Friday, September 2, 2016

Some Thoughts: Hoosick Falls at Greenwich

Tonight we head over to Washington County as the Greenwich Witches host the Hoosick Falls Panthers in the kickoff to the 2016 High School Sports season for us.

It will be a fun match between two teams with different agendas this upcoming season.

Greenwich is coming off a spectacular season which they made it to the state championship game, but came up short against a very difficult and perennial strong team in the Chenango Forks Blue Devils.

They would love nothing more than to get back to Syracuse for another crack at the state championship.

Hoosick Falls lost three straight games, two to Syracuse-bound teams, but wrapped up their season with a crossover win against Rensselaer to give the Panthers a winning season.  But the losses added up, including a loss in Week 1 against Hoosic Valley that ended the Panthers dominance over Section 2 opponents over the course of the past 6 seasons.

It resulted in the Panthers missing the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades.

They want to get back in.

But if you're looking to see which desire is greater, you have to think Hoosick Falls's want to get back to Sectionals is better.  Ron Jones wants to show the Section, as well as New York State, that last year was a fluke year, and that the Panthers are back.

Tonight is a stepping stone for showing that.  Likewise, for Greenwich, tonight will present the opportunity to show Section 2 they are just as strong as they were last year.

It will make for a great game.  The first of hopefully 13 great weeks of football here in Section 2.

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