Week 5 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.
No. 1 Shaker (4-0) visits No. 2 CBA (5-0) this Friday in the top game of the week. No. 3 Shenendehowa (3-1) bounced back from its loss to Shaker with a 41-6 win against Bethlehem, while No. 4 Guilderland (3-1) hasn’t allowed a point since its Week 2 loss to the Plainsmen. At No. 5, Colonie (1-4) and Saratoga Springs (1-3) remain tied.
This week: Shaker, CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Colonie (tie) and Saratoga Springs (tie).
Last week: Shaker, CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Colonie (tie) and Saratoga Springs (tie).
With its fourth consecutive win, No. 1 Niskayuna (4-1) stayed atop this classification’s poll. No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (3-1) has already played three road games this season, and its only road game remaining is at top-ranked Niskayuna. No. 3 Amsterdam (3-0) pulled off one of the biggest wins of the season with a one-point victory last weekend against Averill Park. No. 4 La Salle Institute (2-2) hosts Queensbury this week, while No. 5 Averill Park (3-2) hosts Niskayuna in the best Class A game of the week.
This week: Niskayuna, Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, La Salle, Averill Park, Ballston Spa (Also receiving votes).
Last week: Niskayuna, Burnt Hills, Averill Park, La Salle, Amsterdam, Ballston Spa (ARV).
No. 1 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (4-0) has won each of its Class B games by at least 22 points. No. 2 Glens Falls (3-1) is coming off a 39-14 win against Hudson Falls in the “Jug Game.” No. 3 Schalmont (3-1) heads to Ravena this Friday with a chance to make a statement. No. 4 Gloversville (3-2) is coming off a 34-6 win against No. 5 Mohonasen (2-2).
This week: Ravena, Glens Falls, Schalmont, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Hudson Falls (ARV)
Last week: Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Glens Falls, Schalmont, Mohonasen, Hudson Falls, Gloversville (ARV), Scotia-Glenville (ARV).
No. 1 Schuylerville (5-0) hosts a Mechanicville team this week that’s coming off a loss Monday at Cobleskill-Richmondville. In this classification’s best game of Week 5, No. 2 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (3-1) hosts No. 3 Fonda-Fultonville (3-2). Since a 45-0 loss to Schuylerville to start its season, No. 4 Hudson (4-1) has outscored its opponents 201-13. No. 5 Watervliet (4-1) heads to Coxsackie-Athens this week.
This week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Fonda, Hudson, Watervliet, Voorheesville (ARV), Cobleskill (ARV), Ichabod Crane (ARV).
Last week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Fonda-Fultonville, Hudson, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Watervliet (ARV), Ichabod Crane (ARV).
Narrowly, No. 1 Greenwich (4-0) stayed ahead of No. 2 Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton (5-0) this week, and the teams will — in all likelihood — determine next week’s top team in this classification with how their matchup plays out Friday in Greenwich. The lone blemish on the resume of No. 3 Stillwater (2-1) is its eight-point loss against Greenwich, which has secured its other three wins by 54, 49 and 56 points. No. 4 Lake George (2-0) travels this week to play No. 5 Cambridge/Salem (2-3), which is coming off back-to-back losses against Greenwich and Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton by a combined score of 97-7.
This week: Greenwich, Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Stillwater, Lake George, Cambridge/Salem.
Last week: Greenwich, Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Stillwater, Cambridge/Salem, Lake George, Chatham (ARV).