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How The News Voted: Week Two

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 we filled out our ballot:

Large schools

1. St. Francis (2-0) -- Great match-up Saturday at Aquinas, the Rochester private school which swept the Monsignor Martin Association last year in the regular season and beat Iroquois in the Far West Regionals.

2. Orchard Park (2-0) -- Scored last 21 points of the Lockport game for coach Tundo's 100th win. He'll get a lot more this season.

3. Clarence (2-0) -- Red Devils move past Sweet Home because they beat Grand Island at home, 28-14, in Week One. Sweet Home beat visiting Vikings, 14-10, in Week Two.

4. Sweet Home (2-0) -- What kind of learning experience will young Panthers have on what should be a challenging trip to Starpoint?

5. Frontier (2-0) -- Maybe the best game Friday night: After two blowouts the Falcons host Clarence, which dominated the teams' Week Three battle last year, 28-6.

6. McKinley (2-0) -- Still haven't given up a point, and it could be a while. Macks should root for St. Joe's: the better Joe's does, the more votes McKinley gets.

7. Niagara-Wheatfield (2-0) -- Quarterback/free safety/Empire State Games hockey standout/baseball player  Kevin Ogiba is one of Western New York's best all-around athletes.

8. Albion (2-0) -- Going overtime win at an injury-depleted Kenmore East drops them four spots on this ballot.

9. Iroquois (2-0) -- Escaped East Aurora in Week One, broke away late at Maryvale in Week Two. Needs to show us more if they're to move up. Maybe they will in their next match-up against ...

10. Lake Shore (2-0) -- We'll see if the Eagles, who have routed two 0-2 teams, belong here after they make two great Friday night road trips (Iroquois and AA neighbor Frontier).

Small schools

1. Cardinal O'Hara (2-0) -- While we waited into the evening for the report on their afternoon game at home against Dunkirk, we thought the Hawks might have been upset. Nope. 38-7. 19 in a row and counting.

2. East Aurora (1-1) -- Blue Devils nearly win at Iroquois, then shut out Southwestern. How can they not be No. 2?

3. Medina (2-0) -- Rivalry game at Albion could be extra fun this year.

4. Lackawanna (1-1) -- Looks like the Steelers might be back: 409 rushing yards in 38-0 win over Akron.

5. Maple Grove (2-0) -- The top D school, as expected. So far, Red Dragons 59, other guys 0. After beating two good teams (Cattaraugus/Little Valley and Randolph), they hit the road the next two Fridays for two more: Portville and Falconer.

6. Southwestern (1-1) -- Shutout loss at East Aurora drops them down, but we obviously think EA is for real.

7. Cleveland Hill (1-1) -- Nearly beat Maryvale. Week Four at St. Mary's is intriguing.

8. JFK (2-0) -- 22-0 over Akron and 51-0 over R-H. Bears' schedule doesn't have a 2-0 team on it until Week Six (Cassadaga Valley) and Seven (JFK).

9. Depew (1-1) -- Here's a chance to move up: Wildcats host Medina on Friday night.

10. Falconer (1-1) -- Class C win over A-L (22-6) not as impressive as Cassadaga Valley's in Week One (34-9). That drops them four spots.

So how'd we do? Who'd we leave out? Which bubble team is ready to burst out?

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