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The final weekend of the high school football regular season is upon us, so it's time to take a good look at the playoff possibilities in Classes A, B, C and D.

Class AA still has one week of the regular season to go, as it is playing a four-team playoff. Class D, which has only five teams, is also playing a four-team playoff, but they will play crossover games against non-playoff Class C teams or teams from Section VII.

— Classes A and B have two divisions and will play a 1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3 format crossing over with the opposite division in the quarterfinals (first round). Semifinals are at the two highest remaining seeds.

— Class C has three six-team divisions, so the three division champs will be seeded 1-2-3, and the next five seeds will be determined by the Football Points system that I detailed earlier this week.

— Again, going division by division from the bottom up, starting with Class D.

Class D — The division title will be decided between Warrensburg (3-0, 5-1) and Whitehall (3-0, 4-2) when they meet under portable lights Friday night at Warrensburg. Hoosic Valley (1-2, 3-3) is the likely third seed with a win over Rensselaer (0-3, 1-5) on Friday. Fort Edward (1-3, 1-4), which plays Cohoes in a non-leaguer on Saturday, should be No. 4 as the Flying Forts beat Rensselaer head-to-head. So your potential final four is: 1/2. Warrensburg or Whitehall, 3. Hoosic Valley, 4. Fort Edward. The semifinals are set for Oct. 27, usually at Schuylerville High School.

Class C NorthCambridge-Salem (4-0, 6-0) already clinched the division title with last week's win over Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (2-2, 4-2), so the Indians' rivalry game at one-win Greenwich is merely academic. Hoosick Falls (3-1, 5-1) has second place locked up and finishes with winless Corinth. LG/H-L and Granville (2-2, 3-3) will battle for a playoff spot when they meet Saturday at Granville. Hoosick Falls is in line for a playoff spot.

Class C Central — Friday night's game at Stillwater between the host Warriors (4-0, 6-0) and Holy Trinity (4-0, 5-1) will decide the division title and one of the top three seeds in Class C. Fonda (2-2, 3-3) can firm up a playoff bid with a win at Mechanicville (1-3, 2-4) on Friday, while Canajoharie-Fort Plain (1-3, 2-4) and Tamarac (0-4, 2-4) are out of the running.

Class C SouthChatham (5-0, 6-0) already wrapped up the division title. Voorheesville (3-1, 4-2) should be in line for a playoff berth with a win over 1-5 Coxsackie-Athens on Saturday. Helderberg Valley (2-2, 3-3) also has a shot with a win over 1-5 Taconic Hills on Friday night. Watervliet, C-A and Taconic Hills are out of the running.

Class B NorthGlens Falls (3-0, 4-2) has already clinched the division title and the top seed for the North — they beat both Schuylerville and Hudson Falls head-to-head earlier this season. The Indians wrap up their regular-season schedule on Friday at Broadalbin-Perth (1-2, 3-2), which is the fourth-place team. Schuylerville (2-1, 4-2) is locked into second place and finishes with Johnstown (0-3, 2-4), which will be fifth and out of the playoffs. Hudson Falls (2-2, 4-2) is locked in as No. 3. The Class B North final four — 1. Glens Falls, 2. Schuylerville, 3. Hudson Falls, 4. Broadalbin-Perth.

Class B Reinfurt — This division is a little less clear-cut. Schalmont (3-0, 4-1) and Cobleskill (4-0, 4-2) could have been playing for the division title on Friday night at Schalmont. However, because of cases of Coxsackie virus at Schalmont, the Sabres' game against Hudson (2-1, 3-2) last week was postponed and will be played on Tuesday. Hudson hosts Ravena (2-2, 2-4) on Friday night in a battle for the third and fourth seeds in the division. Lansingburgh and Ichabod Crane are both winless and out of the running. Possible final four — 1/2. Schalmont/Cobleskill winner, 3. Hudson, 4. Ravena.

Class A Grasso — The division title and top seed comes down to Friday night's battle of the Spartans, as Queensbury (4-0, 6-0) travels to Burnt Hills  (4-0, 6-0). Ballston Spa (3-2, 3-3) is locked in for the No. 3 spot, while Scotia (2-3, 2-4) can wrap up the fourth spot Friday night with a win over Gloversville (1-4, 1-5). Ballston Spa defeated Scotia head-to-head 33-12 last week for the third seed. South Glens Falls (1-4, 1-5) and Mohonasen (1-5, 1-5) are out of the running. Possible final four — 1/2. Queensbury/Burnt Hills, 3. Ballston Spa, 4. Scotia.

Class A CapitalAverill Park (4-0, 6-0) and Troy (4-0, 5-1) meet for the division title and top seed on Friday night at Troy. Columbia (2-2, 3-3) are locked in as the third seed and finish with one-win Green Tech on Friday night. Amsterdam (1-3, 2-3) hosts La Salle (1-3, 3-3) on Friday night in a battle for the fourth and final playoff spot in the division. Possible final four — 1/2. Averill Park/Troy, 3. Columbia, 4. Amsterdam/La Salle winner.

Class AA — With two weeks left in the Class AA regular season, Shaker (6-0, 6-0) remains the favorite to finish in the top spot, as the Blue Bison finish with CBA (3-3, 3-3) and Colonie (2-4, 2-4). Saratoga Springs (5-1, 5-1) and Shenendehowa (5-1, 5-1) are setting up for a big showdown for second place next Friday, as they both have winnable games this weekend — Saratoga against Schenectady, Shen at Albany. CBA, Guilderland (3-3, 3-3) and Bethlehem (3-3, 3-3) are battling for the fourth spot — CBA and Guilderland meet next Friday. Bethlehem beat CBA, but lost to Guilderland, so there could be a three-way tie for fourth that would be sorted by quarter points.


And here's my one-man poll of myself for Section II football:

(Don't forget to check out the New York State Sportswriters Association state rankings for Classes AA and A here, and Classes B, C and D here.

Class AA

1. Shaker (6-0); 2. Shenendehowa (5-1); 3. Saratoga (5-1); 4. Guilderland (3-3); 5. CBA (3-3). Honorable mention: Bethlehem (3-3).

Class A

1. Burnt Hills (6-0); 2. Queensbury (6-0); 3. Averill Park (6-0); 4. Troy (5-1); 5. Columbia (3-3). Honorable mention: Ballston Spa (3-3).

Class B

1. Glens Falls (4-2); 2. Schuylerville (4-2); 3. Schalmont (4-1); 4. Cobleskill (4-2); 5. Hudson Falls (4-2). Honorable mention: Hudson (3-2), Broadalbin-Perth (3-2).

Class C

1. Cambridge-Salem (6-0); 2. Stillwater (6-0); 3. Holy Trinity (5-1); 4. Chatham (6-0); 5. Hoosick Falls (5-1). Honorable mention: Lake George/H-L (4-2), Granville (3-3), Voorheesville (4-2), Fonda (3-3).

Class D

1. Warrensburg (5-1); 2. Whitehall (4-2); 3. Hoosic Valley (3-3), 4. Fort Edward (1-4), 5. Rensselaer (1-5).

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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