Wednesday, October 6, 2010

High school football: Week Six, a look ahead

TROY — With two weeks to play in the high school regular season in Section II, let’s sort out the playoff scenarios in each division. Since the regular season is so short in football, division races often come down to the final week.

In Classes AA, A, B and C, the top four teams from each division qualify for the postseason. The No. 1 seed hosts the No. 4 seed from the opposite division and the No. 2 seed hosts the opposite No. 3.

In Class A, the fifth place team from one division can actually knock out the No. 4 team from the other division if it defeated the other team in head-to-head action, has a better overall record or has a better record against common opponents.

In Class D, the top six teams qualify, with the No. 1 and 2 seeds earning first-round byes and a crossover date with a non-playoff bound Class C team.

The official Section II playoff rules from the handbook, which can also be seen on www.section2football.com, has been posted below:

I've kept track of divisional quarterpoints throughout the season in the standings below, but ties will be broken using quarterpoints against common opponents. So use the QPs below as another metric to measure the relative strength of a team.

Playoff Seeding 2010

Class AA, Empire Division: Shenendehowa (4-0, 5-0) has the inside track to the No. 1 seed and finishes with home games against Guilderland (1-3, 2-3) and Saratoga Springs (2-2, 2-3). Ballston Spa (4-1, 4-1) is on pace to earn a home playoff game with CBA (2-2, 3-2), Saratoga, Bethlehem (2-2, 2-3) and Guilderland (1-3, 2-3) fighting it out for the final two postseason berths. Albany (0-5, 0-5), with just one division game remaining, has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP
Shenendehowa, 4-0, 5-0, 137, 45, 26
Ballston Spa, 4-1, 4-1, 141, 71, 24
Christian Bros. Acad., 2-2, 3-2, 124, 75, 17.5
Saratoga Springs, 2-2, 2-3, 82, 93, 17
Bethlehem, 2-2, 2-3, 84, 121, 12.5
Guilderland, 1-3, 2-3, 126, 135, 8
Albany, 0-5, 0-5, 33, 177, 0

Class AA, Liberty Division: The Week Seven finale in the Collar City between Shaker (4-0, 5-0) and Troy (4-0, 5-0) will likely determine the No. 1 and 2 seeds in this division. Niskayuna (3-2, 3-2) hosts Troy on Friday and closes out the season with a non-division game at Ballston Spa. Colonie (2-2, 2-3), Schenectady (1-3, 1-4), La Salle (1-3, 1-4) and Columbia (0-4, 0-5), which isn’t exactly out of it yet, will fight for the final two spots.

Liberty Division
Troy, 4-0, 5-0, 221, 12, 28
Shaker, 4-0, 5-0, 158, 56, 25
Niskayuna, 3-2, 3-2, 140, 102, 21
Colonie, 2-3, 2-3, 41, 133, 12
Schenectady, 1-3, 1-4, 83, 145, 8.5
La Salle, 1-3, 1-4, 42, 165, 5
Columbia, 0-4, 0-5, 66, 158, 5.5

Class A, Northwest Division: Friday’s game between Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (3-0, 5-0) and Amsterdam (3-0, 5-0) will likely determine the division champion and runner-up. Burnt Hills has won 25 straight games against Section II competition, a streak that dates to the 2007 Class A Super Bowl against Lansingburgh. Glens Falls (0-3, 2-3) and South Glens Falls (0-3, 1-4) are chasing Gloversville (2-1, 2-3) and Queensbury (1-2, 3-2) for the final pair of playoff berths. If the season ended today, it looks like Glens Falls would get a No. 5 seed and knock Scotia-Glenville out of the playoffs because of a better overall record.

Northwest Division
Burnt Hills, 3-0, 5-0, 198, 21, 21
Amsterdam, 3-0, 5-0, 163, 70, 17
Gloversville, 2-1, 2-3, 116, 160, 12.5
Queensbury, 1-2, 3-2, 114, 100, 9
Glens Falls, 0-3, 2-3, 141, 152, 2.5
South Glens Falls, 0-3, 1-4, 86, 110, 1

Class A, Southeast Division: Lansingburgh (2-0, 4-1) solidified its case for a division title with a 36-34 victory at second-place Averill Park (2-1, 3-2) last Friday. Bishop Maginn (1-1, 3-2) and Scotia-Glenville (1-2, 1-4) square off at Bleecker Stadium Friday night with the winner likely avoiding Burnt Hills in the first round of the playoffs. Mohonasen (0-2, 0-5) looks like the odd team out in the Southeast playoff picture in 2010.

