UPDATED to clarify Class C South possibilities.
Now that the final weekend of high school football is upon us, we can take a good look at the playoff possibilities for Classes AA, B and C. Classes A and D still have one more week of the regular season, as both have only a four-team playoff.
While many playoff teams have been determined, playoff seedings still need sorting out this weekend in the standings.
Also check out the New York State Sportswriters poll through six weeks of the season — the Class AA and A rankings here, and the Class B, C and D rankings here. Notable among local schools — Glens Falls is still No. 1 in Class B while Schuylerville fell to ninth, Saratoga moved up to 20th in Class AA, Queensbury dropped to honorable mention in Class A, Greenwich is still third, Cambridge fifth and Ticonderoga seventh in Class D, and Warrensburg moved up to 18th from honorable mention.
Now on to the playoff glance:
The top four teams in each division in Classes AA, B and C make the playoffs. And, since Class C is not a three-division setup this year, we don't have to worry about the Section IV Football Point System that we have for the last few years.
In the event that the quarter-points system comes into play — in the case of a three-way tie — remember that their purpose is to eliminate the team with the fewest quarter points from the three-way tie, then head-to-head breaks the remaining tie. Quarter points are determined from divisional games only, or common opponents, if applicable.
Quarter points explained:
— Teams get points for each quarter led, but only for the first three quarters.
— Teams get a half-point each if the score is tied at the end of any of the first three quarters.
— The winning team receives four points, so the grand total of quarter points for a team that leads each of the first three quarters and wins the game is seven.
— For example: Team A holds a 7-0 lead on Team B at the end of the first quarter; Team A gets one point. Team B rallies to take a 14-7 lead at halftime; Team B gets one point. Team A ties the score 14-14 by the end of the third quarter; each team gets one-half point. Team A ends up pulling out the win at the end and gets 4 points. So the quarter-point breakdown for the game would be 5.5 for Team A and 1.5 for Team B — notice how the points add up to 7, which is the maximum quarter points available for each game.
Here's how each division is sorting out in Section II football:
CLASS AA EMPIRE — Saratoga Springs (6-0, 6-0) wrapped up the division title with a 40-12 win over Albany last week, and plays non-division foe La Salle on Friday night. Shenendehowa (4-1, 5-1) is likely second, but the Plainsmen must take care of business against CBA (3-2, 3-3) to prevent the dreaded three-way tie with Guilderland (3-2, 3-3). Guilderland won head-to-head over CBA last week. Possible top four — 1. Saratoga, 2. Shenendehowa, 3. Guilderland, 4. CBA.
Current Class AA Empire quarter points — Shen 28, Guilderland 21, CBA 20.5
CLASS AA LIBERTY — Troy (5-0, 6-0) took over the top spot and can wrap up the division Friday with a win over Colonie (4-1, 5-1), which could throw an almighty wrench in the works with an upset of the defending state champions. Shaker (4-1, 5-1) beat Colonie head-to-head two weeks ago before falling to Troy 40-15 last week, and the Blue Bison finish with Columbia (1-4, 2-4) on Friday. Bethlehem (2-3, 3-3) took the inside track to the No. 4 seed with a 27-6 win over Columbia last week, and finishes with winless Schenectady. Possible top four — 1. Troy, 2. Shaker, 3. Colonie, 4. Bethlehem.
CLASS A — There are still two weeks left in the Class A regular season, so there is time to sort the final four. Burnt Hills (6-0, 6-0) is the likely top seed, as it finishes with Green Tech and Gloversville. Averill Park (4-1, 5-1) took the inside track to the No. 2 seed with its 35-26 win at Queensbury on Saturday, and the Warriors finish with Mohonasen and Green Tech. Queensbury (3-2, 3-3) plays at South Glens Falls (3-2, 4-2) on Friday night in a showdown with playoff ramifications for both teams — they are currently tied for third place. If Queensbury wins, they all but wrap up the No. 3 spot (with a game next week against Mohonasen (2-3, 2-4)), and South High must beat Amsterdam (3-3, 3-3) on Oct. 20 to get into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed. If South High wins, the Bulldogs get the inside track to the third or fourth seed, and could wrap up third place with a win over Amsterdam the following week. By next Saturday night, there could be a three-way tie at 4-3 between South High, Queensbury and Amsterdam, but it's starting to give me a headache. Suffice to say, Queensbury could simplify things with a win over South High on Friday, and South High would need to win a de facto play-in game over Amsterdam next week to be the fourth seed.
