After Week 4 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.
No. 1 Shaker (4-0) breezed through its four-week regular season, posting three shutouts along the way. No. 2 Guilderland (3-1) and No. 3 Shenendehowa (3-1) were separated by just a single quarter point when determining the tiebreaker that gave Guilderland the top playoff seed in the Empire Division. No. 4 CBA (2-2) is coming off back-to-back tough games against Guilderland and Shenendehowa after two resounding wins to open the year. No. 5 Schenectady (2-2) has outscored its opponents 66-7 in its two wins and been outscored 77-0 in its two losses.
This week: Shaker, Guilderland, Shenendehowa, CBA, Schenectady.
Last week: Shaker, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, CBA, Schenectady.
The top remains the same, as No. 1 Troy (4-0) overcame a slow first half to pull away from Columbia, while No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (4-0) had no problems dispatching Mohonasen. No. 3 Queensbury (1-1) toughed out a bounce-back win over Ballston Spa behind three Jason Rodriguez touchdowns. No. 4 Averill Park (3-1) won the wildest Section II game of the season thus far, beating Amsterdam 41-40, to set up a Week 5 showdown with No. 5 La Salle (2-1) for second place behind Troy in the Capital Division.
This week: Troy, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Queensbury, Averill Park, La Salle, Niskayuna (also receiving votes), Ballston Spa (ARV).
Last week: Troy, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Averill Park, La Salle.
No. 1 Schalmont (3-0) knocked Lansingburgh from the ranks of the unbeaten, while No. 2 Glens Falls (2-0) has put up 98 points in its two wins thus far. No. 3 Hudson (3-1) has allowed just eight points over its last two wins. No. 4 South Glens Falls (0-1) and No. 5 Broadalbin-Perth (1-0) had their Week 4 game against each other called off due to COVID-19 quarantine issues in the Broadalbin-Perth program.
This week: Schalmont, Glens Falls, Hudson, South Glens Falls, Broadalbin-Perth, Lansingburgh (ARV).
Last week: Schalmont, Glens Falls, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Lansingburgh, Broadalbin-Perth.
The top two teams in the classification have dominated everyone in their paths, with No. 1 Schuylerville (4-0) outscoring its opposition 190-22 and No. 2 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (4-0) boasting a 160-11 scoring margin. No. 3 Mechanicville (3-1) has pulled out some tough wins, with its three victories coming by a total of 16 points. No. 4 Granville (2-2) held on for a tough win over Fonda-Fultonville in Week 4, while No. 5 Coxsackie-Athens (2-1) was knocked from the unbeaten ranks by Hoosick Falls/Tamarac.
This week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Mechanicville, Granville, Coxsackie-Athens, Fonda-Fultonville (ARV).
Last week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Mechanicville, Fonda-Fultonville, Coxsackie-Athens.
No. 1 Greenwich (3-0) came back from a week without a game to post a convincing victory over Chatham. No. 2 Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (4-0) kept its undefeated train rolling as well. No. 3 Chatham (1-2) couldn’t keep pace with Greenwich this week, but still holds its spot by virtue of a head-to-head win earlier this year against No. 4 Voorheesville (1-2), which got an impressive first win of the year against Canajoharie/Fort Plain. No. 5 Cambridge/Salem (0-2) hasn’t had an easy schedule when it has taken the field this year, a trend that continues in Week 5 with a test against long-time rival Greenwich.
This week: Greenwich, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Chatham, Voorheesville, Cambridge/Salem, Canajoharie/Fort Plain (ARV).
Last week: This week: Greenwich, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Canajoharie/Fort Plain (tie), Chatham (tie), Cambridge/Salem.