Southeast Division
Lansingburgh, 2-0, 4-1, 165, 93, 14
Averill Park, 2-1, 3-2, 155, 137, 13.5
Bishop Maginn, 1-1, 3-2, 146, 145, 6.5
Scotia-Glenville, 1-2, 1-4, 32, 105, 7
Mohonasen, 0-2, 0-5, 69, 175, 1

Class B, Reinfurt Division: Ravena (3-0, 5-0) hosts Albany Academy (2-0, 4-1) in Week Seven, with the victor likely to emerge as the No. 1 seed. Cohoes (0-2, 0-5) hosts Hudson (0-2, 2-3) on Fri., Oct. 15 under the portable lights. Cairo-Durham (1-2, 1-4) can make that Hudson-Cohoes game a do-or-die scenario with a victory over the Bluehawks Friday night.

Reinfurt Division
Ravena, 3-0, 5-0, 173, 78, 18
Albany Academy, 2-0, 4-1, 227, 94, 14
Cairo-Durham, 1-2, 1-4, 57, 192, 0
Hudson, 0-2, 2-3, 115, 123, 3
Cohoes, 0-2, 0-5, 39, 206, 0

Class B, West Division: Schalmont (3-0, 5-0) has looked unbeatable this season, outscoring opponents 226-26, but Hudson Falls (2-1, 2-3) muddle up the race for the No. 2 seed by knocking off Schuylerville (2-1, 4-1) in Week Five. Broadalbin-Perth (1-2, 1-4) plays at Cobleskill (1-2, 2-3) Friday night with the victor likely clinching the No. 4 seed. Johnstown (0-3, 0-5) isn’t out of playoff contention yet, but the Sir Bills are certainly a long shot for fourth place. Ichabod Crane (0-0, 1-4), which played a Class C schedule, is ineligible for the postseason.

West Division
Schalmont, 3-0, 5-0, 226, 26, 21
Hudson Falls, 2-1, 2-3, 140, 137, 16
Schuylerville, 2-1, 4-1, 184, 64, 14
Broadalbin-Perth, 1-2, 1-4, 69, 254, 7
Cobleskill, 1-2, 2-3, 101, 108, 5
Johnstown, 0-3, 0-5, 45, 211, 0
Independent
Ichabod Crane, 0-0, 1-4, 72, 161, 0

Class C, North Division: Hoosick Falls (5-0, 5-0) has clinched at least a share of first place in the division and has the inside track on the No. 1 seed. Greenwich (4-1, 4-1), which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Tamarac (3-1, 4-1) can all but lock up the No. 2 seed with a victory at Stillwater Friday. Mechanicville (2-2, 2-3) hosts Lake George (3-2, 3-2) on Friday in a battle for the No. 4 seed. Granville (2-3, 2-3) and Stillwater (1-3, 2-3) also can’t be counted out quite yet. Hoosic Valley (0-4, 0-5) and Corinth (0-4, 1-4) will be playing crossover games in Week Eight.

North Division
x-Hoosick Falls, 5-0, 5-0, 196, 33, 34.5
Greenwich, 4-1, 4-1, 179, 47, 28.5
Tamarac, 3-1, 4-1, 123, 108, 17.5
Lake George, 3-2, 3-2, 127, 66, 18.5
Mechanicville, 2-2, 2-3, 69, 101, 14
Granville, 2-3, 2-3, 104, 126, 16.5
Stillwater, 1-3, 2-3, 82, 155, 7
Hoosic Valley, 0-4, 0-5, 7, 208, 0.5
Corinth, 0-4, 1-4, 83, 148, 3

Class C, South Division: Chatham (5-0, 5-0) is in the same boat as Hoosick Falls. Fonda-Fultonville (4-1, 4-1), with one division game remaining against Taconic Hills (1-3, 1-4) and Watervliet (3-1, 3-2), with division contests left against Coxsackie-Athens (1-2, 2-3) and Voorheesville (1-2, 3-2) will battle for the No. 2 or No. 3 spot. Canajoharie (1-3, 2-3) joins Taconic Hills, Coxsackie-Athens and Voorheesville in the mad dash for the No. 4 seed. Catholic Central (0-4, 1-4), with just one division game remaining, has all but been eliminated from postseason contention.

