Category: Football

Section 2 football: A look back at the Super Bowls, and a look ahead to regionals (with photo gallery)

Three Section 2 football teams have regional playoff games this weekend, while two others await their semifinal opponents.

Class AA champion Shaker (10-0) received a bye into the state semifinals after defeating Saratoga Springs 28-14 in the championship game Friday, Nov. 2, at Casey Stadium on the University at Albany campus. This bye is rotated between Sections 2, 1 and 9 on an annual basis. Shaker meets either Section 1 champion New Rochelle or Section 9 champion Newburgh Free Academy Saturday, Nov. 17, at Middletown High School.

Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (9-1) also received a bye into the semifinals after Section X decided not to play in the regional round. The Spartans face the winner of the John Jay (Section 1)-Cornwall (Section 9) regional in the state semifinals Friday, Nov. 16, in Middletown.

Glens Falls (Class B), Cambridge/Salem (Class C) and Warrensburg (Class D) all play in this weekend’s regional round. Glens Falls meets Section 7 champion Beekmantown Friday, Nov. 9, at Shenendehowa High School, while Cambridge/Salem travels to Potsdam High School to play Section 10 champ Ogdensburg Free Academy. Warrensburg faces Section 7 champion Moriah Saturday, Nov. 10, at Schuylerville High School. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A look back at the Super Bowls, and a look ahead to regionals (with photo gallery)”

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Scenes from Section 2 football: Saratoga Springs fends off Shenendehowa in Class AA semifinals

CLIFTON PARK – No. 3 Saratoga Springs avenged last week’s loss to No. 2 Shenendehowa by beating the Plainsmen 34-26 in the Section 2 Class AA football semifinals Friday, Oct. 26, at Brent Steuerwald Stadium.

Carter Steingraber returned a kickoff 83 yards for one touchdown and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jake Williams to help the Blue Streaks (7-2) advance to the Class AA Super Bowl. Chris Klimek and Will Bonacio returned interceptions for touchdowns to help Saratoga build a 34-12 lead.

Quarterback Brendan Belott threw a pair of touchdown passes for Shenendehowa (7-2), which defeated Saratoga 35-7 one week earlier to clinch the No. 2 seed for Sectionals. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 football: Saratoga Springs fends off Shenendehowa in Class AA semifinals”

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.  Continue reading “Section 2 football playoffs: Semifinal match-ups set in all five classes”

Section 2 football: Tamarac shuts out Taconic Hills in crossover game

Tamarac defeated Taconic Hills 20-0 Friday, Oct. 19, in a Section 2 Class C football crossover game.

Frank Zotto caught two touchdown passes from Bo Catherwood, and the Tamarac defense returned an interception for a touchdown to earn the victory. The Bengals also recovered a pair of fumbles and intercepted a second pass.

Donovan Mier rushed for 78 yards to lead Taconic Hills’ offense.

Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially set

By ROB JONAS

The playoff seedings for the Section 2 Class A, C and D football playoffs are set, but Class AA and B match-ups are still in the air following Sunday’s seeding meeting.

Shaker (7-0) will be the No. 1 seed in Class AA when the four-team playoff begins Oct. 26, while Shenendehowa (6-1) and Saratoga Springs (6-1) will battle each other Friday, Oct. 19, for the No. 2 seed. The No. 4 seed is up for grabs between Guilderland (4-3), Bethlehem (3-4), Christian Brothers Academy (3-4) and Niskayuna (3-4). A Guilderland victory over CBA Friday guarantees the Dutchmen the No. 4 seed, while a CBA win plus Niskayuna and Bethlehem wins would create a four-way tie for fourth place. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoff brackets are partially set”

Scenes from Section 2 Class AA football: Big plays give Niskayuna a victory over Bethlehem

DELMAR – Two big plays helped Niskayuna pull away for a 26-17 victory over Bethlehem Saturday, Oct. 13, in a Section 2 Class AA football game.

After Derek Martelle’s 32-yard touchdown run helped the Eagles (3-4) tie the score at 7-7 in the first quarter, Aaron Whitley returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to put the Silver Warriors (3-4) in front again. Then in the second quarter, Dan Brownell connected with Richie Quinn on a 69-yard touchdown pass to increase Niskayuna’s lead to 20-7. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class AA football: Big plays give Niskayuna a victory over Bethlehem”

Liam O’Mara runs through Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to lead Queensbury to Grasso Division title

By ROB JONAS

BURNT HILLS – Liam O’Mara stepped up in the biggest football game of the season for Queensbury.

The senior rushed for 180 yards and scored all of the Spartans’ points in a 42-21 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday, Oct. 12.

The victory clinched the Grasso Division title and home field advantage for the first two rounds of the Section 2 Class A playoffs for Queensbury (6-0 division, 7-1 overall), while dropping Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (5-1, 6-1) into the No. 2 seed. Continue reading “Liam O’Mara runs through Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to lead Queensbury to Grasso Division title”

Section 2 Class A football: Scotia-Glenville clinches a playoff berth with a victory over Gloversville

Scotia-Glenville clinched fourth place in the Grasso Division and a Section 2 Class A football playoff berth with a 40-21 victory over Gloversville Friday, Oct. 12.

The Tartans (3-3 division, 3-4 overall) scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from the visiting Huskies (1-5, 1-6).  Continue reading “Section 2 Class A football: Scotia-Glenville clinches a playoff berth with a victory over Gloversville”

Section 2 Class C football: Helderberg Valley pulls away from Taconic Hills

Helderberg Valley made its case for playing in the Section 2 Class C football playoffs with a 31-14 victory over Taconic Hills Friday, Oct. 12.

The win tied Helderberg Valley (4-3 overall) and Catskill-Cairo-Durham for third place in the South Division with a 3-2 record, and it holds the tiebreaker over CCD by virtue of its 46-12 victory on Sept. 8. The top two teams from each of the three divisions automatically qualify for Sectionals, along with two wildcard teams. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C football: Helderberg Valley pulls away from Taconic Hills”

Scenes from Section 2 Class A football: Liam O’Mara’s big night leads Queensbury past Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake

BURNT HILLS – Liam O’Mara rushed for 180 yards, six touchdowns and three two-point conversions to lead Queensbury to a 42-21 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and the Section 2 Class A Grasso Division title Friday, Oct. 12.

Queensbury (6-0 division, 7-1 overall) took a 14-8 lead in the first half and pulled away with three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to wrap up home field advantage through the first two rounds of the upcoming Sectional playoffs.

Quarterback Darien LaPietro had a pair of touchdown passes to Rece Gobel for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (6-1, 7-1), which will have the No. 2 seed from the Grasso Division and a first-round home playoff game next weekend. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class A football: Liam O’Mara’s big night leads Queensbury past Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake”