Friday, October 18, 2013

High School Football Week 7: Games to Watch

Friday Games
CBA at LaSalle - 7PM
Saratoga Springs at Guilderland - 7PM
Bethlehem at Shenendehowa - 7PM
Shaker at Colonie - 7PM
Schenectady at Columbia - 7PM

Saturday Games
Ballston Spa at Albany - 1PM
Niskayuna at Bishop Maginn (A) - 7PM

Saratoga Springs at Guilderland - The Blue Streaks and the Dutchmen battle under the lights for the #2 seed and the right to play at home next week.

Shaker at Colonie - What makes a rivalry game better?  Determining a Divisional Title.  The two teams meet up in the 2013 edition of the Colonie Cup with first place in the Liberty Division up for grabs.  Winner gets the #1 seed.  If the loser is Shaker, they get the #2 seed.  However, if that loser is Colonie, they could drop as far as the #4 seed depending on how the tie-breakers get sorted.

Bethlehem at Shenendehowa - Last year's Super Bowl finalist is not assured of a playoff spot.  That's because Bethlehem is just one game back and could leap the Plainsmen for that final spot should they win the Friday evening contest.  Whomever wins the contest will be the #4 seed, as the Plainsmen do not have any tiebreakers over the Guilderland/Saratoga Springs loser should they win.

Schenectady at Columbia - Both teams are in control of their destiny.  The winner gets into the playoffs, and if that winner is Schenectady, it could be a three-way tie if Colonie loses to Shaker.  With tie-breakers, it could be possible that the Patriots find themselves with a #2 seed, as they do have a head-to-head advantage to Colonie should it come down to them after the third team is eliminated in the Quarter Points system.  But a loss to Columbia will eliminate them, and will set Columbia as the #4 seed.

Friday Games
Averill Park at Burnt Hills - 7PM
Mohonasen at Troy - 7PM

Saturday Games
Gloversville at Queensbury - 1:30PM
South Glens Falls at Amsterdam - 3PM
Niskayuna (AA) at Bishop Maginn - 7PM

South Glens Falls at Amsterdam - South Glens Falls will need help, but it's still possible for the winless Bulldogs to make the playoffs. But in order for that to happen, they'll need Gloversville to pull off the upset over Queensbury, and to win themselves.  A win over Amsterdam would give them head-to-head and a same divisional record with the Rugged Rams, but a Gloversville loss will put them into a three-way tie that would likely eliminate the Bulldogs on the Quarter Points system.

Friday Games
Hudson Falls at Schalmont - 7PM
Cobleskill at Broadalbin-Perth - 7PM
Scotia at Glens Falls - 7PM
Schuylerville at Johnstown - 7PM
Albany Academy at Lansingburgh - 7PM

Saturday Games
Ichabod Crane at Cohoes - 1:30PM
Hudson at Oswego (Sect. 3) - 1:30PM*
Ravena at Green Tech - 6:30PM

Scotia at Glens Falls - Under the lights at Putt LaMay field in Glens Falls, the Indians face a win-and-you're-in situation.  A win over the Tartans will guarantee them a playoff spot, but a loss will have them searching Twitter for the Schuylerville/Johnstown and Cobleskill/Broadalbin-Perth results. A loss will not eliminate the Indians outright, but they'll need help and hope their Quarter Points are good enough to earn them a Sectional game next week.

Albany Academy at Lansingburgh - Last year these two teams put together a dogfight for the ages, accumulating over 100 points before Lansingburgh took the game and the Reinfurt's #1 seed.  This year these two teams are in a win-and-you're-in game, as the winner clinches, and the loser hopes that Ravena knocks off Green Tech on Saturday night.

Ravena at Green Tech - Ravena's guaranteed a playoff spot, win-or-lose. But playing a team like Cobleskill or Scotia on home field would be a better proposition than having to face the Schalmont Sabres in the 1st round.  Green Tech isn't guaranteed anything just yet, and will need to win in order to ensure themselves a playoff spot.  Of course, all could be up in the air should Cohoes loses to Ichabod Crane in the afternoon.

Friday Games
Hoosick Falls at Corinth - 7PM
Stillwater at Mechanicville - 7PM
Granville at Tamarac - 7PM
Fonda at Catholic Central Ticonderoga (Section VII) - 7:30PM

Saturday Games
Chatham at Cairo-Durham - 1PM
Coxsackie-Athens at Voorheesville - 1PM
Taconic Hills at Watervliet - 1PM

Hoosick Falls at Corinth - Both teams will host next week. That's a guarantee. But the division's still up for grabs and Corinth would love to be the team to end the Hoosick Falls 46 Section II game win streak.

Stillwater at Mechanicville - Not only is this a rivlary, but this game could make the difference between facing Fonda in the 1st round or facing Chatham. However, neither team is assured a spot just yet.  If Mechanicville wins, they will clinch a spot and will be the #3 seed.  But if Stillwater wins, watch out.  There'll be a three-way tie for the final two spots.

Granville at Tamarac - The loser of this game is out.  The winner stays in the race, hoping either that Mechanicville wins to give them the #4 seed, or that they have enough Quarter Points to clinch a spot.

Friday Games
Fort Edward at Greenwich - 7PM
Salem at Lake George - 7PM

Saturday Games
Whitehall at Warrensburg - 1PM
Rensselaer at Canajoharie - 1PM
Schoburg at Cambridge - 2PM
Hoosic Valley at Bishop Gibbons/Spa Catholic - 7PM

Salem at Lake George - A win by the Generals will guarantee them a #2 seed and a home date next week.  However, if the Lake George Warriors win, it will cause a logjam for the final two playoff spots that won't get sorted out until about 3PM Saturday afternoon.

Whitehall at Warrensburg - A lot depends on what happens in the Salem/Lake George game.  If Salem wins, both teams will clinch a playoff spot, and the battle will determine who faces Cambridge first.  However, if Salem loses, the winner is guaranteed a home date next week with the #2 seed, and the loser will play the Quarter Points game with Salem and Lake George for the 3rd and 4th playoff spots.

Rensselaer at Canajoharie - Rensselaer will need to bounce back from their loss to Cambridge as they travel west to Canajoharie on Saturday. That's because the winner of this game will win the division's #2 seed and will get to host next week.  The loser will have to hit the road.

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