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Stillwater-Mechanicville football game in limbo

Stillwater-Mechanicville football game in limbo

Section II football schedule for 2020 season released
Stillwater-Mechanicville football game in limbo
The Indian Bowl matching Stillwater and Mechanicville is a potential season-opening game.
Photographer: Erica Miller

The Stillwater and Mechanicville football teams will compete in different classes in the 2020 football season and are not officially scheduled to play each other this upcoming fall, but that could change.

A matchup between the longtime rivals is among several potential games listed on the 2020 Section II football schedule that Section II football coordinator Bob Dorrance distributed Monday to area coaches. Those games are listed in the "Block Zero" category, or non-league games that could be played instead of season-starting scrimmages the first weekend of September if the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Executive Committee by vote approves a 14-week schedule at its May 27 meeting.

"I'm cautiously optimistic that the proposal will go through," Section II football coordinator Bob Dorrance said. "At this time, nothing is written in stone. They are potential games that coaches have talked about."

Along with the Indian Bowl that matches Mechanicville and Stillwater, Gloversville vs. Johnstown, CBA vs. La Salle, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk vs. Mohonasen, Granville vs. Whitehall and Broadalbin-Perth vs. Fonda-Fultonville are other potential games listed in the "Block Zero" category.

"I hope it [the state proposal] passes. Every coach I've talked to is on board with it, but priorities are shifting," Stillwater coach Ian Godfrey said in reference to the coronavirus pandemic that has closed schools and put a halt on athletic activities. "They [NYSPHSAA] may be so concerned with saving what's left of the spring that they shelve it. On the other side, we've already done the leg work, and they may say, 'Let's go.' I'm trying to stay optimistic."

NYSPHSAA football coordinator and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk head coach Gary VanDerzee formally introduced the proposal to add an additional non-league contest at the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee meeting in February. The state football committee unanimously approved the proposed back in December.

"It would be a fantastic way to start the season," said Godfrey, whose team used an Indian Bowl win in 2019 as a stepping stone toward the Section II Class C title. "If we get a chance to play Mechanicville, we want to do that. I'm sure Mechanicville feels the same way. Our kids look forward to it. Our communities look forward to it. It's a game you circle every year. To not have it, it's hard to put in words."

Stillwater is among several schools that will move from Class C to Class D for the 2020 season due to enrollment figures, while Mechanicville remains in Class C.

Here are a few more notes on the 2020 schedule.

SHIFTING PLACES

Four of Section II's eight Class C playoff teams from the 2019 season will play in Class D in 2020 based on enrollment figures. The group on the move includes Stillwater, Greenwich, Voorheesville and Cambridge/Salem.

Among the other teams that will play in a different class in 2020 will be Niskayuna (from Class AA to Class A), Columbia (A to AA), Gloversville (A to B), Green Tech (A to B), Johnstown (B to C), Ichabod Crane (B to C), Schuylerville (B to C), Hoosic Valley (C to D), Canajoharie/Fort Plain (C to D) and Corinth/Fort Edward (D to C).

PLAYOFF INELIGIBLE

Class AA-size Albany and Class B-size Cohoes will again compete in Class A and Class D, respectively, for the 2020 season. Both programs remain in a rebuilding phase and will not be eligible for postseason competition regardless of their record.

STARTING PLAYOFFS

Class A, B, C and D will have eight teams qualify for Section II tournament play in 2020, and those teams will see quarterfinal action the weekend of Oct. 30-31. Class AA will have four teams qualify for Section II tournament play, and they will meet in semifinal games the weekend of November. 6-7. The other four classes will also hold semifinals that weekend, and the championships will follow the weekend of November 13-14.

Shenendehowa (AA), Queensbury (A), Schuylerville (B), Stillwater (C) and Warrensburg (D) won Section II championships in 2019. Schuylerville was the state runner-up.

KEY GAMES

Shenendehowa will host Queensbury in Week 6 in a matchup of defending Section II champions. The non-league game will cap a four-game stretch for the Plainsmen that includes games with Guilderland in Week 3 (Super Bowl rematch) rival Saratoga in Week 4 and Shaker in Week 5.

