From Week 6 of the Section II football season, here are five things to know.
MAKING AN IMPACT
Stillwater senior lineman Brian McNeil delivered a monster hit on Mechanicville quarterback Kyle Johnson in Friday night’s Indian Bowl game, and with that pop for a six-yard loss late in the second quarter, helped set up a game-changing touchdown.
“Definitely one for the highlight film,” McNeil, a 2018 all-state first-team defender, said after Stillwater’s 34-7 win. “I got in there so fast. He was going to pitch it, but never had the chance.”
Mechanicville was forced to punt after McNeil’s third-down tackle at the 31-yard line, and soon after, Stillwater had a 20-0 lead courtesy of James Galarneau’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Cutler with 32 seconds left.
“I saw they were rushing to the line to get the play off,” the 6-foot-3, 250-pound McNeil said. “I saw the clock and it had one second, so they had to snap the ball, and I ran in there right on the snap. We had a blitz on and it worked perfectly.”
The 2018 Class C Central Division Defensive Player of the Year made six tackles, recorded two sacks and forced two fumbles. His blocking on offense was part of 100-yard rushing efforts from Galarneau and Mason Seymour, who combined for a trio of rushing touchdowns. Galarneau also threw two touchdown passes.
Stillwater’s fourth straight Indian Bowl win left the Warriors 3-0 in the Central Division and 6-0 overall. Stillwater will host Fonda-Fultonville (3-0, 6-0) for the division title this Friday.
The defenses almost scored as many touchdowns as the offenses in Shenendehowa’s 41-21 win Friday against CBA in a Class AA matchup.
Shenendehowa senior Duncan Hill returned an interception for a score in the first quarter, while junior Dyvante Terrelonge and sophomore Brandon Fahr returned interceptions for touchdowns in the third quarter. Then, in the fourth quarter, CBA junior Dylan Jones returned a fumble for a score.
The victory set up Shenendehowa (5-1, 5-1) to earn a top-two playoff seed for the Section II Class AA postseason, while CBA (3-2, 4-2) has work to do to earn a spot in the playoffs after starting the season with three consecutive wins.
Through six weeks of play, CBA is tied for fourth place in its classification with Bethlehem (3-2, 4-2). CBA, though, lost head-to-head against Bethlehem in Week 4, and its remaining two regular-season games come against first-place Shaker (5-0, 6-0) and third-place Guilderland (4-2, 4-2).
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
In a rare Thursday night game, Troy wrapped up the Section II Class A Capital Division’s No. 1 seed with a 21-6 win at Columbia.
Xavier Leigh scored all three touchdowns for Troy (5-0, 5-1), which has won its last three games.
Troy finishes its regular season with a game against Albany.
Gloversville (1-4, 1-5) notched its first win of the season Friday night — and its first under head coach Jim Robare — when soccer and football player Paul Lomanto kicked a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to lift the Huskies over Mohonasen 17-14 in a Class A Grasso Division game.
Alek Britten’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Alex Gannon in the third quarter enabled Mohonasen (1-5, 1-5) to pull even at 14 in the see-saw game.
Colonie (1-4, 1-5) beat Niskayuna (0-6, 0-6) in a Class AA game Friday for its first victory of the season, and Helderberg Valley (1-4, 1-5) beat Cohoes (0-4, 0-6) in a Class D game Saturday for its first win this season. Helderberg Valley had scored 19 points in its first five games.
Albany (0-5, 0-6), Lansingburgh (0-4, 0-6), Hoosic Valley (0-4, 0-6) and Cairo-Durham/Catskill (0-3, 0-5) also remained winless.
With the postseason set to start in Week 8 for three of the area’s classifications, there are a number of meaningful games in Week 7.
In Class AA — which starts its postseason in Week 9 — Shaker can clinch the No. 1 seed with a win against CBA. Even if it were to lose in Week 7, Shaker could clinch the classification’s top seed with a Week 8 win against Colonie.
In Class A, Queensbury clinches a No. 1 seed from the Grasso Division with a win next weekend against Burnt Hills — but a Burnt Hills win coupled with a win for Ballston Spa against South Glens Falls would create a three-way tie for the division’s title. If Ballston Spa beats South Glens Falls, the winner of Scotia-Glenville at Gloversville will secure the division’s fourth playoff spot.
Also in Class A, a game featuring Amsterdam at La Salle Institute will decide the breakdown of the Capital Division’s final two postseason seeds. Troy will be the division’s top seed and Averill Park is the No. 2 seed, while the winner between Amsterdam and La Salle will be No. 3 and the loser will be No. 4.
In Class B, Holy Trinity earns an outright Reinfurt Division title with a win against Schalmont, while a Schalmont victory would create a three-way tie atop the division as long as Cobleskill-Richmondville defeats Hudson. Glens Falls has already clinched the North Division’s top seed.
In Class C, 6-0 squads Fonda-Fultonville and Stillwater will meet to determine the Central Division’s champion — and, likely, the classification’s overall No. 1 seed for the postseason. Cambridge/Salem will secure an outright North Division title with a Week 7 win against Granville, and Watervliet will be the top seed from the South Division.
Warrensburg edged Chatham 8-7 in Week 6, and will be the top seed for the Class D playoffs that start in Week 9.