Postseason football arrived in Section II last week, and this week has shifted to Top Gear.
In all five classifications, Section II teams will compete in the semi-finals. The only Class C tournament began with quarter-final play the week before, as each of the other classifications used a system that saw only four teams advance to the playoffs.
Ahead of this week’s playoff games, here are five things to know.
This week’s semi-finals have several rematches of solid games from the regular season, but Burn Hills-Bolston Lake and La Salle Institute certainly deserved an encore.
The teams played for the first time in late September, and Burn Hills-Bolston Lake scored a 24–21 comeback victory at Troy that night when Michael Sabtoni scored a 37-yard field goal in the middle of the fourth quarter. Later, a field-goal effort from La Salle was off the mark that could have sent the game to overtime.
For Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake, that win was the second in the Spartans’ current seven-game winning streak. The winners of the Section II Class A Grasso Division, Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake have won every Class A game that has been played this season by at least 21 points – except for their three-point win against La Salle, which took second place. Stay on Capital Division.
The winner of Friday’s game between Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake and La Salle will play the winner of Friday’s matchup between Avril Park and Queensbury. Burnt Hills–Bolston Lake defeated Queensbury by 21 points in the regular season and did not play Avril Park, while La Salle beat Queensbury 25–24 and lost to Avril Park 21–20.
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How close were the four Class AA playoff teams to each other during the regular season? Of the six games played between the four playoff teams – Shaker, Guilderland, CBA and Shenendhova, none were decided by more than 14 points, with one of the three contestants being captured. Meanwhile, there was a winning margin of at least four touchdowns per game between a Class AA playoff team and one of the four non-playoff teams – Schenectady, Colony, Saratoga Springs and Bethlehem.
The Shakers made it through the regular season as the lone undefeated team of Class AA, with CBA, Shenendhova and Guilderland finishing with two defeats in a three-way tie for second place. A quarter-point tiebreaker earned Guilderland, the previous season’s Class AA region champions, the No. 2 seed and a home game against the CBA, while the No. 4 Shenandoah was won by the Blue Bison 28–14 in a Week 3 game rematch of Shaker. will visit. .
There was only a Class C tournament going on last week, and Voorheesville’s 21–0 win over Cobbleskill-Richmondville prevented North Division teams from making a clean sweep of their South Division enemies.
The three teams advancing from the North Division – Schuylerville, Fonda-Fultonville and Hosick Falls/Tamarack – won their quarterfinal game by a combined margin of 169–39, with North Division fourth-place finisher Fonda-Fultonville scoring 60 points. Won. South Division champion at Watervliet.
Voorheesville, the only South Division team standing, have won seven consecutive games since their loss at the start of the season to Waterville, but have not faced any of the remaining three northern squads. The Blackbirds visit Schuylerville on Friday night, with Fonda-Fultonville traveling to Hussick Falls/Tamarack for the second semi-final.
Is the match starting again?
In this week’s Section II Class B semi-finals, Shalmont hosted Gloversville and Glens Falls hosted Ravenna–Koymans–Selkirk in a pair of rematches.
Glens Falls and Shalmont each won the first round of those matchups, and repeated performances from those clubs set up a rematch of the opening season game, with Glens Falls winning 40–14 against the Sabers. Since that game, however, Shalmont has scored five consecutive wins and allowed eight points per game.
The Section II Class D Semifinals will take place in Schuylerville on Saturday, with Greenwich playing Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton from Chatham and Stillwater.
Greenwich and Stillwater each won divisional championships during the regular season, and were successful in almost every game they played. Also when Greenwich beat Stillwater 27–19, neither team has played a capture this season.
Not including that when they played each other, Greenwich outplayed their opponents with a per-game average of 45.2 points during the regular season, and Stillwater’s win margin was 34.8.
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