Stillwater has a three-game stretch in Weeks 4-6 that includes road games at Greenwich, Cambridge and Warrensburg. Troy plays Queensbury in Week 3 and meets Glens Falls in Week 6. The Jug Game between Hudson Falls and Glens Falls, and a game pitting Saratoga and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, is in Week 2. Schalmont takes on Holy Trinity in Week 4.

SCHEDULE
WEEK 1
CLASS AA

CBA at Schenectady, Bethlehem at Shaker, Shenendehowa at Columbia, Saratoga Springs at Guilderland.
CLASS A
Niskayuna at Troy, Queensbury at Mohonasen, Burnt Hills at Scotia-Glenville, La Salle at Green Tech.
CLASS B
Holy Trinity at Hudson, Cobleskill-Richmondville at Schalmont, Ravena at Lansingburgh.
CLASS C
Schuylerville at Ichabod Crane, Cairo Durham/Catskill at Johnstown, Taconic Hills at Fonda-Fultonville.
CLASS D
Chatham at Hoosic Valley, Helderberg Valley at Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Warrensburg at Granville, Corinth/Fort Edward at Whitehall, Cohoes at Voorheesville.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Colonie at Averill Park, Albany at Gloversville, Hudson Falls at South Glens Falls, Ballston Spa at Glens Falls, Broadalbin-Perth at Amsterdam, Greenwich at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Watervliet at Cambridge/Salem, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne at Mechanicville, Coxsackie-Athens at Stillwater.

WEEK 2
CLASS AA

Shaker at CBA, Schenectady at Shenendehowa, Guiderland at Bethlehem, Columbia at Colonie.
CLASS A
Averill Park at Troy, Niskayuna at La Salle, Amsterdam at Albany, South Glens Falls at Queensbury, Ballston Spa at Scotia-Glenville.
CLASS B
Cobleskill-Richmondville at Ravena, Schalmont at Lansingburgh, Broadalbin-Perth at Gloversville, Hudson Falls at Glens Falls.
CLASS C
Schuylerville at Coxsackie-Athens, Johnstown at Taconic Hills, Fonda-Fultonville at Cairo-Durham/Catskill.
CLASS D
Cohoes at Chatham, Helderberg Valley at Hoosic Valley, Rensselaer at Voorheesville.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Burnt Hills at Saratoga Springs, Mohonasen at Holy Trinity, Green Tech at Hudson, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Warrensburg, Whitehall at Mechanicville, Granville at Greenwich, Cambridge-Salem at Corinth/Fort Edward, Ichabod Crane at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Stillwater at Watervliet.

WEEK 3
CLASS AA

Shenendehowa at Guilderland, Colonie at Shaker, CBA at Saratoga Springs, Columbia at Schenectady.
CLASS A
La Salle at Albany, Amsterdam at Niskayuna, Mohonasen at Ballston Spa, South Glens Falls at Burnt Hills, Troy at Queensbury.
CLASS B
Lansingburgh at Cobleskill-Richmondville, Ravena at Schalmont, Gloversville at Glens Falls, Green Tech at Broadalbin-Perth, Holy Trinity at Hudson Falls.
CLASS C
Johnstown at Granville, Fonda-Fultonville at Schuylerville, Mechanicville at Corinth/Fort Edward, Ichabod Crane at Taconic Hills, Watervliet at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Cairo-Durham/Catskill at Coxsackie-Athens.
CLASS D
Rensselaer at Helderberg Valley, Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Cohoes, Voorheesville at Chatham, Greenwich at Cambridge/Salem, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne at Stillwater, Whitehall at Warrensburg.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Bethlehem at Averill Park, Hudson at Scotia-Glenville.
WEEK 4
CLASS AA

Guilderland at Colonie, Saratoga Springs at Shenendehowa, Shaker at Columbia, Bethlehem at CBA.
CLASS A
Averill Park at Albany, Queensbury at Burnt Hills, Scotia-Glenville at Mohonasen, Amsterdam at Ballston Spa, South Glens Falls at Niskayuna.
CLASS B
Ravena at Hudson, Schalmont at Holy Trinity, Glens Falls at Green Tech, Hudson Falls at Gloversville, Broadalbin-Perth at Lansingburgh.
CLASS C
Corinth/Fort Edward at Fonda, Schuylerville at Johnstown, Granville at Mechancville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Coxsackie-Athens at Ichabod Crane.
CLASS D
Helderberg Valley at Cohoes, Chatham at Rensselaer, Hoosic Valley at Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Warrensburg at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Stillwater at Greenwich, Cambridge/Salem at Whitehall.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Schenectady at Troy, Cobleskill-Richmondville at La Salle.

