After Week 5 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 (5-0) posted its fourth shutout of the season in a 40-0 win over Bethlehem in the Liberty Division semifinals. No. 2 (tie) Shenendehowa (4-1) and No. 2 (tie) Guilderland (3-1) have both been dominant outside of their respective losses to Shaker and will meet in the Empire Division final on Friday. No. 4 CBA (2-3) advanced to the Liberty Division final when Colonie could not play this past week due to a COVID-19 pause — as did Guilderland in the Empire Division due to a similar situation at Saratoga Springs. No. 5 Schenectady (2-3) ran into red-hot Shenendehowa in the Empire Division semis.
This week: Shaker, Shenendehowa (tie), Guilderland (tie), CBA, Schenectady.
Last week: Shaker, Guilderland, Shenendehowa, CBA, Schenectady.
The average margin of victory this season for No. 1 Troy (5-0) is 41 points. No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (5-0) headed into the playoffs with an impressive non-classification win over CBA. No. 3 Queensbury (2-1) beat Niskayuna to set up a semifinal showdown with Troy in a rematch of the 2019 Class A Super Bowl. No. 4 Averill Park (4-1) made a late defensive stop to edge No. 5 La Salle (2-2) to secure second place behind Troy in the Capital Division and set up a semifinal game this week against Burnt Hills.
This week: Troy, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Queensbury, Averill Park, La Salle, Niskayuna (Also receiving votes), Amsterdam (ARV).
Last week: Troy, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Queensbury, Averill Park, La Salle, Niskayuna (also receiving votes), Ballston Spa (ARV).
No. 1 Schalmont (3-0) scrimmaged Chatham after Schoharie County’s rising COVID-19 positivity rate made original opponent Cobleskill-Richmondville unavailable to play. No. 2 Glens Falls (3-0) easily won its Jug Game rivalry matchup with Hudson Falls. No. 3 Hudson (4-1) has won three straight by a combined 71 points since losing to Schalmont in Week 2. No. 4 Broadalbin-Perth (2-0) came out of a two-week COVID-19 pause with a win over Class C Johnstown after being limited to in-county competition due to Fulton County’s COVID-19 guidance. That guidance also caused No. 5 South Glens Falls (1-1) to miss its Week 5 game, as Gloversville could not play an opponent outside its county.
This week: Schalmont, Glens Falls, Hudson, Broadalbin-Perth, South Glens Falls.
Last week: Schalmont, Glens Falls, Hudson, South Glens Falls, Broadalbin-Perth, Lansingburgh (ARV).
No. 1 Schuylerville’s (5-0) 30-7 win over Fonda-Fultonville was the Black Horses’ closest game of the season. No. 2 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (5-0) hasn’t allowed any of its opponents to reach double digits this season. No. 3 Coxsackie-Athens (3-1) bounced back from its Week 4 loss to Hoosick Falls/Tamarac by beating Taconic Hills 45-22. No. 4 Mechanicvile (3-2) had its three-game win streak snapped by Corinth/Fort Edward, and No. 5 Granville (2-2) was also affected by Fulton County’s regulations, missing out on a scheduled game with Johnstown.
This week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Coxsackie-Athens, Mechanicville, Granville, Corinth/Fort Edward (ARV).
Last week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Mechanicville, Granville, Coxsackie-Athens, Fonda-Fultonville (ARV).
Another week, another dominant showing for No. 1 Greenwich (4-0), which posted a 28-0 decision against rival Cambridge/Salem. No. 2 Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (5-0) has received 19 touchdowns passes from quarterback Cole Clarke through five games. No. 3 Voorheesville (2-2) beat Helderberg Valley to get to .500 for the first time this season. No. 4 Chatham (1-2) scrimmaged Schalmont. No. 5 Stillwater (2-2) is rounding into form after a tough start and powered to a 49-0 win over Canajoharie/Fort Plain to finish off the week’s action on Sunday.
This week: Greenwich, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Voorheesville, Chatham, Stillwater, Cambridge/Salem (ARV).
Last week: Greenwich, Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, Chatham, Voorheesville, Cambridge/Salem, Canajoharie/Fort Plain (ARV).