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Class A football preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake reloads for another run

Mohonasen, Scotia-Glenville look to make playoffs out of Southeast Division

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team has its sights set on winning its fourth consecutive Section II Class A title in 2012. Among the returning players are, from left, lineman Nick Marchesiello, wide receiver Eric Dillon and quarterback Ryan McDonnell. The Spartans open the season at Troy Friday.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team has its sights set on winning its fourth consecutive Section II Class A title in 2012. Among the returning players are, from left, lineman Nick Marchesiello, wide receiver Eric Dillon and quarterback Ryan McDonnell. The Spartans open the season at Troy Friday. Photo by Rob Jonas.

Three area football teams have their sights set on winning the Section II Class A title this season. Here is a look at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans

League: Northwest Division

Head coach: Matt Shell

Key veterans: Dan Porter (junior RB), Eric Dillon (senior WR/DB), Ryan McDonnell (senior QB/K), Max Batty (senior WR/DB), Dan Nuzzi (senior TE/LB), Nick Marchesiello (senior OL/DL)

Outlook: Last season produced the Spartans’ first loss to a Class A opponent in four years when they fell to Amsterdam during the regular season. But, BH-BL bounced back and edged Amsterdam 26-23 for its third consecutive Section II championship.

This year, the Spartans return several key offensive players from the squad that reached the state Class A finals including McDonnell, Dillon and Porter.

“There’s experience back, but the way I look at it is you’ve got to prove yourself every year,” said Shell.

BH-BL will be tested out of the gate. The Spartans visit Troy Friday in what could be a preview of this year’s Sectional final (the Flying Horses are the favorite in the Southeast Division). Then, they host three-time defending Class B champion Schalmont in Week 2 before playing their first divisional opponent, South Glens Falls, in Week 3.

Mohonasen Mighty Warriors

League: Southeast Division

Head coach: Dennis Corbitt

Key veterans: Kenny Fortune (senior OG/DT), Dom Notar (senior RB), Mark Riggi (senior RB), Eric Pierone (senior LB)

Outlook: In order for the Mighty Warriors to make the Section II playoffs again, a new group of players must step up. “We lost a lot of our starting backfield, but we have most of our offensive line back,” said Corbitt.

Scotia-Glenville Tartans

League: Southeast Division

Head coach: Kevin Warren

Key veterans: Andrew Bailey (senior OL/DL), Kelsey Francois (senior WR/DE), Nicholas Georgelas (senior RB/LB), Joseph Graham (senior OL/DL), Anthony Mazzucco (senior OL/DL), Luke Philips (senior OL/DL), Dontrevius Porter (seniro WR/DB), Sean Sayles (senior WR/DE), Nicholas Schaub (junior OL/LB), Andrew Tabbert (senior RB/QB/DB), William Tuck (senior OL/DE), Nicholas VanAuken (senior OL/LB)

Outlook: With 24 players, the Tartans have a small roster by football standards. But Warren said he likes the composition of his team. “The majority of them can play,” said Warren. “We like to say we have 24 kids, and 24 kids can play.”

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