SECTION 2 – The 2023 Section 2 football schedule is set.
The schedule was distributed Wednesday night, but with a caveat included. The postseason format for both Class A and Class C is yet to be determined. According to an email from Section 2 football coordinator Bob Dorrance that accompanied the schedule release, the Section 2 Athletic Council will hold a vote in June to determine whether those two classifications will hold four-team or eight-team playoffs.
Should the four-team playoff format be adopted, Week 8 of the regular season will include crossover games that would not affect postseason seeding. If the eight-team format is adopted, those playoffs will begin in Week 8, with non-playoff teams participating in crossover games.
Classes AA and D will continue to use four-team playoffs this year, while Class B will use an eight-team format.
Class A has used a four-team playoff in each of the last two seasons. In both years, the Capital Division finished with tiebreakers determining at least one of its playoff spots. In both 2021 and 2022, Amsterdam was eliminated via quarter points tiebreakers.
The season starts with Week 0 on the weekend of Sept. 1-2, with Week 1 on Sept. 8-9.
Here are some other notes from the schedule release.
MOVING UP, MOVING DOWN
There are a number of teams moving either up or down in classification in 2023.
Class AA will gain Ballston Spa, which is moving up from Class A, while Bethlehem drops from Class AA to Class A. Bethlehem will join the Capital Division alongside Amsterdam, Averill Park, Troy, Columbia and La Salle, while Mohonasen will move over to the Grasso Division alongside Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, South Glens Falls, Queensbury, Ballston Spa, Niskayuna and Albany — which opted again to play down in Class A without being eligible for the postseason.
Broadalbin-Perth, Ichabod Crane, Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley and Cairo-Durham/Catskill all move up to Class B. The former three were in Class C last season, while Cairo-Durham/Catskill played in Class D without postseason eligiblity.
Corinth moves up to Class C after being a non-playoff Class D program in 2022, while Class D sees the addition of Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton and Stillwater, both of which drop down from Class C.
SUPER BOWL REMATCHES
Last year’s championship games from classes AA, A, B and D will all see regular-season rematches.
Christian Brothers Academy and Shenendehowa, who have met in the last two Class AA Super Bowls, will meet in a Week 5 game at CBA. The Brothers, two-time defending Class AA champions, are on three-year probation from Section 2 for a violation of NYSPHSAA’s Recruitment and Undue Influence rule, and are prohibited from competing in Week 0 in 2023.
The earliest Super Bowl rematch comes in Week 2, when Niskayuna will host Averill Park in a game that should also be the first football game on Niskayuna’s renovated field. Cambridge/Salem will also host Chatham in a Class D Super Bowl rematch in Week 2.
The Class B title game rematch comes in Week 6, when two-time defending champion Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk hosts Lansingburgh.
With Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton moving down, there’s no Class C Super Bowl rematch on the docket, though Week 5 will see a matchup between the 2022 Class C and Class D champs when Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton visits Cambridge/Salem.
2023 SECTION 2 FOOTBALL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
CLASS A — Troy at Queensbury, Columbia at South Glens Falls
CLASS B — Schalmont at Broadalbin-Perth, Gloversville at Cohoes, Glens Falls at Hudson Falls/Fort Edward, Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley at Scotia-Glenville, Ichabod Crane at Lansingburgh, Green Tech at Hudson, Cairo Durham/Catskill at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
CLASS C — Cobleskill-Richmondville at Granville/Whitehall, Watervliet at Johnstown, Fonda-Fultonville at Schuylerville, Corinth at Taconic Hills, Coxackie-Athens at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac
CLASS D — Greenwich at Helderberg Valley, Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Cambridge/Salem, Voorheesville at Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton, Stillwater at Chatham
NON-CLASSIFICATION — Amsterdam at Ballston Spa, CBA at La Salle, Colonie at Mohonasen, Guilderland at Bethlehem, Saratoga Springs at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Schenectady at Albany, Averill Park at Shaker, Niskayuna at Shenendehowa
CLASS AA — Ballston Spa at Saratoga Springs, Shaker at CBA, Guilderland at Colonie, Shenendehowa at Schenectady
CLASS A — Averill Park at Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at La Salle, Bethlehem at Queensbury, Albany at Amsterdam, South Glens Falls at Troy, Columbia at Mohonasen
CLASS B — Lansingburgh at Cohoes, Broadalbin-Perth at Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley, Glens Falls at Gloversville, Hudson Falls/Fort Edward at Scotia-Glenville, Ichabod Crane at Hudson, Schalmont at Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk at Green Tech
CLASS C — Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Cobleskill-Richmondville, Fonda-Fultonville at Corinth, Taconic Hills at Watervliet, Granville/Whitehall at Rensselaer, Schuylerville at Coxackie-Athens
CLASS D — Greenwich at Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Chatham at Cambridge/Salem, Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton at Helderberg Valley, Voorheesville at Stillwater
NON-CLASSIFICATION — Johnstown at Ausable Valley
