Through six weeks of play in Section II football, here’s our look at the top five teams in each classification.
Entering the final week of its regular season, Troy (No. 1, 6-0) looks like an unstoppable force — both locally and in the state. Unless there is an upset between now and Week 9 that derails their meeting, Saratoga Springs (No. 2, 6-0) vs. Shaker (No. 3, 5-1) in the semifinals could be a classic. After losing in Week 2 at Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa (No. 4, 5-1) has quietly put together a four-game winning streak heading into this week’s clash with CBA. Guilderland (No. 5, 3-3) continues to impress after its 0-3 start.
Last week: Troy, Saratoga Springs, Shaker, Shenendehowa, Guilderland
Senior Jake Stanko ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (No. 1, 6-0). In an impressive showing, Averill Park (No. 2, 5-1) went to Queensbury (No. 3, 3-3) and picked up a critical win toward sectional seeding. South Glens Falls (No. 4, 4-2) and Amsterdam (No. 5, 3-3) continue to look like their Week 8 matchup will determine this classification’s final postseason bid.
Last week: Burnt Hills, Averill Park, Queensbury, Amsterdam, South Glens Falls
Glens Falls (No. 1, 6-0) wrapped up the North Division’s top seed with its win against Schuylerville (No. 2, 5-1). What stands in the way of Glens Falls vs. Schuylerville in the Super Bowl is Hudson (No. 3, 4-2), which has won four consecutive games since starting its season with losses to the North Division’s top clubs. Cobleskill-Richmondville (No. 4, 5-1) bounced back from its first loss with a needed win, while Schalmont (No. 5, 3-3) continues to climb back after its 0-3 start.
Last week: Glens Falls, Schuylerville, Hudson, Cobleskill, Broadalbin-Perth
Holy Trinity (No. 1, 5-1) is on a four-game winning streak in which it has outscored opponents 192-31. Stillwater (No. 2, 5-1) thumped Mechanicville (No. 3, 5-1), creating a three-way tie in the classification’s North Division along with the Pride. Meanwhile, Voorheesville (No. 4, 5-1) and Watervliet (No. 5, 5-1) keep on winning in the South Division.
Last week: Mechanicville, Holy Trinity, Stillwater, Voorheesville, Watervliet
Greenwich (No. 1, 6-0) vs. Cambridge (No. 2, 5-1) looks like this classification’s championship game in Section II — but it might feature the state’s top teams, too. Warrensburg (No. 3, 5-1) moves up a spot after trouncing Canajoharie (No. 4, 5-1) in a key matchup, but Hoosic Valley (No. 5, 3-3) could still steal a spot in the postseason field from either of those clubs.
Last week: Greenwich, Cambridge, Canajoharie, Warrensburg, Whitehall