After losing 36-0 to Cambridge, the Granville Golden Horde lost any chance for a part of the Wasaren League title Saturday and dropped to the three-seed in the Class C Section II playoffs based on game results from the weekend.
Granville had the chance to host a first-ever sectional game but will be on the road Saturday, traveling to Fonda for a 1 p.m. contest. Only number one and two seeds host sectional games.
The Fonda Braves also finished its season 6-1 overall in Class C South.
Granville earned a postseason ticket with its win over Stillwater.
Despite the loss in the final week of the regular season, the Golden Horde has its sights set on a postseason first for Granville – a sectional victory.
“Six-and-one is nice but this week everybody starts out as 1-0,” head coach Mario Torres said Sunday.
In three sectional trips in the history of the school’s sectional play, the Golden Horde is winless, Torres said.
Granville will be on the road Saturday in Fonda and will remain on the road for as long as the team can continue to win. The state championships are held in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
Granville has faced Mechanicville once and Voorheesville twice, and has not produced a postseason victory.
Granville fell to Mechanicville, 33-6, and Voorheesville, 9-7, in 1984 and 23-22 in 2006. All of the winning teams from Oct. 24 will play on Halloween at either 2 or 7 p.m. in Stillwater.
For the league, a Hoosick Falls loss, coupled with a Golden Horde win, could have produced a shared title between the Horde and Panthers, but it was not to be.
The Panthers’ win Friday night and Granville’s Saturday defeat hands the title to undefeated Hoosick Falls after it knocked off the previously undefeated Cambridge Indians in week six. The first-seed Panthers host Canajoharie Saturday.
Granville and Cambridge share second place in the league with one loss each, but the Indians take the two-seed in C North and will host Voorheesville at 1 p.m.