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How The News voted: Week Eight

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted.

The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls. 


1. Canisius (8-0) [1] -- Underlined their ranking with very good win at Timon.

2. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (5-3) [2] -- They played No. 1 very tough at home. Spots 2 through 5 on my ballot are extremely tight. I still think the Tigers are certainly among that group of teams and I just didn't see quite enough reason to move them down. 

3Jamestown (7-1) [3] -- Expected rout in quarterfinals keeps them in same spot.

4. Orchard Park (7-1) [4] -- Expected rout in quarterfinals keeps them tucked behind Red Raiders.

5. Sweet Home (8-0) [5] -- Still very impressive, still a sliver behind the three teams above, mostly due to a schedule which out of the Panthers' control. Their serious rout of Williamsville East is one reason to put space between these Panthers and ... 

6. West Seneca East (8-0) [6] -- ... the Trojans, who played a competitive game with Williamsville East during the season, even if it was back in Week Two. Another reason is how WSE had to go to the final minute with its remarkable go-for-two-and-make-it, one-point victory over Starpoint. That's the same Starpoint team that was routed at home just one week earlier by Sweet Home. 

7. St. Joe's (7-1) [7] -- Outscored St. Mary's in 90-point game (56-34). With an injury to Dennis Gilbert Jr., junior Tyler Hill was back at quarterback. Joe's only threw six times -- 56 points almost exclusively on the ground. Wild.

8. Lockport (6-2) [8] -- Remarkable game against Clarence. 

9. Frontier (7-1) [9] -- Expected win at Niagara Falls keeps them here. 

10. Clarence (5-4) [NR] -- Played Jamestown tough two weeks ago, went OT with Lockport. That deserved a nod over teams like Williamsville South and Grand Island, who proved themselves a step ahead of McKinley and Iroquois, respectively.


1. Alden (8-0) [1] -- Here we go again on Friday night. 

2. Depew (7-1) [2] -- Wildcats head back to Alden. Take the self-inflicted turnovers away from the first meeting, and we could have a game Friday night, which is certainly what the Wildcats have to be saying after an impressive finishing off of Burgard in the quarters.

3. St. Mary's (5-3) [3] -- Went back and forth with Joe's for a little more than a half, which can certainly be filed in the impressive file along with its close ones with Canisius and Timon. 

4. Cheektowaga (8-0) [4] -- Different personnel, another win in what is still an undefeated season for the Warriors.

5. Maple Grove (8-0) [5] -- Red Dragons looking very, very strong.  

6. Burgard (6-2) [6] -- Bulldogs deserve to still be here after a good game with Depew, and I think they should get a look before other teams in where I see a drop off between the top tier on this ballot.

7. Springville (4-4) [NR] -- Tough win at Eden gives them an edge over the C crowd. 

8. JFK (7-1) [9] -- C North champion Bears lead the pack into the ... C North-dominated-C playoffs.

9. Cleveland Hill (6-2) [NR] -- Golden Eagles with a great win at Salamanca. Poll spot comes because it was just a one-point loser to JFK in the regular season finale. But the Eagles have another tough road game in front of it as it heads north to Wilson. 

10. Randolph (6-2) [10] -- Right now we've gone B-C-D to end the poll. Once we see who has made it to The Ralph and how they play there, that will give us a better idea (we hope!) of how to line everyone up.

Just missing out are Wilson, Fredonia, Silver Creek, Portville, Lew-Port, Eden, C South's Salamanca Allegany-Limestone, and Chautauqua Lake, not necessarily in that order.

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---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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