The seventh week of the Volume II football season begins on Friday night.
Here are five things to know before this week’s gridiron action.
It is possible that the teams that will take the field for the post-Season II Class AA tournament will be finalized with an extra week’s time.
At the moment, only the undefeated Shakers are guaranteed a place in the four-team playoffs of the classification starting in Class 9. But if Shendehowa beat Saratoga Springs and Guilderland topped the CBA in Week 7, it would be set in the eighth week of the CBA. , Gilderland and Shenendehova will join Blue Bison in the semi-finals.
Despite the results of Week 7, the playoff seeds will not be fully determined until the conclusion of the Week 8 games. For now, the Shaker controls their fate in terms of earning the No. 1 seed, while the CBA controls their path to securing the No. 2 seed.
division decision makers
Both Class A division titles could wrap up on Friday night with a pair of important matchups on tap.
In the Grasso Division, Burnt Hills–Bolston Lake (2–0 Grasso Division, 5–1 overall) visit Niscauna (2–0, 5–2) at 7 pm, with the winner taking sole control of the first place. Coach Matt Schell’s Burnt Hills team, which has scored five consecutive wins since their Week 1 loss to the Shakers, will close out the division title thanks to a one-on-one tiebreaker on the remaining division contenders. A Niscuna win would give the Silver Warriors the inside track to a division title – something they could achieve if Bolston Spa also beat Queensbury on Friday – but a Queensbury win this week would turn next week’s Niscuna vs. Will turn it into victory. Coach Brian Grastorf’s team.
Meanwhile, Amsterdam, the lone undefeated Class A team, could clinch the Capital Division title with a win Friday at the La Salle Institut. Amsterdam (3-0 Capital Division, 5-0 on aggregate) already holds a one-on-one tiebreaker at Avril Park, who beat La Salle (1-1, 3-3) in overtime last week. A win for La Salle, coached by former Union College head coach John Audino, would put Amsterdam, a potential three-way tie for two Capital Division playoff spots between La Salle and Avril Park.
games to watch
Gloversville and Hudson Falls meet in a crucial Division II Class B North Division game on Friday.
Glens Falls top the division 3-0, and will score a win this week as its rivals – Broadbin-Perth – were unable to play due to a lack of available players. Moving into this week, BP, Gloversville and Hudson Falls are each 1-1 in divisional action, so the winner of the Week 7 game in Gloversville will find themselves single-handedly in second place in Week 8.
With the Week 7 win, Gloversville would own head-to-head victories against BP and Hudson Falls, and secure the division’s second—and final—playoff berth. A Hudson Falls win in Week 7 would mean post-season-seeding results in a Week 8 game in the Section II Class B North Division.
Fonda-Fultonville’s 40-0 win against Jonestown on Sunday made the playoff picture in the Class C North division pretty cut-and-dry for the final week of the Classification regular season.
Schuylerville and Hoosick Falls/Tamarac have wrapped the No. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, with Cobleskill-Richmondville currently in third and Fonda-Fultonville in fourth. Cobleskill-Richmondville, which owns a resounding win over Fonda-Fultonville, took the No. 3 seed with a win on Friday in Jonestown, while Fonda-Fultonville secured a playoff spot with Friday’s win at Mechanicville. A win by Jonestown or Mechanicville could bring a three-way tiebreaker, although Fonda-Fultonville and Cobbleskill-Richmondville currently hold advantages with respect to Section II’s quarter-point tie-breaking system.
Since losing his first game of the season to beat Greenwich, head coach Ian Godfrey’s Stillwater program has begun to run through his schedule. Last week’s 21-point win against Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton was Stillwater’s closest game since their 27-19 loss to Greenwich.
The Warriors were scheduled to play host to Canajohari/Fort Plains this week, but the game was postponed as C/FP did not have enough players to compete. If the game doesn’t make it and C/FP loses, Stillwater will receive the No. 1 seed for the Section II Class D South Division Championship and playoffs.
Several other teams including Mohansen could not play this week as well.
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