The 2015 Section II high school football schedules are out -- finally -- and I have posted the schedules for local teams in the greater Glens Falls area.
There are no major changes in alignments this season. Hoosic Valley moves from Class D to Class C North, where the Indians will be in a division with Corinth, Granville, Greenwich, Hoosick Falls and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne.
Class D will have seven teams -- assuming Salem comes back with a varsity team this year instead of playing as part of Cambridge as it did last season -- which means a Week 8 crossover game with non-playoff Class C schools.
The only other divisional change is Lansingburgh moving from Class A to Class B this season. Niskayuna remains an independent team in Class A.
Classes AA, A, B and C will again have eight-team playoffs, while Class D will have a four-team playoff starting in Week 9, and will play crossover games against non-playoff Class C teams in Week 8, as it did last year.
Section II football kicks off the weekend of Sept. 4-5 in 2015. Playoffs and crossover games are set for Weeks 8 and 9, which are the weekends of Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31. Section II championship games are the weekend of Nov. 6-7. The state championships are scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 27-29) at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Section II also stated that it has all football-playing schools scheduled for "a FULL 9-game season as allowed by NYSPHSAA rules." Apparently, teams opting to not play the ninth game after either losing in the first round of the playoffs or after playing eight games isn't sitting well with Section II officials.
Here's the league breakdown for Section II football in 2015:
Class AA (12 teams)
Empire -- Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Albany, CBA, Guilderland, Shenendehowa
Liberty -- Bethlehem, Colonie, Columbia, La Salle, Schenectady, Shaker
Class A (12 teams plus 1 independent)
Northwest -- Queensbury, South Glens Falls, Burnt Hills, Gloversville, Green Tech, Scotia
Southeast -- Amsterdam, Averill Park, Bishop Maginn, Mohonasen, Troy
Independent -- Niskayuna
Class B (13 teams)
West -- Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Schuylerville, Broadalbin-Perth, Cobleskill, Johnstown
Reinfurt -- Albany Academy, Cohoes, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, Ravena, Schalmont
Class C (18 teams in three divisions)
North -- Corinth, Granville, Greenwich, Hoosick Falls, Hoosic Valley, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Central -- Holy Trinity (Catholic Central/Bishop Gibbons/Spa Catholic), Mechanicville, Stillwater, Tamarac, Voorheesville, Watervliet
South -- Cairo-Durham, Chatham, Coxsackie-Athens, Fonda, Schoburg (Schoharie/Duanesburg), Taconic Hills
Class D (7 teams) -- Cambridge, Canajoharie, Fort Edward (with Argyle), Rensselaer, Salem, Warrensburg, Whitehall
And now, the 2015 schedules for teams in the greater Glens Falls area -- dates and times are approximate and will be firmed up before the season.
Team-by-team 2015 schedules
CLASS AA EMPIRE
Sept. 4 -- vs. Bethlehem
Sept. 11 -- at Colonie
Sept. 18 -- at Guilderland
Sept. 25 -- vs. Shenendehowa
Oct. 2 -- at Albany
Oct. 9 -- at CBA
Oct. 16 -- vs. Ballston Spa
Sept. 4 -- vs. Colonie
Sept. 11 -- at Bethlehem
Sept. 18 -- at Albany
Sept. 25 -- vs. CBA
Oct. 2 -- at Shenendehowa
Oct. 9 -- vs. Guilderland
Oct. 16 -- at Saratoga Springs
CLASS A Northwest
Sept. 4 -- at Troy
Sept. 12 -- vs. Amsterdam
Sept. 18 -- at Gloversville
Sept. 26 -- vs. Burnt Hills
Oct. 3 -- vs. South Glens Falls
Oct. 10 -- vs. Scotia
Oct. 16 or 17 -- at Green Tech
South Glens Falls
Sept. 4 -- at Mohonasen
Sept. 11 -- vs. Niskayuna
Sept. 18 -- vs. Burnt Hills
Sept. 25 -- at Scotia
Oct. 3 -- at Queensbury
Oct. 9 -- vs. Green Tech
Oct. 16 -- vs. Gloversville
CLASS B West
Sept. 4 -- at Scotia
Sept. 12 -- vs. Cobleskill
Sept. 19 -- vs. Broadalbin-Perth
Sept. 26 -- vs. Cohoes
Oct. 2 -- at Johnstown
Oct. 9 -- at Schuylerville
Oct. 17 -- at Hudson Falls
Sept. 4 -- at Cobleskill
Sept. 11 -- at Ravena
Sept. 19 -- vs. Johnstown
Sept. 25 -- at Schuylerville
Oct. 3 -- vs. Broadalbin-Perth
Oct. 10 -- at Granville
Oct. 17 -- vs. Glens Falls
Sept. 4 -- at Johnstown
Sept. 11 -- at Broadalbin-Perth
Sept. 18 -- vs. Mechanicville
Sept. 25 -- Hudson Falls
Oct. 2 -- at Cobleskill
Oct. 9 -- vs. Glens Falls
Oct. 16 -- vs. Lansingburgh
CLASS C North
Sept. 4 -- vs. Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Sept. 12 -- at Hoosic Valley
Sept. 19 -- at Whitehall
Sept. 25 -- vs. Granville
Oct. 2 -- at Greenwich
Oct. 9 -- vs. Hoosick Falls
Oct. 16 -- vs. Chatham
Sept. 4 -- at Greenwich
Sept. 12 -- vs. Hoosick Falls
Sept. 19 -- vs. Cairo-Durham
Sept. 25 -- at Corinth
Oct. 3 -- vs. Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Oct. 10 -- vs. Hudson Falls
Oct. 17 -- at Hoosic Valley
Sept. 4 -- vs. Granville
Sept. 12 -- at Salem
Sept. 19 -- at Hoosic Valley
Sept. 25 -- vs. Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Oct. 2 -- vs. Corinth
Oct. 9 -- vs. Mechanicville
Oct. 16 -- at Hoosick Falls
Sept. 4 -- vs. Hoosic Valley
Sept. 12 -- at Granville
Sept. 18 -- at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Sept. 25 -- vs. Broadalbin-Perth
Oct. 2 -- at Holy Trinity
Oct. 9 -- at Corinth
Oct. 16 -- vs. Greenwich
Sept. 4 -- at Hoosick Falls
Sept. 12 -- vs. Corinth
Sept. 19 -- vs. Greenwich
Sept. 26 -- vs. Watervliet
Oct. 2 -- at Taconic Hills
Oct. 9 -- at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Oct. 17 -- vs. Granville
Sept. 4 -- at Corinth
Sept. 11 -- at Watervliet
Sept. 18 -- vs. Hoosick Falls
Sept. 25 -- at Greenwich
Oct. 3 -- at Granville
Oct. 9 -- vs. Hoosic Valley
Oct. 16 -- vs. Fort Edward
CLASS C Central
Sept. 5 -- at Voorheesville
Sept. 11 -- at Mechanicville
Sept. 18 -- at Tamarac
Sept. 25 -- vs. Stillwater
Oct. 2 -- vs. Hoosick Falls
Oct. 9 -- at Watervliet
Oct. 16 -- vs. Cobleskill
Sept. 4 -- vs. Tamarac
Sept. 11 -- vs. Holy Trinity
Sept. 18 -- at Schuylerville
Sept. 25 -- vs. Voorheesville
Oct. 2 -- at Stillwater
Oct. 9 -- at Greenwich
Oct. 16 -- vs. Watervliet
Sept. 4 -- at Watervliet
Sept. 11 -- vs. Voorheesville
Sept. 19 -- at Fonda
Sept. 25 -- at Holy Trinity
Oct. 2 -- vs. Mechanicville
Oct. 9 -- vs. Coxsackie-Athens
Oct. 16 -- at Tamarac
Sept. 5 -- at Salem
Sept. 12 -- at Warrensburg
Sept. 19 -- vs. Canajoharie
Sept. 26 -- vs. Rensselaer
Oct. 3 -- at Voorheesville
