-Perth at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 22
South Glens Falls at Mohonasen, 7 p.m.
Corinth at Catholic Central, 7 p.m.
Salem at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Hoosic Valley at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.
Coxsackie-Athens at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Guilderland at Colonie, 7 p.m.
Columbia at Bethlehem, 7 p.m.
Albany at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Rensselaer at Canajoharie, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23
Granville at Cambridge, 1 p.m
Scotia at Cohoes, 1:30 p.m.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Will for staying until the end of the Mechanicville/ Tamarac game, what a finish! Hope to see you in Fonda. Your fans in Mechanicville.

October 20, 2010 at 8:33 PM 

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