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How The News Voted: Week Two

Here’s how The News voted in The Buffalo News football polls after Week Two’s games.

Here's the link to the actual poll and sidelines.

Large school

1 Canisius: Rain and windy conditions not enough to slow down Crusaders in 37-0 rout at St. Mary’s.

2 Orchard Park: In no-win situation this Saturday against News No. 1 Small School Bennett. Quakers won’t get enough credit if they beat a tough, physical team like the Tigers. OP also might endure too much heat if they lose to a team good enough to contend for the Class AA title. Remember, Bennett is stuck in Class C due to enrollment issues.

3 St. Francis: If not for OP crushing Frontier, I might have voted Red Raiders higher as they look scary good through two weeks.

4 Jamestown: Red Raiders aren’t as good as last season but showed potential in battling for tough nonleague win at Williamsville North last week. Unsung hero Jeremy Bush owned muddy line of scrimmage for Jamestown.

5 Timon-St. Jude: OK, Timon folks. I’m showing you some love here, but you’ll still be cranky I didn’t rank you higher. At least I slotted you higher than your actual No. 6 ranking.

6 West Seneca East: Huge contest at Hamburg this week.

7 South Park: Love the fact Sparks opted to play Canisius in its lone nonleaguer of the season. Depending on how they do, this could influence my vote down the road.

8 Williamsville North: Spartans still had chance to beat defending state Class AA champions without two of their top players, but special teams miscues and case of dropsies on rainy day doom them.

9 Starpoint: Congratulations on finally beating Sweet Home. A win at Grand Island on Friday night means Williamsville North isn’t the only team nicknamed Spartans with a chance to win Class A North.

10 Iroquois: A win at Lake Shore means not just a 3-0 start but 3-0 start in division with three division games left. With no South Park on the schedule due to eight teams being in the division, that could all but wrap up a playoff spot for the Chiefs.

Small schools

1 Bennett: Getting the nonleague game at OP was the easy part. Leaving OP with a win will be the hard part.

2 Cheektowaga: Impressive start to the season for defending Class B champions.

3 Springville: The important thing is the unbeaten Griffins beat Fredonia to get 1-0 in the division. Early division losses last season was the reason they failed to make Sectionals.

4 Cleveland-Hill: Daunting three-game stretch begins Friday at Lackawanna.

5 Alden: Good win over a potential playoff team in Albion.

6 East Aurora: Another nonleaguer against an old friend from Class B South awaits Blue Devils, who won Class B East opener in rout.

7 Dunkirk: At least the Marauders stayed dry during unwanted Open week.

8 Franklinville/Ellicottville: Titans follow up win over defending champs by blanking Catt/Little Valley, 22-0.

9 St. Mary’s: Lancers face another tough large school in Timon, part of daunting opening schedule.

10 Lackawanna: A snitch told me the Steelers looked good on Scrimmage Saturday. So far, they’ve carried it over into the real games.

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