Unbeaten West Seneca West and South Park continue to inch their way up the Class A rankings in the latest New York State Sportswriters football poll, while Cleveland Hill has cracked the top five in Class C.
West Seneca West (6-0) moved up one spot into sixth, while South Park (6-0) rose from 12th to 10th -- according to the rankings that came out Wednesday.
Both remain in the hunt for the Section VI Federation Class A South Division title heading into this weekend's games. West is in position to at least earn a share of the division title (assuming South Park wins) and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs should it defeat rival West Seneca East on Friday. South Park hosts Lake Shore on Thursday. The only way the Sparks can earn a top seed is a win coupled with a West Seneca West loss.
Grand Island (5-1) climbed five spots into No. 14 in the Class A rankings, while Starpoint (5-1) held steady at No. 22.
Cleveland Hill has won five straight since dropping its opener to eighth-ranked Class B school Maryvale (6-0) and moved into fourth in Class C.
Maryvale is the highest Western New York team in the Class B poll but is joined by four others, including Friday night foe Cheektowaga (5-1) at No. 12. Unbeaten Dunkirk is 13th, Albion (5-1), which lost last weekend at Dunkirk, is 24th and Lackawanna (5-1) tied for 25th.
In Class AA, Lancaster (6-0) remains at No, 2 behind defending state public schools champion Troy (6-0) of Section II. Canisius (5-1) holds at No. 6, while unbeaten Williamsville North (6-0) moved up to No. 17 from 23. Jamestown (4-2) fell from No. 29 to honorable mention after its loss to Lancaster.
In Class D, Franklinville/Ellicottville (6-0) continues to hold steady at No. 8. Maple Grove (5-1) is 10th, while Clymer/Sherman/Panama (5-1) is 16th.