Every week nine voters participate in The News' large and small school polls. The poll is published each Tuesday in the Sidelines of the Scholastic Spotlight.
And (drumrollllll...) here's this week's:
1. Orchard Park (4-0) [last week: 1] - The Quakers have won 17 in a row. Does the run end at Lancaster?
While I'm asking questions: Why is OP is not a unanimous No. 1? Do they really deserve not to be on top? I guess that brings me back to that first question.
2. Sweet Home (4-0)  - The Panthers have won 17 in a row. Does the run end at Iroquois?
Lancaster keeps winning, NT keeps winning, and, yes, it might not have been as impressive as some would have liked, but Sweet Home keeps winning, too. The defending state champions still deserve this spot.
3. North Tonawanda (4-0)  - No. 429 on the list of things I can't figure out about our polls: Lancaster ahead of NT? Why? NT's four wins are infinitely more impressive than Lancaster's, including a win at Jamestown and Friday's domination of a ranked Lockport team. (No. 428 is putting either ahead of Sweet Home).
4. Lancaster (4-0)  - Get your seats at Foyle-Kling early.
5. Williamsville South (4-0)  - I had 'em here, so I'll keep 'em here (that's a recurring theme on this ballot, you might notice) despite the drama in Hamburg.
6. Iroquois (4-0)  - Get your seats at Latimer early.
7. St. Francis (2-2)  - Played St. Ignatius tougher than most thought. Impressive numbers by Chuchla to Redden against the national power.
8. Canisius (1-3)  - Win over Jamestown got bolstered by Red Raiders taking care of Frontier. Loss at Kearney, a Section VI Class C school which scheduled like (and should be classified like -- but isn't) a Class A school.
9. Hamburg (3-1)  - Loss to Iroquois comes down to one play. They're in the top 10. Frontier game on Oct. 9 should be super-fun, super-smashmouth.
10. Lafayette (3-0) [NR] - The Harvard Cup has been a bunch of close games and no clear favorite -- except for the Mighty Violets. We'll award their domination with a vote. Could they beat Frontier? Lockport? St. Joe's? Falls? We'll never know. Riverside? We'll at least find that out on Halloween.
1. Southwestern (4-0)  - Another week, another matchup against a ranked, undefeated team ... another big win?
2. Cheektowaga (4-0)  - I'm as certain of No. 2 as I am of No. 1. Cue the uncertainty ...
3. Cassadaga Valley (4-0)  - What will they have for Southwestern?
4. Lackawanna (3-1)  - Yes, I think Southwestern would pretty much wreck anyone on this list.
5. Eden (4-0)  - The Raiders have rolled to three wins and toughed out a fourth over ...
6. Cleveland Hill (3-1)  - ... a Golden Eagles team whose better-than-Depew's win over Maryvale earns them points.
7. Alden (4-0)  - On this uncertain bottom eight of this ballot, one thing that is certain is that -- thank you Prep Talk Nation member sec6fan -- is that the Bulldogs' opponents have gone 1-15. Bulldog fans can save their barking -- the schedule gets good (vs. Dunkirk this week), better (at East Aurora in Week Six) and best (vs. Lackwanna in Week Seven). And yes, I can move a team down three spots despite not losing; it just tells you how much I think of Eden's resume.
8. Depew (4-0)  - Get your seats across from the Galleria early.
9. Burgard (2-0)  - No game, no problem. Bulldogs are still a top 10 team ...
10. Cardinal O'Hara (3-1) [NR] - ... as are, in our opinion, the Hawks, who we would take in a matchup against whichever one-loss Class D team really is the best (Silver Creek? Frewsburg? Maple Grove? Randolph?).
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