Week 3 high school football action starts Friday.
Before that, The Daily Gazette is rolling out its latest look at the top teams in each Section II classification.
Rankings were voted on by a panel made up of Daily Gazette sports editor Michael Kelly, staff writers Stan Hudy, Adam Shinder and Paul Wager, and contributors Jim Schiltz and Will Springstead.
Friday’s matchup in Clifton Park between No. 1 Shaker (2-0) and No. 2 Shenendehowa (2-0) could be a championship preview. No. 3 CBA (3-0) finally allowed some points last week, bringing its season’s scoring differential to 120-6. Off a home loss to Shenendehowa, No. 4 Guilderland (1-1) drops a few spots. After a victory against Saratoga Springs, No. 5 Colonie (1-2) plays host to CBA this week.
This week: Shaker, Shenendehowa, CBA, Guilderland, Colonie, Schenectady (Also Receiving Votes).
Last week: Guilderland & Shaker tie, CBA, Shenendehowa, Schenectady, Colonie (ARV), Saratoga Springs (ARV).
Its Week 1 loss to Shaker behind it, the No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans (1-1) rolled to a 49-0 win last week against Troy in a rematch of last season’s championship game. No. 2 Niskayuna (2-1) provided a third consecutive strong effort last week. No. 3 La Salle (1-1) plays host to Burnt Hills this week, giving the Cadets a chance to make a major statement in Week 2. No. 4 Ballston Spa (2-1) drops a few spots this week after falling to La Salle last week, and the Scotties face a tough challenge this week at Niskayuna. No. 5 Averill Park (2-1) secured a road win at Queensbury last week.
This week: Burnt Hills, Niskayuna, La Salle, Ballston Spa, Averill Park, Amsterdam (ARV).
Last week: Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, Niskayuna, Queensbury, Columbia (ARV), La Salle (ARV), Averill Park (ARV), Troy (ARV).
Running back Griffin Woodell scored six touchdowns and collected 324 yards in No. 1 Glens Falls’ (2-0) 40-14 win last week against Schalmont. No. 2 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (3-0) stays put in the rankings after a 22-point win at Gloversville. No. 3 Schalmont (1-1) drops two spots after its loss at Glens Falls, No. 4 Hudson Falls (1-1) enters the rankings ahead of its trip to Ravena and No. 5 Gloversville (2-1) falls back one spot ahead of its visit to Schalmont.
This week: Glens Falls, Ravena, Schalmont, Hudson Falls, Gloversville, Mohonasen (ARV), Scotia-Glenville (ARV).
Last week: Schalmont, Ravena, Glens Falls, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Scotia (ARV).
Through three games, No. 1 Schuylerville (3-0) has outscored its opponents 101-12. No. 2 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac lost its opener 14-0 against Schuylerville, then cruised past Cobleskill-Richmondville 33-0 last Friday. Ahead of a matchup with Johnstown this Saturday, No. 3 Mechanicville (1-1) lost 40-18 against an out-of-section opponent in Oneonta. No. 4 Fonda-Fultonville (2-1) returned from COVID-19 protocols — and needing to forfeit a game to Cobleskill — with a 56-point win last week and travels this week to play top-ranked Schuylerville, while No. 4 Watervliet (2-1) is tied in the rankings with Fonda after back-to-back wins.
This week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Mechanicville, Fonda & Watervliet tie, Cobleskill (ARV), Hudson (ARV), Ichabod Crane (ARV).
Last week: Schuylerville, Mechanicville, Cobleskill, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Fonda & Hudson, Ichabod Crane (ARV), Watervliet (ARV).
No. 1 Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton (3-0) is alone atop this week’s power rankings after its third consecutive win by at least 46 points. After a solid win against Stillwater, No. 2 Greenwich (2-0) heads this weekend to play No. 3 Cambridge/Salem (2-1) in one of Week 3’s top games. No. 4. Stillwater (0-1) plays at Cohoes this week, while No. 5 Chatham (0-1) is scheduled to host Helderberg Valley.
This week: Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Greenwich, Cambridge, Stillwater, Chatham
Last week: Greenwich & Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Cambridge/Salem, Stillwater & Chatham, Granville (ARV), Canajoharie/Fort Plain (ARV), Helderberg Valley (ARV).