Saturday, October 16, 2010

Section II football playoff picture: Friday night edition

The Section II high school football playoff picture became much clearer Friday night, but it is still far from being settled out. Here is what we know after Friday's action.

Class AA, League, Overall
Empire Division, W-L, W-L, PF, PA, QP
Ballston Spa, 5-1, 5-2, 186, 120, 30
Saratoga Springs, 4-2, 4-3, 138, 118, 31
Shenendehowa, 4-2, 5-2, 162, 96, 26
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

Ballston Spa is the No. 1 by virtue of Saratoga Springs' victory over Shen, which vaulted the Blue Streaks into the No. 2 seed and dropped Shen to No. 3. CBA, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Guilderland, locked up the No. 4 spot.

Liberty Division
Troy, 5-0, 6-0, 256, 40, 34
Shaker, 5-0, 6-0, 205, 62, 32
Niskayuna, 3-3, 4-3, 210, 154, 22
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

Troy and Shaker will sort out the No. 1 and 2 seeds Saturday afternoon. Niskayuna was already locked in as the No. 3, but made a statement in a big victory over Ballston Spa. Schenectady eliminated Colonie and clinched the No. 4 seed.

Class AA playoff schedule:
L4 Schenectady at E1 Ballston Spa
L3 Niskayuna at E2 Saratoga Springs
E3 Shen at L2 Shaker/Troy loser
E4 CBA at L1 Shaker/Troy winner

Class A
Northwest Division
Burnt Hills, 5-0, 7-0, 326, 61, 35
Amsterdam, 4-1, 6-1, 232, 149, 23
Queensbury, 2-2, 4-2, 144, 100, 16
Gloversville, 2-3, 2-5, 137, 232, 13.5
Glens Falls, 1-3, 3-3, 168, 166, 8.5
South Glens Falls, 0-5, 1-6, 113, 207, 2

Burnt Hills and Amsterdam will be Nos. 1 and 2. Queensbury, with a head-to-head tiebreaeker and quarterpoint edge over Gloversville, is locked into the No. 3 seed win, lose or draw. Gloversville, with the head-to-head edge over Glens Falls, is locked in at No. 4. Glens Falls will earn the No. 5 seed and play at Burnt Hills in the first round by virtue of a better overall record and better record against common opponents than Southeast Division No. 4 Scotia, which has been eliminated.

Southeast Division
Lansingburgh, 4-0, 6-1, 233, 107, 26.5
Averill Park, 3-1, 5-2, 221, 176, 20.5
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

The Knights clinched the division with a 20-14 victory over No. 3 Bishop Maginn. Averill Park was locked in to the No. 2 seed unless Lansingburgh had lost.

Class A playoff schedule:
N5 Glens Falls at N1 Burnt Hills
N4 Gloversville at S1 Lansingburgh
N3 Queensbury at S2 Averill Park
S3 Bishop Maginn at N2 Amsterdam

Class B
Reinfurt Division
Ravena, 4-0, 6-1, 219, 118, 25
Albany Academy, 3-1, 5-2, 276, 122, 21
Hudson, 1-2, 3-3, 141, 129, 10
Cairo-Durham, 1-3, 1-6, 63, 252, 0
Cohoes, 0-3, 0-6, 46, 249, 0

The Indians clinched the No. 1 seed with a victory over No. 2 Albany Academy Friday night. Hudson can clinch the No. 3 seed with a victory over Cohoes Saturday afternoon, but the Tigers are still clinging to life along with Cairo in a three-way battle for two spots.

West Division
Schalmont, 5-0, 7-0, 252, 32, 34
Hudson Falls, 3-2, 3-4, 207, 184, 23.5
Schuylerville, 3-2, 5-2, 240, 77, 21.5
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

The Sabres clinched the No. 1 seed with a victory over Schuylerville. Since there is a three-way tie for second place, I believe the tiebreaker goes straight to quarterpoints and does not factor in any head-to-head competition. So, Hudson Falls is No. 2, Schuylerville drops to No. 3 and Cobleskill will be No. 4.

