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School football: Ten numbers to know

Some key stats heading into Week 7
Senior John Mancini will start at quarterback for Fonda-Fultonville Friday against Stillwater.
Senior John Mancini will start at quarterback for Fonda-Fultonville Friday against Stillwater.

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Here are 10 numbers to know ahead of Week 7 of the 2019 Section II high school football season.


Fewest points Holy Trinity has scored in a game this season, those coming in a 42-7 Week 1 win over Hudson. Holy Trinity (4-0, 6-0) put up 55, 49, 63, 49 and 56 points afterward behind seniors Joey Tortello, Noah Foster and Nacier Hundley, and leads Section II with 314 heading into Friday’s key Class B Reinfurt Division game at Schalmont (3-1, 4-2). Holy Trinity can sew up its second straight outright division title with another win.


Number of times Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (4-1, 4-2) and Queensbury (5-0, 6-0) will have met after Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. showdown at Queensbury for the Class A Grasso Division top spot. Burnt Hills holds a 15-11 lead in the series. Queensbury holds a 7-6 series edge in home games, Burnt Hills is 7-2 at home, and the teams are 2-2 at neutral sites. That includes Burnt Hills’ Class A Super Bowl wins over Queensbury in 2018 and 2017.


The distance in yards of Paul Lomanto’s game-winning, fourth-quarter field goal that enabled Gloversville to slip past Mohonasen 17-14 in Week 6 and keep its postseason hopes alive. Gloversville (1-4, 1-5) will host Scotia-Glenville (2-3, 3-3) Friday in a game that will decide the Class A Grasso Division’s No. 4 playoff seed as long as Ballston Spa (4-1, 4-2) beats South Glens Falls (1-4, 2-4).


Shaker’s Section II-leading regular season winning streak, which the Class AA league leaders extended last week by beating Schenectady 55-6. Glens Falls owns Section II’s longest overall winning streak, 13 games, which the reigning state Class B champion extended last week by beating Broadalbin-Perth 47-8. Shaker (5-0, 6-0) hosts CBA (3-2, 4-2) Friday, and Glens Falls (4-0, 6-0) goes to Hudson Falls (2-2, 2-4) Saturday for the annual Jug Game.


Combined wins by Fonda-Fultonville (3-0, 6-0) and Stillwater (3-0, 6-0), who play Friday at Stillwater to decide the Class C Central Division championship. Section II’s other unbeaten teams are Shaker, Queensbury, Glens Falls and Holy Trinity. Six other teams — Niskayuna, Albany, Lansingburgh, Hoosic Valley, Cairo-Durham/Catskill and Cohoes — are still seeking their first win.


Combined wins by Amsterdam (3-2, 4-2) and La Salle (3-2, 4-2), who will play on the Cadets’ field Friday to determine the No. 3 and No. 4 playoff seeds from the Class A Capital Division. The game will feature senior running backs Payton Ausfeld of Amsterdam and Traydon Lawrence of La Salle. Ausfeld ran for 222 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s 33-20 loss to Averill Park. Lawrence ran for 190 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 42-8 win over Green Tech.


Touchdowns accounted for by senior quarterbacks John Mancini of Fonda-Fultonville and James Galarneau of Stillwater in Week 6 wins. Mancini threw four scoring passes — two apiece to Jackson Atty and Giovanni DiCaprio — when the Braves topped Johnstown 26-13 to remain among Section II’s unbeaten teams. Galarneau had a hand in three touchdowns, running for one and passing to Ryan Greene and Isaac Cutler for the others, when the Warriors beat Mechanicville 34-7 for their fourth straight Indian Bowl victory.


Consecutive wins for Shenendehowa (5-1, 5-1) since its 28-14 loss to Shaker. The streak includes wins over Niskayuna, Colonie, Guilderland and CBA when the Plainsmen outscored those teams 173-34. Shenendehowa travels to Averill Park (5-1, 5-1) for a non-classification game Friday matching state-ranked team. Schuylerville (4-1, 5-1) is also riding a four-game win streak, and Greenwich (3-1, 5-1) has notched five straight victories.


Consecutive shutouts recorded by Bethlehem (3-2, 4-2), which blanked Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Week 6 (25-0), stuffed Colonie (30-0) in Week 5 and surrendered only a fourth-quarter score while beating CBA (33-6) in Week 4.  Bethlehem also shut out Saratoga Springs in Week 2 (30-0). Bethlehem has games remaining at Niskayuna (0-6, 0-6) and at Schenectady (2-3, 3-3) and holds the head-to-head edge over CBA (3-2, 4-2) for the Class AA No. 4 playoff seed.


Glens Falls’ state Class B rank on the New York State Sportswriters Association’s weekly poll. In all, 14 Section II teams are ranked. The others are Shaker (No. 7) and Shenendehowa (No. 23) in Class AA; Troy (No. 13), Queensbury (No. 14), Averill Park (No. 19) and Ballston Spa (No. 21) in Class A; Holy Trinity (No. 6) in Class B; Stillwater (No. 3), Cambridge/Salem (No. 7), Fonda-Fultonville (No. 11) and Greenwich (No. 14) in Class C; and Warrensburg (No. 8) and Chatham (No. 11) in Class D.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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