Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Four Things That Shocked Us - Week 2:

4) Mechanicville ROLLS over Ichabod Crane

In this crossover game that was created because of Cohoes dropping varsity football for 2016, Mechanicville made a statement.

Now Ichabod Crane isn't a team with a history of success -- they have made the playoffs only once in their young program history -- but to be shut out 56-0 to a Class C school, it shows that the Red Raiders have a lot of promise in Section 2.

After two weeks, Mechanicville leads Section 2 in total points scored, scoring 56 points in both games this season.  Meanwhile, Ichabod Crane has yet to score a point, joining Ballston Spa in last in that category.

3) Class B, Reinfurt Division

Entering the season, who pegged the standings to read Cobleskill-Richmondville, Albany Academy and Hudson at 2-0, and Schalmont at 0-2, with a Ravena in the middle sitting at 1-1?

Call it an effect of Class B's scheduling procedures that saw the top seeds of the Reinfurt play the top seeds of the West from last season, and the middle seeds playing each other as well, but the end result has Cobleskill and Hudson feeling pretty good about themselves after two weeks of football.

But now the reality sets in.  As great (or bad) as those two weeks were, the real season begins for these teams as divisional play begins this Friday.  And those are the games that help determine where teams go in Week 8.

2) Warrensburg wins big under portable lights at home

Warrensburg played under the lights at home for the first time in program history on Friday night.  It was a festive atmosphere, made even better by the Burghers 48-20 win over the Rensselaer Rams.

There were some questions heading into the season about the Burghers.  There were talented kids left on the roster from last year, but combined with the graduates who are no longer there, how would the changes brought from new coach Mike Perrone affect the team's play?

Warrensburg's Week 1 shutout win over Fort Edward/Argyle wasn't much of an indication.  Fort Edward/Argyle is just getting their feet wet in varsity football after a year off, and Rensselaer has been a perennial power in Class D.

But instead, Warrensburg is the team that is 2-0, and Rensselaer will be hoping to pick up their first win of the season when they head over to Salem this Saturday.

1) Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne wins War Canoe.

Over the past few years, Corinth has grown to be a decent Section 2 program.  Lake George merged together with Hadley-Luzerne, but have yet to make a splash in Class C.  But the combined squad pieced together its biggest win since the merger on a semi-quiet Thursday night in Lake George, beating Corinth soundly, 47-16.

The shocker here isn't Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne winning the War Canoe, but how easily they won it over a team that has spent the last two seasons being among the top four teams in Class C.

Corinth is now 0-2 with losses to Cobleskill-Richmondville (non-conference) and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne.  It doesn't get any easier for Corinth, having to play Hoosic Valley this Friday night.

What shocks you the most?  Was it any of these four?  Or was it something else?  Let us know by replying here or tweeting us at @WMML1230.

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