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Week 7 will determine plenty

Week 7 will determine plenty

Key football games throughout Section II
Week 7 will determine plenty
Quarterback James Galarneau will lead Stillwater in its key Class C game with Holy Trinity Friday.
Photographer: Erica Miller

Here are five things to know heading into Week 7 of the Section II high school football season.

THIS IS IT

With the exception of Schalmont and Hudson, all of the Section II Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D teams will conclude their regular seasons this weekend. The Section II tournament begins with Week 8 quarterfinals in Class A, Class B and Class C, while the Class D teams play crossovers in Week 8. Class AA and Class D teams begin postseason play with Week 9 semifinals.

Schalmont will host Hudson next Tuesday in a Class B Reinfurt Division game that was postponed Oct. 5 when cases of Coxsackievirus were confirmed at Schalmont. The game will have playoff seeding implications depending on the outcome of Friday's Cobleskill-Richmondville (4-0, 4-2) at Schalmont (3-0, 4-1) game and the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (2-2, 3-3) at Hudson (2-1, 3-2) game.

NO. 1 SEEDS WILL BE DETERMINED

Top seeds in both Class A divisions will be determined Friday when Averill Park (4-0, 6-0) travels to Troy (4-0, 5-1) for a Capital Division showdown, and Queensbury (5-0, 6-0) goes to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (5-0, 6-0) for a Grasso Division clash. Burnt Hills has won four straight against Queensbury including last season's Class A Super Bowl 27-20.

Cobleskill-Richmondville can secure the Class B Reinfurt Division No. 1 seed with a win at Schalmont Friday. A Schalmont win Friday and another Tuesday will leave the Sabres as the Reinfurt Division No. 1 seed.

Holy Trinity (4-0, 5-1) travels to Stillwater (4-0, 6-0) Friday to determine the Class C Central Division No. 1 seed. Holy Trinity beat Stillwater twice last season, the second time in the Class C Super Bowl 34-12, on its way to the state title game.

Warrensburg (4-0, 5-1) hosts Whitehall (4-0, 4-2) Saturday for the Class D No. 1 seed.

With any possible head-to-head tie-breakers already in its favor, Shaker (6-0) can lock up the Class AA No. 1 playoff seed Friday with a win at CBA (3-3, 3-3).

LOCKED IN

A handful of Section II teams have already secured division titles. They include Glens Falls (3-0, 4-2, Class B North Division), Cambridge/Salem (4-0, 6-0, Class C North Division) and Chatham (6-0, 6-0, Class C South Division).

CLASS AA SCRAMBLE

With Shaker, Saratoga Springs (5-1) and Shenendehowa (5-1) in line for Class AA playoff spots, CBA, Guilderland and Bethlehem (all 3-3) are the top contenders for the division's No. 4 seed. Bethlehem has games left with Niskayuna (2-4) and Schenectady (1-5), Guilderland plays Colonie (2-4) and CBA, and CBA plays Shaker before its matchup with the Dutchmen.

Saratoga will host Schenectady Friday, and Shenendehowa will travel to Albany (0-6) Saturday before its Week 8 rivalry game in Clifton Park with the Blue Streaks.

CLASS A SPOTS ON THE LINE

Amsterdam (1-3, 2-3) hosts La Salle (1-3, 1-5) Friday in a winner-take-all for the Class A Capital Division No. 4 seed. La Salle forfeited a pair of non-league wins earlier this week due to an ineligible player.

Scotia-Glenville (2-3, 2-4) can snag the Class A Grasso Division No. 4 seed with a win at home Friday against Gloversville (1-4, 1-5). Scotia-Glenville last qualified for the playoffs in 2014.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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