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How The News voted

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how Mary Jo Monnin and myself filled ours out:

Large schools

1. St. Francis (1-0) -- Totally dominant in showdown with NT. Fabor and Tasker were sensational.

2. Orchard Park (1-0) -- Might want to book their appearance at The Ralph right now. Don't you think OP would have loved to play St. Joe's this year?

3. Sweet Home (1-0) -- Impressive 34-21 win for the Class A power at Class AA Lancaster's Foyle-Kling Field.

4. Albion (1-0) -- Yes, another A school here. They opened strong with 27-9 league win over Will East, which was nearly a playoff team last year.

5. Clarence (1-0) -- Doubling up Grand Island at home a great start. Big game real quick as angry NT visits Saturday.

6. McKinley (1-0) -- Typical response after hearing of two-time Harvard Cup champs' 12-0 win over St. Joe's: "What?!?!?!?"

7. Frontier (1-0) -- 41-3 win at Kenmore West was biggest margin for a large school on opening weekend.

8. Iroquois (1-0) -- Was the poll champ last year because it was conceivable they'd give a AA power all they could handle. Friday they escaped after rival East Aurora of Class B gave the Chiefs all they could handle.

9. Niagara-Wheatfield (1-0) -- Won by eight at neighbor Starpoint, a very good Class A team.

10. Jamestown (1-0) -- Pitched a shutout (22-0) after the long bus ride to Williamsville North.

Small schools

1. Cardinal O'Hara (1-0) -- 18 wins in a row and counting. Interested to see how intriguing home opener goes against energized Dunkirk (1-7 last year, but opened with 12-0 win over Class C finalist Silver Creek).

2. Southwestern (1-0) -- Among the elite of tough Class B every year, Trojans opened by beating Class C state finalist Falconer.

3. East Aurora (0-1) -- Blue Devils were leading at defending large school champion Iroquois at halftime before Shane Biggs (two TD catches) sat out second half with an injury. Chiefs' six points were the only ones in second half of a 26-21 game.

4. Medina (1-0) -- Talk about a great start. 22-14 over Lackawanna in overtime. Steelers have some work to do.

5. Portville (1-0) -- One traditional power beats another: 14-9 win at Randolph.

6. Falconer (0-1) -- On paper, a Class C state finalist losing to Southwestern by two is slightly more impressive ...

7. Maple Grove (1-0) -- ... than a blowout of a Class D sectional champion which was ravaged by graduation losses.    

8. Ellicottville (1-0) -- The class of DD might have their eye on the team above them all season.

9. Depew (0-1) -- Another high-quality loss, 28-22 at Class A's Cheektowaga.

10. Cleveland Hill (0-1) -- Speaking of quality losses in the town of Cheektowaga, the Golden Eagles nearly knocked off Class A's Maryvale.

So how'd we do? Who'd we leave out? Check out the Sidelines to see what the real polls look like after our votes are added in with the other pollsters.

---Keith McShea

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