Through one week of play in the 2019 Section II football season, here is our look at the top five teams in each classification.
Defending area champion Shaker (No. 1, 1-0) visits Shenendehowa (No. 2, 1-0) this Friday in a pivotal matchup. Saratoga Springs (No. 3, 1-0) is coming off a 28-12 win at Niskayuna, and plays its home opener this week against Bethlehem, which lost 40-7 to the Plainsmen last Friday. Dylan Jones led CBA (No. 4, 1-0) to a Week 1 win with three touchdown receptions, while Guilderland (No. 5, 0-1) looks to bounce back from its loss against Shaker with a win at Niskayuna in Week 2.
Until proven otherwise, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (No. 1, 1-0) is the team to beat in this classification — but there are plenty of worthy challengers. Troy (No. 2, 1-0), Averill Park (No. 3, 1-0) and Queensbury (No. 4, 1-0) lead that list of contenders, while squads at Amsterdam (No. 5, 1-0), Ballston Spa, Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville all have reasons to feel optimistic coming out of Week 1.
Even without Joseph Girard III at quarterback anymore, Glens Falls (No. 1, 1-0) appears to be the team to beat this year, but Schuylerville (No. 2, 1-0) gets a chance this week at home to make its case as the area’s top team in this classification. Cobleskill-Richmondville (No. 3, 1-0) and Holy Trinity (No. 4, 1-0) meet in Schenectady this weekend for a pivotal Reinfurt Division matchup, while Schalmont (No. 5, 0-1) looks to bounce back from its 30-14 loss against the Bulldogs when it heads Friday to face a Hudson team that fell 42-7 to Holy Trinity in Week 1.
Cambridge/Salem (No. 1, 1-0) starts ranked atop this classification, while Stillwater (No. 2, 1-0) impressed with a 35-0 win against Voorheesville. Greenwich (No. 3, 0-1) looks to bounce back from its loss against Cambridge/Salem when it hosts a Granville squad coming off a win. Fonda-Fultonville (No. 4, 1-0) hosts Canajoharie/Fort Plain (No. 5, 1-0) in a matchup of teams coming off hard-fought Week 1 victories.
It’s difficult to see what derails a championship matchup between Chatham (No. 1, 1-0) and Warrensburg (No. 2, 1-0) later this season. With each team coming off a win, Whitehall (No. 3, 1-0) visits Corinth/Fort Edward (No. 4, 1-0) in Week 4. In a six-team classification, Helderberg Valley (No. 5, 0-1) and Cohoes are each coming off lopsided losses.