Saturday, October 5, 2013

Queensbury Clinches Top Seed

With Queensbury's 48-28 victory over the Amsterdam Rugged Rams last night, the Spartans have clinched the top spot in the Class A Northwest.

Pete Tobey of the Post-Star recaps the game better than we would having been there, so check out his printed recap, as well as his expanded analysis on the game.

The win improves the Spartans to 3-0 in divisional play and 5-0 overall with two games to play.  Since next week's game for the Spartans is a non-divisional game, against Class AA's Columbia, the Spartans will fare no worse than 3-1 in the division.

Amsterdam fell to 1-1 in divisional play, and are 3-2 overall with losses to Troy and Queensbury.  Burnt Hills sits at 2-1 in divisional play, 4-1 overall with their lone loss being to the Spartans.  Since both teams play each other in Week 6, it will be guaranteed that one of those two teams will have a second divisional loss.

In addition, according to Section 2's tie-breaking procedure that was published in 2012, the first tie-breaker is head-to-head competition.  So if Queensbury was to lose their Week 7 game against Gloversville, that would equal their divisional record with the winner of the Burnt Hills/Amsterdam match.  Since Queensbury beat both teams, they would clinch top spot based on head-to-head.

That means the Queensbury Spartans are guaranteed to host a Sectional Quarterfinal game on October 26th, and should they win, they'd be guaranteed to host a Sectional Semifinal game the following Saturday.

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