CLASS AA — Ballston Spa at Shenendehowa, CBA at Schenectady, Colonie at Shaker, Saratoga Springs at Guilderland
CLASS A — Troy at Columbia, Amsterdam at La Salle, Bethlehem at Averill Park, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at Niskayuna, Queensbury at Mohonasen, Albany at South Glens Falls
CLASS B — Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Broadalbin-Perth at Glens Falls, Gloversville at Hudson Falls/Fort Edward, Scotia-Glenville at Cohoes, Lansingburgh at Schalmont, Hudson at Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Green Tech at Ichabod Crane
CLASS C — Cobleskill-Richmondville at Coxsackie-Athens, Johnstown at Taconic Hills, Rensselaer at Fonda-Fultonville, Schuylerville at Granville/Whitehall, Corinth at Watervliet
CLASS D — Greenwich at Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton, Cambridge/Salem at Stillwater, Helderberg Valley at Chatham, Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Voorheesville
NON-CLASSIFICATION — Moriah at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac
CLASS AA — Guilderland at Ballston Spa, CBA at Colonie, Schenectady at Saratoga Springs, Shaker at Shenendehowa
CLASS A — Amsterdam at Bethlehem, La Salle at Troy, Columbia at Averill Park, Niskayuna at Queensbury, South Glens Falls at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Mohonasen at Albany
CLASS B — Hudson at Glens Falls, Cohoes at Broadalbin-Perth, Scotia-Glenville at Gloversville, Hudson Falls/Fort Edward at Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley, Green Tech at Lansingburgh, Cairo-Durham/Catskill at Ichabod Crane, Schalmont at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
CLASS C — Fonda-Fultonville at Cobleskill-Richmondville, Johnstown at Coxsackie-Athens, Taconic Hills at Rensselaer, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Schuylerville, Corinth at Granville/Whitehall
CLASS D — Stillwater at Greenwich, Cambridge/Salem at Voorheesville, Helderberg Valley at Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton at Chatham
CLASS AA — Ballston Spa at Colonie, Shenendehowa at CBA, Schenectady at Guilderland, Saratoga Springs at Shaker
CLASS A — La Salle at Columbia, Bethlehem at Troy, Averill Park at Amsterdam, Queensbury at South Glens Falls, Mohonasen at Niskayuna, Albany at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
CLASS B — Gloversville at Green Tech, Broadalbin-Perth at Scotia-Glenville, Cohoes at Hudson Falls/Fort Edward, Glens Falls at Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley, Lansingburgh at Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk at Hudson, Ichabod Crane at Schalmont
CLASS C — Taconic Hills at Cobleskill-Richmondville, Rensselaer at Johnstown, Coxsackie-Athens at Fonda-Fultonville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Corinth, Granville/Whitehall at Watervliet
CLASS D — Chatham at Greenwich, Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton at Cambridge/Salem, Helderberg Valley at Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Stillwater
CLASS AA — Shaker at Ballston Spa, CBA at Guilderland, Colonie at Schenectady, Shenendehowa at Saratoga Springs
CLASS A — Columbia at Bethlehem, Averill Park at La Salle, Troy at Amsterdam, South Glens Falls at Mohonasen, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at Queensbury, Niskayuna at Albany
CLASS B — Ichabod Crane at Hudson Falls/Fort Edward, Broadalbin-Perth at Gloversville, Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley at Cohoes, Scotia-Glenville at Glens Falls, Lansingburgh at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont at Hudson, Cairo-Durham/Catskill at Green Tech
CLASS C — Cobleskill-Richmondville at Johnstown, Fonda-Fultonville at Taconic Hills, Rensselaer at Coxsackie-Athens, Watervliet at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Schuylerville at Corinth
CLASS D — Voorheesville at Greenwich, Cambridge/Salem at Helderberg Valley, Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Chatham, Stillwater at Lake George/Warresnburg/Bolton
CLASS AA — Schenectady at Ballston Spa, CBA at Saratoga Springs, Colonie at Shenendehowa, Guilderland at Shaker
CLASS A — Troy at Averill Park, La Salle at Bethlehem, Amsterdam at Columbia, Mohonasen at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna at South Glens Falls, Queensbury at Albany
CLASS B — Scotia-Glenville at Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Hudson Falls/Fort Edward at Broadalbin-Perth, Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley at Gloversville, Cohoes at Glens Falls, Hudson at Lansingburgh, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk at Ichabod Crane, Green Tech at Schalmont
CLASS C — Cobleskill-Richmondville at Rensselaer, Johnstown at Fonda-Fultonville, Coxsackie-Athens at Taconic Hills, Granville/Whitehall at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Watervliet at Schuylerville
CLASS D — Greenwich at Cambridge/Salem, Helderberg Valley at Stillwater, Chatham at Voorheesville, Lake George/Warrensburg/Bolton at Canajoharie/Fort Plain
CLASS AA — Ballston Spa at CBA, Saratoga Springs at Colonie, Shenendehowa at Guilderland, Shaker at Schenectady
CLASS A* — Bethlehem at Niskayuna, Mohonasen at Averill Park, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at Columbia, Albany at Troy, South Glens Falls at Amsterdam, Queensbury at La Salle
CLASS C* — Cobleskill-Richmondville at Watervliet, Schuylerville at Johnstown, Granville/Whitehall at Fonda-Fultonville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Rensselaer, Corinth at Coxsackie-Athens
* — Crossover games if a four-team playoff format is adopted.