Oct. 10 -- at Fort Edward
Oct. 17 -- vs. Whitehall
Oct. 23-24 -- crossover vs. non-playoff Class C
Fort Edward (with Argyle)
Sept. 5 -- vs. Rensselaer
Sept. 11 -- at Canajoharie
Sept. 19 -- at Warrensburg
Sept. 26 -- vs. Salem
Oct. 3 -- at Whitehall
Oct. 10 -- vs. Cambridge
Oct. 16 -- at Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne
Oct. 23-24 -- crossover vs. non-playoff Class C
Sept. 5 -- vs. Cambridge
Sept. 12 -- vs. Greenwich
Sept. 18 -- at Rensselaer
Sept. 26 -- at Fort Edward
Oct. 3 -- vs. Canajoharie
Oct. 10 -- vs. Whitehall
Oct. 17 -- at Warrensburg
Oct. 23-24 -- crossover vs. non-playoff Class C
Sept. 5 -- vs. Section I opponent at Dietz Stadium, Kingston
Sept. 12 -- vs. Cambridge
Sept. 19 -- vs. Fort Edward
Sept. 26 -- at Whitehall
Oct. 2 -- at Rensselaer
Oct. 9 -- at Canajoharie
Oct. 17 -- vs. Salem
Oct. 23-24 -- crossover vs. non-playoff Class C
Sept. 5 -- vs. Canajoharie
Sept. 11 -- at Rensselaer
Sept. 19 -- vs. Corinth
Sept. 26 -- vs. Warrensburg
Oct. 3 -- vs. Fort Edward
Oct. 10 -- at Salem
Oct. 17 -- at Cambridge
Oct. 23-24 -- crossover vs. non-playoff Class C
Five players from Queensbury's state runner-up football team have been named to Class A all-state teams by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
None were named to the first team, but juniors Brett Rodriguez and Erik Wettersten were chosen for the second team. Rodriguez -- who shined as a kick returner, running back, strong safety and punter for the Spartans -- made the second team offense as the all-purpose player. Wettersten, the Spartans' free safety, was chosen as a second-team defensive back.
Named to the Class A third team from Queensbury was senior defensive end Jeff Underhill, while running back Tyrell Adams and offensive lineman Nick Marasco, both seniors, made the fourth team.
Chosen as Class A all-state honorable mention for Queensbury were senior tight end Keeghan O'Leary, junior lineman Ted Nolan, senior linebackers Chris Goudy and Ben Willows, and senior placekicker Juan Escamilla.
South Glens Falls junior John Styczynski was chosen as an all-state honorable mention all-purpose player.
In Class AA, Saratoga Springs senior tackle Griffin Clancy was named to the all-state third-team offense.
Whitehall senior Justin Hoagland has been named to the New York State Sportswriters Association Class D football first-team defense.
Hoagland, a 5-foot-10, 185-pounder who played quarterback and cornerback for the Railroaders and led them to a 7-3 record, made the all-state team as a defensive back.
Several other local football players were named to the second and third teams as the NYSSWA announced its all-state football teams for Classes B, C and D.
Named to the Class D all-state second-team offense were Cambridge seniors Chris Warnke at running back and Caleb Rowland at all-purpose, and Ticonderoga senior running back Konner Bruce. Named to the Class D second-team defense was Cambridge senior Ethan English at defensive back.
Schuylerville senior linebacker Josh Thomas was chosen for the state Class B second-team defense, while Hudson Falls senior running back Geno Brancati made the Class B third-team offense.
In Class C, Greenwich senior linebacker John Hogan was named to the all-state third-team defense. State runner-up Hoosick Falls had several all-state selections, including first-teamer Mark Hackett at linebacker; all-purpose player Colby Davendonis and kicker Damon Dubois on the second team; and running back Austin Pitt and receiver Connor McCart on the third team.
Local Class D all-state honorable mentions are reciever Josh Steele, linemen Kordell Benson and Jake Harrington, and kicker Matt Hoffer of Cambridge; defensive lineman Jake Gregory of Whitehall; and quarterback Garrison Hughes, running back Ryan Trudeau, lineman Chase Dixon and kicker Domanic Banish of Ticonderoga.
Class B honorable mentions from the area included Glens Falls freshman Aaron Sampson at running back; quarterback Will Griffen and lineman Robert Thivierge of Schuylerville.
Named honorable mention in Class C were defensive back Anthony Abare and all-purpose player Alex Jenkins of Corinth; and quarterback Garrett Wright and linemen Jake Bakaitis and Logan Hoyt of Hoosick Falls.
All-state players of the year were Maine-Endwell running back Adam Gallagher in Class B, Chenango Forks running back Ryan Bronson in Class C, and lineman Michael Bowers and quarterback Bryce Morrison of Randolph as co-Players of the Year in Class D.
Follow these links for the complete All-State Football Teams:
For those who missed our 26th annual Post-Star Football All-Star Team in Sunday's print edition, here's the First Team and Honorable Mention lists on the Web:
Player of the Year -- Brett Rodriguez, Jr., RB/DB/KR/P, Queensbury -- Rodriguez, a 6-foot, 180-pounder, excelled for Queensbury as a running back, strong safety, kick returner and punter. Rodriguez was the Spartans' second-leading rusher with 1,022 yards and scored 23 touchdowns overall as he helped Queensbury to its second straight berth in the Class A state championship game.
Coach of the Year -- John Bowen, Schuylerville (9-1) -- In his second season at Schuylerville after several years at Ballston Spa, Bowen led the Black Horses to a 9-1 record and a Class B runner-up finish in Section II.
First Team Offense
QB Ethan English, sr., Cambridge
RB Caleb Rowland, sr., Cambridge
RB Tyrell Adams, sr., Queensbury
RB Geno Brancati, sr., Hudson Falls
WR Josh Steele, sr., Cambridge
WR Tyler Thomas, jr., Whitehall
OL Nick Marasco, sr., Queensbury
OL Ted Nolan, jr., Queensbury
OL Robert Thivierge, sr., Schuylerville
OL Griffin Clancy, sr., Saratoga Springs
OL Kordell Benson, jr., Cambridge
All-Purpose Alex Jenkins, jr., Corinth
First Team Defense
DL Jeff Underhill, sr., Queensbury
DL Keeghan O'Leary, sr., Queensbury
DL Chase Dixon, jr., Ticonderoga
DL Jake Gregory, jr., Whitehall
LB Josh Thomas, sr., Schuylerville
LB Chris Warnke, sr., Cambridge
LB John Hogan, sr., Greenwich
LB Chris Goudy, sr., Queensbury
DB Erik Wettersten, jr., Queensbury
DB Garrison Hughes, sr., Ticonderoga
DB Will Griffen, jr., Schuylerville
DB Justin Hoagland, sr., Whitehall
Cambridge: Colton Eastman, sr., OL; Jarred Sausville, sr., LB; Jake Harrington, soph., DL; Ryan Telford, jr., OL; Matt Hoffer, jr., PK.
Corinth: Chantz Baudoux, jr., QB; Noah Morgan, sr., LB; Anthony Abare, sr., DB; Tyler McCarty, sr., DL; Ryan Matuszak, sr., LB; Ashton Flavin, jr., OL; Sam Kramer, soph., OL.
