Niskayuna's defense will have to be on top of its game Friday when the Silver Warriors visit BH-BL. The Spartans (8-0) wore down the Silver Warriors defenders in the second half on their way to a 46-7 victory over Niskayuna Sept. 11, and they haven't slowed down since.
"We are very different [from that first game]," said Furey. "We've become a much stronger defensive team than I thought we'd be early on, and we're more experienced on offense."
Queensbury visits Scotia-Glenville Thursday in a crossover game.
Sabres score historic win
In other Sectional football action last weekend, Schalmont earned its first playoff win with a 32-12 victory over Albany Academy in a Class B quarterfinal game.
The Sabres (6-2) spotted the Cadets (4-4) a 6-0 lead before scoring 32 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to take control.
"It means a lot to the community," said Schalmont coach Josh Whipple. "I've had former players come up to me over the past few days and congratulate me."
Albany Academy's offense was dealt a blow when it lost talented tailback Zay Richardson with an injury. Without Richardson, the Cadets had a hard time moving the ball against Schalmont's defense.
"Any time you lose one of your key players, it's going to have an effect," said Whipple. "It might have been a closer game if Zay was in there, but I think my kids would have played well defensively either way."
Quarterback Vincent Gallo did much of the work for the Sabres. The senior rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Tailback DeShawn Banks added a pair of touchdown runs, including a 59-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter that sealed the victory.
Schalmont hosts Cohoes in Friday's Class B semifinal game, and Whipple said the Sabres will be in for a battle from the Tigers.
"We can't play 47 minutes and 52 seconds against this team," said Whipple. "We have to play 48 minutes, and the kids know that.
"We need to take care of the ball and avoid turnovers. They've scored a lot of their points on other team's miscues," he added.