Week 2 high school football action starts Friday, but, before that, The Daily Gazette is rolling out its first look at the top teams in each Section II classification.
Rankings were voted on by a panel of Daily Gazette sports editor Michael Kelly, staff writers Stan Hudy, Adam Shinder and Paul Wager, and freelance writers Jim Schiltz and Will Springstead.
After meeting in last season’s championship game, Guilderland (1-0) and Shaker (1-0) start off tied at No. 1. Guilderland defeated Class A’s Troy and Shaker topped Class A’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Week 1 action. No. 3 CBA (2-0) has started off its Bob Burns era with back-to-back shutout wins against Class A opponents. Shenendehowa is ranked No. 4 after a strong second half delivered the Plainsmen a 30-6 season-opening win against Class A’s Queensbury. Schenectady, which opens play Saturday against Shaker, takes the No. 5 ranking.
This week: Guilderland & Shaker tie, CBA, Shenendehowa, Schenectady, Colonie (also receiving votes), Saratoga Springs (ARV).
With wins against Class AA foes in Week 0 and Week 1, Ballston Spa (2-0) starts at No. 1 in Class A. No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (0-1) started its season with a loss last week against Shaker, while No. 3 Amsterdam (1-0) opened its campaign with a high-scoring win against South Glens Falls. No. 4 Niskayuna (1-1) has received two great efforts from Dan Quinn to start the Silver Warriors’ campaign. Queensbury (0-1) takes the No. 5 spot ahead of four teams that also received votes.
This week: Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, Niskayuna, Queensbury, Columbia (ARV), La Salle (ARV), Averill Park (ARV), Troy (ARV).
The Daily Gazette’s six-voter panel only awarded votes to six teams in this classification. No. 1 Schalmont (1-0) narrowly edged No. 2 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (2-0) atop this poll, which could look a lot different next week since Schalmont plays at No. 3 Glens Falls (1-0) and Ravena plays at No. 4 Gloversville (2-0) in Week 2. Mohonasen (1-0) is No. 5 in this classification after topping Scotia-Glenville last week.
This week: Schalmont, Ravena, Glens Falls, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Scotia (ARV).
No. 1 Schuylerville (2-0) was the only team in any classification to receive every possible first-place vote. No. 2 Mechanicville (1-0) is coming off a 62-point win in Week 1. No. 3 Cobleskill-Richmondville (2-0) earned a forfeit win last week, and plays at No. 4 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (0-1) this week. At No. 5, Fonda-Fultonville (1-1) and Hudson (1-1) are tied. Fonda won its Week 0 game, then forfeited due to COVID-19 protocols in Week 1 to Cobleskill, and the Braves will play their Week 2 game Monday against Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne.
This week: Schuylerville, Mechanicville, Cobleskill, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Fonda & Hudson, Ichabod Crane (ARV), Watervliet (ARV).
Greenwich (1-0) and Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton (2-0) share the top spot after dominating their early games. Cambridge/Salem (1-1) starts off at No. 3. Neither Stillwater (0-0) nor Chatham (0-0) has played a game yet, but start off tied at No. 4.
This week: Greenwich & Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Cambridge/Salem, Stillwater & Chatham, Granville (ARV), Canajoharie/Fort Plain (ARV), Helderberg Valley (ARV).