NYSPHSAA SEMI-FINALS SET FOR 11/21 AND 11/22
The 2014 NYSPHSAA Semi-Final Football games are set for November 21 and 22. They will take place at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester and Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Section 2 and Section 9 lead the charge with 5 teams competing and Section 6 has 4. The winners will play next weekend at the Carrier Dome for the State Championships. The schedule of the games are attached.
Section 9, on the rise, sends five teams to state semis for first time in history
The days of Section 9 serving collectively as a punching bag in the state playoffs are long gone. Want proof? Look at the results over the past decade.
Even more impressive is the fact that Section 9’s results keep getting better. Section 9 made history last season by sending four teams to the semifinals of the state playoffs – Monroe-Woodbury (Class AA), Cornwall (A), Marlboro (B) and Chester (D). It marked the first time in the 21-year history of the state’s full playoff format that four Section 9 teams reached the final four.
This fall, Section 9 has stepped it up a notch: Five teams are alive! All five Section 9 teams are one win away for playing for a state championship.
Newburgh (AA), Cornwall (A), Marlboro (B), Millbrook (C) and Chester (D) will all be playing in the state semifinals next weekend. Local teams are 11-16 all-time in the semifinals of the state football playoffs. Monroe-Woodbury has five of the wins, reaching the Class AA state championship game every year from 2005-08 and last season.
The Crusaders won the state title in 2005. Only one other Section 9 team has ever won a state championship – Rondout Valley in 2000. Jim Malak, who coached that historic Rondout Valley team, is now an assistant with Marlboro.
NYSPHSAA Regionals in Full Swing
The NYSPHSAA Regional Playoffs start the weekend of November 14 and 15. Attached are the list of teams and sectionals particiapting. The winners will move on to the Semi-Finals at Dietz Stadium and the Carrier Dome for November 21 and 22. Good luck to all.
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