From Week 3 of the Section II football season, here are five things to know.
Ballston Spa left the field after its 41-13 win at Mohonasen mostly focused on the little things — a penalty here, a missed block there — that had gone wrong for it.
“But,” Ballston Spa first-year head coach Jason Ohnsman said, “a win’s a win, and, at the end of the day, that’s what we want.”
That victory improved the Scotties’ record to 2-1 overall and in the Class A Grasso Division — and there is nothing the Scotties want more than to push their mark to 3-1 after hosting Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (3-0, 3-0) next Friday.
“It adds a little bit to it that they’re about five minutes down the road,” Ohnsman said.
More than that, Burnt Hills is the three-time defending area Class A champion. Ballston Spa senior David Rodak, who scored two touchdowns against Mohonasen, said the Scotties “like to consider [the Spartans] our rivals,” but Ohnsman said Ballston Spa knows it has work to do to make the Spartans feel the same way.
“It’s really not a rivalry until you start trading [wins] a little bit,” Ohnsman said.
Burnt Hills won 26-0 in Week 3 against South Glens Falls, and has outscored its opponents 130-25 this season, while Ballston Spa has outscored opponents 90-19 since falling 10-6 to Queensbury in Week 1.
SCHENECTADY LEADS POINTS BARRAGE
Though pleased, Schenectady coach Carm DePoalo wasn’t about to make any bold predictions after his team put up 60 points at Colonie Friday night. His Patriots also surrendered 52 in the Class AA contest.
“We are a work in progress,” DePoalo said. “We tell our guys, ‘Trust the process, and we’ll get better.’”
Schenectady has made significant strides on the offensive side of the ball since opening its season with a 42-12 loss to CBA. The Patriots topped Green Tech 47-6 in a Week 2 non-league game before beating Colonie with 524 yards of offense. Senior quarterback Seven Terry led the way Friday with 146 passing yards and three touchdowns, and 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jah Haggray had a touchdown run and catch, and Jonon White scored on a reception and an interception return in Schenectady’s highest scoring game since a 64-42 win against Niskayuna in 2008.
“We’ve got some great athletes,” DePoalo said.
Among the other high-scoring teams that prevailed Friday night were Schalmont (57), Shaker (56), Queensbury (56), Shenendehowa (55), Warrensburg (52), Hudson (50), Holy Trinity (49), Greenwich (48), Stillwater (48) and Cobleskill-Richmondville (47). On Saturday, Whitehall scored 50 points in a win.
IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT
Holy Trinity (3-0, 3-0) took another step forward in its bid for the Class B Reinfurt Division title Friday night when Joey Tortello threw five touchdown passes in a 49-13 win at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (0-1, 1-2).
Holy Trinity is the division’s only remaining unbeaten team and has two games left: at Ichabod Crane (0-1, 1-2) next Friday and at Schalmont (1-1, 2-1) in Week 7.
Holy Trinity has cross-classification games in between those division games against Cambridge/Salem and Albany.
Holy Trinity won its first outright division championship in 2018, going 5-0 in Class C Central Division, and is a newcomer to Class B competition. Holy Trinity owns other Reinfurt wins this season against Hudson (42-7) and Cobleskill-Richmondville (55-24).
Tortello boosted his season touchdown total to 12 with his five strikes against Ravena, two of them going to Nacier Hundley and two more to Noah Foster. Foster also scored on a kickoff return for the second week in a row.
NO ORDINARY QUARTERBACK
Queensbury senior Nate Angell is unlike a lot of large-school quarterbacks in that he blocks on sweeps and is an impact defensive player in the Spartans’ secondary. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder displayed his willingness to stick his nose in there on running plays Friday when Queensbury won at Scotia-Glenville 56-13, and he also made a couple of big defensive plays with an interception and a fumble return for a 42-yard touchdown.
Angell’s scoring return came after a forced fumble by Seth Guay. Angell also threw his first touchdown pass of the season, finding Connor Havern in the end zone from 11 yards out as the Spartans raced to a 21-0 advantage.
Queensbury (3-0, 3-0) stayed even with Burnt Hills atop the Class A Grasso Division with Friday’s win. Those teams meet in Week 7.
BIG PLAYS SPARK BRAVES
Down 7-6 at halftime, Fonda-Fultonville rallied for an 18-7 win after scoring a pair of long touchdowns in the third quarter.
Jack Atty returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 83 yards for a touchdown, while John Mancini returned a fumble 85 yards for another third-quarter score.
The victory kept Fonda perfect on the season, as the Braves are 3-0 for new head coach Sean Thompson. All of Fonda’s wins have been against fellow Section II Class C Central Division squads.
Mechanicville fell to 0-2 in divisional games and 1-2 overall.