From Week 5 of the Section II football season, here are five things to know.
In his first couple weeks as Shenendehowa’s starting quarterback, junior Brody Vincenzi made plays when needed, but mostly served to manage the Plainsmen’s attack during blowout wins.
Tied 7-7 last Friday against Guilderland at halftime, Shenendehowa head coach Brian Clawson changed that up.
“We unleashed him in the second half,” Clawson said of Vincenzi, who passed for all three of his touchdowns in the second half.
After completing only one short pass in the first half, Vincenzi finished 6 of 11 passing for 135 yards. In his third game as Shenendehowa’s starter, Vincenzi’s touchdown passes went 38, 39 and 45 yards.
The junior also made a couple key blocks to help senior running back Billy Beach, who scored three touchdowns against Guilderland.
“Brody’s tough,” Clawson said. “He’s got a linebacker’s mentality that he brings to the quarterback position.”
TARTANS IN DRIVER'S SEAT
Scotia-Glenville enhanced its Class A playoff hopes considerably with a 40-22 homecoming win over South Glens Falls Friday night.
At 2-2 in the Grasso Division, Scotia sits in the No. 4 playoff spot ahead of South Glens Falls (1-3), Mohonasen (1-4) and Gloversville (0-4), and behind Queensbury (4-0), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (4-1) and Ballston Spa (3-1).
The Tartans finish up with road games at Ballston Spa and Gloversville, and a win in either game will have them playoff bound for the second year in a row after a three-year absence. Depending on other outcomes, the Tartans could even make the sectionals with two setbacks.
Scotia-Glenville beat Mohonasen 13-12 in Week 4 for the first victory on its new turf field before winning there again Friday behind David Fresoni's five touchdown passes. Scotia-Glenville lost the first game played on its new field in Week 3 against Queensbury 56-13.
Scotia-Glenville is 3-2 overall with a non-classification win against Hudson Falls.
LARGER SCHOOLS WIN
Week 5 featured several non-classification matchups between likely playoff teams that had already won multiple games this season, and each one of them saw the school from the larger classification win.
Class AA’s Shaker won 21-7 against Class A’s Ballston Spa, Class A’s La Salle Institute topped Class B’s Cobleskill-Richmondville 42-13, Class B’s Holy Trinity was a 49-28 winner against Class C’s Cambridge/Salem and Class’s Stillwater won 25-0 against Class D’s Warrensburg.
Schalmont junior Trent Randle had already made an impact in Friday's Class B Reinfurt Division game with Ichabod Crane when he took the third-quarter kickoff 75 yards to the end zone for his third touchdown.
“You can put Trent anywhere on the field and he’ll make a play,” Schalmont coach Joe Whipple said after his teams’ 55-8 win.
A slotback and cornerback, Randle took a sweep for an 8-yard touchdown in the first quarter; then, he scored on a 40-yard pass play in the second quarter, making a catch around the 15, spinning away from defenders and racing the rest of the way.
"If we can get them thinking about Trent on the outside, it opens up the middle," Whipple said.
The 11th-grader who also plays basketball pounced on a fumble to set up a second-quarter touchdown run by Ben Burchhardt, and intercepted a pass before his scoring reception.
“I was doing it for my team,” Randle said.
INDIAN BOWL PROLOGUE
Stillwater will be looking to gather additional momentum, while Mechanicville will be looking to bounce back against a neighboring rival it hasn't beaten since the 2015 season in next Friday's Indian Bowl game on the Warriors' field.
Stillwater (2-0, 5-0) knocked off Warrensburg in Week 5, and Mechanicville (0-2, 2-3) lost to Greenwich Friday 14-0 in a Class C game as a prelude to the annual showdown.
Stillwater will have an opportunity to pull even with Fonda-Fultonville (3-0, 5-0) in the Class C Central Division, and a victory would extend its Indian Bowl victory streak to four games. Stillwater beat Mechanicville in 2016 in overtime (29-28), in 2017 (48-13) and last year (29-6). Mechanicville won back-to-back Indian Bowls in 2015 (36-20) and 2014 (46-6).
Last year's Indian Bowl was played at Tamarac while Mechanicville's new athletic complex was nearing completion.