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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Murky football playoff picture released

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 15, 2007

Murky football playoff picture released

The Section II football playoffs gained a sharper picture Friday night with the final night of regular season contests and gained even more clarity Saturday afternoon, that unfortunately took out the Saratoga Springs squad.

But then rumors, allegations and several investigations were uncovered and the Class A football picture starting to get fuzzy.

The question surrounds Lansingburgh running back Nyquan McGirt who has run all over the opposition with almost 700 yards and nine touchdowns. He played last year at Catholic Central, a non-powerhouse and then transferred to Lansingburgh High. There is a question of whether his residence was within Troy city limits.

The question was raised early last week and clarified enough to satisfy the matter, allowing him to play Friday night in a win over Glens Falls. Today, the Section II Executive Committee will take up the matter and make an official decision.

If deemed an illegal transfer, Lansingburgh would have to forfeit all games McGirt competed in, with the exception of the single game versus Glens Falls.

Here is a look at this weekend's playoff picture, all in HD, but just plain antenna for the Class A division until a final decision is made...

Class AA
No. 4 CBA (3-4) at No. 1 La Salle (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Colonie (4-3) at No. 2 Shenendehowa (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 4 Schenectady (4-3) at No. 1 Guilderland (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Ballston Spa (6-1) at No. 2 Troy (6-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class A with Lansingburgh in playoffs
No. 4 Mohonasen (1-6) at No. 1 Lansingburgh (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Glens Falls (4-3) at No. 2 Bishop Maginn (5-2), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 4 Gloversville (3-4) at No. 1 Burnt Hills (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Averill Park (2-5) at No. 2 Amsterdam (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Class AA with Lansingburgh ruled ineligible for the playoffs
No. 4 Mohonasen (2-5) at No. 1 Amsterdam (7-0), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3Gloversville (4-3) at No. 2 Bishop Maginn (5-2), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 4 South Glens Falls (2-5) at No. 1 Burnt Hills (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Averill Park (2-5) at No. 2 Glens Falls (4-3), 7 p.m. Friday

Class B playoffs
No. 4 Hudson (2-5) at No. 1 Cobleskill (7-0), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 4 Fonda (4-3) at No. 1 Ravena (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Hudson Falls (5-2) at No. 2 Albany Academy (4-3), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
No. 3 Cohoes (4-3) at No. 2 Broadalbin-Perth (6-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class C playoffs
No. 4 Coxsackie (5-2) at No. 1 Schuylerville (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Corinth (5-2) at No. 2 Chatham (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 3 Hoosick Falls (4-3) at No. 2 Watervliet (6-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
No. 4 Voorheesville (5-2) at No. 1 Cambridge (7-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class D playoffs
No. 1 Canajoharie (No. 1 Seed has a playoff bye.
Will play Class C Tamarac, 7 p.m. Friday.
No. 6 Salem (1-6) at No. 3 Rensselaer (5-2), 7 p.m. Friday
No. 7 Bishop Gibbons (0-6) at No. 2 Fort Edward (5-2), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
No. 5 Warrensburg (2-5) at No. 4 Whitehall (3-3), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

The season still isn't over for non-playoff squads as the crossover contest schedule was also released. Winners will move on for a second week of contests.

Class AA crossovers
Albany at Shaker Friday, 7 pm
Saratoga at Niskayuna, Friday, 7 p.m.
Columbia at Bethlehem, Friday, 7 p.m.

Class A crossovers
Queensbury at South Glens Falls or Lansingburgh, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. or Friday, 7 p.m.
Scotia at Johnstown, Friday, 7 p.m.

Class B crossovers
Taconic Hills at Stillwater, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Cairo Durham at Schalmont, Friday, 7 p.m.

Class C crossovers
Hoosick Valley at Granville, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Catholic Central at Lake George, Friday, 7 p.m.
Mechanicville at Greenwich, Friday, 7 p.m.

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