The fourth week of the high school football season begins on Friday.
Here are five things to know before the latest Volume II football action.
Only eight teams that have played at least one match this season are undefeated in Section II football.
Among those squads are CBA and Shaker in Class AA, Amsterdam in Class A, Ravenna-Koymans-Selkirk in Class B, Schuylerville in Class C, and Greenwich, Lake George and Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton in Class D.
None of the undefeated teams in the region play each other this week.
Albany, a Class A competitor, is 0–0 ahead of their Week 4 game against Troy, which is 0–3. Albany was one of the area’s school districts requiring athletes in “high-risk” sports — such as football and volleyball — to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before being allowed to compete.
Division game begins
Four of the five classifications in Section II have already started league play. Fifth finally participates this week, marking the start of division play in Class B.
In the Renfurt Division, Shalmont face Lansingburgh and Ravenna-Koymans-Selkirk on Friday at Green Tech. The North Division will see Friday night’s matchup between Broadlebein-Perth and Scotia-Glenville, as well as a Jug Game rivalry matchup between Hudson Falls and Glens Falls on Saturday.
With five teams in each division, there will also be a non-division game this week, with Friday’s match between Mohansen and Gloversville.
Class B is one of four classifications in Section II—along with AA, A and D—which will use an eight-week regular season format before a two-week playoff.
One of the arena’s top rivalries in the past decade gets its latest renewal on Saturday when Burn Hills-Bolston Lakes (2-1) visit Queensbury (1-2) at 1:30 p.m.
Burn Hills have won back-to-back victories since their season-opening loss to the Shakers, including a 24-21 win against La Salle Institut last Friday, with coach Matt Schell’s Spartans taking the win. Scored 10 fourth-quarter points for. A Michael Sbuttoni to the field goal. Queensbury began their season with consecutive defeats to Shenandoahova and Avril Park, before a Queensbury double-wing offense piled up 420 rushing yards to secure a 51–28 win over South Glens Falls in Week 3.
This is the 30th meeting in the series with Burn Hills leading 16-13. The series has largely favored the home team. Queensbury have won nine out of 15 matchups with Burn Hills at their home ground, with Burn Hills holding an 8–2 record against Queensbury at their home ground. When the two teams met during the “Fall II” season on 2 April, Burnt Hills scored a 49-0 win against the Queensbury team, which began its season after sitting out for several weeks due to coronavirus-related protocols. Was being
Since 2006, there has been only one Section II Class A Super Bowl that did not feature at least one of the two Spartan squads. Burn Hills and Queensbury have met each other for the title four times during that period, with Queensbury winning the first two matchups in 2013 and 2014 and Burning Hills claiming victories in 2016 and 2017. Only one of those games – Queensbury’s 34-13 win in 2014 – was decided by more than a touchdown.
Over the course of four weeks, head coach Brian Grastorf’s Nyskauna team is 3–1, with their only loss coming against an opponent from outside Section II.
Niscayuna last had a winning season in 2018, a season in which the Silver Warriors won their final four games after a 1-4 start. Niscayuna last made it to the playoffs in 2010, the third of four years of a winning season before six consecutive losing campaigns.
In Week 0, Niscuna lost to Section III’s Auburn. Then, the Silver Warriors defeated Bethlehem, Columbia and Ballston Spa.
Niskune plays another non-Section II opponent this week. Section IV’s Binghamton travels to Niscune for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday.
It isn’t Section II’s fiercest or most storied rivalry, but no matchup in the arena has produced a string of wild, wacky football games in recent memory more than Amsterdam versus Avril Park.
The two teams meet on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Amsterdam home opener, the latest matchup in a series that since 2012 has almost always turned out to be a memorable game and, more often than not, something truly Shocking numbers are pouring in. scoreboard.
The scores in the rivalry read like something out of a video game: a pair of meetings in 2013 saw Amsterdam win 56–44 and 48–34, Avril Park’s 58–56 win in 2014, and the Warriors 41–40 victory. The most recent “Fall II” season during the season saw three touchdowns, two lead changes, and a game-saving stop on a 2-point conversion within the final two minutes of the game.
Even the games in which the defense didn’t take a break were memorable, including Avril Park’s 21-14 last-minute victory in the 2016 Class A semi-finals.
This year, both teams have made a strong start, with Amsterdam (1–0 Class A Capital Division, 2–0 on aggregate) defeating South Glens Falls and Columbia and Avril Park (1–0, 3–1) to reach the highest score ever. The only flaw I’ve seen. Class AA contenders against CBA. Saturday’s winner will have an inside track for a playoff spot.
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