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How The News voted: Week Three

Do you know what Wednesday is? The exact midpoint of the Section VI regular season.

Right now it's three down, four to go; next week it's four down, three to go.

Every week nine voters participate in The News' large and small school polls. This week's poll is published each Tuesday in the Sidelines of the Scholastic Spotlight.

We have one vote in each poll. Here's our ballots from Week One and Week Two, and here's this week's:

1. Orchard Park (3-0) [last week: 1] - Gotta wait another week for Quakers at Lancaster.

2. Sweet Home (3-0) [2] - Gotta wait another week for Panthers at Iroquois.

3. North Tonawanda (3-0) [3] - No points in the second half against Kenmore West is a little curious, but still a super-solid No. 3 to me. 

4. Lancaster (3-0) [4] - One of the best places to watch a game. See West Seneca West this week, see No. 1 next week.

5. Williamsville South (3-0) [5] - Last Thursday I left South winning big to see Amherst lose big. Friday night those things might happen on the same field.

6. Iroquois (3-0) [6] - Like NT, no points in the first half at Starpoint is a little curious, but it's not like they're going anywhere.

7. St. Francis (2-1) [7] - Big loss at Aquinas, a little bigger than Canisius', but not enough to move them.

8. Canisius (1-2) [8] - Monsignor Martin men will point out that Crusaders' win over Jamestown (26 points) was bigger than NT's (14) or OP's (18).

9. Frontier (2-1) [9] - Film room session must have been cringe-filled -- two wide-open would-be touchdown passes dropped at Lancaster. Schuster might be the toughest-to-take-down RB in WNY, and he's quick, too. Falcons fly down to Jamestown, the team that spoiled their playoff chances last year. We'll keep Frontier in this spot and just ahead of the next-door neighbor they'll host on Oct. 9.

10. Hamburg (3-0) [NR] - Cheektowaga had a better home win over Niagara-Wheatfield than Lockport did, which, combined with the Bulldogs' down-and-dirty domination of Amherst, gives Hamburg this spot.

Lockport is the only other team in WNY that we find vote-worthy. We're still banging our helmet against the wall trying to figure out how St. Joe's got any votes this season. What? Again, this week? What?

Small schools

1. Southwestern (3-0) [1] - I don't think I'm going to be able to get there Friday for their home game against Lackawanna. And no, I'm not happy about it.

2. Lackawanna (3-0) [2] - Feel pretty solid about Steelers at No. 2.

3. Cheektowaga (3-0) [3] - Feel very solid about Warriors at No. 3. After this, not very solid.

4. Alden (3-0) [NR] - Now that opening win over Pioneer, which just beat East Aurora, looks quite good. Good enough to jump this high, despite a schedule that doesn't make you say "whoa." The thing is, try and find another 3-0 small school whose schedule makes you say "whoa."

5. Cassadaga Valley (3-0) [6] - C South gets the edge over C North and ...

6. Eden (3-0) [NR] - Why are the Raiders ranked and not the 3-0 Lakemen? Eden handled Gowanda much easier. 

7. Cleveland Hill (2-1) [4] - A 10-6 loss on one fumble does not a huge drop make.

8. Depew (3-0) [5] - Win over Maryvale was a lot closer than Cleve Hill's. Still plenty of opportunity to move up in Week Five (home vs. Cheektowaga).

9. Frewsburg (3-0) [9] - Maybe there will be a letdown after the Maple Grove win. Maybe not. Frewsburg 56, Forestville 0. Should they be higher? Have I reverted to Class D-ism?

10. Burgard (2-0) [10] - In what seems to be a zany Harvard Cup, the Bulldogs' opening win over Riverside still resounds. Enough to drown out the Monsignor Martin teams' claims for a vote. I give O'Hara the edge over St. Mary's for the unofficial No. 11 -- too bad they don't play until Week Seven.

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---Keith McShea

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