With a 17-14 win, fourth-seeded Shenendhova defeated top-seeded Shekar in Friday’s Section II Class AA semi-finals.
Shenendhova never fell behind in the game and took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but needed a late defensive stop against the CBA to earn her trip to next week’s Super Bowl.
“Wonderful,” said Shenendhova’s head coach Brian Clausen. “It was the most exciting, well-played, hard-working football game I’ve ever coached. It was back and forth. Both teams were working really hard and fought to the end – and we stood last. Were.
Shaker brought an undefeated record in the game, while Shenendhova was coming off her second loss of the season in the finale of her regular season in the CBA. Earlier in the season, Shaker defeated Shenandoah 28–14 in regular season games, which saw Plainsman trailing 21–0 at halftime.
In the post-season rematch, Patrick House scored two rushing touchdowns for Shenendhova, Danny Morris scored a field goal, and the plainsmen defense took care of the rest.
“They really rose to the occasion and played their hearts out for four full quarters,” Clausen said of his players.
This victory was also special for Clausen. He took over the Shenandoahova program from legendary coach Brent Steerwald prior to the 2012 season, and Friday’s win was Clausen’s first win against the Shaker program.
“I mean, we’ve won two sectional championships and two regional championships – and we didn’t beat them,” said Clausen, whose teams in 2014 and 2019 won championships.
Despite the recent lack of success against Shaker, Clausen said his club was looking forward to Friday’s matchup.
“This is what we wanted,” Clausen said of the second game against the Blue Bison. “I don’t think our season wouldn’t have been complete without a rematch with Shaker.”
shenendova 7 3 7 0 — 17
shaker 0 7 0 7 – 14
Fourth-quarter touchdowns by Brendan Simek and Donald Jones propelled third-seeded CBA to a 20–7 victory over second-seeded Guilderland in a Section II Class AA semi-final game at Guilderland High School.
The Brothers advanced against Shenendova in next Friday’s Super Bowl.
The CBA took a 7–0 lead in the second quarter when Donald Jones threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jesse Goebbels in the second quarter. The Dutch tied it in the fourth quarter.
cba 0 7 0 13 – 20
guilderland 0 0 0 7
In a Section II Class A football semifinal, Queensbury scored multiple touchdowns in three of the game’s four quarters and won a 48–35 upset at Avril Park.
With their win, Queensbury advanced to the championship game against Burnt Hills-Bolston Lake the following week. A week earlier, Queensbury needed to win their final regular-season game against Niscayuna to make the playoffs.
Zion Freeman led Queensbury for 246 yards with 246 yards and three touchdowns, while Aidan Blaibre ran for two touchdowns, and Trayvon Bailey ran for one and returned a kickoff of 86 yards for a score. Gave.
Avril Park’s Gavin Giordano ran for a touchdown and passed for two, while Ryan Hefner reached for two.
After one quarter trailing 20–14, Queensbury led 21–20 at halftime and never gave up the lead after halftime.
queensbury 14 7 14 13 – 48
avril park 20 0 8 7 – 35
Q- Freeman 68 runs (stopped kick)
AP – Galuschi 58 pass from Giordano (kick failed)
AP – Giordano 4 runs (kick fail)
Q – Bailey 86 Kickoff Return (Stop Kick)
AP — Hefner 53 runs (Galussky pass from Giordano)
Q — Bluebatre 1 run (stopped kick)
Q- Freeman 4 runs (Rocas Kick)
AP — Hefner 14 runs (Galussky pass from Giordano)
Q- Bailey 53 runs (stopped kick)
Q- Freeman 59 Runs (Kick Fail)
Q — Bluebatre 1 run (stopped kick)
AP – Giordano to Rizzo 13 pass (Hempel kick)
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