Big Blue-Mike Bilinski
My Hometown Sports Week 7 preview
Well sports fans here we are at the end of the regular season. This week league titles and playoff aspirations will be on the line as it is crunch time in section III and at football fields all over the state.
Utica Proctor Raiders 3-3@ Oswego 0-6
The Raiders look to gain some momentum going into the playoffs when they take on winless Oswego.
The Buccaneers are led this season by running back Zach Jadus who has six touchdowns on the season
The Raiders are coming off a tough loss to West Genny 53-27. After hanging tough with West Genny in the first half, the Raiders faltered in the second. Look for the Proctor to get back on track quickly this week as they get ready for the playoffs.
In that first half Proctor got scores from Lawrence Elliot who returned a kickoff 80 yards for a score.
Maurice Peace got in the act with a 90 yards kick off return of his own as the Raiders tried to keep pace with the high powered Wildcats.
Jordan Treen hooked up with Lawrence Elliot from 21 yards out to wrap up the Radier scoring
RFA 1-5 @ CBA 5-1
The Black Knights look to close out the regular season as spoilers as they take on league leading CBA.
The Brothers are led this season by QB Cameron MacPherson who has passed for 735 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Mike Vavonese is the leader on the ground with 734 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Although the Black Knights will not make the playoffs this year they have not given up and are sure to give their best against the Brothers. This game will be a very tough challenge for a young Black Knight team.
Last Friday RFA fell to Baldwinsville 61-21. The Romans got scores from, their work horse running back, Rich Stapleton who had TD runs of 3,4 and 6 yards.
Stapleton has been a true leader for the Romans this season and is having a banner year. Stapleton finished with 31 carries for a career-high 232 yards and three scores, bringing his total to 1,011 yards and 11 TDs on the season.
Whitesboro Warriors 6-0 @ New Hartford Spartans 0-6-MHTS-Friday Night Lights-Game of the Week. (Thursday) ESPN Radio/U/R
A game that the past few season has helped decide the Class A National league champion loses that moniker this season. However, to the players of both undefeated Whitesboro and winless New Hartford this is still an important game.
Rivalry games always bring out the best in teams and the Spartans hope to take advantage of this Thursday night.
QB Steve Tomaino ran for two scores and passed 77 yards to Jake Crucetti for another in their loss to Fulton.
The Warriors are coming off a big win over previously unbeaten Watertown 40-14.
As happy as the Warriors are with the win, it came at a cost. QB Adam Eberly was injured and left the game. This added to the loss of leading back Steve Almond, who may or may not play this week with a hamstring injury, was bad news for Whitesboro.
The good news for the Warriors is that when Eberly went down other Warriors picked up the slack and lead Whitesboro to a win over the Cyclones.
Fullback Matt Felitto ran for 129 yards and three scores and Mike Bunal for another to lead the Warriors.
Even with the loss of Eberley and Almond the Warriors have too much size, speed, and experience on both sides of the ball for a young New Hartford team this week.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior Adam Pexton had two picks to help lead the Warriors defense
VVS 4-2 @ Oneida 3-3
Another big rivalry game this weekend pits the VVS Red Devils at the Oneida Indians.
For the Indians this is a must win game. The top four teams make the playoffs out of the B East and the Indians are currently tied with Camden for that fourth playoff spot.
If the Indians can win and the Blue Devils lose, Oneida is in.
To do this they must stop a Red Devils squad coming off a 48-0 win over Solvay.
Chris Beavo rushed for three touchdowns and Matt McCoy for two in the win.
The Red Devils have more weapons on offense including running back Matt Sliker and QB Eli Cleveland.
The Indians are coming off a big win over South Jefferson that kept them in the B East playoff hunt. QB Tyler Mallinder passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns.
This game has the making of a real battle.
The team that can establish the run in this one and hold onto the ball will come away with the win. As with most rival games this one could go either way.
South Jefferson 4-2 @ Camden 3-3
A playoff berth is on the line for the Camden Blue Devils when they take on the South Jefferson Spartans. With a win the Blue Devils are into the playoffs.
This is easier said than done as South Jefferson is a solid 4-2.
They are led by running back Mitch Moldin has rushed for 1092 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.
QB Thomas Gordinier has been solid for the Spartans passing for 260 yards most to wide out Zach Zimmerman.
The Blue Devils are looking to keep flying high after a big 55-12 win over Holland Patent.
QB Colby Stratton has passed for 395 yards and rushed for 157 to lead the Blue Devils. Running backs Jake Reed and Jeremy Zeitchel are a powerful one two punch out of the backfield.
