Fredonia (7-3) was the last local team standing in the New York State Sportswriters Association varsity football polls.
The Hillbillies fell one spot from 14th to 15th in the Class C poll after its 22-20 loss to then No. 15 Cleveland Hill (8-2) in the Section 6 Class C title game at Ralph Wilson Stadium last Saturday.
Cleveland Hill moved up five spots to No. 10 while JFK (7-2) remained at No. 18. Salamanca (7-2) was listed as honorable mention.
OBSERVER?Photo by Courtney Gfroerer
Fredonia’s Zach Buckley runs for a first down during Saturday’s Section?6 Class C championship game at Ralph Wilson?Stadium. Despite their loss, the Hillbillies sit in 15th place in the New York State Sportswriters Association varsity football polls.
Hornell (Sec. 5, 10-0) remained atop the Class C poll and was followed by Hoosick Falls (Sec. 2, 10-0), Chenango Forks (Sec. 4, 10-0), Waverly (Sec. 4, 9-1) and Babylon (Sec. 11, 8-0). The only movement in the top five was between Nos. 3 and 4 after Chenango Forks topped Waverly, 28-27, in the Section 4 playoffs.
Meanwhile, in Class D, Randolph (8-2) had the upset of the weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium, as the then No. 8 Cardinals shut out then No. 1 Maple Grove (9-1), 21-0, last Friday night in the Sectional title game. Randolph will play No. 2 Avon (Sec. 5, 9-1) this week in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Class D Far West Regional. Avon had been No. 3, moving up a spot after beating Batavia Notre Dame, 43-7, in the Section 5 championship game.
Clymer (7-2), Ellicottville (7-2), Portville (5-4) and Silver Creek (5-4) were all listed as honorable mention.
Tioga (Sec. 4, 9-1) took the Red Dragons' spot atop the Class D poll while Sandy Creek (Sec. 3, 10-0) was No. 3 after being No. 4 last week. Rensselaer (Sec. 2, 9-1) remained at No. 5. The Red Dragons fell to No. 6 this week.
In Class AA, Shaker (Sec. 2, 10-0), Canisius (MMA, 10-0), Syracuse (Sec. 3, 10-0), Tottenville (PSAL, 7-1) and Iona Prep (CHSFL, 7-1) were once again Nos. 1-5 while Orchard Park (9-1) moved up from No. 9 to No. 8 after its 35-20 win over then No. 8 Jamestown (8-2) in the Sectional finale at Ralph Wilson Stadium, last Saturday night. The Red Raiders fell to No. 15 this week.
Monsignor Martin Association representative St. Joes (8-2) moved up five spots from No. 16 to No. 11 after its 48-6 win over Cardinal O'Hara in the MMA playoffs.
Frontier (6-3) and Lockport (6-3) were listed as honorable mention.
In Class A, Lawrence (Sec. 8, 8-0) was again in the top spot and was followed by Sweet Home (10-0), Sayville (Sec. 11, 8-0), Eastridge (Sec. 5, 10-0) and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Sec. 2, 9-1).
West Seneca East (9-1) fell from No. 8 to No. 17 after its 28-7 loss to Sweet Home in the Section 6 Class A final last Saturday. Grand Island (7-2) remained at No. 23 while Iroquois (6-2) was listed as honorable mention.
Harrison (Sec. 1, 8-1) fell seven spots from No. 2 to No. 9 after its 28-14 loss to then No. 11 Somers (9-0) in the Section 1 playoffs. Somers moved up four spots to No. 7.
Class B was again led by Maine-Endwell (Sec. 4, 10-0) while Alden (10-0) followed at No. 2, Our Lady of Lourdes (Sec. 1, 9-0) at No. 3, Marlboro (Sec. 9, 10-1) at No. 4 and Cazenovia (Sec. 3, 9-1) at No. 5.
Our Lady of Lourdes moved up one spot while Marlboro and Cazenovia each moved up two spots. Falling out of the top five were Chittenango (Sec. 3, 9-1) and Shalmont (Sec. 2, 8-1).
Chittenango had been No. 3, but dropped to No. 9 after its 35-21 loss to Cazenovia in the Section 3 playoffs while Shalmont came in at No. 10 in this week's poll after its 21-14 loss to then No. 13 Glens Falls (9-1) in the Section 2 playoffs. Glens Falls came in at No. 8 this week.
Depew (8-2) was No. 15 for the second straight week while Cheektowaga (8-1) moved up one spot from No. 19 to No. 18, despite not playing last week. Burgard (6-3) and Eden (6-3) were listed as honorable mention, along with Sectional runner-up Springville (5-5), which saw its Cinderella run through the Section 6 playoffs come to an end in the Class B final. The Griffins lost to No. 2 Alden, 42-7.
Along with Randolph, Cleveland Hill, Alden, Sweet Home and Orchard Park will be back in Buffalo for the NYSPHSAA Far West Regionals, which will be played at Bennett's All-High Stadium Friday and Saturday.
The Cardinals will get things going on Friday night, taking on Avon at 5 p.m. The Class D game will be followed by the Class A game between Sweet Home and Eastridge, at 8.
On Saturday, a triple-header of games begins with the Class C game, which will see Cleveland Hill face off against Hornell at noon. The Red Raiders will enter the game having won 49 straight games, including the last three Class B state titles.
The Class B game will feature Alden vs. No. 6 East Rochester-Ganada (9-1), and will be played at 3 p.m. The Class AA game will end the night and will pit Orchard Park, the defending NYSPHSAA Class AA champion, against No. 12 Aquinas (7-3) which rebounded from back-to-back losses earlier in the season to Canisius and St. Joe's to win the Section 5 title, 15-14, last week over unranked Mendon-Sutherland (8-2).