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Football races clarify with one week left

ND's loss means the second playoff berth hinges on the last regular-season game between the Jugglers and 4-2 Herkimer, who just dropped 55 on Adirondack. Neither of them appear to have any playoff staying power, though - at least compared with Ilion.

C South - All the credit in the world to Westmoreland for weathering the loss of quarterback Dan Smith and winning its next three anyway. They're in the playoffs, and so is Canastota after an unbeaten run through the league where Zack Zupan has dominated on both sides of the ball.

So what to expect when, on Friday night, the Bulldogs travel to meet the Raiders? Very, very sore bodies. These are two immensely physical teams with superb defenses, and both are deceptively good at throwing the ball, too, as Zack Green has ably replaced Smith.

C North - General Brown and Watertown IHC have done it in vastly different ways. The Lions have simply mashed everyone except Westmoreland, while the Cavaliers have leaned more on air-tight defense. Oh yeah, and a good strong leg from baseball star Anthony Magovney, whose long field goal beat Pulaski on Friday.

GB and IHC get together this Friday in Watertown to settle the league title, and of course the Lions are favorites. Both will be tough to eliminate, though, in the second season, as GB seeks back-to-back sectional titles.

C West - It took a while for the league pecking order to shake out. But shake out it did, with the senior-heavy Cato-Meridian proving to be the best when it beat Bishop Ludden a couple of weeks ago. The question - can the Blue Devils produce enough points to make the established powers worry?

Ludden gets a lot of credit for shaking off that 56-0 Cazenovia opener and going 4-1 since, with Chris Davis making a lot of the big plays. Here the odd team out is APW, who could beat Jordan-Elbridge and finish 5-2 - but miss the playoffs.

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