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:
* In our poll, Jamestown fell because of its close win over Orchard Park (nine first-place votes down to six); in the state poll, Jamestown rose to its highest ranking of the season (seventh, up from 10th) after its close win over Orchard Park.
In our poll, Canisius rose (four first-place votes, up from one) after its close loss at Cardinal Mooney of Ohio; in the state poll, Canisius fell to its lowest ranking of the season (11th, down from fourth) after its close loss at Mooney.
This is also the first time Jamestown has been ranked above Canisius all season in the state poll. Our local poll, and my view, was that that should have been the case the last two weeks. Like the cases cited above, it is odd that Jamestown moves past Canisius in the state poll this week at the same time that Canisius has seriously eaten into its first-place vote count locally.
This is a reminder that the state poll does its own thing. I have no answers. To penalize Canisius as much as it has for a close loss on the road in Ohio is beyond me.
* More head-scratching: St. Anthony's is up to sixth in the rankings, despite losing at St. Joe's in Week One and despite not notching any out-of-area wins. They are winning downstate. They always do that. They don't always start the season with a loss to St. Joe's. They're being ranked too high. St. Joe's has had some issues and they've fallen back (too far in my opinion for a loss to Cathedral Prep of Erie, however). Obviously I think St. Anthony's should be behind Canisius.
Historically the state poll, at least in my recollection, has taken in out-of-state losses into account when ranking teams. I'm not seeing that in this week's poll.
* There were many local Class B teams as honorable mentions two weeks ago, now there is just one, Depew, which fell out of the top 20 after being routed by Class AA's Lancaster.
* Section V (Rochester area) now has five 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). I'm keeping this note here as a reminder that private schools should not be in Class D in any sport.
* Another note on repeat: St. Mary's continues to be classified as a Class A school (it is down to honorable mention after a blowout loss to Canisius, which, if anything, supports them being a B as opposed to an A). My objections are on the record to the NYSSWA; the Lancers should clearly be classified in Class B.
Here is the complete local rundown of the state rankings, which can be found at the NYSSWA's Road to Syracuse web site:
1. V-Aquinas (last week: 1); 7. Jamestown (10); 11. Canisius (4); 20. St. Joe's (24). Honorable mention (with no HMs last week, if HM is in parentheses, that was two weeks ago): Frontier (HM), Kenmore West (HM), Orchard Park (HM).
* St. Anthony's of Long Island is sixth (St. Joe's beat visiting St. Anthony's in Week One, handing the Friars their only loss).
1. Sweet Home (1); 11. South Park (11); 19. Grand Island (19); HM: McKinley (20), St. Mary's, West Seneca East.
* Section III (Syracuse area) school Jamesville-Dewitt (5-2), which beat Cheektowaga, 13-12, in Week One at the Carrier Dome, had been an Class A honorable mention all season.
1. IV-Maine-Endwell (1); 3. Alden (3); 9. Cheektowaga (10); 10. Burgard (11). HM: Depew (12).
* Section III's Oneida (6-1), which routed Pioneer in Week One, is 12th.
1. II-Hoosick Falls (1); 6. Cleveland Hill (6); 9. Fredonia (9). HM: Akron, Salamanca.
* Section V's Attica (6-1), which beat Bennett, 7-6, in Week Five, had been an honorable mention.
1. Randolph (1); 4. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (4). HM (last week): Cattaraugus/Little Valley, Panama, Sherman.
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