CLASS B NORTH — Glens Falls (3-0, 6-0) can wrap up the division title Saturday with a win over Hudson Falls (2-1, 4-2) in the Jug Game. Hudson Falls can finish no worse than third with a loss, thanks to last week's 22-20 win at Broadalbin-Perth. Schuylerville (3-1, 5-1) already locked up the No. 2 spot and has a non-league date at Amsterdam on Friday night to end the regular season. Broadalbin-Perth (0-3, 2-4) and Johnstown (0-3, 1-5) play for the No. 4 seed in the division on Friday at Johnstown's Knox Field. Possible top four — 1. Glens Falls, 2. Schuylerville, 3. Hudson Falls, 4. Broadalbin-Perth/Johnstown winner.
CLASS B REINFURT — Hudson (4-0, 4-2) has the inside track to the division title, needing a win over Schalmont (3-1, 3-3) on Friday night to finish things off. Cobleskill (3-1, 5-1) can lock up second place with a win over Lansingburgh (1-4, 1-5) on Friday, as Hudson already defeated Cobleskill head-to-head two weeks ago. Schalmont can finish no worse than third, holding the head-to-head edge over Ravena (2-3, 2-4), which finishes with winless Ichabod Crane. Possible final four — 1. Hudson, 2. Cobleskill, 3. Schalmont, 4. Ravena.
CLASS C NORTH — The top four teams will be Holy Trinity (4-1, 5-1), Mechanicville (4-1, 5-1), Stillwater (4-1, 5-1) and Hoosick Falls (3-2, 4-2) — in some order, which of course, depends on how this weekend's games sort out. Mechanicville and Hoosick Falls square off Friday, while Holy Trinity finishes with Fonda and Stillwater hosts Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (2-3, 3-3), which is out of playoff contention (lost head-to-head to Hoosick Falls). There could be a three-way tie for first — Holy Trinity beat Stillwater, which beat Mechanicville, which beat Holy Trinity — which could take quarter points to sort out.
Current Class C North quarter points — Holy Trinity 27.5, Mechanicville 26.5, Stillwater 25
Updated: CLASS C SOUTH — Watervliet (5-1, 5-1) has completed its division schedule and has a non-division game against Corinth left on Friday. Chatham (4-1, 4-2) and Voorheesville (4-1, 5-1) play Friday night at Chatham in a game that will decide the top 3 seeds. If Voorheesville wins, it will be: 1. Voorheesville (head-to-head win over Watervliet), 2. Watervliet, 3. Chatham (two losses), 4. Tamarac. If Chatham wins, it will be: 1. Watervliet (head-to-head win over Chatham), 2. Chatham, 3. Tamarac (head-to-head win over Voorheesville), 4. Voorheesville (two losses) -- assuming Tamarac (3-2, 3-3) defeats struggling Taconic Hills on Friday night.
CLASS D-1 — Greenwich (3-0, 6-0) and Cambridge (1-1, 5-1) are the likely first and second seeds — Cambridge still has a division game next week at Granville (0-1, 2-4), but the Indians would be favored. Granville and Whitehall (0-2, 3-3) play Friday night under portable lights at Granville. Whitehall is out of playoff contention.
CLASS D-2 — Warrensburg (3-0, 5-1) has the inside track to the top seed thanks to its 40-14 win over Canajoharie (2-1, 5-1) last week. Hoosic Valley (2-0, 3-3) can play spoiler over the next two weeks as it plays at Warrensburg and Canajoharie. Warrensburg can lock up the division title with a win over Hoosic Valley on Saturday. Canajoharie finishes with Rensselaer and Hoosic Valley.