UPDATED -- corrected series record to 34-17 in Queensbury's favor.
Queensbury: The Spartans find themselves tied in the Class A standings with South Glens Falls, and needing wins over the Bulldogs and Mohonasen next week to assure themselves of third place and a playoff berth. Queensbury wants to bounce back from losses to Glens Falls and Averill Park, so the Spartans will need to tighten up on defense and be ready in the secondary, because South High can throw the football. Patrick Conway and Brendan Scott have combined for 948 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, and sophomore Nate Angell continues to improve at quarterback.
"You always know they're going to play tough, physical football and they always bring tough, motivated kids," South High coach Mike Hammond said. "You have to have all your guys in the right places. They capitalize on misalignments a lot, they find running seams and get separation."
South High: The Bulldogs can clinch a playoff spot with a win this week or next, and two wins would mean the No. 3 seed. South High's offense is triggered by sophomore QB Connor Bovair, who has passed for 912 yards and nine TDs, with hard-running KJ Mickel catching the ball out of the backfield. Mickel has 14 catches and 560 rushing yards — his 232 yards and 4 TDs led South High to a 54-14 win at Scotia last week. Dylan Schrammel, Aiden Davies and Brendan Yando are also quality targets for Bovair. Defensively, the Bulldogs will have to handle Queensbury's meat-grinder of a running game.
"We've got to be 11 on 11 at all times, so we bring the same number to the point of attack that they do," Hammond said. "We can't put too much pressure on ourselves to improve — we need to stay within ourselves."
Fast fact: Queensbury leads the all-time series 34-17, including the last nine meetings. South High last won 38-31 in 2007.