The final regular season New York State Sports Writers Association football polls were released earlier this week with Fredonia (7-0) remaining in the No. 9 spot in the Class C poll for the third-straight week. Randolph (7-0) remained No. 1 in the Class D poll as it sets out to defend its New York State Public High School Athletic Association title.
Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (5-1) was No. 4 in the Class D poll for the second-straight week and were preceded by the Cardinals, Tioga (7-0, Sec. 4) and Chester (5-1, Sec. 9). Cambridge (7-0, Sec. 2) came in at No. 5.
Cattaraugus-Little Valley (6-1), Panama (5-2) and Sherman (6-1) were listed as honorable mention and will compete in the Class DD playoffs.
Hoosick Falls (7-0, Sec. 2) remained atop the Class C poll and was followed by Babylon (6-0, Sec. 11), Chenango Forks (6-1, Sec. 4), Potsdam (7-0, Sec. 10) and Le Roy (Sec. 5, 6-1), which fell two spots from No. 3 after losing to Caledonia-Mumford, 34-29.
Besides the Hillbillies, the only other Section 6 team to crack the top 20 was No. 6 Cleveland Hill (7-0). Akron (5-2) and Salamanca (6-1) were listed as honorable mention.
Elsewhere, in Class AA, Aquinas (7-0, Sec. 5) was No. 1 again and was followed by Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse (7-0, Sec. 3), Farmingdale (6-0, Sec. 8), Abraham Lincoln (7-0, Public School Athletic League) and Chaminade (7-0, Catholic High School Football League).
Canisius (5-2, Monsignor Martin Association) and Erasmus Hall (6-1, PSAL) fell out of the top five after both lost last week. The Crusaders fell to No. 11 after losing to Cardinal Mooney, of Youngstown, Ohio, 9-7, while Erasumus Hall dropped to No. 12 after dropping a 38-23 decision to Abraham Lincoln, which moved up seven sports from No. 11.
Farmingdale moved up two spots from its No. 5 position a week ago while Chaminade moved up one spot from No. 6.
Jamestown (7-0) was the highest-ranked Section 6 school in the top 25, coming in at No. 7 after its thrilling 42-41 Week 7 win over Orchard Park (5-2). St. Joe's (5-2, No. 20) was the only other Western New York team to make the poll. Frontier (5-2), Kenmore West (5-2) and the Quakers were all listed as honorable mention.
In Class A, Sweet Home (7-0) was No. 1 for the third-straight week and were followed by Poly Prep (7-0, AIS), Queensbury (7-0, Sec. 2), Carey (6-0, Sec. 8) and Cornwall (6-0, Sec. 9).
South Park (6-1) came in at No. 11 for the second week in a row while Grand Island remained at No. 19. McKinley (6-1), St. Mary's of Lancaster (4-2) and West Seneca East (6-1) were listed as honorable mention.
Meanwhile, in Class B, Maine-Endwell (7-0, Sec. 4) maintained its grasp on the top spot and were followed by Marlboro (7-0, Sec. 9), Alden (7-0), Cazenovia (7-0, Sec. 3) and Schalmont (7-0, Sec. 2).
Cheektowaga (6-1) was No. 9, up one spot from last week while Burgard (6-1) was No. 10 after spending last week as No. 11. Depew (5-2), which was No. 12 last week, fell out of the top 20 after losing to Lancaster, 36-0.
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