From Week 2 of the Section II football season, here are five things to know.
The touchdown reception for Dylan Jones in CBA’s 28-0 win Friday against Schenectady was one that mixed luck and concentration, as the pass from quarterback Jack Gregory first hit into Jones’ helmet before the senior, staying with the play, grabbed the rebound before heading into the end zone in the first half’s final minute.
In the game’s second half, Jones’ highlight reception was all skill. On a windy night that made all pass attempts an adventure, Jones made a one-handed catch look easy.
Did he mean to do that?
Well, yes . . . unless head coach Joe Burke is the one asking.
“Coach would yell at me if I said that I meant to do that,” Jones, laughing, said, “so I’m going to go with that I didn’t mean to do it; it just so happened to be one-handed.”
Jones’ CBA squad is 2-0 through two weeks of play and hasn’t allowed a point.
“Now, the green team is up next,” Jones said of the Brothers’ Week 3 matchup with Shenendehowa.
LEIGH IMPRESSIVE IN TROY WIN
At this juncture of his high school football career, Troy senior running back Xavier Leigh has little left to prove, but he’s playing as if he still does.
The speedy senior delivered four touchdowns Friday night, three of them coming on screen passes from Alex Wolfe, in a 55-6 Class A Capital Division win over Amsterdam.
“We almost had this taken away,” Leigh said after running for 90 yards on 12 carries and totaling 111 yards with his three receptions. “We want to give it our all. We’re holding nothing back.”
Leigh turned a short pass from Wolfe into an 83-yard touchdown the first time he touched the ball in what was Troy’s second impressive win. Leigh scooted down the left sideline and broke toward the middle of the field with Amsterdam defenders in pursuit.
“We practice that all the time. It’s not too complicated,” said Leigh, who in 2019 was named to The Daily Gazette All-Area first team. “I got the pass, number five [Nasir Dawud-Soto] gave me a block and I was off to the races.”
The next time Leigh touched the ball he ran for a 42-yard touchdown as part of a 20-point opening quarter for the Flying Horses. He took screens 13 and 15 yards for scores afterward to boost his two-game touchdown total to seven.
“He’s a heck of an athlete,” Amsterdam coach John Homich said. “He gets in open space and he’s gone.”
Homich made his debut as Amsterdam’s coach Friday after the Rams called off their Week 1 game against Albany when some players showed symptoms of COVID-19.
“You never envision your first game going like this,” said Homich, who previously served as an assistant coach at Amsterdam. “We’ll take this and learn from it. Sometimes you face adversity. We’ll make it right.”
Trent Randle rushed for 263 yards in Schalmont’s Week 2 victory.
Somehow, he didn’t lead his own team in rushing.
That distinction belonged to Rodney Parker, who rushed for 308 yards in Schalmont’s 41-0 win against Hudson. Parker scored four touchdowns, while Randle added two.
Parker and Randle combined to rush for 571 yards, and four of their touchdown runs were of at least a dozen yards.
Schalmont plays in Week 3 against Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
Schalmont’s 41-0 win was one of a few impressive performances turned in by teams that were idle in Week 1.
Elsewhere in Class B competition, Broadalbin-Perth got four touchdowns from Ryan Visco — two rushing, one receiving, one on an interception return that covered the entire length of the field — and scored the game’s first 37 points in a 50-16 win over Gloversville.
South Glens Falls also scored an impressive Class B win, rolling 42-8 against Hudson Falls behind three rushing touchdowns from Joshua Ahrens.
In Class C, Fonda-Fultonville got three rushing touchdowns from Giovanni DiCaprio and two receiving touchdowns from Garrett Neff in its 40-14 win over a Corinth/Fort Edward team that was coming off a Week 1 win over Granville.
DOCHAT STEPPING UP
Despite having a roster of 60 players at his disposal, Shenendehowa coach Brian Clawson had to make a decision to have one of his big men play both offense and defense starting this week against Colonie.
Senior offensive lineman Aiden Ritter separated his shoulder, out for the rest of the year, creating a hole in the Plainsmen offensive line.
“To have a senior [Ritter] be out for the season like that, it’s just awful,” Clawson said.
Scott Dochat was called upon to play both ways for Shenendehowa.
“He’s our starting nose guard and we had him come over and play left guard on offense,” Clawson said. “He hasn’t played that position since JV, but physically he’s 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He’s an incredible athlete and a strong kid. We worked with him all week.”
Plainsmen quarterback Brody Vincenzi appreciated the quality replacement in front of him after the loss of Ritter after it struggled against Shaker last week, forcing him to scramble more often and throwing two interceptions in the opening week loss.
“The line looked better this week,” Vincenzi said. “They’re just going to keep progressing. They’re an inexperienced line, but they’re just going to keep progressing week by week.”
Staff writer Adam Shinder contributed to this story.