It’s week ten of the high school football season and in each classification just two squads are left standing. A pair of Wasaren schools are among those teams as Cambridge-Salem,(Class C), and Hoosic Valley, (Class D), will vie for sectional titles this weekend.
Cambridge-Salem, ( 9-0), will face Chatham, (8-1), tonight at Lansingburgh at 7 p.m. , while Hoosic Valley, (6-3), takes on Warrensburg, (7-1), Saturday at Schuylerville with a 1 p.m. start.
In Class C the prevailing thought through much of the fall was that Cambridge-Salem and “someone” would meet in the C Super Bowl. The Indians rolled through the regular season in the C North and from the start seemed destined to play November football.
Their opponent, Chatham, preyed on a weak Class C South division thorough the first seven weeks but has made everyone take notice with wins over Stillwater and Holy Trinity in post season play.
The Panthers have scored 346 points on the year while giving up 87. They’ve run the ball for 1884 yards and have thrown for 529.
Chatham is led by senior running back Triston Schermerhorn who has carried for 974 yards and 21 touchdowns, and senior quarterback Kaleb Taylor who’s thrown for 725 yards and rushed for 314 yards with 15 TD’s combined.
The Panthers are a power team that likes to run it behind their big offensive line with a mixture of play-action passing.
The Indians have rushed for 2400 yards on the year while throwing for 479, and have scored 434 points while allowing opponents just 104.
Senior running back Tommy English has rushed for 1250 yards and 24 touchdowns to date and is coming off a 287 yard, four touchdown performance against Hoosick Falls last weekend.
His backfield mate, Tyler Linendoll has carried for 818 yards with 16 scores and all the Cambridge-Salem backs run behind a skilled and strong offensive line.
When C-S goes to the air junior quarterback Calvin Schneider has thrown for 343 yards on 30 attempts with 4 touchdowns.
It looks like a wet track tonight on the turf in the Burgh where I like the deep and talented squad who’s been here many times before, Cambridge-Salem, to handle their business and move on to a state quarterfinal next weekend.
In Class D Warrensburg after losing in their season-opener to Lake George, has won seven straight. The Burgers have scored 319 points while allowing 77 defensively. They have rushed for 2259 yards and have thrown for 304 on the year.
Junior running back Jesse Griffin has carried for 1136 yards and 12 TD’s while adding 182 receiving yards with four scores.
Senior quarterback Evan MacDuff has thrown for 304 yards and rushed for 287 with 16 combined touchdowns.
Junior backs Mac Baker and Dylan Winchell give the Burgers depth with 750 yards between them and 11 scores.
The Indians of Hoosic Valley were winless though the first three Saturdays of the season, but stayed with it and come into tomorrow’s contest on a run of six straight “W’s”.
The Valley has scored 310 points on the year while giving up 182. They’ve rushed for over 2800 yards and thrown for 283.
Senior running back Will Scofield leads the Indians with 1258 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, while junior back Jacob White has added 679 yards and 10 TD’s.
Junior quarterback Ethan Caiazza has thrown just 44 times this season for 278 yards with four touchdowns. The Valley signal-caller has also carried for over 300 yards with four scores.
The two squads met in week two with Warrensburg prevailing 34-14. On that day it was the Burgers showing sustained scoring drives, while the Valley put points up in quick strike fashion with White returning a kickoff for a 74 yard touchdown, and Scofield breaking off an 87-yard scoring run.
Warrensburg led 22-14 at the half but after the break the Burgers shut down the Hoosic Valley attack and pulled away for the victory.
What I saw on that early September afternoon were two evenly matched squads with a deceptive final score. Look for the Indians to even the score tomorrow in Schuylerville, winning close and advancing to state regional play.