High school football week 2 highlights: Traditional powerhouses are off to hot starts

Kenny Lacy
  • New Hartford's rushing attack powers them to another big win.
  • Traditional powerhouses West Canada Valley and Dolgeville are off to hot starts.
  • New York Mills continues to impress after not playing last spring.
  • Morrisville-Eaton, CVA and Camden are among surprise undefeated teams.

All eyes were on week two to match the hype and excitement of opening weekend of high school football. For lots of local schools, week two was the first time they played at home in front of fans in the fall since 2019.

After getting wins in week one, 10 local teams were able to get another victory and extend their undefeated streaks.

Impressive starts continue for powerhouse teams

The New Hartford Spartans continued their dominant stretch with a 48-6 win over Cortland last weekend. The Spartans once again were led by their dominant rushing attack. New Hartford finished the game with 304 yards rushing, led by Alex Collver, who had 252 yards -- all in the first half -- on 11 carries. With this rushing attack, the Spartans are on track to be a contender in Class B.

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Alex Collver finished with more than 250 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the first half of New Hartford's 48-6 win over Cortland on Friday Sept. 17, 2021.

Another team off to an undefeated start this season is West Canada Valley, which defeated Thousand Islands 70-28. Brayden Shepardson had a monster game for the Indians, throwing for 186 yards and three touchdowns, running for 145 yards and three scores and even adding 10 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown to the mix. The Indians are rolling and look to be one of the top teams in the 8-Man division this year.

West Canada Valley quarterback Brayden Shepardson (1) runs with the ball while Weedsport defender Quinn Rudick tries to grab him from behind Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Newport, New York.

Dolgeville also continued their strong start with a 44-26 win over Notre Dame. Gregory Gonyea Jr. and Jared Bilinski were both 100 yard rushers in the win for the Blue Devils. The last time Dolgeville won a Section III championship was 2017. In 2019, they got to the semifinal round before losing to eventual champion Frankfort-Schuyler. With Frankfort-Schuyler not playing this fall and the Blue Devils off to this start, a trip back to the championship round may be in the cards for Dolgeville if they continue to put up these sorts of performances.

New contenders in the ranks

New Hartford, West Canada and Dolgeville either all had a good spring season or are traditionally a contender in their class, but there are a few teams that are off to good starts that surprised some people: New York Mills, Camden, Central Valley Academy and Morrisville-Eaton.

New York Mills defeated Sauquoit Valley 30-8 to move to 2-0 on the season. New York Mills did not play in the spring season and went winless in the 2019 season, so this fall was a bit of an unknown but so far, the Marauders have stepped up to the challenge behind stellar play from senior Logan Copperwheat.

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Morrisville-Eaton was 1-4 in the spring, but have come out of the gates strong this season. In week one, Morrisville-Eaton defeated Thousand Islands 64-16 and then followed that performance up with a 52-14 win over South Lewis in week two. Morrisville-Eaton will head to New York Mills this weekend to take on the Marauders in a battle of undefeateds.

CVA defeated Syracuse IT 30-14 to earn their second win. The Thunder had an unimpressive spring, but won five games in 2019. With the 2-0 start, CVA is looking to prove that the spring season was a fluke. The Thunder will face off against Vernon-Verona-Sherrill this weekend in what is sure to be a good test for CVA.

Central Valley Academy player Ethan Randall (54) blows by a defender while rushing the quarterback during the football game against Marcellus on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

After Camden's 49-28 victory over South Jefferson, the Blue Devils are off to a 2-0 start. Those two wins already match their win total over the last two seasons. Camden went winless in the spring, but returned 14 players and felt they had good depth heading into the season. That combination has helped fueled the Blue Devils to one of the best starts in Class B.

Other local teams that are undefeated through two games are Oneida, Little Falls and Adirondack.

Kenny Lacy is a sports reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Kenny Lacy at klacy@gannett.com.