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Playoffs!

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As I said last week, I love playoffs for championships and the Section III playoffs have completed their first weekend. Here is an update:

This year’s tournament field:

(The team’s won-lost record, points for and against and the number of Section III titles won in their history regardless of class is listed with each team.)

CLASS AA
West Genesee 7-0, 332-143 (2 titles) vs. Central Square 4-3, 192-115 (1 title)
CBA 6-1, 275-138 (8 titles) vs. Corcoran 4-3, 205-137 (5 titles)
Fayetteville-Manlius 5-2, 348-190 (2 titles) vs. Liverpool 4-3, 235-184 (6 titles)
Baldwinsville 5-2, 257-146 (4 titles) vs. Utica Proctor 4-3, 215-109 (0 titles)
Comment: We’ve been waiting for West Genny vs. CBA all season. F-M with their potent offense and B’ville with their running game could cause some trouble but both have lost one-sided games to the favorites.

CLASS A
Whitesboro 7-0, 324-143 (7 titles) vs. Fowler 1-6, 85-160 (1 title)
ESM 7-0, 330-59 (1 title) vs. Carthage 2-5, 131-235 (2 titles)
Indian River 6-1, 292-99 (1 title) vs. Cortland 3-4, 221-136 (0 titles)
Jamesville-Dewitt 5-2, 198-152 (3 titles) vs. Watertown 5-2, 214-133 (0 titles)
Comment: These match-ups illustrate the folly of splitting Class A into A and AA. Fowler and Carthage clearly don’t belong in any playoff. Carthage has already lost to ESM, 6-27 and Cortland has lost to Indian River 0-48. Did we really need a rematch of that? How about an 8 team field of West Genesee, CBA, F-M, B’ville, Whitesboro, ESM, Indian River and J-D? Five of those team used to be rivals in the old County League North.
In the meantime we can look forward to ESM vs. Indian River in the semis. Indian River has only one sectional title because they left the section for a number of years before recently returning to it. They lost to Whitesboro in their opener and has steam-rolled everyone since. ESM has their best ever team. The winner will take on perennial power Whitesboro.

CLASS B
Cazenovia 7-0, 243-60 (5 titles) vs. Marcellus 5-2, 180-123 (0 titles)
Chittenango 6-1, 231-168 (2 titles) vs. South Jefferson 4-3, 173-149 (0 titles)
Camden 4-3, 140-143 (1 title) vs. Homer 4-3, 159-116 (3 titles)
Mexico 5-2, 175-123 (0 titles) vs. Oneida 4-3, 134-105 (1 title)
Comment: This seems all set up for a rematch of Cazenovia and Chittenango, who just played a 13-10 game. They are easily the best teams in the division. It’s the only division in which no Section III team has ever won the state title. Cazenovia was going through it like a hot knife through butter but some close games at the end suggest that even they won’t be the first SIII team to break through, at least not this year.

CLASS C
Skaneateles 7-0, 390-121, (1 title) vs. Watertown IHC 5-2, 169-51, (1 title)
Herkimer 6-0, 275-84, (3 titles) vs. Canastota 5-2, 109-88, (0 titles)
General Brown 5-2, 205-148 (5 titles) vs. Tully 6-1, 235-112 (0 titles)
Mt. Markham 5-2, 109-104 (2 titles) vs. Utica Notre Dame 6-1, 258-108 (3 titles)
Comment: Tim Green’s team started out by blowing away defending sectional champion General brown and 2007 state champion Bishop Ludden in their first two games and have never looked back, averaging 56 points a game. They look like maybe the best Class C team we’ve ever had, (and the section has
won the state title twice). But their first round match-up is interesting. WIHC is giving up only 7 points a game, has two shut outs and their two losses were 2-6 and 0-6. They may be over matched but maybe not. Herkimer has been an impressive team in their own right, as has Utica Notre Dame.