Class B playoff schedule:
W4 Cobleskill at R1 Ravena
W3 Schuylerville at R2 Albany Academy
R3 Hudson (most likely) at W2 Hudson Falls
R4 Cairo (most likely) at W1 Schalmont

Class C
North Division
Hoosick Falls, 6-0, 7-0, 217, 39, 34.5
Greenwich, 5-1, 5-2, 264, 105, 35.5
Mechanicville, 4-2, 4-3, 118, 142, 23.5
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, 1-4, 2-4, 92, 212, 7
Corinth, 0-6, 1-6, 115, 210, 6
Hoosic Valley, 0-5, 0-6, 33, 264, 0.5

Hoosick Falls will be No. 1 and Greenwich will be No. 2. Mechanicville leapfrogged Tamarac with an overtime win Friday and the Bengals hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Granville, so the Golden Horde have been eliminated, according to Tamarac head coach Erick Roadcap.
However, it looks like a three-way tie to me. Granville played seven division games, losing to Greenwich, Hoosick Falls and Tamarac. Since all three teams did not play each other, I'm not sure if head-to-head is applicable. Mechanicville beat Tamarac (and did not play Granville) and Tamarac beat Granville (but lost to Mechanicville.) Granville beat neither team, but lost to Tamarac.

If you look at quarterpoints against common opponents between all three teams (which were Lake George, Greenwich and Corinth), Mechanicville and Granville both scored 12.5 quarterpoints. Tamarac finished with 11.
Again, I'm not really sure what happens here, but Tamarac officials were sure that Mechanicville was No. 3 and the Bengals are No. 4, so that is what I went with in my story today. If that is wrong, please correct me.

South Division
Chatham, 5-0, 7-0, 263, 97, 34
Fonda-Fultonville, 5-1, 5-2, 188, 117, 34.5
Watervliet, 4-1, 4-2, 141, 68, 27.5
Voorheesville, 2-2, 4-2, 150, 108, 11
Canajoharie, 2-3, 3-3, 98, 113, 13.5
Coxsackie-Athens, 1-3, 2-4, 144, 122, 2
Taconic Hills, 1-5, 1-6, 83, 209, 8.5
Catholic Central, 0-5, 2-5, 102, 186, 1.5

The Panthers are No. 1 and Fonda will be No. 2.
If Watervliet posts a seven-point quarterpoint victory over Voorheesville on Saturday (meaning they take the lead at the end of the first quarter and never relinquish it) they will tie Fonda on quarterpoints against common Class C opponents. The next tiebreaker is combined wins of the teams you beat. To kick the tiebreaker into effect, 'Vliet would have to beat Voorheesville, meaning 'Vliet and Fonda would be tied in that category as well (12 combined wins among the teams they beat). The next tiebreaker is combined wins of the teams that beat you. Fonda would win that, 14-12, since the Braves lost to a pair of 7-0 teams in Chatham and Hoosick Falls. So Fonda is No. 2 no matter how well 'Vliet plays on Saturday.
The No. 3 and 4 seeds will be determined by what happens to Voorheesville, Canajoharie and Coxsacke-Athens on Saturday.

Class C playoff schedule:
N4 Tamarac at S1 Chatham
N3 Mechanicville at S2 Fonda
S3 Watervliet at N2 Greenwich
S4 TBA (Voorheesville or Canajohaire, most likely) at N1 Hoosick Falls

Class D
Cambridge, 5-0, 5-0, 193, 26, 32
Rensselaer, 5-1, 5-1, 135, 65, 26
Whitehall, 4-2, 4-2, 160, 106, 28.5
Bishop Gibbons, 2-3, 2-3, 61, 85, 14.5
Fort Edward, 2-3, 2-3, 148, 144, 13.5
Warrensburg, 1-4, 1-4, 59, 159, 9
Salem, 0-6, 0-6, 41, 209, 2

Cambridge is No. 1, Rensselaer is No. 2 by virtue of its victory over No. 3 Whitehall Friday night. Gibbons and Fort Edward play Saturday to determine the No. 4 and 5 seeds. Warrensburg is No. 6.

Class D playoff schedule:
1 Cambridge and 2 Rensselaer, first round byes, games against non-playoff Class C teams
6 Warrensburg at 3 Whitehall
5 Gibbons/Ft. Ed loser at 4 Gibbons/Ft. Ed winner

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