Here are some of the best of the best from the 2015 Section II football season:
BEST COACHING JOB
Amsterdam’s Doug Edick led the Rugged Rams to seven straight wins and a state semifinal berth after an 0-3 start.
Saratoga Springs (11-1) not only secured their first Section II title since 2009, but notched a victory in the state semifinals after never winning a New York tournament game before.
BEST “WE BELIEVE IT’S A RECORD”
Greenwich senior Linnea D’Acchille kicked 53 extra points for what is believed to be the state one-season record for points by a female player. D’Acchille was 13-for-13 in the Witches’ three state tournament games.
BEST RECORD SET
Amsterdam senior Bryan Stanavich set the school career rushing record with 4,255 yards, topping the 4,124 produced by Justice Smith from 1988-91.
BEST RIVALRY GAME PERFORMANCE
Mechanicville senior Jacob Henes accounted for Mechanicville’s first 22 points in a 36-20 Indian Bowl win at Stillwater, including a 65-yard scoring catch and a 65-yard TD run. Henes finished with 24 points on two touchdown runs, his TD catch, a two-point run and four PATs. He also intercepted two passes. He sold no popcorn.
BEST ROGUE PLAY
Acting on his own in the waning moments of a game against Albany, Schenectady junior Maurice Tillman moved from his defensive end spot to tackle just before the snap before making a perfectly timed leap over the line and tackle, leading the Patriots to a 13-12 victory and their only win of the season.
Saratoga Springs senior end Zack Regels drilled Shaker junior quarterback Wahid Nabi on a fourth-quarter pass attempt, and Blue Streaks junior linebacker Eric Stone intercepted the resulting wobbler as part of their 19-14 Section II Class AA title-game win. That pick was Nabi’s only interception all season.
BEST COACHING CALL
Saratoga Springs appeared in dire trouble in the Class AA semifinal game after New Rochelle’s Omar Pulido’s 27-yard field goal tied the game with 43 seconds left. But Blue Streaks coach Terry Jones had called a time out just before the kick, nullifying the field goal. Pulido missed on a second chance, and Saratoga held on for a wild 32-29 win.