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How The News voted: Week Six

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 Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

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


1Jamestown (6-0) [last week: 1] -- If the Red Raiders score 50 points again, it'll be on Orchard Park's turf. Whoa. I'll be there for a rematch of the last two Section VI AA finals, both won by OP. 

2. Canisius (5-1) [2] -- Solid win over Timon. Major road trip to Cardinal Mooney in Ohio this weekend. 

3. St. Joe's (4-2) [3] -- Cathedral Prep had their way. Not a surprise, especially with recent injuries. Not enough to remove them from what we think remains a clear top three. 

4. Sweet Home (6-0) [4] -- Panthers have a way of making people say "hmmmmmm" in games (like being in a one-score game with Ken East most of Saturday afternoon), and then ending up with a big victory (like 34-6). Awesome nonleaguer Saturday at home against McKinley as two Class A division champions meet. Hmmmmmm.

5. South Park (5-1) [5] -- Very comfortable with these guys here, especially with the AA unrest of late. 

6. Frontier (5-1) [9] -- A week after tumbling due to a loss to Kenmore West, they regain some very solid footing by winning big at Lancaster; their win over the team that should change its nickname was a lot more impressive than that of ...

7. Orchard Park (5-1) [6] -- ... the Quakers.

8. Kenmore West (4-2) [8] -- I did consider having Ken West ahead of Frontier, based on West's home win just two weeks ago. I suppose I'm reading it as that game being a hiccup for Frontier rather than a breakthrough for West. I also suppose the West Week One loss to Lancaster plays into this view. I could be wrong on this one. West played with Jamestown into the second half in Week Two and has won four straight since. 

9. McKinley (6-0) [NR] -- I think that A Central needs to be significantly behind the two other A division champions based on the eye test. I had South rated higher than the Macks because of South's better performances against its common league opponents. The Macks put forth a great second half to prove me wrong. They've got another chance to prove a bunch of people wrong Saturday at Sweet Home, where they have a history of playing the Panthers very, very tough.  

10. Lancaster (3-3) [7] -- Thumped by Frontier, but we'll keep them here ahead of Williamsville South and Williamsville North. 


1. Alden (6-0) [1] -- DRAMA KINGS.

As I said in this space last week, the Bulldogs obviously have a thing for not getting up for teams that you would think they would handle. But they keep pulling off last-minute comebacks. That's not easy, and that's not a fluke: These guys are good. ... 

... when they HAVE to be.

2. Randolph (6-0) [3] -- Cheektowaga-Burgard was great drama. However, there were enough mistakes on the field to the point where I think this talented, well-rounded, disciplined bunch deserves this spot.

3. Cheektowaga (5-1) [5] -- If you haven't seen this, see this.  

4. Burgard (5-1) [2] -- Less than a minute away from a win.  

5. Depew (5-1) [4] -- Based on last week, it's look out, Lancaster.

6. Cleveland Hill (6-0) [6] -- Ceiling starts with a 'C.' I will need to be convinced that the top C should be ahead of the top four Bs and a D.

7. Fredonia (6-0) [7] -- See No. 6.

8. Bennett (3-3) [10] -- Authoritative win over Medina. Buffalo Public Schools having themselves a season.

9. Pioneer (5-1) [NR] -- Impressive margin of victory over a Springville team which had stayed close with most (including Depew). It's the Panthers' other close calls (namely East Aurora) that make us hesitate to have them higher.

10. St. Mary's (4-1) [8] -- That's an OK win over Hutch-Tech, but it's just OK because Vallone is out, and just OK will not keep you up with the Joneses in the always-loaded small school poll.

St. Mary's gets the final spot over Maple Grove, which had a smaller-than-expected win at Ellicottville.  

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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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