SECTION II – Week 6 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 (6-0) is in pole position for the top seed after getting past No. 2 Shenendehowa (4-1) in last week’s marquee matchup. No. 3 Shaker (3-3) bounced back resoundingly from its loss to Shenendehowa by overpowering Saratoga Springs (4-2), which travels to rival Shenendehowa this week. No. 5 Guilderland (4-1) is still in the playoff picture, but has to face CBA, Shaker and Shenendehowa in a row to end the regular season.
This week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Shaker, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland
Last week: CBA, Shenendehowa, Saratoga Springs, Shaker, Guilderland
No. 1 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (4-1) looks solid in the top spot, but still has its toughest division games in the weeks ahead. No. 2 Amsterdam (4-1) starts a run of three straight crucial division games Friday at Averill Park. No. 3 Niskayuna (4-2) should be riding a five-game win streak into Burnt Hills for the teams’ Week 8 clash. No. 4 La Salle (4-2) has only suffered losses to CBA and Shenendehowa. No. 5 Ballston Spa (5-1) rebounded from its loss to Niskayuna with a dramatic victory against Averill Park last week.
This week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, Niskayuna, La Salle, Ballston Spa, Averill Park (also receiving votes)
Last week: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Amsterdam, Niskayuna (tie), Averill Park (tie), La Salle, Ballston Spa (ARV)
No. 1 Glens Falls (5-0) establishing superiority atop the classification by shutting out previously unbeaten Gloversville. No. 2 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (4-2) visits Cohoes this week before next week’s clash for second place against No. 3 Gloversville (5-1), which is on a bye this week. No. 4 Scotia-Glenville (4-2) can essentially wrap up a playoff spot if it beats No. 5 Lansingburgh (3-3) on Friday.
This week: Glens Falls, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Gloversville, Scotia-Glenville, Lansingburgh, Schalmont (ARV)
Last week: Glens Falls, Gloversville, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Scotia-Glenville, Schalmont
No. 1 Schuylerville (6-0) and No. 2 Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren (6-0) carry perfect records into their matchup for North Division supremacy on Friday. No. 3 Fonda-Fultonville (6-0) has run off three straight shutouts and allowed just 33 points all season. No. 4 Hoosick Falls/Tamarac (3-2) is still comfortably in playoff position. No. 5 (tie) Stillwater (3-3) and No. 5 (tie) Cobleskill-Richmondville (3-2) both have meaningful games this week, with Stillwater facing Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley in a rivalry game and Cobleskill-Richmondville visiting Fonda-Fultonville.
This week: Schuylerville, Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, Fonda-Fultonville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Cobleskill-Richmondville (tie), Stillwater (tie)
Last week: Schuylerville, Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren, Fonda-Fultonville, Hoosick Falls/Tamarac, Stillwater, Broadalbin-Perth (ARV), Cobleskill-Richmondville (ARV)
No. 1 Cambridge/Salem (6-0), No. 2 Chatham (5-1) and No. 3 Greenwich (3-3) are essentially locked into their playoff spots, having already faced one another this season. No. 4 Voorheesville (3-3) visits No. 5 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (3-3) this week in a game that should decide the fourth and final playoff spot.
This week: Cambridge/Salem, Chatham, Greenwich, Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain
Last week: Cambridge/Salem, Chatham, Greenwich, Voorheesville, Canajoharie/Fort Plain