SECTION II – Week 5 high school football action starts Friday.
Before that, The Daily Gazette is rolling out its weekly look at the top teams in each Section II classification.
Rankings were voted on by a panel made up of Daily Gazette director of content Michael Kelly, deputy director of content Adam Shinder, staff writers Paul Wager and Will Springstead, and contributor Jim Schiltz.
No. 1 CBA (5-0) and No. 2 Shenendehowa (4-0) have remarkably similar profiles this season and will meet in one of the biggest Section II games of the season on Friday. No. 3 Saratoga Springs (4-1) and No. 4 Shaker (2-3) also meet this week in a vital game for playoff positioning. No. 5 Guilderland (3-1) will look to maintain momentum Saturday at Schenectady before facing CBA, Shaker and Shenendehowa to end the regular season.
This week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Saratoga Springs, Shaker, Guilderland
Last week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Shaker, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland
No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (3-1) has won its three Class A games by a combined 113-20 and moves into the top spot ahead of Saturday’s home game against No. 2 Amsterdam (4-0), the classification’s lone remaining unbeaten team. No. 3 (tie) Niskayuna (3-2) and No. 3 (tie) Averill Park (3-2) have both built momentum with back-to-back wins after starting 1-2. No. 5 La Salle (3-2) is riding a three-game win streak into Friday’s trip to South Glens Falls.
This week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, Niskayuna (tie), Averill Park (tie), La Salle, Ballston Spa (also receiving votes)
Last week: Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, La Salle, Niskayuna (tie), Averill Park (tie), Troy (ARV)
No. 1 Glens Falls (4-0) and No. 2 Gloversville (5-0) have dominated this classification so far, with eight of the two teams’ nine combined wins coming by double digits. They meet Saturday in Glens Falls in a matchup that should determine who takes the top seed in the Class B postseason. No. 3 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (3-2) lost an out-of-section game to James I. O’Neill last week. No. 4 Scotia-Glenville (3-2) beat No. 5 Schalmont (2-3) last week, the Tartans can essentially lock up a playoff spot by winning Friday at Lansingburgh.
This week: Glens Falls, Gloversville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Scotia-Glenville, Schalmont
Last week: Glens Falls, Gloversville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Schalmont, Scotia-Glenville, Lansingburgh (ARV)
No. 1 Schuylerville (5-0), No. 2 Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren (5-0) and No. 3 Fonda-Fultonville (5-0) have all rolled over their competition thus far. No. 4 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (3-1) has a chance to make a push into the classification’s upper echelon Friday at Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren. No. 5 Stillwater (3-2) has been boom-or-bust, with its three wins by an average of 43.3 points and its two losses by an average of 35 points.
This week: Schuylerville, Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, Fonda-Fultonville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Stillwater, Broadalbin-Perth (ARV), Cobleskill-Richmondville (ARV)
Last week: Schuylerville, Fonda-Fultonville (tie), Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren (tie), Broadalbin-Perth, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Stillwater (ARV)
No. 1 Cambridge/Salem (5-0) is comfortably ensconced in the top spot, having allowed just 25 points all season. No. 2 Chatham (4-1) and No. 3 Greenwich (3-2) meet up Friday in a crucial game for playoff positioning. No. 4 Voorheesville (3-2) got a reprieve from a brutal late-September schedule last week with a win over Cairo-Durham/Castkill, but must visit Cambridge/Salem this week. No. 5 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (2-2) can essentially lock up a playoff spot with wins the next two weeks against Cairo-Durham/Catskill and Voorheesville.
This week: Cambridge/Salem, Chatham, Greenwich, Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain
Last week: Cambridge/Salem, Greenwich, Chatham, Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain