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How The News voted: Final 2012 football poll

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. 

This is our final ballot for the season and we're getting a jump on All-Western New York weekend by posting it now. 

The final poll will be released Saturday as part of our All-Western New York issue.

The 25 members of the All-Western New York first team will be announced at 7 p.m. tonight in our special All-WNY edition of PrepTalkTV. 

An archive of this year's ballots: Week TenWeek Nine, Week Eight, Week Seven, Week Six, Week Five, Week Four, Week Three, Week Two, Week One.

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (11-0) [1] -- Perfect spot to finish perfect season.

2. Orchard Park (11-2) [2] -- New Rochelle was outstanding at the Dome. I had the Quakers ahead of Sweet Home most of the season and I think they are a step ahead of their fellow state finalist.

3. Sweet Home (12-1) [3] -- Burnt Hills was also outstanding at the Dome. Just see A below AA, here and state-wide (New Rochelle over Burnt Hills). 

4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (6-5) [5] -- Strong performances in semifinal (beating St. Joe's) and in final, losing by one score to Canisius. 

5Jamestown (8-2) [4] -- Tough call here for 4 and 5, but I liked Timon's much stronger finish. 

6. St. Joe's (8-3) [6] -- Two losses to Timon, one to Canisius.

7. West Seneca East (9-1) [7] -- The one loss was a clear one, but one that came to a state finalist. 

8. Lockport (6-3) [8] -- Same spot. Two losses to OP, one to St. Joe's. 

9. Grand Island (7-2) [10] -- Kind of a crapshoot down here on the ballot, and we're giving the Vikings credit for that 13-0 semifinal loss in the mud at Sweet Home. 

10. Frontier (6-3) [9] -- Nudged down after GI's nudge up. Class AA South is toughest league in Section VI because of teams like the Falcons (which beat Jamestown during regular season). A clear 10th in front of Clarence, Iroquois and Will South.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Alden (11-1) [1] -- Loss wasn't pretty, but their opponent did nearly the same thing in the state championship game. Maine-Endwell is considered one of the best teams in the state overall. 

2. Randolph (11-2) [3] -- The way the state champion Cardinals played in the postseason, I think an Alden-Randolph game would be a lot of fun. 

3. Depew (7-2) [2] -- Two losses were both at Alden. 

4. St. Mary's (5-5) [4] -- Big loss to St. Francis in the finale, but certainly showed enough during the year to continue to hold a top five spot. From here on out, the poll looks the same as it did last time.

5. Springville (5-5) [5] -- Best story of the season. 

6. Burgard (6-2) [6] -- Still like the Bulldogs over Class C teams.

7. Cleveland Hill (8-3) [7] -- Played Hornell tough in regional. C title earned them a spot ahead of the team they beat at The Ralph in the ...

8. Fredonia (7-3) [8] -- ... Hillbillies, who didn't lose by much.

9. Maple Grove (9-1) [9] -- The D final didn't show us enough to have them hurdle any other teams, despite Randolph going on to state title.

10. JFK (7-2) [10] -- Keeping the C North champions here (they beat Cleve Hill in Week Seven, lost to Fredonia in the much in Week Nine) just ahead of neighbor Cheektowaga. Just couldn't trust the Warriors the way their season ended. 

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---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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