BIG BLUE WEEK 3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW-CAPSULES
By Big Blue Mike Bilinski
Well sports fans it looks like another great weekend of high school football is upon us. The weather will be cooler but the football action will be hot. Get out there and enjoy some great local football and support your community.
The Black Knights look for their first win of the season when they host the Redmen of Central Square. C-S started the season with a 33-27 win over CNS. However, they were run over by Liverpool last week 35-18.
The Redmen are led by QB Mitchell Jones who has thrown for 288 yards and two scores. Running back Malcom Anderson leads the C-S ground attack rushing for three touchdowns and 150 yards so far this season.
The Black Knights are coming off a tough loss to CNS 43-14. Running backs Rich Stapleton and Angus Evans each had a score for the Knights. This week will again be a tough test for the young RFA team.
Unless they can pick it up on both sides of the ball it could be a long night in Rome for the Black Knights.
The Black Knights of Henninger travel East to take the Proctor Raiders. The Knights started the season with a big 54-15 win over Auburn. Last week however, state power Aquinas of Rochester rolled past them 48-19.
Henninger is led this season by running backs Derrel West and Reggie Robinson who have rushed for three touchdowns each this season.
The Raiders fell last week to F-M 56-21. Running back Maurice Peace led the Raiders with three rushing touchdowns. If the Raiders hope to win this week they need to pick it up on the defensive side of the ball. Henninger has great team speed much like F-M and the Raiders must contain their talented backfield if they hope to win.
The Warriors head north to take on the Carthage Comets in what is historically a very tough contest. Carthage started their season with a 28-18 win over New Hartford. Last week they fell to ESM 27-6.
The Comets are led by running backs John Britton and Able Miller. In week one both backs ran for two scores and 147 and 163 yards respectively. Last week the Comets were slowed down by a tough ESM defense that limited them to two first half field goals.
The Warriors lit up the scoreboard in Cortland, on Saturday night, with a 48-38 win. Running back Steve Almond rushed for four touchdowns and 333 yards and Adam Eberley added two more and 167 yards to lead the Warriors.
It is uncommon for the Warriors to give up that many points so look for them this week to sure up their defense. Carthage should not be taken lightly but if the Warriors use their size to dominate upfront they should take control in this one.
The Spartans have their hands full as they host the 2-0 Watertown Cyclones this week. The Cyclones started their season with a 36-14 win over section II’s Ravena.
Last week they out muscled Fowler 42-12. They are led by QB Mason Philips and running backs Diamond Williams and Anton Gadson. Williams has 145 yards and three touchdowns on the season and Gadson has added 110 yards and two scores.
The Spartans look for their first win of the season and must bounce back from a rough 51-6 loss to J-D. New Hartford must pick it up quickly on defense or Diamond Williams will shine for sure Friday night.
Two teams that are fighting for their playoff lives this early in the season in the tough B East are H-P and Oneida.
The Golden Knights are looking to recover from a big 45-6 loss to VVS. The Indians are equally looking to get on track after a 21-6 loss to Caz.
The team that can get their defense in gear first in this one will come away with the win. Though it is only the third week in the season this might be a must win game for both teams.
The Golden Bombers travel west to take on perennial Class B contender Westhill. The Warriors started the season with a 14-7 win over Solvay. Last week however, they dropped a tough 18-10 loss to rival Homer. QB Richie Easterly has thrown for two scores and 105 yards to lead the Warriors so far this season.
The Bombers played tough first half defense in their loss to Camden but fell in the second half as the visitors scored three late TD’s to wrap up the win.
If Ilion hopes to win they again need to control the line of scrimmage and time of possession. To fall behind could again lead to defeat again for the Bombers.
The Red Devils go for win number three this week as they take on the South Jefferson Spartans. The Spartans started the season with a 41-22 loss to Caz. Last week however, they bounced back to beat Phoenix 48-12. Running back Mitchell Modlin ran for five touchdowns and 231 yards in the win.
The Red Devils took care of business by beating H-P 45-6. Matt Sliker again had a big day rushing for three scores and catching a pass from QB Eli Cleveland 13 yards for another in the win.
Look for the Red Devils to go to Sliker early and often again. Unless the Red Devils defense can slow down Modlin at the line of scrimmage this game could turn into a real runners duel
The Camden Blue Devils will have a battle on their hands as they look to go 3-0. The Cazenovia Lakers are also 3-0 and look to stay atop the B East.
They started 2011 with a 41-22 win over South Jefferson. Last week they beat Oneida 21-6. The Lakers are led by QB Tanner Whiteman and running back Jake Wilson who has 217 yards and three touchdowns this season.
The Blue Devils are coming off a 27-0 win over Ilion. Team leader QB Colby Stratton threw for a score and rushed for another in the win.
Running back Jeremy Zeitchel also added two scores on the ground in the win. Two teams that have good speed and play tough defense set the stage for a great game. The team that holds onto the ball could come away with the win.
Last season the Red Raiders eliminated the Herkimer Magicians from the playoffs and Herkimer may be looking for a little revenge.
Canastota bounced back from an opening week loss to Notre Dame/RCH by beating Sauquoit Valley 31-10.
The Red Raider offense woke up led by running back Zack Zupan who last week rushed for three touchdowns and 188 yards in the win.
