Week 4 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 of Daily Gazette sports editor Michael Kelly, staff writers Stan Hudy, Adam Shinder and Paul Wager, and contributors Jim Schiltz and Will Springstead.
The classification’s top two teams are set for a collision course in Week 5. Before that, No. 1 Shaker (3-0) hosts Colonie this week, while No. 2 CBA (4-0) and its 168-6 scoring margin visits Schenectady. No. 3 Shenendehowa (2-1) is still seeking to score a first-half touchdown for the first time this year, while No. 4 Guilderland (2-1) rebounded from its Week 3 loss to Shenendehowa with a 49-0 rout of Bethlehem. No. 5 (tie) Saratoga Springs (1-2) got a convincing win over Schenectady to break into the top five alongside No. 5 (tie) Colonie (1-3) after the two teams played a one-point game in Week 2.
This week: Shaker, CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Colonie (tie) and Saratoga Springs (tie).
Last week: Shaker, Shenendehowa, CBA, Guilderland, Colonie, Schenectady (Also Receiving Votes).
Three straight wins against Section II competition, including a 28-14 win over Ballston Spa, have No. 1 Niskayuna (3-1) moving into the top spot. No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (2-1) needed 10 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a dramatic win over La Salle Institute, while No. 3 Averill Park (2-1) crushed Troy in Week 3. No. 4 La Salle (1-2) drops after its tight loss to Burnt Hills, with No. 5 Amsterdam (2-0) moving up in the rankings ahead of its renewal of one of Section II’s wildest rivalries with Averill Park.
This week: Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Averill Park, La Salle, Amsterdam, Ballston Spa (ARV).
Last week: Burnt Hills, Niskayuna, La Salle, Ballston Spa, Averill Park, Amsterdam (ARV).
No. 1 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (4-0) is the owner of the strangest win of the season after receiving a forfeit against Hudson Falls when the lights went out last Friday at Ravena’s field and the Tigers opted against returning Saturday to complete the game. A non-classification game resulted in a tough loss for No. 2 Glens Falls (2-1), which was routed 39-13 by Hoosick Falls/Tamarac. No. 3 Schalmont (2-1) hosts a winless Lansingburgh team this week, No. 4 Mohonasen (2-1) is home against Gloversville and No. 5 Hudson Falls (1-2) renews its Jug Game rivalry with Glens Falls.
This week: Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Glens Falls, Schalmont, Mohonasen, Hudson Falls, Gloversville (ARV), Scotia-Glenville (ARV).
Last week: Glens Falls, Ravena, Schalmont, Hudson Falls, Gloversville, Mohonasen (ARV), Scotia-Glenville (ARV).
Still no question at the top for No. 1 Schuylerville (4-0), which already has wins over both No. 2 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (2-1) and No. 3 Fonda-Fultonville (2-2). Since its Week 0 loss to Schuylerville, No. 4 Hudson (3-1) has outscored three opponents by a combined 134-7. No. 5 Cobleskill-Richmondville (3-1) cruised to victory in Week 3 and will now host a Mechanicville team coming off a tough home loss to previously winless Johnstown.
This week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Fonda-Fultonville, Hudson, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Watervliet (ARV), Ichabod Crane (ARV).
Last week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Mechanicville, Fonda & Watervliet tie, Cobleskill (ARV), Hudson (ARV), Ichabod Crane (ARV).
A shuffle at the top as No. 1 Greenwich (3-0) made a statement with its 49-0 rout of Cambridge/Salem in Week 3. No. 2 Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton (4-0) has crushed its opponents by a combined 230-16, but will likely see its toughest challenge to date this week against Cambridge/Salem. No. 3 Stillwater (1-1), No. 4 Cambridge/Salem (2-2) and No. 5 Lake George (1-0) are all jockeying for playoff position behind the classification’s top two.
This week: Greenwich, Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Stillwater, Cambridge/Salem, Lake George, Chatham (ARV)
Last week: Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Greenwich, Cambridge/Salem, Stillwater, Chatham.