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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Football playoffs: Part II semifinals set

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.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Football playoffs: Part II semifinals set

Win and move on, lose and let your juniors get ready for next season, that is the standard operating procedure for Section II football after several seasons were basically concluded Friday night.

In Saratoga County it could be a collision course or a publisher's dream as Saratoga and Ballston Spa could face off in the Class AA Section II finale if they survive the next round.

Saratoga Springs hosts a tough Schenectady team that enacted revenge against Shenendehowa Friday night, 33-13. Ballston Spa will once again see Guilderland who they finished up the regular season against, but the Dutchmen may have put the fear into the Scotties after upending LaSalle on Friday night.

In another Saratogian dream sequence, Saratoga Catholic not only won its first playoff game in more than 20 years, they get to travel and face another locally covered school, Greenwich, Friday night in another Class D late-season rematch.

Burnt Hills could be tested when it faces Niskayuna at home Friday night while the opposite side of the bracket is a battle as Gloversville faces Troy on Saturday.

Here's the schedule for the sectional semifinals and remaining crossover contests:

Class AA semifinals
Schenectady (6-2) at Saratoga Springs (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Guilderland (4-4) at Ballston Spa (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Class A semifinals
Niskayuna (6-2) at Burnt Hills (8-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Gloversville (7-1) at Troy (8-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class B semifinals
Hudson Falls (5-3) at Lansingburgh (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Cohoes (6-2) at Schalmont (6-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Class C Semifinals
Granville (7-1) vs. Hoosick Falls (8-0) at Stillwater, 2 p.m. Saturday
Cambridge (7-1) vs. Chatham (8-0) at Stillwater, 7 p.m. Saturday

Class D Semifinals
Bishop Gibbons at Rensselaer (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Saratoga Catholic (3-5) at Greenwich (6-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Crosover games
Class AA
Bethlehem at Shaker, 7 p.m. Thursday
CBA at Columbia, 7 p.m. Thursday
Albany at Colonie, 7 p.m. Thursday
La Salle at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m. Friday

Class A
Queensbury at Scotia, 7 p.m. Thursday
South Glens Falls at Bishop Maginn, 7 p.m. Thursday

Class B
Hoosic Valley at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m. Thursday
Broadalbin-Perth at Ravena, 7 p.m. Thursday

Class C
Voorheesville at Corinth, 7 p.m. Friday
Schuylerville at Lake George, 7 p.m. Friday
Cairo-Durham at Stillwater, TBA
Hudson at Cobleskill, TBA
Taconic Hills at Mechanicville, TBA

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