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How the News voted after Week Three's games

In case you were wondering How the News voted in this week's football polls, wonder no more.

Here's How the News voted:

Large Schools

1. Canisius (2-1). Crusaders reserves account for 49 of school-record 78 points scored in win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Their only loss is to a potential state-title contender in renowned football-state Pennsylvania while other win is over a potential state-title contender in New York.

2. Lancaster (3-0). The defending champion Legends put their foot on the gas in the second half and simply overwhelmed a game but young Orchard Park crew in rematch of last year's Section VI Class AA final. Next team with winning record on Lancaster's schedule is current unbeaten Jamestown in Week Six.

3. West Seneca West (3-0). Another impressive showing on the road by the Indians in taking down previously unbeaten Iroquois.

4. South Park (3-0). The Sparks went to the great football state of Pennsylvania for the first time and bludgeoned foe to remain unbeaten heading into this week's key division clash against McKinley.

5. St. Francis (1-2). Red Raiders kept it close for a while against strong Walsh Jesuit team from Ohio, but failure to get a stop and then fumbled kickoff after pulling within 21-14 in the third quarter blunts their bid for second-straight win.

6. St. Joe's (2-1). The Marauders closed on positive note with a 32-point fourth quarter in loss to Aquinas but trailed 65-24 through three quarters.

7. Starpoint (3-0). Same spot as last week after blowing out North Tonawanda on the road.

8. Williamsville North (3-0). Spartans take care of business in Niagara Falls. Now, rematch of last year's quarterfinals looms when Orchard Park ventures into Williamsville North Athletic Complex for a Class AA showdown.

9. Jamestown (3-0). After wins over Frontier and Hutch-Tech, Red Raiders pitch shutout in home-opening triumph over Clarence team that ended their season in playoffs last year.

10. Sweet Home (3-0). Offense is fun and these Panthers can score points in bunches. That ability helps them post pair of thrilling comeback victories in as many weeks in first 3-0 start since 2013.

Small Schools

1. Cheektowaga (2-1). Bounce back from close loss to Class A-school Sweet Home by crushing Pioneer.

2 Dunkirk (3-0). Look out. Defending Section VI Class B champions are running wild over opponents even though they were hit hard by graduation and transfers.

3. Maryvale (3-0). Flyers go into Olean and hand Huskies their first regular-season loss since 2015.

4. Lackawanna (3-0). The Steelers go from not making my ballot to appearing this high as they looked impressive in defeating a solid Alden team. (On a side note: wow, Lackawanna defensive end Jakwon Ingram is fast off the snap.)

5. Southwestern (3-0). Trojans tuned up for Saturday's big dukaroo in Cheektowaga against defending Class C champion Cleveland Hill by crushing Allegany/Limestone in shutout fashion.

6. Franklinville/Ellicottville (3-0). The Titans get the better of defending Class D champion Maple Grove in rematch of last year's final. First time Red Dragons have lost to a Section VI team in nearly four years. That was when they were merged with Chautauqua Lake and lost to eventual state champion Randolph, 35-7.

7. Cleveland Hill (2-1). Furious comeback triumph against Section V Class B school University Prep sets stage for showdown against unbeaten Southwestern.

8. Olean (2-1). Huskies lose for just the second time in 12 games during the coach Phil Vecchio era and do so with key player Vincent out most of the game with an injury. We won't penalize them too much for losing to a very good Maryvale team under those circumstances.

9. Alden (2-1). There was no escaping the hot, beating sun last Saturday at the former Ron Jaworski Stadium as Bulldogs lose to well-prepared Lackawanna team for first time since 2009.

10. Newfane (2-1). Newfane 34, Medina 6. You got folks' attention.

 

Buffalo News football polls: Sept. 18

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