SECTION II – Week 4 high school football action starts Friday.
Before that, The Daily Gazette is rolling out its weekly look at the top teams in each Section II classification.
No. 1 Christian Brothers Academy (4-0) pitched its second shutout of the season last week against Schenectady. No. 2 Shenendehowa (3-0) and No. 3 Shaker (2-2) meet Friday in one of the year’s most anticipated games, a rematch of last year’s playoff upset win by the Plainsmen. No. 4 Saratoga Springs (3-1) faces Schenectady this week before a three-week gauntlet against Shaker, Shenendehowa and CBA. No. 5 Guilderland (2-1) will look to bounce back from its last-second loss to Saratoga Springs by opening its new turf field Friday against Bethlehem.
This week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Shaker, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland
Last week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Shaker, Saratoga Springs
No. 1 Ballston Spa (4-0) continues to take care of business and has held all four of its opponents to 14 or fewer points. No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (2-1) and No. 3 Amsterdam (3-0) visit Albany and Columbia, respectively, on Friday before an exciting Week 5 clash between the Rams and Spartans. No. 4 La Salle (2-2) pulled out a one-point overtime win against Troy in Week 3. No. 5 (tie) Niskayuna (2-2) and No. 5 (tie) Averill Park (2-2) both have division tests this week against Ballston Spa and Troy, respectively.
Thos week: Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, La Salle, Niskayuna (tie), Averill Park (tie), Troy (also receiving votes)
Last week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Amsterdam, Averill Park, La Salle (tie), Troy (tie)
No. 1 Glens Falls (3-0) got five touchdown passes from Carson Rath in its 38-0 Jug Game win over Hudson Falls and could be on a collision course for a matchup of undefeated teams in Week 5 against No. 2 Gloversville (4-0), which hosts Hudson Falls this week before heading up to Glens Falls on Oct. 8. No. 3 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (3-1) is on a bye this week, while No. 4 Schalmont (2-2) and No. 5 Scotia-Glenville (2-2) meet in a game that will go a long way toward determining the fourth team in the Class B playoffs.
This week: Glens Falls, Gloversville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville, Lansingburgh (ARV)
Last week: Gloversville (tie), Glens Falls (tie), Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Scotia-Glenville, Schalmont, Lansingburgh (ARV)
No. 1 Schuylerville (4-0) has allowed just six points in its three Class C North Division games. No. 2 (tie) Fonda-Fultonville (4-0) and No. 2 (tie) Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren (4-0) boast two of the area’s most impression scoring margins, 181-25 for the Braves and a staggering 245-6 with three straight shutouts for the Wolverines. No. 4 Broadalbin-Perth (4-0) has won each of its last three games by at least 33 points, and No. 5 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (2-1) has back-to-bkac lopsided wins after its opening loss to Schuylerville.
This week: Schuylerville, Fonda-Fultonville (tie), Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren (tie), Broadalbin-Perth, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Stillwater (ARV)
Last week: Schuylerville, Fonda-Fultonville, Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, Broadalbin-Perth, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Cobleskill-Richmondville (ARV), Stillwater (ARV)
No. 1 Cambridge/Salem (4-0) and No. 2 Greenwich (3-1) meet Friday on the Witches’ home field in a game that should determine Class D’s top playoff seed. No. 3 Chatham (3-1) scored a statement win in Week 3, topping No. 4 Voorheesville (2-2) 41-12. No. 5 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (1-2) rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit to put a scare into Greenwich on Friday in a 28-20 loss and has back-to-back winnable games prior to a crucial Week 6 matchup with Voorheesville.
This week: Cambridge/Salem, Greenwich, Chatham, Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain
Last week: Cambridge/Salem, Greenwich, Voorheesville, Chatham, Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Helderberg Valley (ARV)