2020 Week S9 (New York)
So, Week S9 went as planned. One of the first weekends where there wasn’t a single surprise. The only big question was which Friday game to cover. Traveling with my friend to cover the games, we compromised on our Friday and Saturday night games in New York.
The two SectioN Vi options on Saturday were Dunkirk hosting Maritime/Health Sciences and Wilson hosting Akron. Despite the drive, the Wilson game looked just a bit better for a matchup. Despite the 2 hour drive from Sherman and the tight winder to get there. So, for Friday, we went with the repeat pick. Salamnca was hosting Randolph at Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading “2020 Week S9 (New York)”
2020 Week S8 (New York)
Although Pennsylvania had one more week of games, my plans had already switched to New York and ending my season with four weekends in the Empire State. Primarily because the United X schedule had finished, and only one previously scheduled Saturday game made the 6 hour drive to Philadelphia a bit overkill. Continue reading “2020 Week S8 (New York)”
2019 Week 12 (New York)
My week was fairly tame by comparison. Just a trip up to Orchard Park for the five NYSPHSAA Section 6 Finals at New Era Field. I drove up with a friend. I’ll keep this mostly short, since not a lot of new travel happened. Continue reading “2019 Week 12 (New York)”
2019 Week 8 (New York)
It’s already Friday, so I’ll keep this brief. Week 8 was a nice little jaunt with a friend to a Friday night in New York, and two games in PIAA District 9.
Thursday opened with a game at Western Reserve in Berlin Center, Ohio. They were hosting Waterloo, a team I had just seen the previous weekend, also on Thursday. Continue reading “2019 Week 8 (New York)”
Week 4 saw a bit of upheaval with my schedule. Thursday didn’t have much to offer. Either a game at Cupples Stadium, North Royalton, or a three hour drive to Licking Valley. But, none of that happened due to personal reasons. Having already had four games scheduled for Friday and Saturday, I had to pass on a Thursday entirely.
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2018 Week 14 (New York)
New York has a patchwork of high school football. The largest, and most notable association, is the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Consisting of 11 Sections across the state, it covers almost all of the public high schools in the Empire State. The lone holdouts are the New York City schools, who are members of the Public School Athletic League (PSAL). Formerly, the Buffalo City Schools were also independent, playing for the “Harvard Cup”. But have joined in the past decade or so. Continue reading “2018 Week 14 (New York)”
2018 Week 11 (New York & Pennsylvania)
The week started with a rescheduled game. After the shocking attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh City League postponed their championship game originally scheduled for that Saturday afternoon. It was instead postponed until Tuesday night and before a raucous crowd was played at Cupples Stadium on the south side.
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2018 Week 10 (New York & Pennsylvania)
New York has a rather intriguing post-season structure. After a seven-game regular season, a three round playoff starts. For most classes. Class AA and D only play a two-round playoff, because of how few teams are in each. So, they get an extra regular season game. Then, those that don’t qualify can play in the “Funke Bowl”, which is a two-round playoff in each class. Again, except for Class D, since there’s only four teams.
However, teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs, or lose in the Funke Bowl, can play consolation games. Some only play one additional game. However, they can play up to three. One of those, is Springville Griffith. Who plays Tonawanda in the first post season week. And then plays East Aurora/Holland in the second week. Both games on a Wednesday. And one more week, next week, on a Tuesday at Alden. Finishing at 0-7, they’re desperate to get their first victory. Last week, losing, 14-7 to the Tonawanda Warriors. Continue reading “2018 Week 10 (New York & Pennsylvania)”
2018 Week 9 (New York & Ohio)
New York State generally has a seven-game regular season. In Section 6, which covers far western New York, teams that don’t qualify for the sectional playoffs, may qualify for the “Chuck Funke Bowl”, an NIT-like tournament. For the regular playoffs, it’s a three-round setup, except for Class D, which only has four teams. So, the ‘first round’ is just an eighth regular season game. Teams that don’t qualify for the Chuck Funke Bowl have the option to schedule additional games over the next two weeks. Continue reading “2018 Week 9 (New York & Ohio)”
2018 Week 8 (Ohio & New York)
Week 8 was a very busy week. So, this is a bit delayed. Wednesday started with an Elton John Concert for my wife, followed by four high school games between Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and a Browns game on Sunday.
So, let’s dive in. Thursday consisted of several games in northeast Ohio. A result of a teachers’ conference that leads to many schools not having Friday classes. And many of those to play on Thursday night instead. Continue reading “2018 Week 8 (Ohio & New York)”