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7 things to know before Week 7 high school football

7 things to know before Week 7 high school football

It's the final week of regular season in 3 classifications
7 things to know before Week 7 high school football
Saratoga is one of the teams that can finish with an undefeated regular season after Friday.
Photographer: Erica Miller

Before Week 7 action starts Friday, here are seven things to know about the Section II football scene.

Searching for perfection

Three teams could complete undefeated regular seasons in Week 7.

Saratoga Springs and Troy are both 6-0 Class AA squads, while Class B’s Glens Falls is 6-0.

Class A’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Class D’s Greenwich are also each 6-0, but both those squads are playing eight-week regular seasons.

All the way back

Two teams are looking to turn 0-3 starts into 4-3 regular seasons.

After losing its first three games in Class AA, Guilderland — last year’s Empire Division winner — has outscored opponents 141-0 in three consecutive wins. Guilderland plays winless Albany in Week 7.

Class B’s Schalmont started 0-3 and could force a tie for first place in the Reinfurt Division with a Week 7 win against Hudson. The Sabres have won their last two games by matching 48-0 scores.

Hoosic Valley, which is playing an eight-game regular season as a Class D competitor, is also 3-3 heading into Week 7 after a 0-3 start.

Tops in the state

Two Section II teams remain at No. 1 in the state rankings. Both are reigning state champions.

Troy is No. 1 in Class AA. The Flying Horses can clinch the Liberty Division title with a win this week against Colonie.

Glens Falls in No. 1 in Class B. The Indians have already secured the No. 1 seed from the North Division, but can win the division outright with a victory against Hudson Falls.

Still need to ‘C’

The Class C playoff field of teams is the only one set within Section II, but how those eight teams will match up depends on Week 7 results.

In the North Division, three teams — Holy Trinity, Mechanicville and Stillwater — enter this week’s games tied for first place, while Hoosick Falls has also clinched a playoff spot. In the South Division, Chatham, Voorheesville and Watervliet are tied in the loss column for first place, while Tamarac is also safely in the postseason field.

In terms of seeding, virtually nothing is settled in the classification. The key matchup in the North Division this week is Mechanicville at Hoosick Falls, while Voorheesville at Chatham is the game to watch in the South Division.

On a roll

Currently, nine Section II teams have won at least four consecutive games.

Riding four-game winning streaks are Shenendehowa, Hudson, Holy Trinity and Voorheesville.

Six-game winning streaks belong to Saratoga Springs, Burnt Hills and Greenwich.

Meanwhile, going back to last season, Troy and Glens Falls each have won 19 consecutive games.

Win and in

From the three classifications wrapping up regular seasons in Week 7, there are four programs that can clinch a postseason bid simply by winning.

In Class AA, Bethlehem takes the final playoff spot in the Liberty Division with a victory.

The other three teams are in Class B. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk can secure its Reinfurt Division playoff spot with a win, as can Broadalbin-Perth and Johnstown in the North Division.

Broadalbin and Johnstown are playing each other. Their 6:30 p.m. Friday game amounts to a play-in game.

Major matchups loom

While the postseason starts next week in Class AA, Class B and Class C, teams in Class A and Class D will use Week 8 to finish off their regular seasons.

Clubs playing in the postseason, though, won’t be the only ones playing meaningful games next week.

Amsterdam’s trip to South Glens Falls — unless the Bulldogs upset Queensbury this week — will be a win-and-in game to complete the Class A postseason field. Meanwhile, Hoosic Valley’s trip to Canajoharie in Week 8 looks like it should carry high stakes in Class D Division II.

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

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