Fort Edward: Mike Berberian, sr., DL.
Glens Falls: Aaron Sampson, fr., all-purpose; Connor McGuirk, sr., DL; Nolan Murphy, jr., LB; Josh Griffen, soph., QB; Andrew Murphy, soph., WR; Jake Center, jr., WR; Lucas Sanders, soph., DL; Schuyler Williams, sr., DL; Reed Miner, jr., RB; James Barker, sr., OL.
Granville: Jacob Young, sr., QB; Cordell Kilburn, sr., WR; Ronnie Taylor, sr., WR; Bailey Pratt, sr., DL; Darren McKittrick, soph., LB; Jody Hermance, soph., DL; Morgan Williams, soph., WR.
Greenwich: Zach Smith, jr., OL; Mike Brandow, jr., LB; George Ostrowski, jr., DL; Alix Messina, sr., RB; Lukas Whitehouse, jr., DB; Kendal Young, sr., DL; Brendan Stout, soph., WR; Kyle Boddery, jr., OL.
Hudson Falls: Dalton Hogan, jr., QB; Nate Hammond, soph., OL; Zack Girard, sr., DL; Jeff Stranahan, sr., LB; Schuyler Eustis, sr., TE; John Combs, soph., WR; Carlos Reyes, soph., LB; Ethan Reid, jr., OL.
Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne: Patrick Barber, sr., DL; Ricky Jowly, sr., RB; Brett Parsons, jr., P; Mike Sutliff, fr., LB.
Queensbury: Ben Willows, sr., LB; Paul Schiavi, sr., OL; Drew Wilson, sr., QB; Travis Stiles, soph., DL; Juan Escamilla, sr., PK; Logan Graham, sr., DL; Zach Dunbar, sr., OL.
Saratoga Springs: Nick Anderson, sr., WR; Brian Williams, jr., QB; Ryan Manlapaz, jr., RB; Austin Degener, sr., LB; Luke Thompson, jr., DB.
Schuylerville: Kyle Buckley, jr., OL; Joe Vanderhoof, jr., DB; Rich Green, jr., DL; Skyler Bateman, jr., LB; Tanner Dunkel, jr., DB; Zach Pierce, jr., DB; Darius Abron, soph., DL; Nate Monroe, jr., OL.
South Glens Falls: John Styczynski, jr., WR; Will Shill, sr., OL; Ryan Bradley, sr., DB; Zach Ahrens, jr., LB; Matt Steves, soph., LB; Jordan Douglass, jr., DL.
Ticonderoga: Konner Bruce, sr., RB; Ryan Trudeau, jr., LB; Domanic Banish, sr., DB/PK; Brody Rocque, jr., LB.
Warrensburg: Rogers McLaughlin, sr., OL; Donnie Stone, jr., RB; Aiden Szabo, sr., LB; Alex Barber, jr., OL; Jake Nemec, jr., DB; Joe Schuster, jr., RB.
Whitehall: Brad Hanna, sr., RB; Seth Martindale, jr., LB; Jarrett McMahon, sr., WR; Cody LaRock, soph., DL; Austin Rich, sr., DB.
How about a walk down memory lane?
Here's the lists of Post-Star football players and coaches of the year from the past, dating back to our first all-star football team in 1989... We always used to post these lists on our football all-star page, but the lists have outgrown the print version.
And don't forget to check out today's Sunday paper for the 2013 Player and Coach of the Year and the 25th annual Post-Star Football All-Star Team...
Players of the Year
2013 -- John Barnes, RB, Greenwich
2012 -- Mike LaNoir, RB-WR-LB, Glens Falls
2011 -- Nic Ketter, RB-WR-CB-KR, Queensbury
2010 -- Dominick Guglielmo, OL-DL Glens Falls
2009 -- Jordon Charbonneau, QB, Corinth
2008 -- Joe McMurry, RB, Hudson Falls
2007 -- Zach Coffinger, QB, South Glens Falls
2006 -- Ryan Carpenter, QB, Fort Edward
2005 -- Jimmer Fredette, WR-KR, Glens Falls
2004 -- Zack Luke, QB, Cambridge and Phil Jarvis, RB, Schuylerville
2003 -- Zack Luke, QB, Cambridge
2002 -- Will Groff, RB, Queensbury
2001 -- Adam Burr, OL-DL, Cambridge
2000 -- Kyle Lauver, QB, Cambridge
1999 -- Mike Romeo, QB, Glens Falls
1998 -- Mike Leonbruno, QB, Queensbury
1997 -- Chuck Fallen, RB-LB, Hudson Falls
1996 -- David Winter, RB, Hudson Falls
1995 -- Sakima Grimes, RB, Cambridge
1994 -- John Barbieri, LB-OL, Hudson Falls
1993 -- Corey Brand, RB, Glens Falls
1992 -- Matt Harrison, OL-DL, Granville
1991 -- Steve Dybas, WR, Queensbury
1990 -- Scott Bishop, RB, Hudson Falls
1989 -- Mike Weaver, OL-DL, Glens Falls
Coaches of the Year
2013 -- John Irion, Queensbury
2012 -- Pat Lilac, Glens Falls
2011 -- Doug Luke, Cambridge
2010 -- John Millett, Whitehall
2009 -- Mario and Aaron Torres, Granville
2008 -- Bill Strong, Hudson Falls
2007 -- Bob Sutphen, Ticonderoga
2006 -- Kevin Stimpson, Fort Edward
2005 -- Greg O'Connor, Schuylerville
2004 -- Mark Bleibtrey, Warrensburg
2003 -- Doug Luke, Cambridge
2002 -- Pat Niles, Salem
2001 -- Pat Lilac, Glens Falls
2000 -- Pete Miles, Fort Edward
1999 -- Paul Bricoccoli, Glens Falls
1998 -- Tim Donnelly, Lake George
1997 -- John Irion, Queensbury
1996 -- Al Rapp, Cambridge
1995 -- Ken Baker, Cambridge
1994 -- John Millett, Whitehall
1993 -- Paul Bricoccoli, Glens Falls
1992 -- Ken Baker, Cambridge
1991 -- Ken Baker, Cambridge
1990 -- Tom Heinzelman, Hudson Falls
1989 -- Tom Heinzelman, Hudson Falls
Our 26th annual Post-Star Football All-Star Team is scheduled to run in Sunday's Sports section, so please be sure to check it out and see who was named our Player of the Year and who was chosen for the first team.
Now that the 2014 high school football season is in the books and the snowflakes are flying, it's time for our annual rundown of some of the greatest local high school football games of the last 50 years. It's a pretty impressive list -- I encourage you to go through it and relive some of the great games of the past.
The list is now updated through the 2014 season, including some of Queensbury's latest state playoff run, a memorable Jug Game between Hudson Falls and Glens Falls, and a crazy Cambridge-Ticonderoga state playoff game that had us banging on our calculators.
Games are listed in chronological order by season, with 2014 at the bottom of this list from the 20-teens... Enjoy!
Gloversville 34, Glens Falls 33, Sept. 18, 2010 at Glens Falls: Glens Falls went for two and came up short in another in a series of classic offensive shootouts with Gloversville. The Indians’ Paul Bennett had scored his fourth TD of the day on an 11-yard run with 1:35 left in regulation to pull within 34-33. However, Bennett was stopped on the two-point conversion attempt. Gloversville had rallied from a 21-14 halftime deficit to lead 34-21 in the fourth quarter, but Glens Falls scored twice to close the gap. However, a blocked extra point and the failed two-point attempt in that period left the Indians with a one-point loss.
