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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans aim for another Sectional title

Queensbury Spartans

Head coach: John Irion

Key players: Sean McAllister (QB/DB), Peyton McKinney (RB), Tony Fusco (RB/DB), Dan Hanchett (OL/DL), Matt Varney (FB/LB), Jeremy Magner (TE/DE)

Outlook: With Lansingburgh moving to Class B, Queensbury is the only Class A practitioner of the double wing-T offense. But with several players back from last year, it's an offensive unit that is poised to do some big things.

"We have a team that is highly senior and highly sophomore dominant," said Irion. "I hope we're ready [for Troy Saturday]."

South Glens Falls Bulldogs

Head coach: Craig Scott

Key players: Nick LaPointe (RB), Jordan Greene (QB), Tim Boller (FB/LB), Brett Pedersen (RB/LB), Kyle Schoonoder (OL/DL), Sean Girard (OL/DL)

Outlook: The Bulldogs are still trying to dig themselves out of the basement, but Scott acknowledged that it remains a tall order. "Amsterdam, Burnt Hills and Gloversville these teams have been to states before, so it's very tough," said Scott.

With Greene coming in to play quarterback this year, Scott is moving LaPointe back to tailback, though being last year's signal caller didn't prevent LaPointe from being one of Class A's better rushers. "Nick is happier than heck to be back at running back," said Scott.

Southeast Division

Averill Park Warriors

Head coach: Zachary Gobel

Key players: Matt Cristo (C/DT), Kevin Fahrenkopf (WR/DB), Justin Collen (RB/LB), Garett Reardon (TE/LB), Matt Joe (WR/DB)

Outlook: The Warriors offer plenty of targets for quarterback Matt Kendziora to throw to with Fahrenkopf, Reardon and Joe, while Collen will be tough for opposing defenses to bring down with his 6-foot, 2-inch, 245-pound frame.

Gobel said improving over last year will be a challenge, especially with Niskayuna replacing Lansingburgh in the division. "It's a different type of team, but it's just as good," said Gobel.

Bishop Maginn Griffins

Head coach: Joe Grasso

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