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State football rankings (Oct. 8): Sweet Home elevated to No. 1 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 big news this week is Sweet Home taking over the top spot in Class A. The top team has lost each of the last two weeks, which I suppose might be good news for Kenmore East heading into its home showdown with the Panthers on Saturday? Reach the state championship game last season and up your win streak against local teams to 65, and that will certainly help you climb the charts.  

* Also notable in Class A is that South Park leaped from honorable mention into the top 25, all the way up to 13th. That is certainly in line with our News poll released today that has the Sparks fifth (that's also where I had South Park on my ballot).

* Two big matchups this weekend are big for in the state poll as well -- pairs of local teams separated by one spot: No. 25 McKinley at No. 24 Williamsville South in Class A on Friday (7 p.m.); No. 10 Burgard at No. 11 Cheektowaga in Class B on Saturday (2 p.m.).

* Jamestown inched up a few spots from 16th to 14th and are still being undersold by the rankings. The rankings will catch up at some point. Remember where you've been reading it :-) I covered some of the reasons why they should be higher two weeks ago.

* Randolph remains No. 1 in Class D, while Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake remained at No. 6.

* 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:

Class AA

1. V-Aquinas (last week: 1); 5. Canisius (5); 9. St. Joe's (9); 14. Jamestown (16). Honorable mention: Frontier (21), Kenmore West (NR), Lancaster (HM), Orchard Park (HM).

* St. Anthony's of Long Island remains 10th, right behind St. Joe's (St. Joe's beat visiting St. Anthony's in Week One).

Class A

1. Sweet Home (2); 13. South Park (HM); 22. Grand Island (13); 24. Williamsville South (25); 25. McKinley (HM). HM: Kenmore East (HM), St. Mary's (19), West Seneca East (11), Williamsville North (NR)

* Another week, another move up for Sweet Home, and that means they are No. 1 in the state in Class A. 

Last week's No. 1, Lawrence of Section VIII (Nassau County, L.I.), lost last week to Plainedge, 36-20. Plainedge is now fifth. Lawrence had taken over the top spot for defending state champion Burnt Hills, which lost in Week Four.  

* Section III (Syracuse area) school Jamesville-Dewitt (3-2), 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); 10. Burgard (11); 11. Cheektowaga (13); 15. Depew (19). HM: Albion (NR), Eden (NR), Lew-Port (NR), Medina (HM), Pioneer (NR).

* Section III's Oneida (4-1), which routed Pioneer in Week One, is 16th.

Class C

1. II-Hoosick Falls (1); 6. Cleveland Hill (6); 9. Fredonia (10). HM: Lackawanna (19), Salamanca (HM), Tonawanda (NR).

* Section V's Attica (4-1), which beat Bennett, 7-6, in Week Five, is an honorable mention. 

Class D

1. Randolph (1); 6. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (6). HM: Cattaraugus/Little Valley (NR); Frewsburg (NR), Panama (NR), Sherman (HM).

Dropped out: Ellicottville (HM).

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Previous state rankings posts: Last week (Oct. 1); 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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