BURNT HILLS — Moments after his team’s Week 6 win, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake head coach Matt Shell praised what Glens Falls had offered his group.
“There’s no substitute for competition,” Shell said. “There’s no substitute for adversity. You can only get better by being involved in games like this.”
And, well, Burnt Hills doesn’t have to wait long for its next great test.
That one comes 7 p.m. Friday against Queensbury, a fellow undefeated Section II Class A Grasso Division program. The teams meet with the division title — and the division’s No. 1 seed for the postseason — on the line, and knowing another meeting could loom in a few weeks in the playoffs like one did last year when Burnt Hills topped Queensbury for the area title.
Glens Falls head coach Pat Lilac’s program has taken on both Burnt Hills and Queensbury this season. His squad lost to both teams of Spartans, and he expects the Week 7 matchup between the two to resemble a heavyweight fight.
“Queensbury is a more powerful team; and Burnt Hills is more of a speed-based team,” Lilac said, “but they both have the ability to do both.”
Queensbury hasn’t been played closer than 14 points this season, while Burnt Hills’ closest game was a 27-7 win against Ballston Spa. Queensbury has won five games this season by 40-plus points, while Burnt Hills has registered three wins of that variety.
“We have to prepare mentally, physically, and just get ready for that game,” said Burnt Hills senior DJ Lashley, who scored five touchdowns last weekend. “It’s going to be a good game.”
Besides Queensbury at Burnt Hills, here are four more games to watch in Week 7. Each starts at 7 p.m. Friday.
La Salle at Amsterdam
This matchup is one of several this week that serves as a postseason play-in game. The winner here clinches the final postseason bid from the Class A Capital Division.
Cobleskill-Richmondville at Schalmont
With a win, Cobleskill clinches the Class B Reinfurt Division title. Meanwhile, a Schalmont win sets the Sabres up to clinch the division with a win next Tuesday in their makeup game vs. Hudson.
Holy Trinity at Stillwater
In a rematch of last year’s Section II Class C Super Bowl, each squad is looking to secure the Central Division championship. Holy Trinity is 5-1 on the year, and won last year’s area title game against a Stillwater program that is 6-0 this season.
Averill Park at Troy
After suffering a Week 1 loss to Schalmont, Troy hasn’t lost. Meanwhile, Averill Park hasn’t been played closer than 11 points during its 6-0 start. The winner claims the Class A Capital Division crown.