South Division
x-Chatham, 5-0, 5-0, 175, 61, 34
Fonda-Fultonville, 4-1, 4-1, 161, 90, 28
Watervliet, 3-1, 3-2, 125, 60, 20.5
Voorheesville, 1-2, 3-2, 117, 99, 5
Coxsackie-Athens, 1-2, 2-3, 136, 106, 2
Taconic Hills, 1-3, 1-4, 68, 155, 7.5
Canajoharie, 1-3, 2-3, 73, 99, 7
Catholic Central, 0-4, 1-4, 74, 148, 1

Class D: Cambridge (4-0, 4-0) took a big step toward the No. 1 seed by shutting out Rensselaer (3-1, 3-1), 30-0, in Week Five. Whitehall (3-1, 3-1) and Bishop Gibbons (2-2, 2-2) will also be gunning for the No. 2 seed and that all-important first round bye. Fort Edward (2-3, 2-3) and Warrensburg (1-3, 1-3) are looking like locks in the No. 5 and 6 seeds, as Salem (0-5, 0-5), which hosts Cambridge this week, has a bye in Week Seven.

Class D
Cambridge, 4-0, 4-0, 140, 23, 25
Whitehall, 3-1, 3-1, 106, 81, 21.5
Rensselaer, 3-1, 3-1, 94, 59, 19
Bishop Gibbons, 2-2, 2-2, 61, 62, 14.5
Fort Edward, 2-3, 2-3, 148, 144, 13.5
Warrensburg, 1-3, 1-3, 52, 111, 9
Salem, 0-5, 0-5, 35, 156, 2

x-clinched at least a share of division title
*QP = quarter points

Albany Academy senior running back Zay Richardson remaining Section II's leading rusher and scorer after five weeks of football action in 2010. (Photo by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Section II stat pack
Rushing
Player, School, Att., Yds., Avg., TD
Zay Richardson, Albany Academy, 86, 1233, 14.3, 20
Josh Keyes, Chatham, 84, 957, 11.4, 13
Dakota Drake, Hudson Falls, 125, 934, 7.5, 10
Duane Todman, Corinth, 87, 877, 10.1, 8
Wally Kowalski, Fonda-Fultonville, 121, 765, 6.3, 9
Matt Best, Cambridge, 67, 723, 10.8, 7
Bronson Greene, Shenendehowa, 94, 698, 7.4, 8
Jason Hoagland, Whitehall, 80, 685, 8.6, 9
Michael Flowers, Amsterdam, 94, 684, 7.3, 10
Justin White, Fort Edward, 87, 663, 7.6, 9
Jordan Canzeri, Troy, 70, 654, 9.3, 11
Tyler Dunworth, Averill Park, 64, 635, 9.9, 7
Tyler Pruiksma, Greenwich, 79, 602, 7.6, 9

Passing
Player, School, Comp., Att., Yds., TD, INT
Ryan Smith, Guilderland, 73, 151, 964, 13, 3
Nick Casale, Tamarac, 41, 83, 827, 5, 6
Brandon Legault, Watervliet, 53, 110, 721, 6, 7
Ryan Duncan, Voorheesville, 48, 77, 691, 6, 0
Kyle Bayly, Niskayuna, 57, 112, 654, 3, 4
John Stanley, Columbia, 58, 117, 643, 6, 10
Joe Paskevich, Schalmont, 33, 53, 624, 10, 1
Ben Capeless, Shaker, 20, 45, 573, 8, 2
Jordan Greene, South Glens Falls, 46, 96, 568, 5, 3
Cullan Hanna, Cobleskill, 49, 98, 566, 7, 5
Mike Brewster, Hoosick Falls, 39, 62, 551, 9, 2

NFL QB ratings (minimum 500 yards passing)
Joe Paskevich, Schalmont - 134.7
Bobby Noto, Amsterdam - 125.7
Tony Giroux, Greenwich - 118.9
Mike Brewster, Hoosick Falls - 117.7
Ryan Duncan, Voorheesville - 117.4
Tanner Niles, Chatham - 113.1
Ben Capeless, Shaker - 112.3
Ryan Smith, Guilderland - 89.4
Nick Casale, Tamarac - 74.7
Jordan Greene, South Glens Falls - 71.0
Cullan Hanna, Cobleskill-Richmondville - 70.4
Kyle Bayly, Niskayuna - 62.9
Brandon Legault, Watervliet - 61.2
Garrett Delory, La Salle - 50.0
John Stanley, Columbia - 47.8

Receiving
Player, School, Rec., Yds., TD
Tyler Larvie, Tamarac, 18, 421, 23.4, 4
Adrian Valentino, Shaker, 12, 361, 30.1, 5
Dillon Greene, Cobleskill, 23, 355, 15.4, 5
Ian McGrath, Chatham, 12, 290, 24.2, 3
Corey Gibson, Columbia, 20, 270, 13.5, 5
Ricky Pallozzi, Ichabod Crane, 12, 266, 22.2, 2
Kyle Willmott, Saratoga Springs, 15, 257, 17.1, 2
Bryce Harrington, Glens Falls, 12, 257, 21.4, 3
Tanner Williams, Hoosick Falls, 15, 251, 16.7, 4
Antonio Lind, Watervliet, 12, 241, 20.1, 0

