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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Indian Bowl now part of crossover schedule

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Indian Bowl now part of crossover schedule

Mechanicville versus Stillwater crossover now has meaning

It's week nine of the high school football season in Section II season and every team wants to be playing a meaningful game after seven regular season contests. For those squads who didn't have success, week eight and nine means relegated to "crossover" games or contests that have no bearing on a sectional, regional or state title.

Week nine just got new meaning after Mechanicville defeated Greenwich 38-20 on the road and Stillwater shut out Taconic Hills, 16-0. The victories allowed the two rivals to meet once again to battle for the Indian Bowl 1 p.m. Saturday.

"We try to play each other as a bowl game if the schedule allows it," Mechanicville head coach Kevin Collins said. "The only year we didn't play was when one of us moved up in class."

Winners of their week eight contests advance to a second week of competition, this combination takes some pressure off the coaches to motivate their players.

"Most of the seniors want to get as much playing time as they can," Collins said. "The other players just want to keep it going, getting out there to practice for another week."

Collins said his Red Raider squad always plans on playing for at least nine weeks each year.

"They want to be out here, they want to win games," Collins said. "There is a lot of pride here, but you are still dealing with kids. Sometimes its harder to get them motivated to run their sprints."

Stillwater (3-5) will face Mechanicville (4-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mechanicville High School.

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