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Section 2 football: A first glance at Class A

We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week. To read about Class D, click here. To read about Class C, click here. To read about Class B, click here.

Very little changed for Class A when Section 2 revealed its alignments and schedules for the 2019 football season. Troy, Ballston Spa, LaSalle and Columbia remain in Class A for another season after dropping down from Class AA in 2018.

The lone addition is Albany, a Class AA team that is electing to play a Class A schedule. Albany has made this move before in an attempt to be more competitive during the regular season. Because they are playing in a different class than where they would otherwise compete, the Falcons are not eligible for the playoffs. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class A”


Six Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football players named to Class A All-State team

The New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its Class AA and Class A All-State Football Teams Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had the most players chosen to the All-State team among Section 2 programs with six, led by first-team offense selection Vincent Daviero. The senior led all area running backs with 1,557 yards and 21 touchdowns as he helped the Spartans win the Section 2 Class A title.

Linebacker Bryce Mussen was a second team All-State selection on defense for BH-BL, while tailback D.J.  Lashley received a fifth team honor. Quarterback Darien LaPietro, lineman Victor Little and defensive back Logan Stubblebine were honorable mentions.

Averill Park had five players receive All-State recognition, while Queenbury had four players receive statewide honors. Shaker, Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs all had four players named to the All-State team in Class AA. Continue reading “Six Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football players named to Class A All-State team”

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 playoff brackets are partially set


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”

Section 2 Class A football: Averill Park runs over Columbia in battle of neighbors


EAST GREENBUSH – As Suburban Council rivals, Averill Park and Columbia play against each other in virtually every varsity sport. Gridiron meetings have been rare in recent years, though, because football leagues are determined by class level.

Until this season, Columbia had been a Class AA football team, while Averill Park was in Class A. The only way the neighboring schools could have met was in a crossover game after the regular season concluded. Continue reading “Section 2 Class A football: Averill Park runs over Columbia in battle of neighbors”

Scenes from Section 2 Class A football: Averill Park pulls away from Columbia

EAST GREENBUSH – Two touchdowns in the first quarter propelled Averill Park (5-0) to a 34-0 victory over Columbia (3-2) Friday, Sept. 28, in a Section 2 Class A football game.

Averill Park quarterback Anthony Childrose had two touchdown runs and a touchdown pass to lead the way. The Warriors also forced two Columbia turnovers that they turned into scoring drives, blocked a punt and deflected another. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class A football: Averill Park pulls away from Columbia”

Averill Park football team pursues another strong season in Class A

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Head coach: Zach Gobel

Last year’s record: 7-2

Playoff result: Lost in Class A Sectional semifinal

Returning starters: Jacob Lucier (offensive line), Austin Bradway (offensive line), James Finelli (running back), Carl Nitz (running back/linebacker), Kyle Nethercott (running back/linebacker), Jake Bornt (wide receiver/defensive back), Joe Magill (defensive line), Tim Daniel (defensive line), Andrew Kardelky (linebacker), Joe Milanese (defensive back)

Graduated: Kevin Ryan (defensive line), Jerry Marciele (offensive line), Austin Quell (wide receiver/defensive back), Dom Law (running back/linebacker), Jack Wellington (wide receiver/defensive back), Nick Ferlito (quarterback), Cooper Willis (offensive line/defensive line)

Newcomers: Matt Morin (wide receiver/defensive back), Mike Minehan (offensive line/defensive line), Anthony Childrose (quarterback/defensive back)

Outlook for season: Gobel said the Warriors will have another strong season if the newcomers to the offensive and defensive lines play well.