Kicking
Player, School, PAT, FG, Tot.
Harlan Hoose, Ravena, 17, 3, 26
J.J. Murphy, Schalmont, 24, 0, 24
Evan Nusbaum, Burnt Hills, 24, 0, 24
Ryan Behrens, Chatham, 23, 0, 23
Joshua Sommers, Guilderland, 13, 3, 22
Jared Rivet, Shenendehowa, 15, 2, 21
Jordan Newton, Albany Academy, 17, 1, 20
Quinn Rasmus, Hoosick Falls, 20, 0, 20
Matt Beighey, Ballston Spa, 19, 0, 19
Everett Flint, Amsterdam, 16, 1, 19

Total scoring
Player, School, TD, PAT, FG, 2-pt., Tot.
Zay Richardson, Albany Academy, 22, 0, 0, 3, 138
Josh Keyes, Chatham, 17, 0, 0, 0, 102
Tanner Williams, Hoosick Falls, 13, 0, 0, 1, 80
Tyler Pruiksma, Greenwich, 10, 0, 0, 8, 76
Justin White, Fort Edward, 10, 0, 0, 8, 76
Jordan Canzeri, Troy, 12, 0, 0, 0, 72
Rob Hilweh, Niskayuna, 12, 0, 0, 0, 72
Evan Nusbaum, Burnt Hills, 8, 24, 0, 0, 72
Jaren Ramundo, Schalmont, 11, 0, 0, 2, 70

Troy High senior running back and cornerback Jordan Canzeri has scored 12 touchdowns this season, making him one of nine players in Section II to have scored at least 70 points in 2010. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).

Ballston Spa (4-1, 4-1) 
at Christian Bros.Acad. (2-2, 3-2)
Fri., 7 p.m.
Class AA, Empire Division




About Ballston Spa: The Scotties withstood a furious fourth quarter rally from Guilderland in Week Five, winning a 35-31 nail-biter on a late touchdown catch by Jeremy Defibaugh. After having rushed for no more than 56 yards in a game through Ballston Spa’s first three, Tony Gargiulo has rushed for at least 200 yards in each of the past two games.
About CBA: The Brothers went toe-to-toe with Shenendehowa last week, but an interception in the final two minutes allowed Shenendehowa to march in for the game-winning touchdown with just seconds to spare. CBA, on track to clinch the No. 3 or 4 seed out of the Empire Division, has not appeared in the Section II postseason since 2007.
Notable: Ballston Spa has won the last three meetings between the teams by a combined score of 95-23. The Brothers last defeated the Scotties in the 2006 playoffs en route to a Section II Class AA Super Bowl title, 55-20.

Lake George (3-2, 3-2) 
at Mechanicville (2-2, 2-3)
Fri., 7 p.m.
Class C, North Division




About Lake George: Sophomore quarterback Willie Blunt has passed for 368 yards and rushed for 275 more. Lake George, which had won three in a row after losing to Tamarac in Week One, lost to Granville last week, 18-12.
About Mechanicville: The Red Raiders won their sixth straight Indian Bowl last week, blanking Stillwater, 34-0. Running back J.J. Abele had his first 100-yard game of the season, gaining 161 yards on 11 attempts.
Notable: These teams last met in the final game of the 2008 season. Lake George won, 14-13, capping a perfect season as a Class C school playing a Class D schedule. Lake George currently occupies the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division. Mechanicville, which missed the postseason in 2009 despite a 5-2 regular season record, sits in fifth place.

Hoosick Falls (5-0, 5-0) 
at Fonda-Fultonville (4-1, 4-1)
Sat., 1 p.m.
Class C, non-division



About Hoosick Falls: The Panthers have received an awful lot of production from junior Tanner Williams, who not only plays free safety on defense, but splits time on offense as a receiver and a running back. Williams has gained 275 rushing yards on 37 attempts and has caught 15 passes for 251 yards. His 13 touchdowns make him the third-leading scorer in terms of total points Section II.
About Fonda: The Braves won big at Catholic Central on Sunday night. Running back Wally Kowalski (121 att., 765 yds., nine TDs) has powered an offense than traditionally relies heavily on its passing game.
Notable: A non-division game, this could be a potential Section II Class C semifinal preview. Teams have not played each other in recent years.

