The high school football teams at Le Roy and Caledonia-Mumford share a link that probably won’t disappear anytime soon.
For starters, the communities that back the Oatkan Knights and Red Raiders are less than 10 miles apart. Each team also has a history that includes state and Section V titles.
They have met on the field often, 77 times since 1900.
The next meeting is Friday night, and it could determine whether the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raiders make it into the Section V playoffs.
No worries for the Le Roy Oatkan Knights. They are in the eight-team Class C tournament, guaranteed to host their first round game.
Caledonia-Mumford and Letchworth each have a chance to squeeze into the fourth and final spot in the Class DD tournament.
A win for Caledonia-Mumford puts the Red Raiders into the playoffs. If the Red Raiders lose, Letchworth (4-2) is in with a victory in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Canisteo-Greenwood (3-3).
Here are some of the other situations in Section V football’s six classifications:
Class AA: This is one of those gold-star weeks for the Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets (6-0).
The defending sectional champions moved to No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association state rankings. Rush-Henrietta also is guaranteed the No. 1 seed in this tournament.
“I want to be No. 1 in Week 10,” Rush-Henrietta coach Joe Montesano said. “Then it matters.”
Hilton, Pittsford, Aquinas and East High, like Rush-Henrietta have locked up playoff positions. That leaves three spots in this classification.
Fairport (3-3) and Wilson (3-3) are in with wins. The same goes for the winner of the Gates Chili (3-3) at Webster Thomas (2-4) game at 7:30 tonight. Otherwise, those teams will depend on tiebreakers to qualify.
Franklin (2-4) can sneak in with a combination of results, tiebreakers, and most importantly, a win at McQuaid (3-3).
Class A: East Irondequoit Eastridge, Brockport, Spencerport, Victor and McQuaid are guaranteed spots in the sectional playoffs.
Greece Athena (3-3) joins that group, with a win at home at 3 p.m. Saturday versus Brockport (6-0). Wayne (3-3) and Canandaigua (3-3) also move into the eight-team field with wins.
Churchville-Chili (2-4), Brighton (2-4) and Greece Arcadia (2-4) trigger chances to advance with wins, but need Athena, Wayne or Canandaigua to lose.
Class B: This field has its eight qualifiers. Geneva, East Rochester/Gananda, Newark, Livonia, Palmyra-Macedon, Waterloo, Batavia and Honeoye Falls-Lima are in. Only the seeds need to be set.
Class C: Six of these eight playoff positions belong to Hornell, Attica, Elba/Byron-Bergen, Le Roy, Bath and Mynderse.
Holley (3-3), which lost its first three games, jumps in if the Hawks can stay hot and win at Oakfield-Alabama (3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Wayland-Cohocton (2-4) is in the same scenario as Holley. The Golden Eagles face Dansville at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday. If Wayland-Cohocton wins, no help is needed to qualify for sectionals.
A loss by Wayland-Cohocton or Holley opens a path for Wellsville (2-4), which would need to win at Livonia (4-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
If Wellsville wins and Wayland-Cohocton and Holley lose, Holley gets the final spot.
Class DD: There are only four spots to go around here, in order to keep pace with the state tournament schedule. The Class DD and D sectional champions meet Nov. 3 to determine who advances to the state regional round.
Red Jacket, Avon and Perry are headed to sectional play in this class, whether they win or lose this weekend. The final spot goes to Caledonia-Mumford or Letchworth.
Class D: Clyde-Savannah, Batavia Notre Dame and York have three of the four spots in sectionals. If Oakfield-Alabama (3-3) wins at home versus Holley, the Hornets take the final playoff position.
A win by Holley and Dundee (2-4) qualifies if it can win at Lyons (2-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Losses by Oakfield-Alabama and Dundee give hope to a three-win Finney/Northstar (2-4) team in the form of tiebreakers.