Whitehall 33, Fort Edward 20, Oct. 2, 2010 at Fort Edward: Whitehall ended seven years of frustration against Fort Edward by defeating the Flying Forts, pulling away from a 21-20 lead on Jake Evans’ 60-yard strip and fumble return with 5:18 left in the game. The Railroaders had opened a 21-0 halftime lead, but Fort Edward’s Justin White scored three straight TDs to pull the Forts within one. White rushed for 196 yards and Whitehall’s Josh Hoagland countered with 138 yards and two scores.
Queensbury 12, Glens Falls 8, Oct. 16, 2010 at Glens Falls: In a classic, hard-hitting defensive slugfest, Queensbury drove 64 yards in 13 plays to Tom Shevlin’s 5-yard TD run with two minutes left in regulation to pull out a key Class A Northwest victory. Jim VanDoran’s interception moments later sealed the win. Glens Falls had taken an 8-6 lead on Paul Bennett’s 8-yard scoring run and two-point conversion — on a second chance, after a penalty against the Spartans — with 8:37 left to play.
Greenwich 14, Voorheesville 8, Class C sectional quarterfinal, Oct. 22, 2010 at Greenwich: The Witches overcame injuries to their star players and held on for a Class C playoff victory. David Almy’s 9-yard TD run with 1:52 left in regulation snapped an 8-8 tie and capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive. Voorheesville responded by rattling off 10 plays in the final 1:41 of the game, reaching the Greenwich 14 before a big sack by Steve Pellington and Ryan McFee in the final seconds, and a pass out of bounds on the final play, sealed victory for the Witches.
Albany Academy 21, Schuylerville 17, Class B sectional quarterfinal, Oct. 23, 2010 at Albany Academy: In its first year in Class B, Schuylerville proved it belonged with an exceptional playoff effort. The Black Horses fought valiantly and held leads of 14-7 in the third quarter and 17-15 in the fourth, before Jelanie Currie’s 30-yard broken-play run set up the Cadets’ go-ahead TD by Zay Richardson with 4:54 remaining. Steve Booth rushed for 195 yards and a TD to lead Schuylerville, which had a final shot to win, driving to the Academy 25 before an interception at the Cadets’ 10-yard-line ended the Horses’ threat with 23 seconds left.
Glens Falls 35, Niskayuna 26, Sept. 3, 2011 at Glens Falls: In a sweltering season opener, Glens Falls rallied from a 20-7 deficit against a Niskayuna team with twice as many players. The Indians erupted for 21 points in the third quarter to pull ahead 28-20, getting TD passes from Cam Girard to Bryce Harrington and James Rizzo, and a TD run by Matt Girard. Glens Falls then held off a Class AA Niskayuna team that was led by a 419-yard, four-TD passing performance by Rob Singleton.
La Salle 58, Queensbury 48, Sept. 10, 2011 at Queensbury: In a wild game that featured little defense and an uncharacteristic explosion of passing offense by Queensbury, even four TD passes from Tyler Reynolds to Nic Ketter were not enough for the Spartans. Queensbury outgained La Salle 527-408 in total yards, getting TD receptions of 21, 45, 15 and 6 yards from Ketter, who also ran 64 yards for a score. However, La Salle ran out to a 31-22 halftime lead and stayed just ahead of the Spartans the rest of the way.
Corinth 42, Granville 36, Sept. 10, 2011 at Granville: Corinth quarterback Corbin McIntosh ran in for a 1-yard touchdown with 26 seconds to play to lift the Tomahawks past Granville. In a back-and-forth game, the Golden Horde had taken a 36-34 lead in the fourth quarter on Jared Beattie's TD catch from Luke Hahn. Kody Bardin rushed for 215 yards and three TDs for Granville.
Hudson Falls 20, Cobleskill 19, Sept. 23, 2011 at Cobleskill: Hudson Falls bounced back from a last-second 22-20 loss at Johnstown the week before by holding on for a win over Cobleskill. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown in the final seconds, but the Tigers denied Cobleskill the two-point conversion to win. Hudson Falls had battled back from a 13-0 halftime deficit behind two TD runs by Curtis Boddie and a 54-yard scoring pass from Noah Valastro to Justin Mallory, the latter giving the Tigers a 20-13 lead.
Fort Edward 28, Whitehall 26, Sept. 24, 2011 at Whitehall: In a hard-fought, back-and-forth game, Fort Edward prevailed with physical offense and Brett Powers' 246 rushing yards and three TDs. The host Railroaders had seized a 20-16 lead with a TD pass from Justin Hoagland to Codie Bascue on the final play of the half. However, Powers broke loose for TD runs of 56 and 53 yards in the second half for a 28-20 Fort Edward lead. With 3:45 left in regulation, Whitehall's Josh Hoagland, who had to fight for every one of his 172 yards, ran 51 yards for a TD to pull the Railroaders within two. But Bascue was stuffed on the two-point conversion attempt, and the Forts ran out the clock for the win.
Ballston Spa 34, Saratoga Springs 29, Oct. 6, 2011 at Saratoga Springs: Ballston Spa barely held on at the end of this back-and-forth battle, as the Scotties' Jordan Davis and R.J. Borgolini shoved Saratoga's Jesse Spencer out of bounds at the 7-yard line as time expired to preserve Ballston's win. Spencer was running with a hook-and-lateral from Alex Chandler, who had caught a pass from Jake Eglintine inside the 40 and pitched it to Spencer. Ballston Spa QB John DeGuardi had scored the go-ahead touchdown from 13 yards out with 12 seconds left in regulation. Saratoga had taken a 29-28 lead on a Spencer TD run and Eglintine's two-point conversion minutes before. Spencer finished with 150 yards and three TDs for the Streaks, while Davis rushed for 261 yards and three TDs to lead the Scotties.
Watervliet 44, Greenwich 28, Oct. 22, 2011, Class C sectional quarterfinal at Watervliet: Greenwich had the momentum and a 28-20 lead midway through the third quarter, but Watervliet scored two TDs in less than two minutes to snatch the momentum and the lead back from the Witches. Tony Giroux had led Greenwich in a furious rally from a 20-7 second-quarter deficit with three scoring passes, two to Jason Flynn. The Witches scored twice in the final 1:08 of the first half for a 21-20 halftime edge, setting up the second with an interception by John Barnes. But a 70-yard kickoff return by Pat Ebenhoch and a recovered squib kick that led to a second TD gave the Cannoneers a 36-28 lead they would not relinquish.
Rensselaer 22, Fort Edward 14 (OT), Oct. 22, 2011 at Fort Edward: In the regular-season finale, Steven Harwood scored from 2 yards out to lift Rensselaer to a hard-fought overtime win over the Flying Forts. The teams had battled to a 14-14 tie, knotted when Fort Edward QB Kevin McCarthy scored on a short run and Tyler Brockway added the two-point conversion. However, the Forts turned the ball over twice inside the red zone and dropped a potential pick-six interception. In overtime, Fort Edward came up short on fourth-and-long at the Rams' 11 to end the game. One week later, the teams met again in a freak October snowstorm in the Class D semifinals, with Rensselaer rolling to a 40-16 victory.
Cambridge 44, Ticonderoga 25, state Class D quarterfinal, Nov. 11, 2011 at AuSable Valley: Cambridge had rolled through its Class D schedule unchallenged, but the Indians answered the bell when they fell behind for the first time all season. Ticonderoga took a 25-24 lead in the third quarter, but Cambridge rallied to shut down the Sentinels' offense and score the final three TDs of the game. Ti trailed 24-18 at halftime, pulling close on a late TD reception by Ryan Borho. Early in the third, Borho recovered a fumble to set up a 67-yard scoring pass from Nate Lenhart to Will Lawrie to take the lead. However, Cambridge's Skyler Saunders scored two of his four touchdowns on the next two possessions for a 38-25 lead -- Saunders finished the night with 202 yards on 35 carries. Bryant Gibbons capped off the Indians' scoring with a fumble return for a TD in the final seconds.