Herkimer pulled out a big win over class C East contender Notre Dame/RCH 48-33. QB Sean Crandall threw for two scores and ran for two others in the win.
Crandall has passed for 563 yards and four touchdowns so far on the season many going to wide out Gio Aceto who has 244 yards and three touchdowns in receptions. The Raiders will have to get to Crandall and pressure him if they hope to win. If Crandall is allowed to throw without pressure it will be a long night for the Raiders.
The Maroon Knights host Section 7/10 Canton Bears Friday night. The Bears took one on the chin last week courtesy of Potsdam 45-0. Running back Eb Foote is the go to guy for the Bears rushing for 50 yards on 11 carries.
Last week the Knights rolled over Little Falls 52-27 . Frankfort spread the ball around as running backs Pat Fracolla, Gerald Post, and Brandon Longo each reached the end zone as QB John Gatto threw a touchdown pass to Tyler Morocco who also returned a kickoff 98 yards for another score. The Knights are on a roll and it might be a real long trip back north for the Bears.
Two teams looking to get back into the Class C playoff race square off Saturday. M-E/Hamilton looks to recover from a 14-0 loss to Mt. Markham.
The Mounties lost to Mt. Markham week one and look to get things going after last week’s tough loss to Frankfort-Schuyler. The Mounties however, were able to put point on the board this season.
Running back Tyler McLean and QB Mike Battisti each got into the end zone for the Mounties.
If M-E/Hamilton can get their offense going this could be a tough game for both teams. However, if they allow the Mounties, who have shown that, they can score, to control the game look for Little Falls to come away with the win.
Something has to give as two C South teams looking for their first win of the season meet.
The Indians lost to Canastota 31-10 last week. After being down 12-10 at halftime the Indians just did not have the offensive firepower to win in the second half.
The Warriors fell to Sherburne-Earlville 28-8. The team that starts their motor running on offense first will be the winner in this one.
The Wildcats travel south to take on the Jugglers in this important Class C East match-up. Both teams need to keep pace with league leading Herkimer and Frankfort-Schuyler.
The Wildcats are fresh off a 14-7 win over section II’s Taconic Hills. Running back Cody Buhler ran for both of the Wildcats scores.
The Jugglers are looking to bounce back quickly from a loss to Herkimer. Last week running back Colin Hulser ran for two scores, caught a 22 yards pass from QB Colin Pastorella and return a kickoff 85 yards for another in the loss.
Speed on both sides of the ball may be a too much for the Wildcats to handle in this one.
In a key Class C south battle the Marauders take on the Mustangs. S-E is coming off a 28-8 win over Clinton. Devin Ferris ran for a score and caught a 60 yard touchdown pass from Matt Smith for another to lead the Marauders.
The Mustangs saw running back John LaPerla have another big game as he rushed for a score and caught a 21 yard touchdown pass from Nate Hudson in the win.
Look for the Marauders to use their size upfront to dominate the Mustangs in this one. However, if LaPerla is given a chance this game could be a real shootout.
They call it the battle over Barto Hill and it just might be a battle Saturday afternoon. The Indians are coming off a tough 14-13 loss to Westmoreland.
Sebastian Torres had a good day running the ball for the Indians rushing for two scores of 27 and 26 yards respectively. The Blue Devils put up good numbers of their own as running back Ray Ruggerio ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass from Jake Darling for another in a 41-6 win over Waterville.
Running back Jared Fredrick also added two scores for the Blue Devils. The Indians will look to use their size to control the line of scrimmage and keep the ball, away from Ruggerio and the Blue Devils.
Dolgeville will look to get the ball to Ruggerio and Fredrick early and often. This game could come down to the fourth quarter.
The Waterville Indians and the Oriskany Redskins each are looking for a win to stay in the Class D East playoff race.
The Indians are coming off a loss to Dolgeville. They are led by QB John Piersm who threw to Jim Melvis for a score last week and 162 yards on the season.
The Redskins are looking to bounce back from a loss to rival N.Y. Mills 26-18.
QB Austin Smith had another big day for the Redskins throwing for all three Redskins scores. The team that can give their QB the most time to throw the ball will pull out the win in this one.
Mohawk 1-1 @ Westmoreland 2-0
The Mohawk Mohicans hope to keep their momentum going when they travel to Westmoreland Saturday. Last week they beat Cooperstown 34-21.
QB Carson Murphy threw for two scores and ran for another in the win.
The Bulldogs pulled out a 14-13 win over West Canada Valley.
In the second quarter Hassan Griffith and Tyler Barnes each scored to lead the Bulldogs. Westmoreland however, has just too much size and speed on both sides of the ball for the young Mohican squad this week.
The Redskins of Cooperstown are looking for their first win of the season. The Redskins have led in both of this season’s losses but just could not close the deal.
The Redskin defense has scored three touchdowns this season and need to get their offense in gear.
The Marauders came back nicely from a week one loss to Dolgeville with a win over rival Oriskany. Joe Prilutsky, Cody Mariotti and Fedor Avusevich each scored on the ground for the Mills.
The Redskins must turn it up on offense if they hope to hang with a Mills team that hopes to return to the playoffs.
Well sports fans after a mid week cool down it looks like a beautiful weekend for high school football. Get out there and support your local team and enjoy some of our beautiful Central N.Y. scenery.