It's beginning to look like Section II football's luck is finally running out.
At the end of business on Saturday night, only one team from Section II had punched its ticket to the Syracuse Carrier Dome for the state championships next weekend. That would be Class B champ Glens Falls, which beat Marlboro Saturday afternoon, 48-28. QB Joe Girard III, who will play for basketball coach Jim Boeheim at Syracuse next year, will get a crack at adding one more state title to his resume, and in the very same building that will be his new home.
Meanwhile, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's struggle to get past the state semi-finals continued on Friday, as the Spartans fell to Cornwall, 21-20, marking the third straight year that the Class A champions have been eliminated in the pentultimate round.
Over in Class AA, Shaker, off a bye week, was matched against the same team that knocked them out six years ago in Kingston. New Rochelle, meanwhile, had to be thankful Troy is now in Class A, and their season already over, as the Flying Horses had ended the Hugenots' season the last two years. The bye week, however, proved to be a momentum killer for Greg Sheeler's club, as New Rochelle, down 19-13 at the half, shut out Shaker in the second half en route to a 27-19 decision. The Blue Bison finish 10-1 on the season.
There is some solace, though, for the schools whose gridiron seasons have already ended, as basketball & hockey scrimmages have begun. Regular season play begins right after Thanksgiving.