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Section 2 football: A first glance at Class AA

This is the final look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2. To read about Class D, click here. To read about Class C, click here. To read about Class B, click here. To read about Class A, click here.

There was only one change to Class AA for the 2019 Section 2 football season. Albany elected to play in Class A, leaving Class AA with only nine teams playing in one division: Bethlehem, Christian Brothers Academy, Colonie, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Shaker and Shenendehowa.

The lack of any additions to the Class AA field means that there will be only four teams qualifying for Sectionals for the second consecutive year. The move to one division was precipitated in 2018 when Troy, Ballston Spa, Columbia and LaSalle moved down to Class A following new BEDS numbers posted by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class AA”

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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”

Scenes from Section 2 Class AA football: Guilderland hangs on to defeat Bethlehem

DELMAR – Guilderland jumped out to a 14-0 lead and fended off a late Bethlehem rally to pull out a 21-12 victory Friday, Sept. 14, in a Section 2 Class AA football game. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class AA football: Guilderland hangs on to defeat Bethlehem”

New coach, new starters for Bethlehem football team in 2018

Bethlehem

Head coach: John Carlino

Last year’s record: 5-4

Playoff result: lost to Saratoga Springs in Class AA quarterfinal

Returning starters: Patrick Ryan (wide receiver/defensive back), Chris Ramundo (offensive line/defensive line), Alex Shudt (running back/outside linebacker), Ryan Cartwright (wide receiver/defensive back)

Graduated: David Montalvo (quarterback), Chris Harvey (wide receiver/defensive back), Ethan Sheraw (running back/outside linebacker)

Newcomers: Paul Kelly (offensive line/defensive line), Derek Martelle (quarterback/defensive back), Nick Gicewicz (running back/defensive end)

Outlook for season: Carlino said what the Eagles lack in size, they will make up for in athleticism.

“If we can stay healthy, we’ll be able to compete with any Class AA team,” said Carlino, who is taking over for Rick Leach this season. “We plan on putting all our athletes on the field on offense and defense to counter-balance teams that bring more size than us.”

Carlino said he has been emphasizing conditioning and special teams play this preseason to prepare Bethlehem to battle for one of the four Class AA playoff berths.

“We feel that will be the difference in a few close ball games where every Friday matters,” said Carlino.