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 (7-0)  -- Still a clear choice. Absolutely should have been unanimous ... LAST week.
2. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (5-2)  -- They deserve the bump based on the win over St. Joe's. Spots No. 2 through No. 6 in this poll are extremely tight and your most recent performance should make the difference. Consistency alert: I've had them up in this spot before -- that was after the last time they played a local large school, which was back in Week One (winning at Will South). Can they possibly have another Fitzpatrick Field party after Canisius visits Friday?
3. Jamestown (6-1)  -- I thought the Clarence game would be tough, it was and the Red Raiders finished very strong. It probably created the thinnest of slivers of space for big-win Timon to move past them. If they beat Clarence going away, maybe we don't move Timon past. We still like their all-around game a ton.
4. Orchard Park (6-1)  -- Still like them tucked right behind the Red Raiders based on the loss down in Jamestown, and I think these two will very likely remain that way until they meet up at The Ralph.
5. Sweet Home (7-0)  -- This might be unfair, but that's life as an A school in Week Seven. There will be judgement days ahead where we'll see if we think these Panthers deserve to be higher.
6. West Seneca East (7-0)  -- Same for the Trojans. One of the judgement days might have WSE meeting up with Sweet Home. I've said it before on the blog: I've definitely thought about moving these guys past Sweet Home. They're that good.
7. St. Joe's (6-1)  -- Very vociferous Marauder fans (including my first Tweeter block ever in the history of all-time) have been just waiting for me to say it, so I'll say it. I told you so.
C'mon, just having some fun :-).
I have had St. Joe's down in this area before. I had my doubts. I didn't think their schedule warranted anything higher. Yes, they lost a close one at Timon without Nigel Davis. They also committed way too many mistakes -- something that happened at Lockport as well. Last week I wrote about the Marauders having played three different quarterbacks. Not having that consistency at perhaps the most important position in sports is something I have had concerns about all year. There's a lot of football to be played, for sure, so this may change: But for most other teams on this ballot, they know who they are (and I think I know who they are). That counts for a lot.
8. Lockport (5-2)  -- Have to stay tucked in behind St. Joe's, but another very good team. The visit from Clarence should be a stern test.
9. Frontier (6-1)  -- Fell behind in rivalry game at Hamburg and then hammered them the rest of the way. They head to Niagara Falls and this poll says they're headed down to Jamestown to see if they can beat the Red Raiders again.
10. McKinley (5-2)  -- They hold off another team that's been on the outside looking in at this list all season in Grand Island -- on the field and on the poll.
After an undefeated start, Grand Island is on the road to face another team that's just on the bubble in Iroquois. I still might consider Clarence 10a, particularly after the strong challenge to Jamestown. The is-Williamsville-South-back-? question remains after another big win, one that came without Trent Ferguson. South gets its chance at season-long redemption when it plays a potentially explosive game Friday against McKinley at Riverside.
1. Alden (7-0)  -- I should develop a save key or something for the Bulldogs.
2. Depew (6-1)  -- I really didn't want to move them down last week. I feel better now.
3. St. Mary's (5-2)  -- Solid rout of Section V's Batavia. Playing at a very high level, which is why ...
4. Cheektowaga (7-0)  -- ... the Warriors' having to go overtime at home against Maryvale drops them back two spots. We think that highly of the top three.
5. Maple Grove (7-0)  -- Clear favorite in D. We've written that, oh, maybe 100 times over the years? :-)
6. Burgard (6-1)  -- Bulldogs host Depew Friday in marquee matchup of quarterfinals. Play the game on Saturday and I'm there (I'll be at No. 1 Canisius at Timon).
7. Lew-Port (5-2)  -- They get another shot at Cheektowaga, this time on the road. The first time wasn't pretty. But if Jackson is out for the Warriors, there's a chance things may go differently.
8. Salamanca (6-1)  -- Still tough to gauge C teams. Near-impossible. Win over Springville in Week One doesn't hurt when trying to find a team to stick out from the rest.
9. JFK (6-1) [NR] -- QB Nick Anderson is a playmaker who can do a ton for the Bears, who also have some good weapons and some serious guts (comeback from 28-14 and going for two to win it).
10. Randolph (5-2)  -- JFK is rewarded, Cardinals slip back. They've been rolling but one of the better wins we're not sure about (Chautauqua Lake followed rout loss to Randolph with rout loss to Silver Creek).
Eden is probably 11 after one-point win at Southwestern for the B South champs. Most of the rest of the C bracket is bunched in here along with Springville, Pioneer, Silver Creek and Chautaqua Lake.
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