Week 7 of the Section II football season starts Friday night.
Here are five things to know ahead of this week’s gridiron action.
It’s possible that the teams that will make up the field for the Section II Class AA postseason tournament will be finalized with a week to spare.
At the moment, only undefeated Shaker is guaranteed a spot in the classification’s four-team playoffs that start in Week 9. But if Shenendehowa defeats Saratoga Springs and Guilderland tops CBA in Week 7, then it’ll be set heading into Week 8 that CBA, Guilderland and Shenendehowa will join the Blue Bison in the semifinals.
Regardless of Week 7 outcomes, playoff seeds won’t be fully determined until the conclusion of Week 8 games. At the moment, Shaker controls its destiny in terms of earning the No. 1 seed, while CBA controls its path to securing the No. 2 seed.
Both Class A division titles can be wrapped up Friday night with a pair of crucial matchups on tap.
In the Grasso Division, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (2-0 Grasso Division, 5-1 overall) visits Niskayuna (2-0, 5-2) at 7 p.m., with the winner taking sole control of first place. Coach Matt Shell’s Burnt Hills team, which has reeled off five straight victories since its Week 1 loss to Shaker, will lock up the division title with a win thanks to head-to-head tiebreakers over the remaining division contenders. A Niskayuna win would give the Silver Warriors the inside track to a division title — something they could clinch if Ballston Spa also beats Queensbury on Friday — but a Queensbury win this week would turn next week’s Niskayuna vs. Queensbury game into a must-win for coach Brian Grastorf’s squad.
Meanwhile, Amsterdam, Class A’s lone undefeated team, can clinch the Capital Division title with a win Friday at La Salle Institute. Amsterdam (3-0 Capital Division, 5-0 overall) already holds a head-to-head tiebreaker over Averill Park, which beat La Salle (1-1, 3-3) in overtime last week. A win for La Salle, coached by former Union College head coach John Audino, would put a potential three-way tie into place for the two Capital Division playoff spots between Amsterdam, La Salle and Averill Park.
GAME TO WATCH
Gloversville and Hudson Falls meet Friday in a pivotal Section II Class B North Division game.
Glens Falls is atop the division at 3-0, and will pick up a forfeit win this week since its opponent — Broadalbin-Perth — was unable to play due to a lack of available players. Heading into this week, B-P, Gloversville and Hudson Falls are each 1-1 in divisional action, so the winner of the Week 7 game at Gloversville will position itself alone in second place heading into Week 8.
With a Week 7 win, Gloversville will own head-to-head victories against B-P and Hudson Falls, and will have secured the division’s second — and final — playoff berth. A Hudson Falls win in Week 7 will mean Week 8 games in the Section II Class B North Division will have postseason-seeding consequences.
Fonda-Fultonville’s 40-0 win Sunday against Johnstown made the playoff picture in the Class C North Division fairly cut-and-dry for the final week of the classification’s regular season.
Schuylerville and Hoosick Falls/Tamarac have wrapped up the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively, with Cobleskill-Richmondville currently in third and Fonda-Fultonville in fourth. Cobleskill-Richmondville, which owns a forfeit victory over Fonda-Fultonville, clinches the No. 3 seed with a win Friday at Johnstown, while Fonda-Fultonville clinches a playoff spot with a win Friday at Mechanicville. Wins by either Johnstown or Mechanicville could bring three-way tiebreakers into place, though Fonda-Fultonville and Cobleskill-Richmondville currently hold advantages in regards to Section II’s quarter points tie-breaking system.
Since losing its first game of the season to undefeated Greenwich, head coach Ian Godfrey’s Stillwater program has rolled through its schedule. Since its 27-19 loss to Greenwich, last week’s 21-point win against Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton was Stillwater’s closest game.
The Warriors were scheduled to play host this week to Canajoharie/Fort Plain, but the game was postponed because C/FP did not have enough players to compete. If the game is not made up and C/FP forfeits, Stillwater will clinch the Section II Class D South Division championship and a No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
Several other teams were unable to play this week, too, including Mohonasen.