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HOW HS FOOTBALL IS SHAPING UP

Sectionals Start This Week And The Following Two Weeks

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

The postseason in high school football is upon us.

OK, for now it’s just top heavy Section 1, Class A, which has more than 20 schools in that classification and 16 that make the postseason. That starts with this coming weekend’s qualifying/opening round, but the playoffs are the playoffs.

So we figured this would be a good time to update how the postseason is shaping up.

SECTION 1, CLASS AA
* There are 18 Class AA teams and the top eight will make the sectionals.
* Every team has one regular-season game remaining this coming weekend.
* The sectionals will start with the quarterfinals the weekend of October 25-26.
* Of teams in the HVSR coverage area, Carmel, at 5-1, is in and sitting with a projected No. 2 seed right now. John Jay, Arlington and Ketcham are all 4-2 and at the moment the Patriots are seeded fifth, the Admirals in a tie for sixth and the Indians in a tie for eighth. Arlington plays Ketcham on Friday, and the loser could be out.

SECTION 1, CLASS A
* Because of the amount of schools, the top 16 make the postseason, which begins this weekend. Here is the schedule:
Friday, October 18 or Saturday, October 19
No. 16 Beacon at No. 1 John Jay-Cross River, time/date TBD
No. 9 Fox Lane at No. 8 Lakeland, time/date TBD
No. 12 Hendrick Hudson at No. 5 Yorktown, time/date TBD
No. 13 Pelham at No. 4 Brewster, time/date TBD
No. 14 Harrison at No. 3 Rye, time/date TBD
No. 11 Lourdes at No. 6 Nyack, time/date TBD
No. 10 Clarkstown North at No. 7 Clarkstown South, time/date TBD
No. 15 Tappan Zee at No. 2 Somers, time/date TBD
* After this opening round, teams will be re-seeded for the quarterfinals depending on the outcome of games.

SECTION 1, CLASS B
* There are nine Class B teams, eight will make the postseason.
* Every team has one regular-season game remaining this coming weekend.
* The sectionals will start with the quarterfinals the weekend of October 25-26.
* Of teams in the HVSR coverage area, Putnam Valley is currently seeded eighth but needs to beat Albertus Magnus this weekend to qualify.

SECTION 1, CLASS C
* Only four teams will qualify for the postseason.
* The sectionals begin with the semifinals the weekend of November 1-2.
* There are no Class C teams in the HVSR coverage area.

SECTION 1, CLASS D
* As in previous years, only Haldane and Tuckahoe qualify for the postseason in Class D.
* The championship game is Saturday, November 9.

SECTION 9, CLASS AA
(NOTE: All teams in Section 9 are in the HVSR coverage area in all classes.)
* There are seven Class AA teams and the top four will make the sectionals.
* Every team has two regular-season games remaining.
* The sectionals will start with the semifinals on Saturday, November 2.
* As of right now, Newburgh and Middletown – who play each other on October 25 – are the top two seeds and Pine Bush and Washingtonville are Nos. 3 and 4.

SECTION 9, CLASS A
* There are nine Class A teams in two divisions. Six teams – the top three in each division — will make the sectionals.
* Every team has one regular-season game remaining.
* The sectionals will start with the quarterfinals on Friday, October 25.
* The division champions will be seeded Nos. 1 and 2 and have a bye into the semifinals. The second-place finishers in each division will be seeded third and fourth, and the third-place finishers will be seeded fifth and sixth.
* As of right now, Cornwall and Minisink Valley are tied for first in Division I, and New Paltz leads Division II. Cornwall/Minisnink and Warwick are in second and third place in Division I, and Wallkill and Goshen are in second and third in Division II.

SECTION 9, CLASS B

* There are eight teams in Class B in two divisions. Four – the top two in each division – will make the playoffs.

* Each team has two regular-season games remaining.

* The sectionals will start with the semifinals on Saturday, November 2.

* The champion of Division I will play the No. 2 team from Division II, and the champ of Division II will play the No. 2 team from Division I.

* As of right now, Marlboro and Port Jervis will be the representatives from Division I – they play on October 25 which will determine first and second place – and Burke leads Division II, with Highland and Liberty a game behind.

SECTION 9, CLASS C
* There is only one Section 9, Class C team after the mass exodus of teams to the 8-Man League. Chester is already the sectional champion.

SECTION 9, CLASS D
* There are no Class D teams.

SECTION 9, 8-MAN
* There are 11 teams in 8-Man football, five in Division I and six in Division II. Eight teams – the top four in each division – will make the playoffs.
* Each team has one regular-season game remaining this coming weekend.
* The sectionals will start with the quarterfinals on Saturday, October 26.
* The division champions will be seeded first and second. The second-place teams in each division will be seeded No. 3 and 4, the third-place teams seeded fifth and sixth, and the fourth-place teams will be seeds No. 7 and 8.
* As of right now, Ellenville has clinched the top seed in Division I, followed by Tri-Valley, Fallsburg and Sullivan West. In Division II, the winner of this Saturday’s game between unbeatens Pawling and Pine Plains will be the overall No. 1 seed. Three teams – Spackenkill, Dover and Millbrook – are fighting for the final two spots in the division. Spack is in with a win against Millbrook in the regular-season finale. Dover is in with a win over Onteora or a Millbrook loss. Millbrook needs a win over Spackenkill to get in.

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