Section 2 football playoffs: Semifinal match-ups set in all five classes

Semifinal match-ups are set for all five classes in Section 2 football, as well as the final round of crossover games. Here is a look at who’s playing, and how they got there.

Class AA – All semifinal games Friday, Oct. 26
No. 1 Shaker (8-0) vs. No. 4 Guilderland (5-3)
How they got there: Shaker capped an undefeated regular season by defeating crosstown rival Colonie 31-7, while Guilderland clinched the No. 4 seed by pulling away for a 41-19 victory over Christian Brothers Academy (3-5) Friday, Oct. 19. Guilderland’s victory avoided a four-way tie for fourth place, as both Bethlehem (4-4) and Niskayuna (4-4) won their final regular season games

No. 2 Shenendehowa (7-1) vs. No. 3 Saratoga Springs (6-2)
How they got there: Shen wrapped up the No. 2 seed by defeating Saratoga 35-7 at home. Brendan Belott threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Shen to victory. The Plainsmen’s reward is to host the Blue Streaks for the second week in a row. 

Class A
CD1 Troy (7-1) vs. GD2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (7-1) – Friday, Oct. 26
How they got there: Troy fended off a stubborn Scotia-Glenville squad 14-7, while Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake eased past Columbia 49-16. Ari Holmes led Troy with more than 200 rushing yards and a touchdown, and he also picked up a key fumble recovery. Vincent Daviero had scoring runs of 22 and 50 yards for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and Darien LaPietro added a pair of touchdown passes. Jakai Townsend scored an offensive and a defensive touchdown, and D.J. Lashley contributed a 75-yard scoring run for the Spartans.

GD1 Queensbury (8-0) vs. CD2 Averill Park (7-1) – Saturday, Oct. 27
How they got there: Queensbury thoroughly dominated LaSalle 62-8 in its quarterfinal game last weekend, thanks to tailback Liam O’Mara (107 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, one receiving touchdown). Averill Park shut out Ballston Spa 22-0, as quarterback Anthony Childrose threw for a touchdown and rushed for another touchdown.

Class B
RD1 Cobleskill-Richmondville (8-0) vs. ND2 Schuylerville (6-2) – Friday, Oct. 26
How they got there: Cobleskill-Richmondville – winners of the Reinfurt Division title – kicked off its playoff run with a 34-14 victory over Broadalbin-Perth. Hunter Edwards ran for three touchdowns, and Donovan Pacatte connected with Pat Nichols for a pair of touchdown passes for the Bulldogs. Schuylerville swamped Schalmont 40-6 behind Stratton Sherman’s three touchdown passes.

ND1 Glens Falls (6-2) vs. ND3 Hudson Falls (5-3) – Saturday, Oct. 27
How they got there: Glens Falls jumped out to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and rolled to a 61-6 victory over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in the quarterfinals, while Hudson Falls edged Hudson 40-38 on Caleb Condon’s two-point conversion run late in the fourth quarter. Condon threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Connor Hermanson to tie the score at 38-38.

Class C – All semifinal games Saturday, Oct. 27
No. 1 Cambridge/Salem (8-0) vs. No. 4 Hoosick Falls (7-1)
How they got there: Tommy English had touchdown runs of 51 and 41 yards in the first quarter to help Cambridge/Salem defeat Helderberg Valley 59-6, while Hoosick Falls scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to fend off Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne 18-6. Jeff Vincent caught two touchdown passes and ran for another for Hoosick Falls.

No. 2 Holy Trinity (7-1) vs. No. 3 Chatham (7-1)
How they got there: Quarterback Joe Tortello threw four touchdown passes, and Nelon Priest broke free for a 70-yard scoring run to lead Holy Trinity to a 35-18 victory over Voorheesville in a quarterfinal contest. Kaleb Taylor’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Casey Sitzer late in the fourth quarter propelled Chatham to a 26-21 victory over Stillwater.

Class D – All semifinal games Saturday, Oct. 27, at Schuylerville High School
No. 1 Warrensburg (6-1) vs. No. 4 Fort Edward/Argyle (3-4) – 1 p.m.
How they got there: Warrensburg wrapped up the Class D regular season title with a 45-0 victory over Whitehall Oct. 12, while Fort Edward/Argyle defeated Corinth 26-20 Oct. 19 to claim the No. 4 seed.

No. 2 Whitehall (5-3) vs. No. 3 Hoosic Valley (5-3) – 7 p.m.
How they got there: The loss to Warrensburg dropped Whitehall into the No. 2 slot, while Hoosic Valley recovered from an 0-3 start to win its last five games and grab the No. 3 seed. Hoosic Valley’s first three games were against Cambrige/Salem, Warrensburg and Whitehall, who have a combined record of 19-4.

Crossover games (dates TBD)
CBA at LaSalle
Bethlehem at Columbia
Ballston Spa at Niskayuna
Colonie at Scotia-Glenville
Albany at Mohonasen
Amsterdam at Broadalbin-Perth
Gloversville at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
South Glens Falls at Hudson
Taconic Hills at Ichabod Crane
Helderberg Valley at Stillwater
Green Tech at Granville
Tamarac at Greenwich
Coxsackie-Athens at Fonda-Fultonville
Catskill/Cairo-Durham at Voorheesville
Mechanicville at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Rensselaer at Corinth

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