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How The News Voted: Week Three

How The News Voted: Week Three

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1 Canisius. Close shave against good South Park team not enough to knock them down. Wonder if Urban Meyer noticed the 61-yard field goal?

2 Orchard Park. Quakers could be like Homer Simpson’s forbidden doughnut in my world, but I resisted urge to rank them ahead of defending state champion with 19-game winning streak.

3 St. Francis. I don’t care if they lost to Walsh Jesuit. Red Raiders still very, very good.

4 Timon-St. Jude. Looking for attention-getting win at Jamestown this Friday.

5 West Seneca East. Showed some grit fighting back after being punched in mouth by Hamburg. Showed more grit fending off Bulldogs’ late rally.

6 South Park. Maybe I should have ranked Sparks ahead of West Seneca East based on the almost comeback win at Canisius. They did play up in nonleague game and I like that. But I’ll wait a bit before doing that.

7 Lancaster. Putting up nearly 700 yards in offense in win at defending state Class AA champion is hard to ignore.

8 Starpoint. Wow. This week’s game against Lockport is for area bragging rights but what a start to  the season it’d be if Spartans can improve to 4-0 at chief rival’s expense.

9 Williamsville North. Fended off game Niagara-Wheatfield team to take unbeaten division record into Friday’s key Class A North game at 3-0 North Tonawanda.

10 Jamestown. The champs hang on to spot in my poll barely after giving up nearly 700 yards in loss. Makes no sense I’d vote them behind a team they beat but let me repeat myself … they gave up nearly 700 yards in a loss. That trumps beating undermanned Spartans in a monsoon.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1 Bennett. Tigers played up in competition in their nonleague game and held their own against one of top Class AA teams in state. They scored 16 points on team that had yielded just seven in two previous games to pair of Class AA foes. Not penalizing them for loss.

2 Cheektowaga. I was tempted to move Warriors up, especially since they’ve averaged 55 points the past two games, but Bennett did play up this week and wasn’t embarrassed. Cheektowaga blowing out Newfane, however, was expected.

3 Springville. Griffins hope bye week doesn’t blunt 3-0 start.

4 Cleveland Hill. Key clash at Lackawanna on Friday.

5 Alden. Big week for Bulldogs as they prepare to play at old friend Depew.

6 East Aurora. Time to buckle up chin straps as games versus next three foes - Albion, Depew and Alden – will determine if EA can win second straight division title.

7 Dunkirk. My bad.  I admit to having a brain cramp while voting. Should have had Marauders ahead of EA after winning head to head game Friday night. I promise to do better next week.

8 Lackawanna. Win over Class C North heavyweight Cleveland Hill would serve as announcement that happy days are here again for Steelers.

9 Depew. It’s Alden week.

10 Maple Grove/CL. Have bounced back to win two in row after dropping season opener to nonleague foe from Pittsburgh.

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