Troy High Nation can rest easy this morning.
The Flying Horses completed their 2nd straight perfect regular season under coach Bob "The Builder" Burns and clinched the Class AA Liberty Division title with a 47-12 blowout over Columbia on Friday night. Senior QB John Germinerio threw for 242 yards and three TD's, two of them to fellow senior Nick Pastore, who saw his first game action of the season after missing the first six games due to injuries. Junior tailback Joey Ward shredded the Blue Devils defense for three TD's, the last a 75 yard romp in the 3rd quarter to put the game away.
Troy will open playoff competition on October 21 at Picken Field vs. Ballston Spa, the #4 seed in the Empire Division, and all roads lead to RPI's East Campus Village Stadium, situated behind the Houston Field House, the first week in November, for the Class AA Super Bowl, which, if form holds, will see Troy hosting Guilderland or Christian Brothers Academy, the top 2 seeds in the Empire Division. Coach Burns wouldn't mind having that extra "home cooking" in the Super Bowl, I'm sure.
Sectional play begins in soccer next week, but Troy would be wise to have the boys' soccer team close out their season today at CBA, and prepare for 2017. An 0-15-1 ledger would represent the worst record for Troy soccer that I know of, and this includes a non-league loss to Seton Catholic last month that went under the radar, unreported by the press. In sharp contrast, the Troy girls have gotten hot at the right time, having won 4 of their last 5, the last three in a row, after spoiling Senior Day for Schenectady on Thursday, 3-1. The Lady Horses could be a sleeper in the sectionals.
Speaking of flying under the radar, that would bring us to Troy's women's volleyball team, which is at 10-6 overall, 8-6 in the Suburban Council, after recording a straight set win over Albany Thursday. The Flying Horses have never fielded a boys' volleyball team that I know of, as volleyball was one of the school's stronger sports for women dating back as far as my time there. Troy has two matches left, both on the road, at Colonie on October 19, and at Ballston Spa on October 24, before sectional play begins. The rest of the league can't afford to sleep on Troy.
Meanwhile, with Troy now in Class AA in football, there's a new sheriff in Class A's Southeast Division after Averill Park defeated Lansingburgh on Friday night. If form were to hold, and as last year taught us, that's not guaranteed in Class A, the Warriors conceivably could play Northwest Division champ Queensbury in the Super Bowl. Not an easy task, by any stretch.