Rensselaer (3-1, 3-1) 
at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (2-2, 2-2)
Sat., 1 p.m.
Class D 




About Rensselaer: The Rams failed their first test of the season last week when Cambridge, down from Class C this year, blanked Rensselaer on its home turf, 30-0. Rensselaer has turned to senior quarterback Tim Foust to lead the offense. He has thrown for 463 yards and 10 touchdowns in four games this year as the Rams wait for their running game to take shape.
About Bishop Gibbons: The Golden Knights bounced back to .500 last week with a victory over Salem. Quarterback Jon Villanueva has passed for 379 yards and five touchdowns through four games.
Notable: These teams played twice in 2009. Rensselaer won a regular season game in Schenectady, 49-14 and then knocked the Knights out of the Class D playoffs with a 50-22 victory on Oct. 30. In fact, Rensselaer has dominated the series recently. The Rams have won the last seven meetings by a combined score of 262-95.

Week Six schedule
Fri., Oct. 8
Class AA
Empire Division
Ballston Spa at Christian Brothers Academy, 7 p.m.
Guilderland at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.
Liberty Division
La Salle at Schenectady, 7 p.m.
Shaker at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Troy at Niskayuna, 7 p.m.
Class A
Southeast Division
Scotia-Glenville at Bishop Maginn, 7 p.m.
Lansingburgh at Mohonasen, 7 p.m.
Northwest Division
Amsterdam at Burnt Hills, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Ravena at Averill Park, 7 p.m.
Class B
West Division
Broadalbin-Perth at Cobleskill-Richmondville, 7 p.m.
Hudson Falls at Schalmont, 7 p.m.
Schuylerville at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Reinfurt Division
Cairo-Durham at Hudson, 7 p.m.
Class C
South Division
Catholic Central at Canajoharie, 7 p.m.
Voorheesville at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.
North Division
Greenwich at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Tamarac at Corinth, 7 p.m.
Lake George at Mechanicville, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Chatham at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 9
Class AA
Empire Division
Saratoga Springs at Bethlehem, 1:30 p.m.
Non-division
Colonie at Albany, 1:30 p.m.
Class A
Northwest Division
Gloversville at Queensbury, 1:30 p.m.
Glens Falls at South Glens Falls, 1:30 p.m.
Class B
Reinfurt Division
Cohoes at Albany Academy, 1:30 p.m.
Class C
South Division
Watervliet at Coxsackie-Athens, 1 p.m.
North Division
Hoosic Valley at Granville, 1 p.m.
Non-division
Hoosick Falls at Fonda-Fultonville, 1 p.m.
Class D
Cambridge at Salem, 1 p.m.
Rensselaer at Bishop Gibbons, 1 p.m.
Warrensburgh at Whitehall, 1 p.m.

Week Seven schedule
Fri., Oct. 15
Class AA
Empire Division
Albany at Christian Brothers Academy, 7 p.m.
Bethlehem at Guilderland, 7 p.m.
Saratoga Springs at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.
Liberty Division
Columbia at La Salle, 7 p.m.
Schenectady at Colonie, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Niskayuna at Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.
Class A
Southeast Division
Bishop Maginn at Lansingburgh, 7 p.m.
Averill Park at Mohonasen, 7 p.m.
Northwest Division
Amsterdam at Gloversville, 7 p.m.
Burnt Hills at South Glens Falls, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Cairo-Durham at Scotia-Glenville, 7 p.m.
Class B
Reinfurt Division
Albany Academy at Ravena, 7 p.m.
Hudson at Cohoes, 7 p.m.West Division
Hudson Falls at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.
Johnstown at Cobleskill-Richmondville, 7 p.m.
Schalmont at Schuylerville, 7 p.m.
Class C
South Division
Fonda-Fultonville at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.
North Division
Mechanicville at Tamarac, 7 p.m.
Lake George at Hoosick Falls, 7 p.m.
Granville at Corinth, 7 p.m.
Non-division
Chatham at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Ichabod Crane at Catholic Central, 7 p.m.
Class D
Whitehall at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 16
Class AA
Liberty Division
Shaker at Troy, 1:30 p.m.
Class A
Northwest Division
Queensbury at Glens Falls, 1:30 p.m.
Class C
South Division
Voorheesville at Watervliet, 1 p.m.
Canajoharie at Coxsackie-Athens, 1 p.m.
Class D
Bishop Gibbons at Fort Edward, 1 p.m.
Warrensburg at Cambridge, 1 p.m

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