Oct. 14—Week 6 of the Section II football season kicks off Friday.
Here are five things to know ahead of the latest Section II football action.
Just four area teams enter Week 6 still boasting perfect records for the season.
Class AA's Shaker, Class A's Amsterdam, Class C's Schuylerville and Class D's Greenwich are Section II's remaining undefeated teams, a number that was cut in half from a week ago as Class AA's CBA, Class B's Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Class D's Lake George and Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton all tasted defeat for the first time in Week 5.
CBA and Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton both fell in matchups against fellow undefeated teams — Shaker and Greenwich, respectively — while Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk fell 17-13 to Schalmont and Lake George was beaten 36-21 by Cambridge/Salem.
READY FOR THE REMATCH
Fresh off its 19-13 win over CBA to stake its claim as the top area Class AA squad, Shaker turns right around to face another crucial game against the Guilderland team that derailed the Blue Bison's undefeated "Fall II" season in the Class AA championship game.
In April, Guilderland rallied for a 22-21 win over Shaker on a Logan Broomhall touchdown pass to Marcus McClaine and a 2-point conversion run by Broomhall with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter that put the Dutchmen in front.
Shaker (4-0 Class AA, 5-0 overall) has already dispatched two of the three one-loss teams sitting behind it in the Class AA standings with wins over Shaker and Shenendehowa. Guilderland (3-1, 4-1) is the third team in that group, having posted three consecutive shutout wins since its lone loss in Week 2 against Shenendehowa.
Amsterdam's 0-5 "Fall II" campaign was filled with bitter, difficult losses — especially the last three of them, which came by a combined seven points and twice featured the Rugged Rams having the lead taken away from them in the game's final two minutes.
In a rather poetic twist of fate, this fall it's been the Rams (2-0 Class A Capital, 4-0 overall) who have been snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. In each of the last two weeks, Amsterdam has pulled off a dramatic comeback, scoring a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the final minute of the fourth quarter for back-to-back one-point wins over Averill Park and Ballston Spa — the teams that just so happened to deal Amsterdam its two most devastating losses in the spring.
With a pivotal game looming next week against La Salle Institute, this week Amsterdam wraps up a three-game homestand against a Troy team that's coming to Lynch Literacy Academy with back-to-back wins, though those came via a last-minute touchdown against an Albany team that was making its season debut after sitting out the entirety of September while waiting for enough athletes to comply with the school's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for "high" risk sports, and by forfeit against a South Glens Falls team that did not have enough available players to compete due to COVID-19 quarantines.
There are three weeks left in the regular season in classes AA, A, B and D — and two weeks left in the Class C regular season — and plenty of this week's matchups feature major playoff implications.
Friday's Class A contests between Ballston Spa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and La Salle and Averill Park are essentially must-wins for both Ballston Spa and Averill Park's playoff hopes, while the Class B North Division lead is at stake when Glens Falls visits Gloversville.
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Another matchup that could shake up playoff seeding is Friday's game between Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville, where the Sir Bills will make the quick jaunt across the Fulton-Montgomery county line to Fonda.
Currently, Johnstown (2-4 overall, 2-2 Class C North) sits ahead of Fonda-Fultonville in the race for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Class C North Division, but a win Friday would push Fonda-Fultonville (1-3, 3-3) into playoff position with one regular season game remaining.