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Football races clarify with one week left

That part where we were just recapping what took place in Section III football the previous week is over.

Now it's time to analyze where we are, everywhere, looking ahead to the final regular-season weekend and how the Section III playoffs will look.

We'll go division-by-division, starting with the lower classes and moving up to the large schools...

D East - Dolgeville erased the suspense about the top spot a while ago, and now is just a victory over Mohawk from regular-season perfection, something no other Class D team in the section can claim.

Needless to say, with four shutouts the defense carries the Blue Devils most of the way. Beaver River's win at Mohawk secured the second automatic playoff berth, but a team under .500 could reach the post-season, too.

D Central - New York Mills nearly squandered momentum on Saturday, needing a late TD pass from Jimmy Fellone to Fred Russ to survive West Canada 28-27 and get to 5-1 on the season.

Cooperstown has that same mark, but the Marauders' head-to-head win over the Redskins in September means that Mills is likely to get first place and a first-round game at home. Oriskany, by whacking Morrisville-Eaton, may sneak into a berth, too.

D West - Just four teams, but they're all quite good. Onondaga pulled out that huge win at Weedsport, 19-14, and is a win from the regular-season title.

The Warriors, in fact, have slid all the way to third place after Sandy Creek's late charge. It would take something crazy to keep Weedsport out of the playoffs, but keep an eye on the Comets. They're playing as good as anyone now.

C East - It's been Ilion from the moment they kicked off. Six wins in six weeks for the Golden Bombers as it has outscored foes a combined 255-55, and all led by the unstoppable Jon Treen, whose latest show included five touchdowns against Utica-Notre Dame.

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