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How The News Voted: Week One

Hope you’re all keeping cool on this hotter than hot Labor Day.

Whether you’re pool side or in air conditioned surroundings, if you’re wondering How the News voted in the first football polls of the season, wait no longer.

Here's How The News Voted in Week One.

Large school

  1. Canisius: Went to neutral site and beat last year’s Class AA state finalist and perennial Albany-area power Shenendehowa at the Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome by three touchdowns.
  2. Orchard Park: Quakers made very good team with hopes of contending for Section VI Class AA title in Kenmore West look ordinary. Quick, swarming defense kept star Terrell Ford under wraps.
  3. St. Francis: Nice start to the season for Red Raiders, as Will South is no slouch. It may seem too early to vote Frannies this high, but they do play a tough schedule.
  4. Williamsville North: Those very good sophomores have blossomed into studs for the Spatans, who also showed they can survive against a quality foe like Sweet Home without two of their better offensive players. Nonleague test this week against Jamestown should reveal more about this outfit.
  5. Jamestown: Red Raiders did show me something in rallying from 15-point deficit in fourth quarter to win on road. While I think defending state Class AA champions will be a no-brainer top four down the road, the future is not now. Big nonleague test at North looms.
  6. Lancaster: Nice way to open the season, hanging 55 points on former division rival. Real test awaits this week on the road against an Ohio school.
  7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude: Good start to season with newcomer Myers making a nice impression. Defense pitches shutout.
  8. West Seneca East: Crushing a Class AA team on the road could be a sign of things to come from these Trojans.
  9. South Park: Sparks handled business efficiently in opener. Week Four clash at West Seneca East looms large for both teams with hopes of reaching The Ralph.
  10. St. Joe’s: Marauders made lots mistakes but it’s opening weekend and they still won via shutout.

Small school

  1. Bennett: Tigers 48, Akron O in Class C debut. Next?
  2. Cheektowaga: Defending Class B champions earn tough road win in Fredonia to open season. Bartnik to Parker looks like new big-play connection for Warriors.
  3. Springville: Winning streak at five but doubling up Burgard for first season-opening win since 1996 is an attention-getter.
  4. St. Mary’s: I’d like to not write something about Takal Molson here but it’s impossible after the senior’s 400 yards in offense with five TDs in win over Rochester’s Bishop Kearney.
  5. Cleveland Hill: Eagles get their revenge after dropping last season’s rivalry game to Maryvale.
  6. Dunkirk: Beating title-contender Depew is a nice start to the season.
  7. Franklinville/Ellicottville: We’ll remember the Titans, and keep an eye on them, after opening the season with win over three-time defending state Class D champion Randolph.
  8. Alden: Blank Pioneer. Lyle Grant runs wild. So far, so good.
  9. East Aurora: Win at former B South rival Olean makes long trip home seem like a breeze.
  10. Medina: Medina scored 46 to edge Lew-Port in contest in which the teams combined for 86 points. Mustangs won and scored a lot of points doing so. That gets them in the first poll of the year.
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