VVS, Camden battling over playoff spot

Published Oct 8, 2018 at 4:10pm

The race for Section III football playoff spots in the Class B East remains unsettled following Camden’s 34-8 homecoming game victory over Mexico on Saturday night.

Heading into the last week of the regular season, three teams have secured berths, and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Camden are battling over the one remaining position.

VVS hosts crosstown rival Oneida under the lights at its revamped sports complex on Friday night at 7, while Camden is on the road at the same time against Central Valley Academy.

VVS, 4-2 overall and in the Class B East, would qualify with a home win over Oneida or a loss by Camden, and the Red Devils still have a chance to capture a share of the league title with a victory depending on how other games shake out this weekend. 

Camden, 3-3 overall and in the league and riding a three-game winning streak, can only advance with a win over 2-4 CVA and a VVS loss to Oneida.

Oneida and Cazenovia are tied for first place in the league with 5-1 records and have already clinched playoff spots along with Chittenango, which is 4-2 and has wins over VVS and Camden. Chittenango, coming off a 15-14 win over VVS, hosts Cazenovia on Friday night at 7.

Here’s a look at the Class B East playoff scenario heading into the final week of the regular season:

• Wins by Oneida, Cazenovia and Camden would leave Oneida and Cazenovia tied for first place, with Cazenovia receiving the division’s No. 1 seed in the sectionals based on Friday’s 28-12 win over Oneida; VVS, Chittenango and Camden would finish in a three-way tie for third; VVS has losses to both Chittenango and Camden, meaning Chittenango and Camden would advance via any tiebreakers;

• Wins by VVS and Chittenango and a loss by Cazenovia would force a four-way tie for first place along with Oneida and would eliminate Camden from playoff contention regardless of its result against CVA; all four teams tied for first would qualify for sectionals, with tiebreakers used to determine seedings;

• Wins by VVS, Cazenovia and Camden would give Cazenovia the outright championship, with VVS and Oneida tying for second place and Chittenango and Camden tying for fourth place; Cazenovia, Oneida and VVS would advance along with Chittenango, which would win the tiebreaker because of its season-opening win over Camden;

• A win by Oneida and losses by Cazenovia and Camden would give Oneida the outright championship and the division’s No. 1 seed in sectionals, with Cazenovia finishing in a second-place tie with Chittenango, and VVS finishing in fourth place to claim the last spot;

The other four teams in the Class B quarterfinals will come out of the West, with three of the spots already determined.

Undefeated Skaneateles along with Marcellus and Westhill have secured berths, with Homer, Solvay and Bishop Ludden all vying for the final position.

The Section III seeding meeting is scheduled next Sunday.