Glens Falls 34, Schuylerville 15 at Glens Falls, Sept. 8, 2012 -- With Schuylerville trailing 22-15 and driving into Glens Falls territory in the final minute of regulation, the Indians turned two interceptions into touchdowns. Joe McMahon picked off a pass and returned it 63 yards for a score with 33 seconds left, and Lee Girard added another pick-six moments later to seal Glens Falls’ win. The Indians turned four turnovers into touchdowns en route to the win, and Cam Girard threw a pair of scoring passes in the final 1:05 of the first half.
Amsterdam 34, Queensbury 26 at Queensbury, Sept. 15, 2012 -- Queensbury owned time of possession and ground out 395 yards on a whopping 73 rushing attempts, but Amsterdam scored three big-play touchdowns to pull out the win. The Spartans scored on two long drives to take a brief 26-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Amsterdam QB Geo Rodriguez broke loose for a 59-yard TD run 40 seconds later for a 27-26 Rams edge. Brett Stanavich, who led all rushers with 187 yards, added his third TD on a 57-yard run with 2:41 left to seal Amsterdam’s win.
Hudson Falls 20, South Glens Falls 18 at South Glens Falls, Sept. 21, 2012 -- South High dominated in total yardage and threatened to score late in the game, but failed PATs and a fumble on the Tigers’ 10-yard line midway through the fourth quarter proved the difference. The Bulldogs outgained Hudson Falls 337-213 in total yards, but South High turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions. Caleb Stevens returned one pick for a TD in Hudson Falls’ 20-point second quarter, as the Tigers took a 20-12 lead. Travis Schrammel pulled the Bulldogs within 20-18 in the third quarter, but they were stuffed on the two-point conversion. South High’s final drive, a 90-yard march, was halted by Tyler Schermerhorn’s fumble recovery with 6:04 left.
Warrensburg 14, Salem 13 at Salem, Sept. 22, 2012 -- The Burghers pulled out the win as QB Marcus Perrone scored on a 3-yard run with 25 seconds remaining, and Colt Ovitt added the two-point conversion, capping a 14-play, 78-yard scoring drive. Warrensburg had to overcome three fumbles and Salem’s Tyler Morris, who rushed for 157 yards and a TD.
*Should be on the list of greatest games* Cambridge 42, Greenwich 34 (OT) at Greenwich, Oct. 5, 2012 -- In a wild, back-and-forth shootout, Matt Parmenter scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run in overtime to lift Cambridge past Greenwich. The Indians overcame a monster performance by the Witches’ John Barnes, who rushed for 360 yards and three TDs, and was stopped short of the goal line as time expired in regulation on what would have been the winning score. Greenwich led 20-18 at halftime, then rallied for a 34-26 lead on a pair of Barnes TD runs in the third quarter. Parmenter, who finished with 143 yards, scored from 9 yards out with four minutes left, and Ethan English hit Shaeden Mosso with the two-point conversion to pull the Indians even at 34-34. In overtime, Cambridge scored first, then, with Greenwich facing a fourth-and-21, QB Jake Jennings scrambled but was knocked out of bounds just shy of the first-down marker to end the game.
Lake George 40, Whitehall 30 at Lake George, Oct. 5, 2012 -- Trailing 24-0 in the first half, Lake George staged a furious comeback, scoring 40 consecutive points to take the victory. Alex Labruzzo rushed for 204 yards and four TDs to power the Warriors, scoring before halftime, then adding two more touchdowns to pull Lake George within 24-18. Touchdown runs by Tom Clark, Willy Blunt and Labruzzo gave the Warriors a 40-24 lead before the Railroaders scored again. Josh Hoagland scored three times in the first half for Whitehall.
Schuylerville 20, Lansingburgh 19, Class B quarterfinal at Lansingburgh, Oct. 19, 2012 -- The Black Horses scored a huge upset of unbeaten Lansingburgh in the first round of the playoffs. Schuylerville jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead, then weathered a three-touchdown rally by Lansingburgh’s Anthony Walker, all off of turnovers. The Knights took a 19-13 fourth-quarter lead, but missed two PATs. The Horses executed a long drive to Dan Waldron’s go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run with three minutes left. Shane Lyon picked off Lansingburgh’s last-ditch pass attempt.
Whitehall 38, Salem 30 at Salem, Oct. 20, 2012 -- On the first play after a 30-minute storm delay, Whitehall’s Josh Hoagland ran 9 yards for a touchdown with 44 seconds in regulation, snapping a 30-30 tie to end a wild back-and-forth game. Hoagland rushed for 198 yards and four TDs to lead the Railroaders in the battle for first place in Class D North. Salem’s Isaac Isom led the Generals with 125 yards and a TD. QB Dillon Henderson scored twice on short runs, the second midway through the third quarter, which coupled with Isom’s conversion run pulled Salem into a 30-30 tie.
Salem 27, Cambridge 26, Class D semifinal at Schuylerville, Oct. 27, 2012 -- Tyler Morris and Isaac Isom combined to rush for 342 yards and four TDs to lead Salem to a win over Cambridge. The Generals then halted Matt Parmenter on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:34 remaining, following Ethan English’s 28-yard scoring strike to Shaeden Mosso. Trailing 20-13 late in the third quarter, Salem turned two turnovers into touchdown runs by Morris and Isom, the latter giving the Generals a 27-20 lead with 2:41 left in regulation.
Glens Falls 21, Schalmont 14, Class B championship at Shenendehowa, Nov. 3, 2012 -- Glens Falls got a go-ahead TD on a 21-yard pass from Cam Girard to Mike LaNoir late in the third quarter to earn its first Section II title since 1993. The Indians also scored twice off turnovers deep in Schalmont’s end, including a 5-yard fumble return by Joe McMahon, to take a 14-6 halftime lead. The Sabres’ Devon Willis ran 66 yards for a tying TD to start the third quarter, but was held to 107 yards for the game by a swarming Glens Falls defense. McMahon helped seal the Indians’ victory by carrying the ball eight times on a clock-burning 12-play drive that used up most of the fourth quarter, leaving Schalmont little time against a suffocating Glens Falls defense.
Glens Falls 28, Marlboro 17, Class B state semifinal at Dietz Stadium, Kingston, Nov. 17, 2012 -- Halfback Mike LaNoir had a game for the ages, catching, running and throwing for touchdowns as Glens Falls earned its first trip to the state football finals. LaNoir caught an 80-yard TD pass from Cam Girard, ran 80 yards for another score, and sealed victory with a 21-yard scoring pass to fullback Joe McMahon after Marlboro had pulled within 20-17 in the fourth quarter. LaNoir rushed for 106 yards and caught three passes for 107 more, and McMahon rushed for 95 yards and a TD. Girard passed for 205 yards, including a 64-yard strike to Jake Dailey on the Indians' first play from scrimmage, a flea-flicker that set up McMahon's TD run. Glens Falls needed just eight plays from scrimmage to build a 20-6 second-quarter lead.
Cambridge 34, Greenwich 28 at Cambridge, Sept. 7, 2013 -- In a wild game that saw the teams combine for 738 total yards, Cambridge battled back from a 21-12 deficit behind big fullback Chris Warnke, who rushed for 171 yards and two TDs. The Indians had to overcome Greenwich and John Barnes, who rushed for 153 yards and three TDs. Cambridge also came up with a final stop late in the game at its own 6-yard line.
