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How The News voted: Week Nine

Four large schools and six small schools are alive in Section VI. There are 20 teams below.

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.

We have one vote in each poll. Here are our ballots from Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four, Week Five, Week Six, Week Seven and Week Eight.

And here's this week's:

1. Sweet Home (9-0) [last week: 1] - New quarterback, new offensive line, new tailbacks ... same speed, same discipline, same scary-good football team. 

2. North Tonawanda (9-0) [2] - From the back-slapping department: This pollster predicted 13-point victory for NT over OP before 21-7 win.

3. Lancaster (9-0) [3] - One point separates these second-ranked 'Skins from third-ranked 'Jacks. The game might be that close too.

4. Grand Island (6-3) [6] - Ahead of OP? Absolutely. It's close, but GI marched into Hamburg and took control. Playing some great football.

5. Orchard Park (7-2) [4] - The Quakers played in the NFL stadium in their home town from 2001 to 2008. But people come on here to complain about the coach. Seriously? The sniping is ridiculous. You can't spell soap opera without OP. 

6. Hamburg (7-2) [5] - These guys certainly still deserve to be here. Testament to how well GI is playing.

7. Williamsville South (7-2) [7] - Billies should stay in top 10 rest of the way, although champions of the leagues below will likely move past them in the weeks to come, only because they still have important games to play.

8. Canisius (4-5) [9] - Let this be a reminder that we only get ONE vote in our poll. Look at the poll, do the math, and join me in become furious. Canisius beat St. Joe's, they just won at St. Francis and they are 4-0 vs. WNY. But they're not getting votes while St. Joe's is. That does not make any sense. Looks like it might be time for new pollsters, who are, of course, more than welcome to email me with some "logic" behind not voting for Canisius, or voting for St. Joe's ahead of Canisius.

9. St. Joe's (5-4) [10] - Saturday's game is the biggest at Joe's in a long while, probably biggest thus far on the new turf.

10. Riverside (7-1) [NR] - Frontiers are the Harvard Cup leaders in the clubhouse and rubbing their hands together waiting for Burgard. I'd love to see these guys play someone like Iroquois, which -- despite playing a fabulous team, and having to play during a reshoot of Gone With The Wind, didn't show enough to stay in here.  

Small schools

1. Southwestern (9-0) [1] - The state championship repeat talk is getting louder. Talk about an impressive performance against Cleveland Hill.

2. Cheektowaga (9-0) [2] - Two trips to The Ralph in three years. 

3. Eden (9-0) [3] - At this time last year, the Raiders were in their second week of offseason after having gone 2-6. Talk about a longggg way from The Ralph.

4. Cassadaga Valley (7-2) [5] - Every so slightly outsmashmouthed by Eden.

5. Burgard (7-0) [6] - Bulldogs almost slipped, but hung in there to beat another large school.

6. Cleveland Hill (7-2) [4] - Golden Eagles' game with Southwestern did not go nearly as well, relatively speaking as Cassadaga Valley's, so they slide a bit.

7. Cardinal O'Hara (5-3) [8] - It was late and after being down, but showed some fight down in Stuebenville.

8. Alden (7-2) [NR] - Outside of Cheektowaga, finding the best Class B team has been not so easy. Is it really balanced? Is it better than we think? Hard to tell.  Perhaps we'll get educated Saturday. EA's fall of the B-alance B-eam left them out of our poll.

9. Randolph (8-1) [9] - Small class, big matchup against ...

10. Maple Grove (8-1) [10] - ... the defending state champions. The winner at The Ralph will get a boost on this ballot next week. Just hard to put 'em both up there right now.

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Also, visit here Wednesday for a live chat with yours truly at 7 p.m.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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