One trend that seems to have become a little more apparent this year more so than others is the lack of games between local teams.
Back in the days of the Foothills Council and Northern-Adirondack League -- remember them? -- almost every weekend we were guaranteed a selection of games between schools who see each other regularly in other sports.
Since classification play began in 2004, we've seen fewer of these matchups. With Greenwich and Granville dropping down to Class D -- leaving only Corinth and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne as local teams in Class C -- there have been fewer chances for area teams to face each other. Over the first three weeks of the season, we've seen only two games between local teams -- Hudson Falls vs. Schuylerville and Greenwich vs. Warrensburg -- both last week. Corinth vs. Stillwater and LG/H-L vs. Hoosick Falls also would have been NAL games back in the day.
Granted, the first couple of weeks of the season are often populated with non-league games, but back in the day, games between teams like Corinth and Fonda or LG/H-L and Holy Trinity would have been non-leaguers, not divisional games.
This weekend, we'll at least see a couple of local teams play each other with Granville at Greenwich, and Cambridge at Whitehall.
And by the luck of the schedule -- and with so many teams having lights (Fonda just got lights and artificial turf last year) or bringing in portable lights (Glens Falls and Warrensburg this Friday, Granville on Oct. 13) -- we've had a couple of Saturdays with very few football games. Last week, we had two local games on Saturday. This week, there's four, and next week, there's four more.
OK, enough grousing about the lack of Saturday football games. At least we'll see some more local vs. local games over the next few weeks.
Without further ado, my one-man football rankings poll, as I further prove I have no idea what I'm talking about...
1. Troy (3-0), 2. Shaker (3-0), 3. Saratoga (3-0), 4. Shenendehowa (2-1), 5. Colonie (3-0). Honorable mention: CBA (2-1), Bethlehem (1-2), Columbia (1-2). Why: I've been told that Class AA is not very good, outside of Troy and Shaker. After them, the dropoff in talent is significant. I still say Saratoga is better than that, but no better than third.
1. Burnt Hills (3-0), 2. Queensbury (2-1), 3. Averill Park (3-0), 4. Amsterdam (2-1), 5. South Glens Falls (2-1). Honorable mention: Mohonasen (1-2), Green Tech (1-2). Why: Class A is setting up pretty nicely, but having one nine-team league makes it easier to see how the teams stack up against each other.
1. Glens Falls (3-0), 2. Schuylerville (3-0), 3. Cobleskill (3-0), 4. Broadalbin-Perth (2-1), 5. Hudson (1-2). Honorable mention: Ravena (1-2), Hudson Falls (1-2), Schalmont (0-3). Why: Things are setting up for a pretty good showdown between Glens Falls and Schuylerville on Oct. 6. Cobleskill is so far the class of the Reinfurt division.
1. Stillwater (3-0), 2. Mechanicville (3-0), 3. Holy Trinity (2-1), 4. Chatham (2-1), 5. Hoosick Falls (2-1). Honorable mention: Voorheesville (2-1), Watervliet (2-1), Tamarac (2-1), Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (1-2). Why: Still a wide-open class -- I have a feeling that Greenwich would win a third straight Class C championship if the Witches were still in this class. Stillwater and Mechanicville are the teams on top, and Holy Trinity has good big-play capabilities, plus the Pride beat Chatham head-to-head. Hoosick Falls is showing potential to be tough again after two mediocre seasons.
1. Cambridge (3-0), 2. Greenwich (3-0), 3. Canajoharie (3-0), 4. Whitehall (3-0), 5. Warrensburg (2-1). Honorable mention: maybe Hoosic Valley (0-3) or Granville (1-2) as a spoiler for somebody down the road. Why: Cambridge and Greenwich may be 1 and 1a in this class. They meet next Saturday (Sept. 30) in what could be a Section II championship game preview. Canajoharie has a lot of weapons and depth. Whitehall will need to beat either Cambridge or Greenwich to get into the four-team Class D playoffs.