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Excitement builds in Rotterdam

Mohonasen looks to join Schalmont in football playoffs

— These are interesting days for Rotterdam high school football fans.

Schalmont has an opportunity to lock up its fourth consecutive Class B West Division title Saturday night when it hosts Schuylerville on the west side of town. But the east side is excited about Mohonasen, which can clinch a Class A playoff berth with a victory at Averill Park Friday.

Mohonasen (3-2 division, 3-3 overall) is one of four teams tied for second place in the Southeast Division, along with Averill Park (3-2, 3-3), Lansingburgh (3-2, 4-2) and Bishop Maginn (3-2, 4-2). And as fate would have it, all four teams are playing each other as Lansingburgh visits Maginn Friday in Albany.

“We can come out of this with the No. 2 seed, which would be amazing,” said second-year Mohonasen coach Dennis Corbitt. “Just to be challenging for the playoffs is quite an achievement, but the kids are hungry for more.”

The scary part for Mohonasen is that it can be eliminated from playoff contention just as easily as it can clinch a Sectional berth. If both Mohonasen and Bishop Maginn lose Friday, Maginn gets the No. 4 seed and Mohonasen falls into crossover play by virtue of the Golden Griffins’ 26-13 victory Sept. 16. But as long as Mohonasen and Lansingburgh remain tied either for second or fourth place, Mohonasen has the advantage thanks to a 34-20 victory over the Knights Sept. 23.

“That win changed our program,” Corbitt said of the Lansingburgh game, in which the Mighty Warriors forced seven fumbles. “We really brought it to them that night. You can blame it on the [rainy] weather, but we really played them hard.”

Schalmont (4-0, 6-0) already knows it will have a home playoff game when the Class B Sectionals begin next week, but the Sabres want to lock up the No. 1 seed out of the West Division with a victory over Schuylerville (3-1, 5-1).

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