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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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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

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”

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”

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”

Section 2 Class A football: Queensbury rolls past Gloversville

Queensbury scored five touchdowns in the first quarter and rolled to a 68-7 victory over Gloversville Friday, Sept. 28, in a Section 2 Class A football game.

Liam O’Mara had touchdown runs of 32 and 26 yards to start the game, and then he returned a punt 50 yards for another six points to help Queensbury jump out to a 21-0 lead. O’Mara finished with 92 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Sean O’Connor contributed 93 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Spartans, who outgained Gloversville 385-142. Nate Angell and Joseph Slattery added scoring runs in the first half.

Petey Raldiris ran for 41 yards and caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from Julien Deumaga for Gloversville.

Class A football previews: Gloversville, Mohonasen, Queensbury and Troy

Gloversville
Head coach: Jared Bongo
Last year’s record: 4-5
Playoff result: did not make the playoffs

Returning starters: Julien Deumaga (wide receiver/safety), Sam Getman (fullback/middle linebacker), Patrick Raldiris (cornerback), Anthony Albanese (offensive line/defensive end), Dom Proietti (offensive line), John Carpenter (offensive line/defensive tackle), Kam Port (linebacker) Continue reading “Class A football previews: Gloversville, Mohonasen, Queensbury and Troy”

Scenes from a football scrimmage

GUILDERLAND CENTER – Section 2 football teams participated in preseason scrimmages across the region Saturday, Aug. 25. One such scrimmage was held at Guilderland High School, where the Dutchmen hosted Queensbury, Albany and Green Tech. The regular season begins Friday, Aug. 31. Photos by Rob Jonas