Category: Watervliet

Section 2 Class C football: Coxsackie-Athens earns road win at Watervliet

Coxsackie-Athens pulled away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat Watervliet 33-13 Friday, Sept. 28, in a Section 2 Class C football game.

Quarterback Joe Notarbartolo threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Indians. Notarbartolo connected with Jesse White on a 50-yard scoring strike in the first quarter and added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tim Simmons in the second quarter.

Notarbartolo also ran for 67 yards and a touchdown for Coxsackie-Athens. Jaylen Buckner gained 46 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

Jarahn Parlemont led Watervliet with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown.

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Section 2 Class C football: Helderberg Valley earns third straight win; Chatham cruises to victory

Jesse Waddell scored two touchdowns in the first quarter to lead Helderberg Valley to a 34-13 victory at Watervliet Friday, Sept. 21, in a Section 2 Class C South Division football game.

Waddell had a 45-yard scoring run early in the opening quarter and finished another drive with a 10-yard touchdown for Helderberg Valley (3-1), which won its third consecutive game after an opening week loss to Voorheesville. Jake Stahl added a 66-yard touchdown reception late in the first quarter to put Helderberg Valley ahead 20-0. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C football: Helderberg Valley earns third straight win; Chatham cruises to victory”

Class C football: Dominic Rogalo’s touchdown gives Watervliet last-second victory over Taconic Hills

Dominic Rogalo caught a 35-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give Watervliet a 22-16 victory over Taconic Hills in a Section 2 Class C South Division football game Friday, Sept. 14. Continue reading “Class C football: Dominic Rogalo’s touchdown gives Watervliet last-second victory over Taconic Hills”

Class C football: Granville defeats Corinth in North Country battle; Watervliet shuts out Rensselaer in non-league contest

The Granville football team jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 32-6 victory over Corinth in a Class C North Division game Friday, Sept. 7.

Cody Rice caught a 66-yard touchdown pass to put the Golden Horde on the scoreboard. Taylor Bourn then capped another Granville scoring drive with a 1-yard run. Continue reading “Class C football: Granville defeats Corinth in North Country battle; Watervliet shuts out Rensselaer in non-league contest”

Friday night football wrap-up: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake storms past Gloversville; Chatham pulls away from Watervliet

Defending Section 2 Class A football champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake cruised to a 64-7 victory over Gloversville in its season opener Friday, Aug. 31, in Gloversville. Continue reading “Friday night football wrap-up: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake storms past Gloversville; Chatham pulls away from Watervliet”

Class C football previews: Corinth, Granville, Helderberg Valley, Mechanicville and Watervliet

Corinth
Head coach: Justin Culligan
Last year’s record: 2-7
Playoff result: N/A

Returning starters: Nate Warrington (offensive line/linebacker), Shawn Tedesco (running back/defensive end), Gabe Allen (running back/linebacker), Nick Davis (offensive line/linebacker), John Rose III (wide receiver/defensive back)

Graduated: Garrett Wold (wide receiver/defensive back), Nick Moses (offensive line/defensive line), Noah Weatherby (offensive line/defensive line), Shane Tedesco (offensive line/defensive line), Colt Guilder (quarterback), Jake Yanke (kicker/punter), Dillon Guilder (offensive line/defensive line), Dillon Brooks (running back/linebacker), Zach Bovee (wide receiver/defensive back), Josh Nolet (running back/defensive back), Brandon Decker (wide receiver/linebacker) Continue reading “Class C football previews: Corinth, Granville, Helderberg Valley, Mechanicville and Watervliet”

Seismic shifts in Section 2 football

Colossal Class C boasts 19 teams; Class AA and  Class D down to one division each

By ROB JONAS

The Section 2 football landscape has shifted significantly for the 2018 season.

New classification numbers produced by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have pushed several schools into new classes this year. As a result, Class A and Class C have seen large growth in their ranks, while Class AA and Class D are down to one division each after having two divisions last year.

“This year has had probably the most movement, at least in Section 2,” said Section 2 football coordinator Bob Dorrance.

A total of eight schools moved into new leagues, including defending state champions Troy (Class AA) and Cambridge (Class D). Troy, LaSalle, Columbia and Ballston Spa moved down to Class A, while Cambridge, Greenwich, Granville and Canajoharie stepped up to Class C. Cambridge also picked up players from Salem, while Canajoharie has added players from Fort Plain. Additionally, Helderberg Valley – a combination of Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Duaneburg – will play against its Class C brethren after playing a Class D schedule last year.

As a result, Class A will have 13 teams playing in two divisions after having nine teams play in one division last year, while Class C will have 19 teams crowded into three divisions. Reciprocally, Class AA will be down to 10 teams playing in one division, and Class D will have six teams – one of which (Cohoes) is ineligible for the playoffs because it is playing down from its assigned level.

“This hurts us at the Class D level, but it works well for us at the other levels,” said Dorrance.

Dorrance said NYSPHSAA’s new classification numbers are meant to eliminate large discrepancies between schools in a classification. This was especially true at the Class AA level, where high schools with under 1,000 students were sometimes playing against schools with twice the student population.

Nonetheless, Dorrance said he didn’t support the plan because it pushed too many Section 2 schools into the middle classifications, which left the largest and smallest classifications with only a handful of teams.

“I was one of two [NYSPHSAA football committee members] who voted against it,” said Dorrance.

The biggest impact from realignment has been scheduling games, especially in Class D where there are only six teams. Each team has five games within Class D, with the rest of their eight-game regular season schedule pitting them against either Class C schools or out-of-area teams. Class A, Class B and Class C also had scheduling issues due to having an odd number of schools.

“It was a challenge to put together a schedule at the Class C and Class D levels,” said Dorrance. “The only way to make it work was to combine the two levels and create a schedule that way. Our Class C and Class D coordinators did a great job of working together to come up with a schedule.”

All Section 2 football teams begin formal practices Monday, Aug. 13. The first week of the regular season begins Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.

2018 Section 2 football divisions

Class AA: Albany, Bethlehem, Christian Brothers Academy, Colonie, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Shaker, Shenendehowa

Class A
Capital Division: Amsterdam, Averill Park, Columbia*, Green Tech, LaSalle*, Troy*

Grasso Division: Ballston Spa*, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Queensbury, Scotia-Glenville, South Glens Falls

Class B
North Division: Broadalbin-Perth, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Johnstown, Schuylerville

Reinfurt Division: Cobleskill-Richmondville, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont

Class C
North Division: Cambridge/Salem*, Corinth, Granville*, Greenwich*, Hoosick Falls, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne

Central Division: Canajoharie/Fort Plain*, Fonda-Fultonville, Holy Trinity, Mechanicville, Stillwater, Tamarac

South Division: Cairo-Durham, Chatham, Coxsackie-Athens, Helderberg Valley+, Taconic Hills, Voorheesville, Watervliet

Class D: Cohoes (ineligible for playoffs), Fort Edward, Hoosic Valley, Rensselaer, Warrensburg, Whitehall

*- Denotes new team in class
+-Denotes team returning to play within its class