All Five Super Bowl Champs Crowned in Section II
Rain and wind over the weekend couldn't stop five high school football teams from finishing the climb to the top of their respective class in Section II.
Shaker continued its undefeated season on Friday night with a win over Saratoga Springs, which knocked off Shenendehowa in the semifinals. The Blue Bison and Blue Streaks played to a 14-all tie at the half, but Shaker accounted for the only scoring in the second half and the Greg Sheeler-led team wins Class AA and advances to the state tournament with a bye next week.
In Class A, it was a familiar meeting of the Spartans and the.... Spartans. Burnt Hills lost the regular season matchup to Queensbury and rather decidedly, but Matt Shell and company flipped the script on Saturday night. The ground game of Vincent Daviero and Jakai Townsend made the difference and Burnt Hills won its third straight sectional title.
Speaking of three-peats, the beat goes on for Glens Falls in Class B. Week 2 of the season featured a close game between the Indians and Cobleskill-Richmondville; an eight point victory for Glens Falls. The Class B Super Bowl was a very different story. Joseph Girard III, as he so often does, found a variety of ways to beat the Bulldogs. Girard scored touchdowns with his arm from inside and outside the pocket as well as with his legs on a designed run and Glens Falls is going to states for a third straight year.
Cambridge-Salem matched those streaks of Burnt Hills and Glens Falls, but they've done it across two different classes. The Indians are the two-time defending Class D champs, but they moved up to C this year and didn't miss a single beat. Imagine the punishment Cambridge would have levied on Class D teams this year. Doug Luke's squad finished off an undefeated schedule in Section II on Friday night with a 41-27 win over Chatham, which was making its sixth title game appearance.
Then, in Class D, Warrensburg continued its winning streak since a loss in the first game of the season. The Burghers met up with Hoosic Valley and controlled the game start to finish, a 22-6 victory. Now, it's into the state tournament next weekend for the five champs from Section II. Last year, the Capital Region sent three teams to the Carrier Dome.