TROY, NY − After a strange, condensed, football season this spring, it is safe to say that Fall II has worked from a football standpoint.

Sure, there have been cancellations because of COVID, but that is to be expected trying to have a season under the circumstances. The efforts from Section II and the Suburban Council have culminated into the postseason tournament for Class AA Football.

Both Colonie and Saratoga were forced to pause due to COVID and will not be able to compete in their matchups Friday night. That means the higher seeds in those matchups, Christian Brothers Academy and Guilderland, will automatically advance to the semifinals on April 23.

SHAKER (4-0) vs. BETHLEHEM (0-4), 7 p.m. at Shaker High School


Shaker − Week 1, 20-0 win over Shen; Week 2, 35-23 win over Guilderland; Week 3, 49-0 win over Saratoga; Week 4, 49-0 win over Schenectady.

Bethlehem − Week 1, 35-8 loss to Guilderland; Week 2, 42-16 loss to Saratoga; Week 3, 28-7 loss to Schenectady; Week 4, 55-0 loss to Shen.


Shaker has been the top dog in all of Fall II. They haven’t just won games, they have completely and utterly controlled them. There has only been one game this season when Shaker allowed points and that wasn’t against Shen. The Blue Bison have outscored opponents 153-25. They have scored the most points out of the eight Class AA teams this season. They have allowed the least amount of points as well. Porter Ninstan continues to be a horse for the Bison and add Dean Hartl and Dinovan Deguire to the backfield and you have just a few, of many, reasons why the offense has rolled in Fall II.

Bethlehem will be coming into the postseason looking to pick up their first win of the season. They ended the regular season last week with a shutout loss to Shen. Bethlehem has scored just 31 points this season while allowing 160, the most of any team in Section II, Class AA in the very condensed season. Joe Harvey is a two way player for the Eagles that can have a game. Quarterback Landen Lawczak will be forced to get the ball out quick against the Shaker defense.


Shaker has been the best team all season. They are the safe pick. The Bison scored seven more points in their win over Saratoga than Bethlehem allowed in their loss to Saratoga. Stranger things have happened, but it’s hard to pick against the Bison at all in this post season tournament.

FINAL: 42-7, Shaker over Bethlehem

SHENENDEHOWA (3-1) vs. SCHENECTADY (2-2), 7 p.m. at Shen High School


Shen − Week 1, 20-0 loss to Shen; Week 2, 41-6 win over Colonie; Week 3, 46-7 win over CBA; Week 4, 55-0 win over Bethlehem

Schenectady − Week 1, 38-0 win over Colonie; Week 2, 28-0 loss to CBA; Week 3, 28-7 win over Bethlehem; Week 4, 49-0 loss to Shaker


Shen kicked things off in Fall II with an opening weekend loss to Shaker. After that loss, however, Shen hasn’t had any issue bullying other Class AA teams in Section II. Shen has outscored opponents 142-33 and their numbers are much more similar to Shaker’s than that week one loss would have you think. The Plainsmen have only allowed 13 points in the last three weeks. Shen’s weapons are pretty numerous with guys like Dyvante Terrelonge, Brody Vincenzi, Michael McElrath, and Kyle Acker being able to pop off at any given moment.

Schenectady is 2-2 this season and have scored 18 less points than they have allowed all season. Scoring 66 points and allowing 84 isn’t all too bad when compared to other Class AA teams in the section. They allowed the most points to CBA and Shaker, which can also be said about Shen. Seniors Chris Davis and Seven Terry will be leading the way for the Patriots. Other senior leaders for Schenectady are Jah-Sean Haggray, Denzere Woolcock, Jeremiah Davis, and Marquize Barmore.


It’s pretty hard not to pick chalk in the only tournament matchups Friday night but with objectively the two best Class AA teams in Section II playing in the only games it’s fair to say they get the advantage in their respective games.

FINAL: 35-7, Shen over Schenectady



Week 1, 40-0 win over Saratoga; Week 2, 28-0 win over Schenectady; Week 3, 46-7 loss to Shen; Week 4, 30-7 loss to Guilderland


CBA gets to advance with Colonie being sent to quarantine. They were the higher seed in the matchup but it is fair to say all coaches and players in the situation wish they would get the chance to play that playoff match. Instead, they will travel to Burnt Hills for a game to keep rolling and put some work in so as to not sit back.

CBA has been an interesting case study in Fall II. They kicked things off with a 40-0 win over Saratoga. Dylan Jones, Zach Gregory, and Brenden Simek all looked like they couldn’t be stopped. They rolled that win into another in week two against Schenectady. From there CBA dropped games to Shen and Guilderland to end the regular season at .500. Odds of them meeting Shen, Shaker, or Guilderland in the second round on April 23 are quite high.



Week 1, 35-8 win over Bethlehem; Week 2, 35-25 loss to Shaker; Week 3, 48-6 win over Colonie; Week 4, 30-7 win over CBA


Guilderland is up on top of Class AA alongside Shaker and Shen in Fall II. The Dutchmen’s only loss this season was to Shaker by just 10 points. They’ve outscored opponents 138-56 and roll into the postseason with a dominating win over CBA and then a week off. A Shen and Guilderland matchup has the potential to be a shootout. 

Senior Logan Broomhall is leading the Dutchmen from under center and along with weapons like Caleb Jacobson and Jaxson Wicks proving to score big time points. Broomhall has proved to be a threat through the air on the ground and Wicks has been getting to the outside of lines and eating up yards. Guilderland could be the team to give Shen and Shaker a run for their money.

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