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State football rankings (Nov. 5): Cleve Hill up to No. 5 in C; Will North, Frontier into top 25s

By Keith McShea

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its eighth 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:

* Frontier and Williamsville North cracked the polls after their big wins this past weekend. 

* St. Joe's fell all the way out of the top 25 in Class AA. On one hand, my knee-jerk reaction is that they are the only team to beat St. Anthony's (now No. 5, one spot ahead of Canisius) and in theory I think they are a top 25 team; on the other hand, I'm not voting them very high locally, so it makes sense.

* Certainly notable is that there are obviously showdowns with ranked teams in all classes, with C and D topping the "best" state poll matchups as both involve top 10 teams just three spots apart.

* Cleveland Hill moved up one spot to No. 5 in C, giving Section VI two No. 1s (Sweet Home in A, Randolph in D), one No. 3 (Alden in B), one No. 5 (Cleve Hill in C) and one No. 6 (Jamestown in AA). 

* Section V (Rochester area) continues to have several Class D teams (five) ranked, and (shocker!) one of them is a private school! In Class D! Infuriating! (There's another in honorable mention). Here's my basketball-inspired blog from ... five-and-a-half years ago. It remains infuriating AND depressing that this continues to be how Section V rolls. I'm keeping this note here every week as a reminder that private schools should not be in Class D in any sport.

* Another note on repeat: St. Mary's dropped out of the Class A poll last week after losing to St. Francis (again, that supports them being a B as opposed to an A; St. Mary's continues to be ranked in our small school poll). 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); 6. Jamestown (6); 8. Canisius (10); 25t. Frontier (HM). Honorable mention: St. Joe's (18), Kenmore West (HM), Orchard Park (HM).

* St. Anthony's (8-1) of Long Island is No. 5 (St. Joe's beat visiting St. Anthony's in Week One, handing the Friars their only loss).

Class A

1. Sweet Home (1); 20. Williamsville North (HM); 22. Grand Island (17). HM: McKinley (HM), South Park (HM), West Seneca East (T25).

* Section III (Syracuse area) school Jamesville-Dewitt (6-3), 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); 13. Depew (19); 15. Burgard (9); 1. HM: Cheektowaga (HM), Eden (HM).

* Section III's Oneida (8-1), which routed Pioneer in Week One, is No. 8.

Class C

1. II-Hoosick Falls (1); 5. Cleveland Hill (6); 8. Fredonia (9). HM: Akron (HM), Lackawanna (HM), Salamanca (HM).

* Section V's Attica (6-2), which beat Bennett, 7-6, in Week Five, is an honorable mention. 

Class D

1. Randolph (1); 4. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (4). HM: Cattaraugus/Little Valley (HM), Frewsburg (HM), Panama (HM), Sherman (HM).

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Previous state rankings posts: Last week (Oct. 29); Oct. 22; Oct. 15Oct. 8; 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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