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How The News Voted: Week Six

Here is How The News voted in this week's football poll.

Large Schools

1. Canisius (6-0): It is believed Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) has lost just twice in its history to teams from the state of New York. Of course, that probably should read team, since the Crusaders have dealt the Cardinals both those defeats.

2. Lancaster (6-0): Time to get ready for your close up, unbeaten Class AA South Division champions. Great American Rivalry Series spotlight comes to Foyle/Kling for annual grudge match against Depew.

3. Orchard Park (4-2): Second year in a row in which slightly smaller Quakers out-will bigger Bennett in heavyweight nonleague contest. OP ran more than it passed during triumph -- taking Harvard Cup approach in venue that used to serve as defunct league’s primary home base.

4. Starpoint (6-0): Another late-game rally for the unbeaten Spartans, who clinched at least a share of second straight Class A North title with win at Williamsville South.

5. Clarence (5-1): Homecoming loss to Kenmore West fails to prevent Red Devils from securing share of Class AA North and earning a No. 1 seed for playoffs (they beat Niagara Falls head-to-head, which serves as the tiebreaker between teams with 4-1 league marks).

6. Grand Island (5-1): Both Clarence and GI beat Niagara-Wheatfield this season but since Clarence beat NW by more, that serves as my tiebreaker in deciding where to slot teams on my ballot.

7. St. Francis (2-3): Red Raiders have found their mojo again, so they are once again on my ballot.

8. Niagara Falls (5-1): Falls clinches Class AA North No. 2 seed with win at Williamsville North and avoids potential back-to-back games against Orchard Park, the No. 2 seed in AA South. Still, Saturday’s game against defending Class AA champion Quakers should serve as a good postseason tuneup for Wolverines.

9. St. Joe’s (2-3): Incomplete game at Timon drops Marauders from No. 6 to 9 on my ballot. St. Joe’s ranked ahead of Timon because that’s how I voted last week.

10. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2-3): Incomplete game drops them from No. 7 to 10 on my ballot. Tigers had 2-0 lead and yardage edge when contest came to a halt. However, there’s still more than 30 minutes left to play – too much time to assume Timon would have won the tilt.

Small schools

1. Cheektowaga (6-0): This is what Rivarly Week is about. Warriors can clinch division and make rival Maryvale’s short trip home seem lengthy. By the way, last time Cheektowaga lost to a team in Western New York was Week Seven in 2014 – to Maryvale.

2. Maple Grove (6-0): State’s top-ranked Class D team has crushed all comers en route to securing No. 1 seed for playoffs.

3. Maryvale (6-0): Jeff Buccieri’s crew of young, fast kids have come of age quickly. Doesn’t change the fact Friday will be their toughest assignment, yet.

4. Olean (6-0): Cardiac Huskies pull off another late win to remain unbeaten.

5. Cleve Hill (5-1): Golden Eagles head to Saturday’s rivalry game at JFK with lots of momentum: five-game winning streak, win over former No. 2-ranked team which also happens to be a Class B-sized school.

6. Medina (5-1): Mustangs must rebound from two-point loss at Cleveland Hill. It’s Albion week, and Medina still has a chance to win division title outright instead of sharing it (although Medina would still be No. 1 seed if it lost due to earlier win over Alden).

7. Alden (4-2): Another tough nonleaguer on the docket for Bulldogs, who head to Rochester to face Section V Class B contender U-Prep.

8. Dunkirk (4-2): Dunkirk’s reward for win over Springville, a playoff spot.

9. Springville (4-2): Figuring out the final two seeds in Class B is kind of complicated, but I’m pretty sure Griffins get in with win this week. (If I’m mistaken, I did write it’s a complicated process.)

10. Southwestern (5-1): Trojans have already earned at least a share of the division title. They can win it outright with victory Friday.

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