From Week 4 of the Section II football season, here are five things to know.
FOSTER STARS ON SPECIAL TEAMS
Senior Noah Foster struck again Friday night early in Holy Trinity’s non-division Class B game at Ichabod Crane.
Later on, he did it again.
Foster started the scoring with 70-yard punt return for a touchdown, and capped it with a 55-yard kickoff return for a score in Holy Trinity’s 63-7 win that pushed its record to 4-0.
Foster now has four special-teams touchdowns in Holy Trinity’s last three games, with a 70-yard kickoff return for one in a Week 3 win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and an 85-yard kickoff return for another in a Week 2 win against Cobleskill-Richmondville.
“The guys do a great job of blocking for him, and he’s just so fast,” coach John Barber said of Foster, one of the holdovers from Holy Trinity’s 2017 state runner-up team. “When he gets free, no one has a shot at him.”
Foster scored five touchdowns Friday, the others coming on a reception and two running plays, and he has 12 touchdowns on the season. Foster also had two of Holy Trinity’s four interceptions Friday.
“He’s been a reliable source since coming out his sophomore year,” Barber said.
Holy Trinity quarterback Joey Tortello threw four touchdown passes to give the senior nine in the last two games, and 16 for the season.
DOWN TO NINE
After only four weeks of action, Section II’s crop of undefeated teams is down to including only nine programs.
The lone 4-0 teams in Section II are Averill Park, Cambridge/Salem, Fonda-Fultonville, Glens Falls, Holy Trinity, Queensbury, Shaker, Stillwater and Warrensburg.
From that group, four teams — Shaker, Glens Falls, Cambridge/Salem and Warrensburg — are defending Section II championships in their respective classifications, while Fonda is the lone team not to have made last year’s playoffs.
Three teams suffered their first loss of the season in Week 4. Burnt Hills, CBA and Whitehall each dropped to 3-1, with Whitehall’s loss coming against Warrensburg.
In Week 5, Cambridge/Salem and Holy Trinity meet in a matchup of unbeaten squads.
Ballston Spa continued its string of super-stingy efforts Friday night when it kept Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake out of the end zone until the fourth quarter in a 9-7 Class A Reinfurt Division win.
The Scotties (3-1) have allowed 32 points, and have not surrendered a touchdown in the first three quarters in any of their games.
“I love every single one of these guys,” Ballston Spa senior linebacker and halfback James Prastico Jr. gushed after his team handed Burnt Hills its first loss. “Defense is something we take a lot of pride in.”
Burnt Hills (3-1) beat Gloversville (49-13), Scotia-Glenville (55-12) and South Glens Falls (26-0) before the three-time defending Section II Class A champion met up with Ballston Spa. Burnt Hills scored in the fourth quarter on a 35-yard run by Diamonte Sanderson after Caeden LaPietro took a screen pass 37 yards, but the Spartans struggled to find any consistency.
Ballston Spa lost its opener to Queensbury (10-6) before beating Gloversville (49-6), Mohonasen (41-13) and Burnt Hills, which came into the game with a No. 8 state ranking.
Amsterdam senior Peyton Ausfeld set a single-game school record with 322 rushing yards on 27 carries Saturday when the Rugged Rams topped Albany 34-6 in a Class A game and improved to 3-1.
Five of those runs resulted in touchdowns that covered 47, 40, 23, 17 and 8 yards. Former Gazette All-Area first-team selection Bryan Stanavich had held the Amsterdam record since the 2014 season when he ran for 305 yards against Averill Park.
Griffin Woodell of Glens Falls also produced five touchdowns Saturday in a 49-16 Class B win over Hudson that left the Indians 4-0. Woodell scored all of his TDs in the first half when the Indians raced to a 43-0 lead, on two runs from scrimmage covering 1 and 5 yards, on a fumble return that covered 38 yards, and on two punt returns that went for 62 and 58 yards.
In a rivalry matchup, Broadalbin-Perth stormed to a 40-7 Week 4 win against Johnstown in a Section II Class B North Division matchup.
The game was a key one. With the win, Broadalbin-Perth (1-1, 2-2) puts itself in strong position to earn one of its division’s four postseason spots, while Johnstown (1-3, 1-3) finds itself no longer controlling its own postseason destiny.
In the victory, Ivan Roberts rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.