SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Herkimer Magicians and Frankfort-Schuyler Maroon Knights will play home games Friday to start Section III’s Class D football playoffs after they tied for the Class D East title with matching 3-1 records in league play and both finished 5-2 overall.
Dolgeville joins the Magicians and Maroon Knights in the Class D field while Little Falls and Mt. Markham are among the Class C qualifiers in seeds released Sunday morning.
The No. 1 seeds this fall are Class AA Cicero-North Syracuse, Class A Indian River, Class B Skaneateles and Class C Holland Patent in addition Frankfort-Schuyler, the top seed in Class D in a coin slip with Class D North/West winner Beaver River.
Quarterfinal games in all classes will be hosted by higher seeds with semifinals the following weekend at neutral sites and championship games Nov. 2 and 3 in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The finals for classes D and A will be played Nov. 2 with classes C, B and AA playing Saturday following the eight-player championship.
Frankfort-Schuyler (5-2, 3-1 D East) plays at home against Cato-Meridian (4-3, 2-2 D North/West) while Herkimer (5-2, 3-1 D East) takes on Sandy Creek (4-3, 2-2 D North/West).
The top seed from the East went to Frankfort-Schuyler by virtue of its 25-19 win over Herkimer at home Sept. 22. In the North/West, Beaver River (4-2, 3-1 D North/West) beat Onondaga (4-2, 3-1 D North/West) Saturday to forge a first-place tie and earn the tie-breaker for that league’s top seed. Had Onondaga, previously unbeaten in league play, won Saturday, Cato-Meridian would have taken the third seed in a three-way tie for second place and returned to Herkimer where it won its regular season final 21-16 Friday.
Onondaga gets a home game and takes on Dolgeville (4-2, 2-2 D East) in the quarterfinals while Beaver River gets Sauquoit Valley (2-5, 1-3 D East) at home in the first round.
A busy Week 7 Saturday sorted out Class C South/East and the seeds were finalized under the lights in Whitesboro where Holland Patent (7-0, 6-0 C South/East) shut out Canastota (4-3, 3-3 C South/East) 16-0. The Golden Knights’ win completed a perfect regular season and sewed up the No. 1 seed over Class C North/West champion General Brown (6-1, 6-0 C North/West).
The loss dropped Canastota into a three-way tie with Little Falls (4-3, 3-3 C South/East) and Mt. Markham (4-3, 3-3 C South/East) for third place in Class C South/East; the third seed went to Mt. Markham, a 20-13 winner at Clinton (1-6, 1-5 C South/East) earlier in the day to earn its spot in the playoffs, on the strength of first-half point differential between the tied teams. Little Falls took the final spot thanks to a come-from behind 28-24 win at Canastota in Week 6.
Canastota was unbeaten and ranked eighth in the state by the New York State Sportswriters after four weeks then lost its final three games. Little Falls rebounded from an 0-3 start and enters the playoffs on a four-game winning streak after beating Sandy Creek 26-13 in its non-league finale Saturday. Had Canastota beaten Holland Patent in a game that was scoreless at halftime, the Raiders would have been the third seed from the South/East and Mt. Markham would have been fourth on the strength of its one-point head-to-head win at home against Little Falls in the second week of the season.
Little Falls heads to General Brown for the quarterfinals while Mt. Markham plays at Lowville Academy (6-1, 5-1 C North/West) and Holland Patent, playing without a home field while its new facility is under construction, takes on Thousand Islands (3-4, 3-3 C North/West) at an alternate site, likely Whitesboro High School, the site of its home regular season games. Notre Dame of Utica (6-1, 5-1 C South/East) is seeded second from the South/East and third overall and plays at home against Jordan-Elbridge (5-2, 4-2 C North/West).
Central Valley Academy (3-4, 3-4 B East) did not qualify for the Class B playoffs and will play a Week 8 crossover game Thursday at Solvay (3-4, 3-4 B West).
There is one week remaining in the regular season for eight-player football and West Canada Valley plays at home Saturday against Morrisville-Eaton.
NOTE: Holland Patent will play Friday at RFA Stadium in Rome. The Notre Dame game will also be played Friday at Utica College.