NYSPHSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE SET
The 2014 Football State Championships are set for the weekend of 11/28 - 11/30 at the Carrier Dome at Syracuse Univeristy. In Class AA action Jamestown will be facing Newburgh Free Academy on 11/29 at 6:00 pm. In Class A defending state champion Queensbury will go against Irondequoit on 11/30 at 3:00 pm. Moving on to Class B, a rematch of the 2013 thriller will match Schalmont vs. defending state champion Maine-Endwell on 11/30 at 12:00 pm. Last year the game went down to the final seconds with Maine-Endwell pulling out the victory. In Class C we have 2013 winner Hoosick Falls vs. 2014 champion Chenango Forks on 11/29 at 3:00 pm. Finally in Class D, Chester will face Randolph on 11/29 at 12:00 pm. Good luck to all of the teams!
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.
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