If the Blue Devils can contain Moldin on defense and keep him off the field they will come away with the win.
If they allow the Spartans to control the line of scrimmage and time of possession it could be a long night for Camden.
If the Blue Devils win they will make the post season so a lot is riding on this game for Coach Aaron Fiorini and Camden.
Holland Patent 0-6 @ Ilion 1-5
Two teams looking to end the regular season on a positive note are Holland Patent and Ilion.
For the Golden Knights 2011 has been a tough season.
QB Chris Parshall’s 403 yards passing and Matt Curtis’s 280 on the ground have been highlights for a young team that will improve next season.
In last week’s loss to Camden, 55-12, Holland Patent got scores from Lucas Bardo who hauled in a 78 yard bomb from Charis Parshall and Kevin Stay later ran one in from 11 yards out.
The Golden Bombers are in much the same position. Matt Hall has led the way for Ilion rushing for 324 yards.
Something has to give and the team that can score first may come away with the win in this one.
Canastota 3-3 @ Sherburne-Earlville 5-1
An important Class C South matchup takes place this week as the Canastota Raiders take on the first place Sherburne-Earlville Marauders.
If the Raiders can win they have a shot at the post season. If they lose they will be eliminated.
The Marauders are looking to win their first C South title and advance into the playoffs with a head of steam.
They are coming off a 14-0 win over Sauquoit valley.
Sherburne-Earlville is led this season by a group of powerful running back that includes Corey Musician, Austin Jasper, Devven Ferris and Garrett Duvall.
They have rushed for a combined 1,385 yards so far this season.
The Raiders were looking to sew up at least second place in the C South and a playoff berth but fell to Mt. Markham 12-6 in double overtime
Running back Zack Zupan has been the go to guy for the Raiders all season. He has amassed 733 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground this season.
The Raiders will have to rely on their defense to slow down the Marauders ground attack
Both teams look to run the ball and dominate upfront
The team that can control the line of scrimmage will come away with the win. For the Raiders that means a berth in the sectional playoffs, for the Marauders it means a league title
Adirondack Wildcats 3-3 @ Frankfort-Schuyler 4-
Two teams that seem to be going in different directions this season are the Adirondack wildcats and the Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights.
The Wildcats are coming off a 34-14 win over Morrisville Eaton-Hamilton.
Devin Reigler ran for two first half touchdowns to lead the Wildcats. He is their leading rusher this season with 247 yards on the ground.
Ryan Dellerba got in the act with two touchdown runs of his own.
The Maroon Knights have lost their last two, one to Notre Dame-RCH and last week to state ranked Herkimer.
Herkimer beat Frankfort-Schuyler 33-16 and the Knights who dented the scoreboard were John Gatto with a 1 yard run and Pat Fraccola who returned a fumble 29 yards for a score.
With their chances at a post season berth greatly diminished will the Knights roll over this week or rise to the challenge to finish out the season on a high note
Frankfort-Schuyler has the advantage of speed on both sides of the ball and if they play with heart will come away with the win.
Clinton 0-6 @ Mt. Markham 4-2
The Clinton Warriors look to play spoilers as they take on the Mount Markham Mustangs.
Mount Markham could get a piece of a league title with a Canastota victory over Sherburne-Earlville.
If S-E wins and the Mustangs win they will enter the playoffs as a number two seed out of the C South.
The first order of business for the Mustangs is to win.
They are coming off an emotional 12-6 win in double overtime over Canastota.
A 60 yard fumble recovery and a 13 yard pass from Nate Hudson to Lance Treen was the difference in the Mustangs 12-6 victory.
The Warriors would like nothing better than to throw a wrench into the Mustangs playoff plans.
To do that they will have to slow down running back and team leader John LaPerla.
Little Falls 3-3 @ Notre Dame-RCH 5-1
The improving Little Falls Mounties could put a big crimp in the Jugglers post season plans with a victory this week.
The Mounties are coming off a 12-8 victory over section II’s Coxsackie-Athens. QB Mike Battisti threw 26 yards to Zach McLaughlin and returned a fumble 86 yards for the win.
The Jugglers are are rolling after a 48-14 win over Clinton. Colin Hulser had two touchdown runs to pace ND.
The Jugglers with their size upfront and speed out of the backfield should be too much for the Mounties.
However, if ND is overlooking a hungry Little Falls team they could get into trouble
Morrisville Eaton-Hamilton 1-5 @ Sauquoit Valley 1-5
Two more teams looking to end the regular season on a high note meet Friday night in Sauquoit.