CLASS D
Westmoreland 7-0, 263-61 (5 titles) vs. Cato-Meridian 4-3, 163-137 (1 titles)
Weedsport 6-1, 281-151 (5 titles) vs. Waterville 4-3, 120-152 (0 titles)
Dolgeville 6-1, 211-78 (5 titles) vs. Beaver River 5-2, 174-117 (0 titles)
Onondaga 6-1, 192-96 (6 titles) vs. West Canada 5-2 266-78 (1 title)
Comment: We waited all year for the Westmoreland Dolgeville confrontation and it turned out to be a 33-0 shocker, making the Bulldogs the clear favorite here
, although Dolgeville, Weedsport and Onondaga are all 6-1 and have won 26 sectional titles and 5 state championships between them. Again, if we had the old Big School/Small School set up, (with a third division for schools that couldn’t compete as well), we could have had a playoff bracket with, say Cazenovia, Skaneateles, Herkimer, Westmoreland, Chittenango, Weedsport, Dolgeville, Onondaga. Wouldn’t that be fun?
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
CLASS AA: West Genny easily handled upset-minded Central Square 48-20, breaking a 14-14 tie with 34 unanswered points. They will play Uitca Proctor who impressively blew out Baldwinsville, who was hoping for a rematch with the Wildcats after the 5th down game. Down 6-21 at halftime, Proctor had a 33-0 second half. They are peaking at the right time and should give West Genesee all they can handle. CBA easily handled Corcoran, 34-6 and should be heavy favorites over high-scoring but defense challenges Fayetteville-Manlius, who won a wild one, 40-35 over Liverpool. The Brother’s only loss is to the two time Massachusetts state champs and it remains to be seen if a Section III team can beat them.

CLASS a: Whitesboro had a 50-8 walkover against 1-7 Fowler and East Syracuse-Minoa had the same, 40-6 over 2-6 Carthage. Again, the fact that Fowler and Carthage made the playoffs means we don’t have enough teams to justify splitting Classes AA and A but we have to to conform to the state classifications. In the more competitive games, Indian River used a 100 yard interception return to down a feisty Cortland team, 43-22 and Watertown who lost their last two to Whitesboro and Indian River, downed Jamesville-Dewitt 22-14. Behind 154 yards and two scores from their star back, Diamond Williams. They will get Whitesboro, who beat them 40-14 two weeks ago, again while Indian River should give ESM some stiff completion.

CLASS B: Cazenovia, the only unbeaten Class B team, continues to have trouble scoring but won another defensive duel, 14-6 over Marcellus. The Lakers are 8-0 but have been held to 14 points or less in three of their last four games. Chittenango, whom they beat 13-10 last week handled South Jefferson, 35-21 and will have to get by Camden, who beat homer 7-0, to get a rematch. Homer wore orange on their uniforms to honor the Phoenix player who died in last week’s game but it didn’t help. Cazenovia will face Oneida, who looked impressive beating Mexico 30-6.

CLASS C: Skaneateles’ Lakers had had no trouble scoring, averaging 56 points a game during the regular season, until they ran into Watertown Immaculate Heart, who had only given up 7 points a game, best in the section. IHC won the battle of the type of game it would be but still lost the game itself on a field goal with 1:34 left, 7-10. Having survived that scare the Lakers must face Utica Notre Dame who won it’s 6th in a row over Mt. Markham 37-0. The Jugglers have outscored their opponents by an average of 30 points per game over that span, with nobody getting closer than 19 points. Herkimer, the last team to beat them, (by 48-33) remained unbeaten by crushing Canastota 43-12, including a 29-0 second half. General Brown, the perennial power in this Class, went down hard to Tully, 6-24. The Black Knights are 7-1, having lost only to Skaneateles. This might be the most interesting classification this year.

CLASS D: Unless it’s this one. Westmoreland continued their strong run to 8-0 with a 42-22 whipping of Cato-Meridian. They will face perennial power Onondaga, who spanked West Canada 32-12 and has lost only to Weedsport, who crushed Waterville 56-26. Weedsport lost only to Beaver River, who had lost only to Onondaga until Dolgeville, (who lost only to Westmoreland), beat them yesterday, 19-18. Next week Weedsport will play Dolgeville. But I don’t think anyone will stop Westmoreland in their march to the states.
 
 
 

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