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How The News voted: Week Eight

By Keith McShea

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, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight.

Here are our previous ballots: Week SevenWeek SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (6-2) [last week: 1] -- Expected rout of O'Hara. Shouldn't be the case this week: Home vs. St. Joe's. 

2Jamestown (8-0) [2] -- Expected rout of Niagara Falls. Shouldn't be the case this week: Home vs. Kenmore West.

3. Sweet Home (8-0) [3] -- Expected rout of Kenmore East. On paper they should keep rolling this week: Home vs. West Seneca East. 

4. Orchard Park (6-2) [5] -- Pretty-much-expected rout of Clarence. They make the short trip Friday evening to Frontier, which followed a loss at Hamburg with nearly-a-loss at home to Lockport (comeback win in OT). 

5. Kenmore West (6-2) [6] -- In Week Two at home, they led Jamestown in the third quarter and were within nine during the fourth before Jamestown scored the final two touchdowns. Blue Devils have won six straight, are talented and confident. Should be a fun Friday night at Strider ("I can't wait to get my team on turf," said Ken West coach Rich Harris).

6. St. Joe's (6-2) [7] -- Solid-but-unspectacular victory over Timon on a terrible weather day. We'll definitely find out what's up with the Marauders at Canisius' Stransky Field at 1 p.m. Saturday. Expect the unexpected. 

7. Grand Island (7-1) [9] -- You can look it up: I had these guys ahead of McKinley (most didn't) entering last week's game, in which GI pitched a shutout. Now they face a team they just beat in Week Eight. Sure looks like good old friends Sweet Home and GI will meet at The Ralph again.  

8. Williamsville North (5-3) [NR} -- You can look it up (kinda): At 8:44 p.m. of last week's live chat, I said North over South Park was the super-duper upset special, although I didn't think it was really going to happen.  

9. South Park (6-2) [4] -- The South Park team I saw against Jamestown and West Seneca East was extremely good, dangerous, promising. They got shut out by Will North. Credit to the Spartans. One of the most head-scratching upsets in recent memory.

10. West Seneca East (7-1) [NR] -- We haven't had them here for a while, but Will North is eight because it just beat South Park, which is ninth because they beat WSE, which is 10th because (like South Park), WSE beat Hamburg, which just beat Frontier.

That leaves Hamburg as a quasi-No. 11 candidate followed by Frontier. Plenty of quasi-No. 11 candidates exist, with McKinley, Bishop Timon-St. Jude and St. Francis, with Lancaster, Williamsville South, Lockport, Kenmore East seeming like they should be next on the list. 

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Alden (8-0) [1] -- Two weeks, two solid, straightforward wins. Ding-dong, the Drama Kings are dead? Friday night Burgard comes in, and it might be such a close game that those regular-season dramatics might come in handy. 

2. Randolph (8-0) [2] -- Can we fast forward to the Ralph with these guys? Maybe the regional? With their results, looking ahead is only natural (actually many of us have been doing it all season, right?).

3. Burgard (7-1) [4] -- 2013 was a great season for the Buffalo Public Schools. Now, as they've been before, the Bulldogs are the city's last hope for a first team to reach The Ralph. 

4. Cleveland Hill (8-0) [5] -- Move up with Cheektowaga's loss, as did ...  

5. Fredonia (8-0) [6] -- ... the Hillbilies, who I've been saying all season belong tucked right behind Cleve Hill. Based on results, one could say Fredonia should be ahead of Cleve Hill (I thought about it). But the Falconer with by Cleve Hill was on a terrible weather day (22-0), while Fredonia's 48-6 win was in Week Two. But I definitely thought about it. 

6. Depew (6-2) [7] -- Really impressive bounce-back win over an impressive Bennett team for the Wildcats -- after they lost their big rivalry game to the school that should cheng its nickname. 

7. Eden (5-3) [NR] -- The Raiders and coach Chuck Tilley are not to be messed with. Great upset win at Cheektowaga. 

8. Cheektowaga (6-2) [3] -- Here's where the Warriors fall after that one. 

9. St. Mary's (4-3) [9] -- Hung in there OK with St. Francis in the first half. Still deserving a spot here after results the last two weeks (15-9 loss at St. Joe's). 

10. Akron (6-2) [NR] -- All year I've separated Cleve Hill and Fredonia as the top faces from Class C. This might be a my bad (chest tap) situation. Akron's put up some nice numbers, victories. 

On the quasi-bubble: Maple Grove, Bennett, Lackawanna, Pioneer.

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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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