The Warriors will look to QB TJ Metz and his 144 yards passing on the season and running back Cody Browing to get the job done.
Last week the Warriors fell to Adirondack 34-14. Cody Browing passed for one score and EJ Hackney ran one in from 30 yards out in the fourth quarter.
The Indians will look to QB Robert Slivinski and running back Mark Martin and his 242 yards on the ground to answer.
Sauquoit fell 14-0 to Sherburne-Earlville.
This should be a highly competitive game that will go to the team that can hang onto the football late in the game.
Westmoreland 6-0 @ Dolgeville 6-0-MHTS SATURDAY SHOWDOWN
Class D football fans have been waiting for this clash all season. The state ranked Westmoreland Bulldogs travel east to take on the state ranked Dolgeville Blue Devils.
Since the days of the old Inter-Valley league these two teams have been constant playoff contenders and this season seems to be no different.
The Bulldogs are coming off a big 39-6 win over rival Oriskany. QB Zach Green ran for three scores and Hassan Griffith two in the win.
Out of their option attack the Bulldogs have rolled up big numbers. Green has 413, Griffith 335, and fullback Ryan Murling 262 so far this season.
Green is not afraid to throw the ball, and his favorite target is big Teddy Flint.
The Blue Devils are coming off a 35-12 win over Mohawk. Running back Jared Fredrick rushed for 201 and a score and Ray Ruggerio 173 and four touchdowns in the win.
Both Ruggerio and Fredrick have rolled up big numbers rushing this season 849 and 626 yards respectively out of a spread option formation.
Both teams are well coached and have multiple skill players that can get the job done.
This game comes down to a battle of the trenches.
The team that dominates the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball will come away with the win. This game has all the makings of a classic.
N.Y. Mills Marauders 3-3 @ West Canada Indians 4-2
A Class D East playoff berth is on the line as the New York Mills Marauders take on the West Canada Valley Indians.
After a loss to Waterville last week the Mills must win if they hope to have a mathematical shot at the post season.
Last week they fell behind Waterville early and their comeback came up short as they lost 22-35.
Running back Fedor Avrusevich three scores paced the Marauders. He has been their go to guy all season amassing 561 yards.
They will need him and a whole lots more as the Indians have been on a roll. Last week the Indians, the winners of two straight, beat Cooperstown 35-2.
Sebastian Torres ran for two scores to lead an Indians team that is on a mission to get to the post season
With size upfront and speed in the backfield the Indians might have too much for the Mills this week.
Waterville 3-3 @ Cooperstown 0-6
The Waterville Indians look to keep their post season hopes alive as they take on winless Cooperstown.
Last week’s big win over N.Y. Mills and a win this week will put them into the post season.
Speed back John Piersma has come on big late in the season to give the Indians the boost they need to get to the playoffs.
Though they are winless this season, you have to take your hat off to the Cooperstown Redskins.
Earlier in the season their new coach who brought in a new system had to resign for personnel reason.
With a young team riddled with injuries the Redskins could have easily thrown in the towel.
However, they never did gutting it out against state ranked teams with their heads held high.
That is what high school football is all about.
The Indians with momentum, numbers, and speed on their side should pull away in this one.
Mohawk 1-5 @ Oriskany 1-5
Two teams that have battled all season look for their second league win Saturday as the Oriskany Redskins host the Mohawk Mohicans.
Both teams are coming off tough loss to class D leading Westmoreland and Dolgeville respectively.
Mohawk fell 35-12 to Dolgeville on Homecoming Weekend at Mohawk.
The Mohicans refused to quit and scored twice down the stretch to give the home fans something to cheer about.
Steve Shaver (19 carries, 82 yards) tallied both Mohawk (1-5) touchdowns on the ground.
Mohawk will look to grind it out on the ground as the Redskins go to the air.
Last week Oriskany fell to Westmoreland 59-20. The Redskins found the endzone three times.
Austin Smith threw a 20 yard touchdown pass to Pat Manna for the first score the Smith hooked up with Alex Liddy from 51 yards out for another Redskin tally.
Liddy and Smith hooked up again in the fourth quarter for another Oriskany score.
Two very different styles of football meet with either team a possible winner.
The team that does not turn the ball over will pull ahead and win in this one.
Well sports fans the regular season is almost over and it’s time to get ready for the playoffs.
Come Sunday we should know who will be in and who will be out. Get out there and support your local team weather they are in the playoffs, already out, or fighting to stay alive. Some great football will be played this weekend so enjoy it.