Week 6 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.
No. 1 Shaker (5-0) cemented its hold atop the classification with its 19-13 win last week over No. 2 CBA (5-1), which allowed more than six points in a game for the first time all season. No. 3 Shenendehowa (4-1) hosts Colonie this week, while No. 4 Guilderland (4-1) hopes to repeat its Fall II championship game win against Shaker and No. 5 Saratoga Springs (2-3) hosts CBA.
This week: Shaker, CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Saratoga Springs
Last week: Shaker, CBA, Shenendehowa, Guilderland, Colonie & Saratoga Springs (tie)
Having won four straight since its Week 1 loss to Shaker, No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (4-1) jumps into the top spot ahead of a matchup with Ballston Spa. No. 2 Amsterdam (4-0), the classification’s lone undefeated team, has pulled off back-to-back last-minute victories. No. 3 Averill Park (4-2) and No. 4 La Salle Institute (3-2) face off on Friday in a game with major playoff implications. No. 5 Niskayuna (4-2) faces a South Glens Falls team that has forfeited its past two games due to COVID-19 protocols.
This week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, Averill Park, La Salle, Niskayuna, Queensbury (also receiving votes), Ballston Spa (ARV)
Last week: Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, La Salle, Averill Park, Ballston Spa (ARV)
No. 1 Glens Falls (4-1) can cement its hold on the Class B North Division with a victory Friday at Gloversville. No. 2 Schalmont (4-1) got a workhorse performance from Sean Willis in a hard-fought win over No. 3 Ravena (4-1). No. 4 Gloversville (4-2) has reeled off back-to-back convincing wins, while No. 5 Hudson Falls (2-3) hosts Scotia-Glenville on Saturday.
This week: Glens Falls, Schalmont, Ravena, Gloversville, Hudson Falls, Lansingburgh (ARV), Mohonasen (ARV)
Last week: Ravena, Glens Falls, Schalmont, Gloversville, Mohonasen, Hudson Falls (ARV)
No. 1 Schuylerville (6-0) hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points in a game this season. No. 2 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (4-1) has reeled off four straight victories since falling to Schuylerville in its opener, while No. 3 Watervliet (5-1) is on a five-game win streak. No. 4 Voorheesville (4-1) became the first team in a month to hold Hudson under 40 points in a 22-14 win, while No. 5 Fonda-Fultonville (3-3) has suffered its only two on-field losses to the top-two teams in the classification by a combined 21 points.
This week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Watervliet, Voorheesville, Fonda-Fultonville, Hudson (ARV), Cobleskill-Richmondville (ARV)
Last week: Schuylerville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Fonda-Fultonville, Hudson, Watervliet, Voorheesville (ARV), Cobleskill-Richmondville (ARV), Ichabod Crane (ARV)
No. 1 Greenwich (5-0) scored a crucial win over No. 2 Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton (5-1) last week, which gives the Witches the inside track to a top seed in the Class D playoffs. No. 3 Stillwater (4-1) can make its way higher up these rankings with a win Friday over Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton. No. 4 Cambridge/Salem (3-3) moved back up a spot in the rankings after its 36-21 victory last week over No. 5 Lake George (2-1).
This week: Greenwich, Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Stillwater, Cambridge/Salem, Lake George, Chatham (ARV)
Last week: Greenwich, Warrensburg/North Warren/Bolton, Stillwater, Lake George, Cambridge/Salem