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State football rankings (Oct. 1): Sweet Home up to No. 2 in Class A

By Keith McShea

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its third football polls of the season today.

That main link goes to the Class AA & A polls and that page includes a link to Classes B, C and D

Some quick items worth noting, and the complete breakdown of local teams in the state poll:

* The most notable development this week is probably Sweet Home moving up to No. 2 in Class A. They're behind a Long Island school, so, the Panthers are the poll's de facto favorite to win at the Carrier Dome on Thanksgiving Weekend.

* I still think Jamestown deserves to be much higher in AA for the same reasons I wrote about last week. It moved up just one spot this week after blasting previously undefeated and state honorable mention Lancaster, which was its fourth straight game with 50-plus points, which just doesn't happen every year. And obviously the Red Raiders took over the No. 1 spot in The News large school poll today with an overwhelming amount of first-place votes (eight of 10) and they were at the top of our ballot.

* Randolph remains No. 1 in Class D, while Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake fell from No. 3 to No. 6 after it was routed at home by Randolph.

* Section V (Rochester area) has six teams in the top 15 -- and (shocker!) two of them are private schools! In Class D! Infuriating! (My basketball-inspired blog from ... five-and-a-half years ago. Infuriating AND depressing that this continues to be how Section V rolls).

* Putting this note on repeat: St. Mary's continues to be classified as a Class A school (it is ranked 19th, up from 23rd) despite my objections to the NYSSWA; the Lancers should clearly be classified in Class B and are being penalized for having a good team. It is a small school playing a schedule mainly of large schools because it is in the Monsignor Martin Association, which only has six teams. 

Here is the complete local rundown of the state rankings, which can be found at the NYSSWA's Road to Syracuse web site:

Class AA

1. V-Aquinas (last week: 1); 5. Canisius (5); 9. St. Joe's (9); 16. Jamestown (17); 21. Frontier (22). Honorable mention: Lancaster (HM), Orchard Park (HM).

Dropped out: Lockport (HM). 

Notable: St. Anthony's of Long Island moved up to 10th from 11th and is now right behind St. Joe's (St. Joe's beat visiting St. Anthony's in Week One).

Class A

1. VIII-Lawrence (2); 2. Sweet Home (4); 11. West Seneca East (13); 13. Grand Island (16); 19. St. Mary's (19); 25. Williamsville South (21). HM: McKinley (HM), South Park (HM), Kenmore East (HM).

* Defending state champion II-Burnt Hills, which beat Sweet Home in last year's final, lost last week to Queensbury, ending a 15-game win streak and dropping it out of the top spot (it is now eighth; Queensbury is fifth). New No. 1 Lawrence is of Section VIII (Nassau County, Long Island), which does not participate in the NYSPHSAA football playoffs.  

* III-Jamesville-Dewitt, which beat Cheektowaga, 13-12, in Week One at the Carrier Dome, has been an Class A honorable mention all season.

Class B

1. IV-Maine-Endwell (1); 3. Alden (3); 11. Burgard (12); 13. Cheektowaga (14); 19. Depew (10). HM: Medina (HM).

Class C

1. II-Hoosick Falls (1); 6. Cleveland Hill (6); 10. Fredonia (10); 19. Lackawanna (12). HM: Salamanca (HM).

Dropped out: Southwestern (HM), Tonawanda (HM).

Class D

1. Randolph (1); 6. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (3). HM: Ellicottville (NR), Sherman (NR).

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Previous state rankings posts: Last week (Sept. 24); (Sept. 18; the first of the season).

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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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