WEEK 5
CLASS AA

Shenendehowa at Shaker, CBA at Guilderland, Colonie at Schenectady, Saratoga Springs at Bethlehem.
CLASS A
La Salle at Averill Park, Troy at Amsterdam, Ballston Spa at Queensbury, Scotia-Glenville at South Glens Falls, Albany at Burnt Hills.
CLASS B
Hudson at Cobleskill-Richmondville, Lansingburgh at Holy Trinity, Gloversville at Ravena, Green Tech at Hudson Falls, Glens Falls at Broadalbin-Perth.
CLASS C
Corinth/Fort Edward at Schuylerville, Fonda-Fultonville at Granville, Johnstown at Mechancivlle, Watervliet at Cairo-Durham/Catskill, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac at Ichabod Crane, Taconic Hills at Coxsackie-Athens.
CLASS D
Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Rensselaer, Voorheesville at Helderberg Valley, Hoosic Valley at Cohoes, Stillwater at Cambridge/Salem, Warrensburg at Greenwich, Whitehall at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Mohonasen at Columbia, Niskayuna at Schalmont.

WEEK 6
CLASS AA

Colonie at Bethlehem, Schenectady at Saratoga Springs, CBA at Colonie, Guilderland at Shaker.
CLASS A
La Salle at Amsterdam, Averill Park at Niskyuna, South Glens Falls at Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills at Mohonasen.
CLASS B
Lansingburgh at Hudson, Holy Trinity at Cobleskill-Richmondville, Hudson Falls at Ravena, Schalmont at Broadalbin-Perth.
CLASS C
Corinth/Fort Edward at Johnstown, Mechancville at Fonda-Fultonville, Schuylerville at Granville, Cairo-Durham/Catskill at Taconic Hills, Coxsackie-Athens at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Ichabod Crane at Watervliet.
CLASS D
Voorheesville at Canajoharie/Fort Plain, Rensselaer at Hoosic Valley, Chatham at Helderberg Valley, Cambridge/Salem at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Greenwich at Whitehall, Stillwater at Warrensburg.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Queensbury at Shenendehowa, Troy at Glens Falls, Albany at Green Tech, Gloversville at Scotia-Glenville.

WEEK 7
CLASS AA

Saratoga Springs at Columbia, Bethlehem at Colonie, Guilderland at Schenectady, Shenendehowa at CBA.
CLASS A
Scotia-Glenville at Queensbury, Ballston Spa at Burnt Hills, Mohonasen at South Glens Falls, Amsterdam at Averill Park, Troy at La Salle.
CLASS B
Hudson at Schalmont, Holy Trinity at Ravena, Broadalbin-Perth at Hudson Falls, Gloversville at Green Tech, Glens Falls at Cobleskill-Richmondville.
CLASS C
Mechanicville at Schuylerville, Johnstown at Fonda-Fultonville, Granville at Corinth/Fort Edward, Coxsackie-Athens at Watervliet, Taconic Hills at Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Cairo-Durham/Catskill at Ichabod Crane.
CLASS D
Hoosic Valley at Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain at Chatham, Cohoes at Rensselaer, Whtiehall at Stillwater, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne at Greenwich, Warrensburg at Cambridge/Salem.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Niskayuna at Lansingburgh, Shaker at Albany.

WEEK 8
CLASS AA

Schenectady at Bethlehem, Columbia at CBA, Shaker at Saratoga Springs, Colonie at Shenendehowa.
NON-CLASSIFICATION
Albany at Guilderland.

Reach Jim Schiltz at [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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