Sunday, November 7, 2010

Section II football champions: regional previews

Here is a brief look at the regional round games facing the Section II football champions next weekend.

Everything in red text in this post is a hyperlink, so click on it to be directed to more information.

For the full list of games around the state this weekend, click here.

Class AA
Troy (10-0) vs. Monroe-Woodbury (10-0, Section IX)
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Dietz Stadium, Kingston
About Troy: The Flying Horses won their first Section II title since 2000 with a 38-0 victory over Shenendehowa in the Super Bowl.

Troy features a run-heavy offense led by senior tailbacks Jordan Canzeri (pictured above) and Shatiek Lewis, as well as quarterback Brian Marsh and fullback Kyle Geraci. The Flying Horses aren't huge on the line, but they really space out their gaps to spread out the field for their rushers, turning every play into a sort of modified kick or punt return.

About Monroe-Woodbury: M-W, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, defeated Kingston in the Section IX Super Bowl last weekend, 48-7. Click here to read a story on that game from our sister paper, Kingston's Daily Freeman.
The Crusaders have won seven straight sectional titles and not lost to a Section IX opponent since falling to Newburgh in the 2003 sectional final.
Trevor Officer finished with 212 yards rushing on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Quarterback Ryan Spelman, the offensive MVP, rushed for 95 yards and passed for 181 yards.
Here is a more Monroe-centric story from the Middletown Record.

The big question: How will Troy's comparatively undersized offensive line deal with Monroe's unit?

Class A
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (10-0) vs. Potsdam (9-1, Section X)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Massena High School
About BH-BL: The Spartans, three-time defending Section II Class A champions and winners of 30 straight games against Section II opponents, have lost to Rochester-area Sweet Home in the state championship game each of the past two years.

The Burnt Hills defense (in full maroon) swarms Lansingburgh running back Anthony Fogarty in Saturday's  Section II Class A Super Bowl.

Burnt Hills features Evan Nusbaum and Brandon Beatty in the backfield as well as senior quarterback Keaton Flint, who was an all-state wide receiver as a junior.

About Potsdam: The Sandstoners beat Malone in the Section X championship game, 22-8. (Scroll down for the story from the Watertown paper).
Zac Linsky is one of the team's top rushers, while John Coleman is a dual threat as quarterback and safety.
For more information on the team, check out its profile on

The big question: What will the margin of victory be for the Spartans?

Class B
Schalmont (10-0) vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy (9-0, Section X)
Friday, 7 p.m.
Shenendehowa High School, Clifton Park

About Schalmont: The Sabres had never even won a Section II playoff game before the 2009 season. Now, Schalmont heads to the regional round for the second straight season. 
Schalmont defeated Albany Academy in the Section II Class B semifinals, 21-7, and rolled over Ravena in the Super Bowl.
The Sabres relied heavily on quarterback Vince Gallo a season ago, who really was more of a running back that just took a direct snap every play. This year, Schalmont has leaned on quarterback Joe Paskevich, adding more of a passing attack to the Sabres' offense.

About OFA: Ogdensburg shut out Saranac Central, 58-0, in the Section X title game.
OFA played a regional game in Section II last year, losing in a Class C contest against Hoosick Falls at Stillwater, 51-6. I was there. It rained like crazy.
OFA head coach Matt Tessmer once lived in Hoosick Falls. 
Here is OFA's page on

The big question: Can Schalmont keep teams off the scoreboard in the first half again? The Sabres did not allow a first half score in any of their first nine games.

Class C
Hoosick Falls (10-0) vs. Saranac Lake (9-0, Section X)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
AuSable Valley High School, Clintonville

About Hoosick Falls: The Panthers exploded in the second half of the Section II Super Bowl against Chatham, posting a 61-28 victory after being knotted at 28-28 at the half.
Read Ed Weaver's account of the game here, which includes a great quote on the action from head coach Ron Jones:
"It was almost like an arena football game," Jones said. "We felt like if we could get a couple stops, we'd be all right."

Hoosick Falls senior quarterback Mike Brewster runs in for a touchdown against Chatham in the Section II Class C Super Bowl.

Hoosick Falls runs a spread option attack, with Brad Burns, Tanner Williams and Brewster as the main rushing threats. Brewster also has four of five legitimate weapons as receivers, making the Panthers a tough team to stop offensively.

About Saranac Lake: Saranac Lake piled on AuSable Valley in the North Country Super Bowl, winning 55-6.
Like Hoosick Falls, the Red Storm aren't afraid to pass. Quarterback Forrest Morgan passed for two touchdowns and 184 yards in the victory over AuSable Valley.
Here is the SL homepage. 
Here is SL's page on 
Here is a championship preview on the team from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. 

The big question: How will the Panthers fare away from their home away from home at Stillwater?  

Class D
Cambridge (9-0) vs. Moriah (8-1, Section VII)
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Schuylerville High School 

About Cambridge: The Indians topped Rensselaer in the Section II Super Bowl, 35-0, snapping Rensselaer's string of two straight Section II titles.

Matt Best, Cambridge's big running back, pictured above, has gained a majority of the yards for the Indians this season. However, quarterback Billy Pine, receiver Jesse Lybert and a great offensive and defensive line make Cambridge a well-rounded team.
Cambridge, one of the most storied programs in Section II history, is headed to the regional round for the first time since 2007.

About Moriah: Moriah has defeated Rensselaer in the regional round each of the last two seasons and is looking to stop a Section II team in its tracks for the third straight season.
Moriah needed overtime to defeat Ticonderoga in the Section VII/X title game.
Moriah threw the ball three times in the title game against Ticonderoga, so look for them to try to grind it out on the ground against Cambridge's five-man front, which is going to be a tall task.

The big question: Can Cambridge use homefield advantage to snap Moriah's winning streak against Section II opponents?
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