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Joseph Girard III named Class B football Co-Player of the Year in New York state

Glens Falls quarterback Joseph Girard III was named the Class B Co-Player of the Year for the second year in a row when the New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its small school all-state football teams Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Girard threw for 3,084 yards and 36 touchdowns against six interceptions to lead the Indians to their second state Class B title in three years. He also carried the ball 107 times for 395 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he had three touchdowns on defense and special teams.

Girard split Player of the Year honors with Batavia running back Ray Leach, who set Section 5 records for rushing yards, touchdowns and points scored in leading the Blue Devils to the state final against Glens Falls.

Glens Falls kicker Sam Hogan and Hudson linebacker Spencer Goldstein were first team all-state selections in Class B. Hogan converted 57 extra point kicks and added a pair of field goals, while Goldstein was one of the top defenders for a Hudson team that finished second in the Reinfurt Division. Continue reading “Joseph Girard III named Class B football Co-Player of the Year in New York state”

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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”

Scenes from Section 2 Class C football: Holy Trinity shuts out Mechanicville

SCHENECTADY – Ja-Del Whitfield rushed for two touchdowns to lead Holy Trinity to a 23-0 victory over Mechanicville Saturday, Oct. 6, in a Section 2 Class C football game played at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.

Whitfield capped a first quarter drive with a 1-yard touchdown run and added a 5-yard scoring run in the third quarter to help the Pride (5-1) post their fourth consecutive victory. William Lawson kicked a 27-yard field goal to cap a second-quarter series, and Nelon Priest added a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory. Quarterback Joe Tortello threw for 187 yards for Holy Trinity.

Mechanicville (2-4) was led by its defense, as the Red Raiders stopped three Holy Trinity drives inside their own 5-yard line. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class C football: Holy Trinity shuts out Mechanicville”

Joe Tortello ties a state record for touchdown passes in Holy Trinity’s victory over Canajoharie-Fort Plain

SCHENECTADY – Holy Trinity quarterback Joe Tortello entered rarified territory Saturday, Sept. 15.

The junior joined five other quarterbacks in New York State high school football history in throwing eight touchdown passes in a single game, as he led the Pride to a 56-20 victory over Canajoharie-Fort Plain in a Section 2 Class C Central Division game at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. Continue reading “Joe Tortello ties a state record for touchdown passes in Holy Trinity’s victory over Canajoharie-Fort Plain”

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”