Patriots need another run for playoffs

Schenectady needs to put together another late-season run to keep its football playoff streak alive.
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Schenectady needs to put together another late-season run to keep its football playoff streak alive.

The Patriots won their final three Liberty Division games last season to earn a spot in the Section II Class AA tournament for the fourth consecutive time.

“In Class AA there are 13 teams, and the top eight go,” said Schen-ectady coach Jim Kramer. “We have been a part of that for the last four years. It’s a streak we’re looking to continue.”

Schenectady is tied for third place in the Liberty Division with Niskayuna and LaSalle, each team showing a 1-1 record. Columbia is 3-1 and Shaker is 2-0.

“Looking at the division, I think Columbia is in there somewhere. Then you have Shaker, us, LaSalle and Niskayuna, and we all play each other in the next three weeks,” said Kramer. “Us four will have to sort it out.”

Schenectady plays at Shaker tonight before hosting Niskayuna and traveling to LaSalle. The Patriots are attempting to set a program record with a fifth straight postseason berth. The school’s 2000-03 teams also made four consecutive sectional appearances.

“We do control our own destiny,” said Kramer. “I think two out of three gets us in, but we’re going to try for the sweep. We’re going to address each game like it’s a playoff game.”

Schenectady lost to Niskayuna, Shaker and Troy in division games last season before rebounding with victories over Columbia, LaSalle and Colonie to gain the No. 4 Liberty seed. The Patriots lost to Ballston Spa in the Class AA quarterfinals.

“It’s good to know it can be done,” said Kramer. “That group last year showed a lot of perseverance.”

Schenectady opened this season with a 14-7 division win over Col-onie before losing three straight to Empire Division tri-leader Ballston Spa (41-34, overtime), three-time defending Section II Class A champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (34-12) and Columbia (22-13).

“We’ve shown glimpses of real solid play, and we’ve shown glimpses of things that need to be improved on. Consistency is the word of the week in our locker room,” said Kramer. “We’re on the door step. We need to find a way to take care of business.”

Football rankings

Hoosick Falls (4-0, Class C), Troy (4-0, Class A) and Schalmont (4-0, Class B) — who own a combined 60-game winning streak against Section II opponents — check in at Nos. 3, 4 and 6, respectively, in the latest state football rankings.

The three teams lead an area group of nine ranked by the New York State Sportswriters Assoc-iation. The others are Shenendehowa (4-0, Class AA, No. 9), Fonda-Fultonville (4-0, Class C, No. 9), Cambridge (4-0, Class D, No. 9), Amsterdam (4-0, Class A, No. 12), Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (3-1, Class B, No. 20) and Christian Brothers Academy (4-0, Class AA, No. 21).

Record runs

Mike Scott of Fonda-Fultonville set a course record at Cohoes Tuesday with a 13:28 over 2.58 miles in the Braves’ Colonial Council cross country sweep of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Watervliet and the host Tigers.

Steve Curry set a Catholic Central record for 2.75 miles at Knickerbocker Park, placing fourth in 15:14 in a Big 10 meet with Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and Schenectady.

B-P sets course mark

The Broadalbin-Perth golf team recorded its lowest home course total since joining the Foothills Council in 1998 with a 140 Wednesday.

Jacob Rounds and Kyle Blodgett both carded a 34 in the match with Scotia-Glenville at Holland Meadows Golf Course. Connor Gifford fired a 35 and Cody Husek shot a 37.

Scotia-Glenville’s 147 included a 34 by Mike Curcio.

What they’re doing

Former Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons standout Derrick Pitts was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Rookie of the Week after rushing for 116 yards and a touchdown Saturday in Norwich University’s 38-20 win over Becker College.

Pitts’ first start in the Cadets’ backfield included a 54-yard scoring run, giving the freshman three touchdowns this season. He also had his team-leading 10th reception and made a tackle on special teams in Norwich’s first victory in four games.

Pitts was selected an all-state Class D first-team quarterback as a senior in 2009 after leading ND-BG to six wins, including its first-ever Section II playoff victory.

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