Shenendehowa defense made up for special teams miscues

Saratoga Springs' Rodell Evans III throws a pass against Shenendehowa’s Brett Steiner during their high school football game in Clifton Park on Friday.
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Saratoga Springs' Rodell Evans III throws a pass against Shenendehowa’s Brett Steiner during their high school football game in Clifton Park on Friday.

SECTION II – Week 6 of the Section II football season is in the books. 

Before we turn our attention fully to Week 7, here’s one last look back at several notable moments from this past week’s football action.

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

While the Saratoga Springs special teams units played well in the first quarter of the Blue Streaks’ 35-7 loss to Shenendehowa on Friday, that only served to poke the bear.

After Trey Varcoe recovered the Shenendehowa-touched ball on a punt at the Plainsmen’s 47, Shenendehowa held Saratoga Springs to minus-five yards on its next series. After Jacob King recovered the next Shenendehowa-fumbled punt at the Plainsmen’s 24, Shenendehowa held Saratoga Springs to minus-nine yards.

A Plaismen running back then fumbled on the next series, with Saratoga Springs’ Gordon Murray recovering on Shenendehowa’s 43, but again the Plainsmen held firm, holding the Blue Streaks to minus-four yards.

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STREAK SNAPPED

The longest active winning streak against Section II competition ended Friday night when Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren took down Schuylerville 18-7 in a Class C North Division showdown.

It was the first loss for the Black Horses against a Section II opponent since they lost to Glens Falls in Week 2 of the 2019 season. It ended a string of 29 consecutive wins against area opponents and 31 consecutive regular-season wins overall.

Between that Sept. 13, 2019 loss to Glens Falls and Friday’s loss to Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, the only two losses Schuylerville has suffered both came at the hands of Chenango Forks, in the 2019 Class B and 2021 Class C state championship games.

ONE-ARMED BANDIT

Despite playing with an arm that was heavily wrapped up and padded Broadalbin-Perth senior Camron VanSlyke turned in a huge defensive effort in Friday’s 25-22 win over Johnstown at Knox Field.

VanSlyke intercepted three passes on the night and also recovered a fumble for the Patriots.

“Cam [VanSlyke] was massive for us tonight, even with just one good hand,” Wallace said. “It was awesome to see that kind of performance from a first year player who is a senior.”

VanSlyke ended Johnstown’s final possession with his third interception of the night, snaring a pass at the Patriots’ 21-yard line to seal the crucial Class C South DIvision victory for B-P.

The Patriots, who had lost their previous two games to Schuylerville and Cobleskill-Richmondville, improved to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in Class C South play. B-P is scheduled to host Fonda-Fultonville this Friday at Patriot Field in the first meeting between the teams since 2007.

PLAYOFF BOUND

The fourth and final Class D playoff spot was essentially wrapped up Friday night when Canajoharie/Fort Plain beat Voorheesville 16-0.

The Cougars have been one of Section II’s hottest teams over the past several weeks. Since falling down 21-0 at halftime of their Week 3 game against Greenwich, coach Shannon Hyney’s team has outscored its opposition 134-25 over its past 14 quarters.

Canajoharie/Fort Plain closes out its Class D regular-season slate Friday at home against Chatham, and a Cougars win could potentially force a three-way tie for second place behind undefeated Cambridge/Salem with Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Greenwich and Chatham all at 5-2.

RIVALRY RENEWED

One of Section II’s most storied rivalries came back Friday night as Stillwater defeated Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley 55-14. It was the first Stillwater-Mechanicville clash since 2019, and the first in the rivalry since the Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley football merger, which is in its inaugural season.

Stillwater’s fifth straight win in the rivalry was fueled by quarterback Colby Paffen, who threw for 106 yards and a touchdown — all to receiver Trevor Cowing — and added 13 rushing attempts for 126 yards and two scores.

Lukas Lilac also played a starring role, rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown on offense and adding a school-record 99-yard interception return for a touchdown on defense.

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