Corinth 21, Stillwater 14 at Stillwater, Sept. 27, 2013 -- Chantz Baudoux connected with a wide-open Anthony Abare for a 7-yard TD pass on fourth down with 23 seconds remaining in regulation as Corinth pulled out a thriller over Stillwater. Corinth had gotten the ball on Sam Kramer's fumble recovery at its own 35 with 3:25 left, and drove 65 yards for the winning TD, including a huge fourth-down catch by Abare for a 32-yard gain to keep the drive alive.
Mechanicville 27, Granville 26 at Granville, Sept. 28, 2013 -- Mechanicville scored two touchdowns in the final 3:02 to pull out a win over Granville. Brandon Russell hit Alec Hall-St. Gelais with a 31-yard TD pass with 49 seconds to play, and Jacob Henes' PAT lifted the Red Raiders to the win. Mechanicville overcame big games from Granville RB Evan Hoagland and QB Jacob Young.
Queensbury 28, Burnt Hills 27 at Queensbury, Sept. 28, 2013 -- Queensbury got one last break in a wild back-and-forth game, as Burnt Hills scored a TD with 1:07 left in regulation, then saw its PAT attempt bounced off the upright to preserve Queensbury's win, snapping Burnt Hills' 15-game winning streak. Tim Voorhis scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:29 left to give Queensbury a 28-21 lead as Queensbury rallied from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit. Queensbury got a 54-yard TD pass on a halfback option from Brett Rodriguez to Kody Bruno, a 2-yard TD run by Voorhis and two-point conversion by QB Aidan Switzer to pull even with 7:56 to play.
Warrensburg 26, Lake George 24 at Lake George, Oct. 4, 2013 -- Malachi Prosser caught a 29-yard pass on a double reverse from Jake Nemec for the winning touchdown as time expired, giving Warrensburg the victory. Connor Scott rushed for 257 yards and three TDs for the Burghers, but Lake George took a 24-20 lead on Ricky Jowly's 6-yard run late in the third quarter.
Corinth 25, Tamarac 23 at Tamarac, Oct. 4, 2013 -- One week after pulling out a late win over Stillwater, Corinth's Anthony Abare came up clutch again. This time, Abare caught a 23-yard TD pass from Chantz Baudoux with 1.7 seconds left to pull out a win over Tamarac. The Bengals had taken a 23-19 lead with 40 seconds left, but the Tomahawks drove 70 yards for the winning score.
Cambridge 46, Rensselaer 27 at Rensselaer, Oct. 11, 2013 -- In a game that saw Rensselaer take a 21-20 after a wild first quarter, Cambridge scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seize the victory. Chris Warnke rushed for 139 yards and four TDs and Caleb Rowland added 169 rushing yards to power the Indians, who also got three big-play TDs from Austin Dean, including TD receptions of 52 and 60 yards, and an 86-yard kickoff return.
Glens Falls 34, Hudson Falls 27 at Hudson Falls, Oct. 12, 2013 -- In one of the most memorable Jug Games, winless Hudson Falls nearly knocked off Glens Falls. However, trailing 27-26, the Indians capitalized on a couple of 15-yard penalties and got a 30-yard scoring pass from Zack Infield to Nate Plocharczyk with 1:12 remaining to pull out the thrilling victory. The Tigers had taken their one-point lead with 8:48 left in the game, on Dalton Hogan's 47-yard TD pass to Trevor Strother on a fourth-down play -- Hogan's second fourth-down TD pass of the day. Strother had also scored on a 55-yard pass on the first play of the game, but Glens Falls' Quentin Austin replied two plays later on a 65-yard TD run in a game Hudson Falls led 21-20 at halftime.
Rensseler 42, Greenwich 34, Class D semifinal at Schuylerville, Nov. 2, 2013 -- Greenwich came up short in a Section II playoff loss to Rensselaer, pulling within 28-26 in the third quarter, but getting no closer. The Rams opened a 42-26 lead in the final three minutes, before the Witches scored on Lukas Whitehouse's 10-yard TD pass to John Barnes with 17 seconds left. Barnes finished with 163 yards and scored four TDs as he finished the season with school single-season record 1,643 rushing yards and 34 total touchdowns.
Queensbury 14, Burnt Hills 7, Class A sectional final at Shenendehowa, Nov. 9, 2013 -- Trailing 7-6 with 4:34 left in regulation, Queensbury drove 81 yards in eight plays to the go-ahead touchdown, a 21-yard scamper by Kody Bruno that lifted Queensbury to its first Section II title since 1998. Queensbury's final drive was impressive considering it had struggled to move the ball for much of the game, and got its first TD on an 85-yard fumble return by Chris Johnson. Queensbury also staged a goal-line stand at its own 1-yard line in the first quarter to deny Burnt Hills a score.
Moriah 34, Cambridge 32, state Class D quarterfinal at AuSable Valley, Nov. 15, 2013 -- Cambridge came up short on four two-point conversions in the game, the last one costing the Indians an opportunity to tie the score with 1:39 left in regulation. Austin Dean had reeled in a 56-yard TD pass from Ethan English to pull Cambridge within two, but Moriah stuffed the Indians' two-point attempt and ran out the clock. English passed for 254 yards and three TDs, and intercepted three passes from his safety spot. The back-and-forth game was tied at 20-20 at halftime, and Moriah opened leads of 27-20 and 34-26 by early in the fourth quarter.
Queensbury 36, Cornwall 27, state Class A semifinal at Dietz Stadium, Kingston, Nov. 23, 2013 -- Queensbury rushed for 419 yards and held Cornwall to just 32 yards on the ground, but the Spartans had to sweat out the final minutes of the game. Mitch Crispens broke up Jason Bailey's two-point conversion pass in the end zone with 3:15 left, preserving Queensbury's 28-27 lead. The Spartans then scored on Kody Bruno's 46-yard run with 1:39 to play to seal the win and earn their first trip to the Carrier Dome since 1998. In a clash of contrasting offensive styles, Queensbury's ground-and-pound running game won out over Cornwall's pass-happy scheme, which still racked up nearly 300 yards passing despite losing starting QB Mike White to an injury in the first half. Queensbury went on to defeat Williamsville North 36-7 on Nov. 29 to claim its first state football championship.
Whitehall 36, Canajoharie 31 at Canajoharie, Sept. 5, 2014 -- Whitehall needed a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to seal a season-opening win over Canajoharie. Justin Hoagland passed for three touchdowns and ran for 113 yards and two more scores to lead the Railroaders. The Cougars closed within five late in the game, and had the ball inside the Whitehall 10 in the final minute, but the Railroaders halted them on downs to preserve the win.
South Glens Falls 20, Green Tech 12 at Bleecker Stadium, Albany, Sept. 26, 2014 -- South High snapped a 19-game losing streak with an outstanding team effort. John Styczynski scored on a punt return and a pass from Zach Ahrens, and Ahrens sealed the win with a fourth-quarter TD run. Evan Benosky rushed for 120 yards to lead the Bulldogs.
Hudson Falls 43, Glens Falls 35 at Glens Falls, Oct. 3, 2014 -- Geno Brancati ran wild and Hudson Falls snapped 17 years of Jug Game frustration by beating Glens Falls for the first time since 1997. Brancati rushed for 333 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries to carry the Tigers to the victory, but the Indians had enough fight to provide some anxious moments. Glens Falls freshman Aaron Sampson rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns to keep the Indians in the game. Hudson Falls took a 28-21 halftime lead on Dalton Hogan's 12-yard TD pass to Schuyler Eustis. The Indians pulled within 28-27 on Sampson's 32-yard scoring dash in the third quarter, but Brancati carried the Tigers the rest of the way, scoring on runs of 2 and 15 yards to open a 43-27 lead with five minutes to play. Hudson Falls had lost 10 Jug Games since 1997; the series was not played for several years when the teams were in different classes.
