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 North — Cambridge-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 South — Chatham (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 North — Glens 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 Capital — Averill 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:
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).
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).
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).
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).
1. Warrensburg (5-1); 2. Whitehall (4-2); 3. Hoosic Valley (3-3), 4. Fort Edward (1-4), 5. Rensselaer (1-5).