Troy High (9-0) remained undefeated and atop the weekly New York State Sportswriters Poll Class AA football rankings released Wednesday morning following the Flying Horses' 50-14 win over Shenendehowa last week. The two will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the University at Albany. Admission is $8. Saratoga Springs (9-0) moved up three spots to No.
TROY, N.Y. >> There were few surprises at Troy High Friday night in the Flying Horses 50-14 over Shenendehowa in the Class AA semifinal - if you were a Troy fan. The number one ranked, undefeated and defending New York State Sportswriters Association had an opportunity to show the capacity crowd in attendance and the televised audience what its prolific offense was able to do and that it had a defense to match.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. >> It isn't officially cold and flu season, but it certainly appeared that way Friday night as there were plenty of (yellow) handkerchiefs thrown onto the turf at Brent T. Steuerwald Stadium in the latter half of the Class AA quarterfinal between Shenendehowa and visiting Colonie.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. >> The Shenendehowa football team executed a different game plan Friday night for its homecoming, keeping its offense on the field for longer periods of time so that the end zone student section had more to cheer about and take a step towards its post-season plans. The Plainsmen scored on six of its eight possessions and rolled past a youthful Ballston Spa squad 41-7 at Brent T.
ALBANY, N.Y. >> Only five football teams will end their season with a win and it will come later in the month of November, away from the Capital Region and against two teams that may have never met. To be crowned a champion takes talent, health, luck, execution and character. For those who don't make the trip to the Syracuse Carrier Dome, it is the losses that often reveal the character of those Section II athletes who don't advance.
Troy High (8-0) remained both undefeated and in the No. 1 spot after its 25-7 AA quarterfinal win versus Christian Brothers Academy in the Wednesday morning New York State Sportswriters Class AA poll. Saratoga Springs (8-0) a 34-13 winner over Bethlehem moved up one spot to No. 19 and Shaker (7-1), a 27-16 winner over Guilderland also moved up one to No.
Burnt Hills, N.Y. >> Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake football managed to bring the offense and defense to the game against Amsterdam and take a big 50-7 win to stay undefeated on the season. "We came out and we were able to get some momentum, which is nice," Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football Coach Matt Shell said.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Carter Steingraber has been one of the best players on an undefeated Saratoga Springs football team this season. He is a wide receiver, a defensive back and as the season progressed, became one of Saratoga's top running backs and players due to injuries. Steingraber said the team came together to work into the roles that needed to be filled.
Undefeated Troy High (6-0) retained its No. 1 position in Wednesday morning's Class AA New York State Sportswriter poll, no surprise after the Flying Horses 40-15 win over Shaker (5-1). Saratoga (6-0) moved up five spots to No. 20 after a 40-12 win over Albany High (0-6) while the Blue Bison fell from its previous spot at No.
ALBANY, N.Y. >> It was a phrase that coaches throughout Section II have said time and time again - "There is a reason why Troy in the No. 1 team in the state." The undefeated Flying Horses, riding a 23-game winning streak that dates back to last year, repeated as the Section II Class AA champions Friday night at the University at Albany with a 28-6 win over Saratoga Springs.
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