Greenwich 21, Coxsackie-Athens 18 at Greenwich, Oct. 3, 2014 -- Greenwich got a huge defensive stop in the final minute to preserve a non-league win over Coxsackie-Athens. The visiting Indians had the ball first-and-goal on the Witches' 8-yard line, but the Greenwich defense forced three straight incomplete passes and Zach Smith recorded a sack on fourth down to seal the victory. The defensive battle featured only two offensive touchdowns, as each team returned a fumble for a score. Brendan Stout scored twice for the Witches, returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown and scoring the go-ahead TD on a 3-yard pass from Lukas Whitehouse with 8:42 left in regulation.
Whitehall 21, Cambridge 19 at Whitehall, Oct. 4, 2014 -- Whitehall earned its first victory over Cambridge since 1989 by collecting six turnovers, including a pair of interceptions in the final 1:42 to seal a rain-soaked win. The Railroaders came up with a huge defensive stop on their own 19 with 3:05 left, halting a 16-play Cambridge drive that could have been the back-breaker. Brian McLaughlin and Justin Hoagland then picked off passes down the stretch. Whitehall jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead on a Brad Hanna run and a 12-yard blocked punt return by Cody LaRock. Hoagland extended the Railroaders' lead to 21-6 on an 80-yard TD run on the second play of the third quarter. Cambridge battled back behind Caleb Rowland and Chris Warnke, who rushed for 150 and 93 yards, respectively. The Indians outgained Whitehall in total yards, 371-194, but four fumbles and the two late interceptions proved costly.
Fonda 34, Corinth 33 at Corinth, Oct. 17, 2014 -- Corinth's fourth-quarter comeback fell just short in a non-league loss to state-ranked Fonda. The Tomahawks were sparked by Anthony Abare, who scored four touchdowns, including the final 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for Corinth. Trailing 34-19 with eight minutes left in regulation, Corinth QB Chantz Baudoux threw a 20-yard TD pass to Abare, then the Tomahawks recovered the onside kickoff and converted that into a 12-yard TD run by Abare with 3:55 left. Corinth halted the Braves on downs, by inches, with just under two minutes to play to get the ball back, but the Tomahawks came up short in the end. Abare also returned a kickoff 87 yards for a TD in the third quarter.
Holy Trinity 23, Whitehall 20 at Catholic Central, Oct. 25, 2014 -- Whitehall came up just short after an emotional week that saw head coach Justin Culligan dismissed in the wake of a fight-marred game with Rensselaer the week before. Holy Trinity -- the first-year merger of Catholic Central, Saratoga Catholic and Bishop Gibbons -- pulled out the win on Justin Rohrwasser's 37-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation. After a three-quarter defensive struggle, offensive fireworks filled the fourth. Justin Hoagland connected with Justin McDonald and Tyler Thomas on scoring passes of 68 and 2 yards, respectively, to give Whitehall a 20-14 lead with 3:03 left -- with a Hoagland interception setting up his second TD pass. Rohrwasser pulled Holy Trinity into a 20-20 tie on a 23-yard QB keeper with 2:15 to play. The Railroaders were forced to punt, giving Holy Trinity one final shot, which they converted into the winning field goal.
Queensbury 35, Scotia 20, Class A semifinal at Queensbury, Nov. 1, 2014 -- Call this Brett Rodriguez's "Willis Reed moment," as the Queensbury running back had spent the first half on the sideline -- the result of a shoulder injury the week before -- then appeared in full uniform during the third quarter. Rodriguez gave the No. 1-ranked Spartans a needed jolt of energy, as they had struggled against Scotia, which had opened a 20-14 lead in the third quarter. Tyrell Adams rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns to lead Queensbury, scoring twice during the Spartans' fourth-quarter rally. Scotia QB Dan Zeglen had put a scare into the Spartans with two TD passes and a scoring run, but Queensbury finally got untracked on offense, getting TD runs of 10 and 15 yards from Adams to seize a 28-20 lead with 4:35 to play. Drew Wilson hit Jeff Underhill with a late TD pass to create the final margin as the Spartans reached the Section II final against Burnt Hills for the second straight year.
Cambridge 56, Ticonderoga 35, Class D state quarterfinal at Schuylerville, Nov. 15, 2014 -- In one of the wildest games in area football history, Cambridge and Ticonderoga combined to produce a combined 1,035 yards total offense and each team gained 20 first downs. After a first half that Cambridge led 21-7, the game turned into a back-and-forth offensive shootout that saw the Indians stay one touchdown ahead of Ticonderoga. The teams traded touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions, leaving Cambridge with a precarious 42-35 lead late in the fourth quarter. Facing fourth and 13 from the Sentinels' 28, Cambridge QB Ethan English passed to fullback Chris Warnke in the left flat, and Warnke rumbled into the end zone for a 49-35 lead with 4:10 left. Two minutes later, the Indians' Todd Gorman picked off a pass and Caleb Rowland sprinted 71 yards for Cambridge's final TD. For the game, Warnke rushed for 221 yards and scored six touchdowns, five rushing, and Rowland added 183 yards and two scores. English completed 11 of 16 passes for 161 yards and the TD to Warnke. Meanwhile, Ticonderoga's Konner Bruce rushed for a career-high 302 yards and three TDs on 34 carries to keep the Sentinels in the game.
Queensbury 28, Cornwall 21, Class A state semifinal at Dietz Stadium, Kingston, Nov. 21, 2014 -- Queensbury converted six fourth-and-short-yardage situations in the game, but none more important than the final one, as Erik Wettersten dived forward for the first down just past midfield with 1:43 remaining to seal the Spartans' second straight state semifinal victory over Cornwall. Tyrell Adams rushed for 166 yards and three TDs to lead Queensbury, but the converted fourth down was huge because Cornwall's explosive offense had gotten untracked and had dug the Green Dragons out of an early 14-0 deficit. Queensbury had gotten short TD runs by Adams and Brett Rodriguez in the first half. Cornwall closed within 22-13 with 9:28 remaining, but Adams sprinted 59 yards for a TD with 5:58 left for a 28-13 lead, a good cushion when Cornwall responded with a touchdown and two-point conversion three minutes later. Queensbury's winning streak ended at 25 games the following week in a 63-38 loss to Indian River in the state Class A championship game in Syracuse.
Ticonderoga placed five players on the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Football first team.
Running back Konner Bruce and fullback Ryan Trudeau were both named to the first-team offense from the Sentinels, who finished the season with a 7-4 record after falling to Cambridge in the state Class D quarterfinals. Bruce rushed for 1,276 yards and 13 touchdowns this season.
Trudeau was also chosen as a first-team outside linebacker, and is joined on the All-CVAC first-team defense by tackle Chase Dixon and cornerback Garrison Hughes. Placekicker Domanic Banish was also named to the all-star team.
Bruce was named a second-team inside linebacker, and Brody Rocque was an honorable mention.
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Highlights, for local and Section II teams:
-- Queensbury (12-1) settled in at No. 3 in Class A following its 63-38 loss to Indian River in Sunday's Class A state final. Indian River (13-0) and Carey (12-0) finished in a tie for No. 1 -- Carey, from Section VIII, was the Long Island Class II champion.
-- Schalmont (12-1) finished as the No. 2 team in Class B behind Maine-Endwell (13-0) after losing to the Spartans 27-19 in the state final on Sunday. Schuylerville (9-1) finished up at No. 12, while Broadalbin-Perth (6-3) finished at 24th.
-- Hoosick Falls (12-1) ended up as the No. 2 team behind Chenango Forks (12-1) in Class C, after the Panthers fell to the Blue Devils in Saturday's state championship game. Chenango Forks' only loss was to Maine-Endwell. Fonda (8-2) finished up at No. 9 and Voorheesville (8-1) wound up ranked 12th, and Mechanicville (7-2) was 22nd.
-- Cambridge (10-2) finished up at No. 5 in Class D, with Ticonderoga (7-4) ranked 12th and Whitehall (7-3) at No. 15.
-- Shenendehowa (11-1) finished up as the No. 6 team in Class AA. State champ Jamestown (12-1) ended up at No. 3 behind top-ranked Canisius (11-0) and No. 2 Archbishop Stepinac (12-0).
Queensbury's season -- and 25-game winning streak -- came to an end Sunday at the Carrier Dome, as they fell to a big, fast, physical Indian River team.
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-- The game could not have started better for Queensbury. The Spartans jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first eight minutes. Then things fell apart for Queensbury.
-- Queensbury won the toss and on its first play after the kickoff, Tyrell Adams ran 66 yards to the Indian River 3-yard line. Erik Wettersten pushed into the end zone to open a 7-0 Spartan lead 23 seconds into the game.
-- Indian River fumbled the ensuing kickoff, with Brandon Kauffman falling on the loose ball at the Warriors' 26. After an offsides penalty, Chris Goudy ran 12 yards for a first down, and on the next play, Brett Rodriguez darted right, then left for a 9-yard touchdown and a 13-0 lead with 10:58 left in the first quarter.
-- So four plays, two touchdowns for Queensbury, in the span of 62 seconds.
-- Indian River began establishing its offense after Queensbury recovered the onside kickoff and was flagged when it did not go 10 yards -- so the Warriors took over the ball at the Spartans' 47.
-- The Warriors pounded the ball in 11 plays down to the 3-yard line before fullback Dustin Sharrit fumbled the ball and Wettersten recovered at the 2.
-- Queensbury proceeded to drive the ball 98 yards in just five plays -- the last a 57-yard touchdown pass from Drew Wilson to Rodriguez, who was wide open down the left side. The two-point conversion run failed, but the Spartans led 19-0 with 3:57 left in the first quarter.
-- Indian River found its rhythm on its next drive, going 75 yards in eight plays -- including a 40-yard strike from QB Densel Barnes to Gary Ruckman to the Queensbury 7. Two plays later, Barnes scored from 4 yards out to pull the Warriors within 19-7 with 54 seconds left in the first quarter.
-- Queensbury fumbled two plays later, as Rodriguez lost a handoff and Indian River recovered at the Spartans' 36.
Queensbury 19, Indian River 7
-- Two plays after the fumble recovery, diminutive (5-4, 135-pound) speedster Romel Washington popped through the left side of the line and sprinted 36 yards for the touchdown. That pulled the Warriors within 19-14 on the first play of the second quarter.
-- Queensbury extended its lead to 25-14 with a 64-yard, eight-play drive that included a fourth-down conversion at the Indian River 26, and a touchdown pass from Wilson to Rodriguez on the next play. Goudy was stuffed on the two-point conversion, but the Spartans led 25-14 with 7:50 left in the half.
-- The Warriors needed just two plays to respond, as Chase Farrell broke loose on the kickoff return to the Queensbury 45 -- only a push out of bounds by Hunter Scott prevented a touchdown. On first down, Washington sprang loose to the Spartans' 17, and a late hit penalty moved the ball half the distance to the 9-yard line. Sharrit scored on the next play and Barnes added the conversion to pull the Warriors within 25-22 with 7:21 left in the period.
-- Queensbury's last two drives of the half stalled badly because of penalties. The Spartans went backwards on a 15-yard illegal participation penalty when a player continued running without a helmet, followed by an intentional grounding call, resulting in a second down and about 40 yards to go. The Spartans punted from their own end.
-- Taking over near midfield, Indian River needed eight plays to cover 53 yards to seize the lead. Washington converted a fourth-and-4 with a 15-yard sprint out of bounds at the Queensbury 4, and on the next play, Barnes ran right and dove into the end zone for a 29-25 lead with 3:01 left in the half. Indian River never trailed after that.
-- Queensbury's final drive of the half bogged down with a sack by Juan Garcia-Robles, forcing another punt.
Halftime -- Indian River 29, Queensbury 25
-- Indian River needed just four plays to extend its lead to 36-25, benefiting again from a penalty against Queensbury. This time, Barnes sprinted 12 yards and got pushed out of bounds -- officials flagged the Spartans for a late hit out of bounds, tacking 15 more yards onto the run. Connor Brown then ran 23 yards for the touchdown with 10:29 left in the third.
-- Queensbury's next possession ended six plays later on a fumble that was recovered by the Warriors' Tyler Sloley at the Spartans' 38.
-- On Indian River's second play, a scuffle resulted in yet another 15-yard penalty against Queensbury, giving the Warriors the ball on the Queensbury 16. After the next play, half the distance was tacked on when the Spartans were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. Two plays later, Sharrit drove 2 yards up the middle for the touchdown and a 43-25 lead with 5:40 left in the quarter.
-- Queensbury took a touchdown back after Rodriguez was tackled at his own 7-yard line on the kickoff return. On first down, Rodriguez broke loose down the right sideline for a 93-yard touchdown run. Wettersten was stuffed on the two-point conversion, but the Spartans had pulled within 43-31 with 5:17 left in the third.
-- However, on Indian River's next play from scrimmage, Washington shot through a hole on the left side, cut back right and sprinted 68 yards for a touchdown and a 50-31 Warriors lead with 4:57 to go in the third.
-- Queensbury's next drive bogged down and stalled on downs at the Indian River 13, after a promising series that included a fourth-down pass by Wilson that went for a 48-yard gain to Keeghan O'Leary. Wilson's next fourth-down pass was almost intercepted by the Warriors' Elijah Franklin, who dropped it to end the drive and the quarter.
Indian River 50, Queensbury 31
-- Indian River's first failed drive since the first quarter ended with a punt with 7:20 left in the game.
-- Queensbury stalled on downs at their own 33, and the Warriors took over in great field position. Five plays later, Sharrit scored up the middle from 7 yards out for a 56-31 lead with 4:16 remaining.
-- The Spartans were intercepted by phantom No. 88 -- not listed on the roster -- at the Queensbury 45, returning the ball out of bounds at the Spartans' 13. Two plays later, Brendan Smith ran 8 yards for the touchdown and a 63-31 lead with 2:13 to play.
-- On the kickoff, Rodriguez fielded the ball at his own 24 and he returned it 76 yards up the middle for the touchdown. That pulled Queensbury within 63-38 with 2:00 remaining.
-- The Spartans couldn't recover the onsides kick, and all Indian River had to do was record a first down -- which the Warriors did. Barnes kneeled down to end the game.
Most Valuable Player awards:
Sportmanship awards -- Logan Graham, DT, Queensbury and Lawrence Borce, DE, Indian River
Most Valuable Offensive Lineman -- Tyler Wright, Indian River
Most Valuable Offensive Back -- Brett Rodriguez, Queensbury
Most Valuable Defensive Lineman -- Tyler Sloley, Indian River
Most Valuable Defensive Back -- Erik Wettersten, Queensbury
Overall MVP -- Romel Washington, Indian River
-- Rodriguez and Wettersten are both juniors, as is Washington.
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