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Broadalbin-Perth, Johnstown meet in key Week 7 game

Broadalbin-Perth, Johnstown meet in key Week 7 game

Winner advances to postseason
Broadalbin-Perth, Johnstown meet in key Week 7 game
Broadalbin-Perth meets rival Johnstown in Week 7.
Photographer: Michael Kelly

BROADALBIN — Win and in.

That’s the scenario for Broadalbin-Perth.

That’s the scenario for Johnstown.

“So this is a playoff game for us. That’s what we’re treating it like,” Broadalbin head coach Jim Pelneau said earlier this week. “This is playoff football. This is the first round for us.”

Technically, Friday’s 6:30 p.m. matchup at Johnstown finishes off the regular season for both squads. But the winner of the Week 7 contest between two rivals will earn the fourth and final postseason bid from the Section II Class B North Division, while the other will play a crossover game next week.  

Essentially, that makes Friday’s game a play-in game with real stakes — but Broadalbin senior lineman Andrew Syzdek said neither Johnstown (0-3, 1-5) nor Broadalbin (0-3, 2-4) need extra motivation for this matchup.  

“It’s still Johnstown we’re playing, either way,” Syzdek said. “We always want to beat Johnstown.”

Johnstown has lost four consecutive games, while Broadalbin has lost its last three. For the Patriots, the first two losses in that streak came against Glens Falls and Schuylerville — two of the top Class B teams in the state — and the third came last Friday in a 22-20 defeat against Hudson Falls. 

Broadalbin fell behind 16-0 against Hudson Falls and rallied back to lead 20-16 in the fourth quarter before the Tigers pulled out the victory.

It was a gut-wrenching loss for the Patriots, but a team meeting Monday refocused them as they headed toward Friday’s matchup.

“I think that really helped the whole team get a positive outlook,” said Syzdek, one of the team’s senior leaders along with Lucas Coon, Joey Vitalis and Alex Gardner.

Whichever team wins Friday between Broadalbin and Johnstown will receive a jolt of momentum as it turns for the postseason. The matchup there will be against the top seed from the Reinfurt Division — likely Hudson — but taking on that task is now the goal for Broadalbin and Johnstown.

“It’s high school football. It’s why we play the games,” Pelneau said. “The most important thing is to get in and give yourself a shot.”

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Besides Broadalbin’s trip to Johnstown, here are four more notable Week 7 games.

CBA at Shenendehowa, Friday, 7 p.m.

If the Plainsmen win this matchup, things likely end up neatly in the Section II Class AA Empire Division with Shenendehowa taking division’s No. 2 seed, Guilderland at No. 3 and CBA at No. 4. But if the Brothers upset the Plainsmen and Guilderland tops winless Albany, things get messy. In that situation, CBA, Guilderland and Shenendehowa would all tie behind No. 1 Saratoga Springs, and tiebreakers would ensue.

Schalmont at Hudson, Friday, 7 p.m.

Hudson has a chance to make things easy in the Section II Class B Reinfurt Division. If Hudson wins its fifth consecutive game, it takes the No. 1 seed . . . but, if Schalmont springs the upset to win its fourth consecutive game, it’s likely tiebreakers will need to be used to figure out Week 8 postseason matchups.

Mechanicville at Hoosick Falls, Friday, 7 p.m.

This one has similar ramifications to CBA vs. Shenendehowa. Assuming Week 7 wins for Holy Trinity (at Fonda-Fultonville) and Stillwater (vs. Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne), a win for Hoosick Falls means the Section II Class C North Division becomes a tidy one for the postseason, with Holy Trinity as the No. 1 seed followed by Stillwater, Mechanicville and Hoosick Falls. If Mechanicville wins, though, and forces a three-way tie for first place with Holy Trinity and Stillwater — who, in this scenario, would still need to win their Week 7 games — then tiebreakers would come into play.  

Schuylerville at Amsterdam, Friday, 7 p.m.

This is a non-classification game, but should be a good one. Both teams are coming off losses against undefeated teams, and Schuylerville is looking to continue Class B’s impressive showing against Class A teams this season. In 2017, teams from Class A and Class B have split six games.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at mkelly@dailygazette.net or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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