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Plenty of balance in Class B

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Updated: 8:51 AM

By MICHAEL KELLY

Recorder Sports Staff

Another slate of football games has come and gone, and it did little to clear up the picture in Section II Class B. Eight teams have multiple wins through three weeks of play, with the number of undefeated clubs already whittled down to two.

Speaking about the West Division late last week, Hudson Falls head coach Bill Strong marveled at the competitive balance in this year's field.

"You probably pencil Schalmont in as number one, I think that's pretty true," said Strong. "But, then, when you go from two down to seven, there's not a whole heck of a lot of difference."

But that's only including one of Section II Class B's two divisions -- leaving out the wacky Reinfurt Division, where there are no undefeated clubs and five teams with one divisional loss.

Now, let's rank some teams:

5) Green Tech Eagles (2-1, 1-1 Reinfurt Division; Last Week No. 4)

The Eagles trounce a Class A opponent -- 42-6 against Mohonasen -- and move down a spot. That's the luck in Class B this season, where four teams with winning records are not represented in this week's rankings.

4) Lansingburgh Knights (1-2, 1-1 Reinfurt Division; LW No. 2)

The Knights had a surprising Week 3 loss to Cohoes. The more alarming thing about this, though, is that Lansingburgh has now lost three of its last four games, going back to last year's first-round sectional defeat.

3) Cohoes Tigers (2-1, 2-1 Reinfurt Division; LW Unranked)

Some people I respect had been bullish about the Tigers in the preseason and it's easy to see why. Save for a one-point road loss in Week 2 to Albany Academy, the Tigers have been solid and own a mightily impressive 18-point Week 3 win against the Knights. After a non-classification game this week with Averill Park, the Tigers play host in Week 5 to Green Tech in a game that could go a long way in determining the Reinfurt Division's winner.

2) Broadalbin-Perth Patriots (3-0, 3-0 West Division; LW No. 3)

Things shook out nicely to get us a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup at Patriot Field Friday night. Couple things stick out about B-P right now. First off, the club's 40-spot in Week 3 showed it had the offensive ability to blow out a team. Secondly, the club's first-team defense has basically pitched a season-long shutout; with the exception of a rough half-quarter-long stretch in Week 1, the Patriots' starting defense has allowed zero points.

1) Schalmont Sabres (3-0, 3-0 West Division; LW No. 1)

The Sabres are more than a one-man show, but Schalmont's hold on this top spot is tenuous if tailback Devon Willis' health is going to be a season-long question.

Head coach Joe Whipple's offense has shown it can pass this season, but Willis' running ability is what makes this club special.

Contact Michael Kelly at michael.kelly@recordernews.com.

     

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