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How the News Voted: (Week Four)

How the News Voted (Week Four)

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius. Made DePaul Catholic’s ride home seem even longer after beating the reigning state champions from New Jersey.

2. Orchard Park. No problem with Hutch-Tech. Quakers hit road for stiff nonleague test at Section V contender Pittsford before key division contest at Lancaster.

3. Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Beating defending state Class AA champion Jamestown on the road qualifies as an impressive win, but a win over Aquinas on Friday at Tifft would qualify as something greater than impressive.

4. Lancaster. Legends can’t overlook Hutch-Tech this week.

5. West Seneca East. It’s tough resisting urge to flip Trojans and Sparks’ spots but …

6. South Park. I’ll try to wait until after Week Six contest to make a final decision. Still, close loss at Canisius is getting tougher to ignore.

7. St. Francis. Red Raiders finally get to try out field of dreams under Friday Night Lights against bitter rival Canisius.

8. Starpoint. Wow. Spartans are 4-0. Pitty Al’s crew …

9. Williamsville North. Won’t face Mammoliti’s Spartans during the regular season. Means tie breakers will likely decide Class A North champ.

10. Kenmore West. Why not. Blue Devils have rebounded with three straight wins since season-opening loss at Orchard Park.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Bennett. Big test Saturday afternoon at Cleveland Hill.

2. Cheektowaga. Visit All High on Friday night to face Burgard in what shapes up to be Warriors’ toughest test to date.

3. Cleve Hill. Nice convincing road win at previous unbeaten Lackawanna means Golden Eagles head into Bennett showdown with some serious momentum.

4. Springville. Only reason I bumped down Griffins a spot was because of open date that was out of their control.

5. Alden.  Bulldogs control own Class B East division-winning destiny.

6. Dunkirk. Righting my wrong from a week ago. Marauders face Springville on Friday with the winner taking command of Class B South.

7. East Aurora: EA gives Albion slip. Tougher test looms this week at home against Depew.

8. Maple Grove/CL. Rivalry week for Thunder Dragons as they visit old friend Randolph.

9. Burgard. Only loss came at hands of very good Springville crew in Week One.

10. Randolph. Why not? Three-game winning streak on the line for three-time defending state champions against their bitter rival.

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