Section II football power rankings after Week 1

Shaker's Connor Strand scores a touchdown while being hit by Shenendehowa's Jake Stack and Josh Penman on Friday in Clifton Park.
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Shaker's Connor Strand scores a touchdown while being hit by Shenendehowa's Jake Stack and Josh Penman on Friday in Clifton Park.

After the opening week of the Section II football season, here is our look at the top teams in each classification.

Rankings were voted on by the panel of Daily Gazette sports editor Michael Kelly and staff writers Stan Hudy, Jim Schiltz and Adam Shinder. Teams received five points for a first-place vote, down to one point for a fifth-place vote.

CLASS AA

No. 1 Shaker (1-0) got a big game from dual-threat quarterback Joey Mirabile in its 20-0 opening victory over Shenendehowa. Coming off a trip to the Class AA Super Bowl in 2019, No. 2 Guilderland (1-0) led by four touchdowns at halftime in cruising to a victory over Bethlehem. No. 3 CBA (1-0) and No. 4 Schenectady (1-0) both posted dominant shutout wins in Week 1, while No. 5 Shenendehowa (0-1) will look to bounce back in Week 2 against Colonie.

This week: Shaker, Guilderland, CBA, Schenectady, Shenendehowa.

CLASS A

No. 1 Troy (1-0) got 166 rushing yards and three touchdowns from star running back Xavier Leigh in a 42-12 victory over La Salle Institute. No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (1-0) took a while to get going against Ballston Spa, but got 21 fourth-quarter points to pull away. No. 3 Queensbury (0-0) postponed its game at Scotia-Glenville due to COVID-19 issues. Both No. 4 Averill Park (1-0) and No. 5 (tie) Niskayuna opened up with comfortable victories, while No. 5 (tie) Amsterdam (0-0), like Queensbury, also had to postpone its Week 1 game.

This week: Troy, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Queensbury, Averill Park, Amsterdam (tie), Niskayuna (tie).

CLASS B

With most of Class B either scrimmaging or not taking part at all in Week 1, both No. 1 Schalmont (0-0) and No. 2 Glens Falls (0-0) were idle. No. 3 Hudson (1-0) posted the area’s most lopsided result of Week 1 with a 51-0 verdict against Catskill/Cairo-Durham and No. 4 Ravena (1-0) held off a late comeback to beat Cambridge/Salem. No. 5 Cobleskill-Richmondville (0-0) will also wait until this week for its season debut.

This week: Schalmont, Glens Falls, Hudson, Ravena, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Holy Trinity (also receiving votes).

CLASS C

The 2019 area Class B champion, No. 1 Schuylerville (1-0) put up a 24-point second quarter in its 38-0 win over Mechanicville. No. 2 Corinth/Fort Edward (1-0) played a rare Sunday game and picked up a close win over Granville. No. 3 (tie) Hoosick Falls/Tamarac blanked Ichabod Crane in its opener, while No. 3 (tie) Fonda-Fultonville was idle in Week 1. No. 5 Coxsackie-Athens (1-0) picked up an impressive 27-0 road win over Watervliet.

This week: Schuylerville, Corinth/Fort Edward, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (tie), Fonda-Fultonville (tie), Coxsackie-Athens, Granville (ARV).

CLASS D

In a classification that’s seen some major shuffling since 2019, No. 1 Greenwich (1-0) got four rushing touchdowns and a passing score from quarterback Jesse Kuzmich in its win over Voorheesville. No. 2 (tie) Cambridge/Salem (0-1) played a team two classifications above it and came up just short against Ravena, while No. 2 (tie) Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (1-0) pulled out a 12-8 win over 2019 Class C area champion Stillwater. The defending Class D champion, No. 4 Warrensburg/North Warren (0-0), didn’t play in Week 1, nor did No. 5 Chatham (0-0), which called off its game against Helderberg Valley due to COVID-19 issues.

This week: Greenwich, Cambridge/Salem (tie), Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (tie), Warrensburg/North Warren, Chatham, Stillwater (ARV).

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