Section III football playoff preview

Okay, now that everyone's dry and warm again, it's time to breathe, reflect on the high school football regular season just completed, and look ahead to a three-week period of excitement we like to call the Section III playoffs.

After a season of admitted madness of seeing 16 get in in both Class C and D (meaning they started a weekend early), we revert to the traditional style in 2010 - five classes, eight teams in each class, and three rounds to see who gets the banners.

Due to the fact that SU's football team is playing at home Nov. 6 against Louisville, the sectional finals will fall before and after - D and A on Nov. 5, a Friday night, then C, AA and B on Nov. 7, a Sunday. That means a short week before the regionals for the latter three champions, but I doubt they will mind all that much.

So here are the 20 first-round games, starting in Class AA, where everything changed in one muddy evening of work....or did it?

True, CBA's enormous 14-10 win at Baldwinsville may have boiled down to the fact that the muddy mess slowed down Tyler Rouse. But it also had to do with a Brothers defense that stayed at home, hit hard and held on when Rouse tried to break tackles. This is clearly Joe Casamento's best coaching job, and that defense returns to the clean turf of Alibrandi Stadium to deal with West Genesee and its fast-improving pass attack, where Matt Naton and Pat Brown have connected a lot.

And don't mourn for B'ville too much. They still get to be at home for its first-round game against Corcoran, who started 5-0 before losing a pair of tough games in October. The one encouragement for the Cougars is that Chao Porch topped 200 yards in his last outing and is starting to find his pre-injury speed. But will that matter? Guess what - it's supposed to rain again Friday, and Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, as you might seen on TV, took a slight beating.

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