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October 13, 2017 - 12:00 am Updated: October 13, 2017 - 12:04 am

HUDSON — Hudson can wrap up its second straight Reinfurt Division title tonight with a victory over Schalmont.

The Bluehawks are 4-0 in the Reinfurt, but still need to win tonight to nail down the division title. If Schalmont (3-1) upsets Hudson and Cobleskill (3-1) defeats Lansingburgh, there would be a three-way tie atop the division.

Hudson started the season off with two losses, but have been rolling ever since. The Bluehawks have won four in a row, including last week’s 46-6 demolition of Lansingburgh.

The offense has been clicking on all cylinders since the first two games, and has put up an average of 44 points in the four victories.

Senior Zacc Wilburn is having a breakout year, rushing for 589 yards and six touchdowns, completing 9 of 16 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns, catching seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdwon, returning three kickoffs for 156 yards and a touchdown and returning four punts for 108 yards. He’s also one of the top defenders on the team, with 28 tackles.

Willie Walker is also having a standout senior season for Hudson, averaging 11.1 yards per carry, despite sitting out one game.

Schalmont, like Hudson, started the season on the wrong foot, losing its first three games, but since then has caught fire and brings a three-game winning streak into tonight’s contest.

A pair of sophomores — quarterback Shane O’Dell and running back Jake Sanford — have been the Sabres’ top offensive threats this season. O’Dell has shown steady improvement this season, with his best game coming two weeks ago against Ichabod Crane when he compelted 14 of 21 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Sanford has close to 300 yards rushing this season and is coming off a 14-carry, 97-yard performance against Ravena.

“As always, Schalmont is big, physical and very athletic,” Hudson coach John Davi said. “It’s always a tough game for us. Winning would be huge for us. It will give us the Reinfurt Division title and the number one seed on the playoffs.

“The situation is very similar to the one we had last year, playing them the last week of the regular season. That was also a very good game. We had a couple of big breaks and couple of things go our way. Our guys are excited and know what’s on the line.”

Hudson won last year’s game, 26-22.

Voorheesville at Chatham, 7 p.m.

Chatham can nail down second place in the Class C South Division with a victory over Voorheesville tonight.

The Panthers and Blackbirds are both 4-1 in the division. Watervliet is 5-1, but holds the tiebreaker over Chatham because of its 16-14 victory over the Panthers earlier this season.

Chatham took down Coxsackie-Athens last week, 54-12, behind a powerful rushing attack that churned out 323 yards. KC Schermerhorn led the way with 77 yards, while Hayden Spock added 73 and four touchdowns.

Quarterback Kaleb Taylor didn’t have to throw much, completing 2 of 6 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

Voorheesville can actually clinch the South Division with a win tonight. The Blackbirds would match Watervliet’s 5-1 record, but would take the title because they beat the Cannoeers (21-18) in head to head competition.

In last week’s 39-13 win over Fonda, the Voorheesville defense came up big, picking off three passes, recovering three fumbles and recording a safety.

Jake Palmer rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries, and also returned an interception 26 yards for a score.

Chatham has dominated the series recently, winning four of the last five meetings. Voorheesville won last year’s game, 41-25.

Ravena at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.

Ichabod Crane wraps up its regular season schedule still in search of its first win. The Riders fell to 0-6 with a 40-14 defeat at the hands of Cobleskill this past Friday.

Points have been hard to come by for the Riders, but the team has shown improvement. After getting shut out in their first two games, the Riders have scored in two of their last three contests.

In the loss to Cobleskill, sophomore quarterback Austin Walsh continued to show growth, completing 16 of 31 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Tobi Zucco was on the receiving end of 13 of Walsh’s throws, including the two touchdown tosses.

Stopping opponents has also been a problem for the Riders as teams have put up a total of 204 points on the ICC defense.

Ravena is having one of its worst seasons in many years, winning just two of six games to date. Last week, the Indians lost to Schalmont, 48-0.

Coach Gary Vanderzee’s team is not without some firepower, though, as Marlon Laing has rushed for close to 600 yards in four games. He rushed for 176 yards against Cobleskill and 163 against South Glens Falls.

Ravena has won each of the last five meetings between the two teams, including last year’s 44-8 decision.

Taconic Hills at Tamarac, 7 p.m.

Taconic Hills gave first-year head coach Mark Anderson his first victory last week, defeating Greene County rival Cairo-Durham.

The Titans had two players top the 100-yard rushing mark as Shane Bradway picked up 137 and Dusty Snyder chipped in with 102. Bradway also scored three touchdowns, while Snyder scored once.

Bradway had a solid game on the defensive side of the ball for the Titans, coming up with five tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

Tamarac started the season strong with victories in its first two games, but since then has dropped three of four outings, with its only victory coming at the expense of winless Cairo-Durham.

The Bengals won last year’s game, handing the Titans an 18-13 setback in Week 2.

Cairo-Durham vs. Coxsackie-Athens (at Ravena), 7 p.m.

Coxsackie-Athens has lost three in a row after posting its first win for first-year head coach Paddy Bailey in Week 3.

The Indians fell to Chatham last week, 54-12. Quarterback Mike Constantino threw his 12th touchdown pass in that game, which ranks third in Section 2. He is also third in passing yards with 1,034.

Donny Blowers and Justice Middaugh are tied for second in Section 2 with 26 receptions. Middaugh’s 402 receiving yards is good for fifth in the Section.

Cairo-Durham scored a season-high 21 points last week, but the Mustangs still suffered their 19th straight defeat, 40-21, at the hands of Taconic Hills.

Coxsackie-Athens has won the last three meetings with Cairo-Durham, including a 61-6 decision last year.

Class B

Reinfurt Division

Hudson 4-0

Cobleskill 3-1

Schalmont 3-1

Ravena 1-3

Lansingburgh 1-3

Ichabod Crane 0-4

North Division

Glens Falls 3-0

Schuylerville 3-1

Hudson Falls 2-1

Broadalbin-Perth 0-3

Johnstown 0-3

Class C

South Division

Watervliet 5-1

Voorheesville 4-1

Chatham 4-1

Tamarac 3-2

Coxsackie-Athens 1-4

Taconic Hills 1-4

Cairo-Durham 0-5

North Division

Holy Trinity 4-1

Mechanicville 4-1

Stillwater 4-1

Hoosick Falls 3-2

Lake George/Hadley Luzerne 2-3

Fonda 1-4

Corinth 0-6