Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Four Things That Shocked Us: Week 1

Here's what stunned us the most from the first week of High School Football.
Week 1 Articles: Full Scoreboard | Greenwich wins over Hoosick Falls

4) Schuylerville's 35-26 win over Schalmont

We get that Schuylerville is a state finalist team that shut out Schalmont last year, but last year's squad is nothing like what the Black Horses brought out to the field with them on Friday night.  With the majority of the key players walking the aisle back in June, Schuylerville head coach John Bowen had a lot of work to do in order to get this team competitive.

Getting always dangerous Schalmont as their first week opponent didn't make that process easier.

But the Black Horses bounced back from a slow start to overtake the Sabres and walk away with a huge victory to show the Reinfurt Division they still mean business in 2016.

It doesn't get any easier for Schuylerville, as they travel down to Southern Albany County for a non-divisional match against Ravena.  Ravena wants to shake off the ill taste gained from their loss to Glens Falls.  It doesn't get any easier for Schalmont.  While they're heading home, they host Glens Falls, who looked very strong in their Week 1 debut.

3) Greenwich shuts out Hoosick Falls

We expected, despite some departures from the 2015 roster that brought them to Syracuse, that Greenwich was going to be good.  However, we expected Hoosick Falls would also be good, as a Ron Jones squad wouldn't be kept down for long.

It didn't look that way at all for Hoosick Falls, getting shut out in a game they lost complete control of early on.

The Witches seemed to fill in the roster holes left by Lucas Whitehouse and Mike Brandow's graduations by Josh James and Reese Cristaldi, and quickly catapulted to the top of the Class C consideration list for who might be playing in Stillwater in early November.

Hoosick Falls will try to prevent a 0-2 start as they travel to Schaghticoke to face Hoosic Valley on Saturday.  Hoosic Valley returned to Class C competition in a big way last year when they knocked off the Panthers in Week 1, ending a 59 game streak of beating Section 2 opponents.

Greenwich will travel to Granville to face the Golden Horde.

2) Albany's stunner in their home debut

The Albany Falcons, a perennial doormat in Class AA, stunned Section 2 with their come-from-behind 16-14 win over the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks on Saturday Afternoon.

The win was Albany's first regular season win in over 11 years, last beating LaSalle in October 2005.  What makes the win more stunning is that the Falcons produced this against a team that made it to Syracuse last year, even though the Blue Streaks did graduate a lot of that nucleus that brought them to the Carrier Dome.

1) Troy wins BIG over Shenendehowa in AA debut

In our "Games to Watch" last week, we wondered if Troy was going to have what it takes to knock off a perennial power in Shenendehowa.

The answer, a resounding "yes!".

The Flying Horses grabbed the lead early and never looked back, beating the Shenendehowa Plainsmen 33-7 in Troy's return to Class AA competition after a five year absence.

But in retrospect, maybe we should of given these Flying Horses a stronger look.  After all, John Germinerio and Dev Holmes, two integral factors in Troy's big come-from-behind win over the Queensbury Spartans last October in the Class A Semifinals.

But the win still is stunning, and should give the kids in Troy something to be excited about.

So what is your shocker for Week 1?  Was it one of these or was there a result you think is surprising that we forgot?  Let us know in the comments below or tweet them at @WMML1230.

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