Through two weeks of play in Section II football, here’s our look at the top five teams in each classification.
Troy (No. 1, 2-0) gets this spot until someone else does something about it. While both Saratoga (No. 2, 2-0) and Shaker (No. 3, 2-0) kept winning in Week 2, the Blue Streaks were more impressive in downing their top rival. Of course, that was Shenendehowa (No. 4, 1-1), which finishes its regular season with home games in four of its last five. Games against Shenendehowa and Troy — and one coming up in Week 3 against Saratoga Springs — aren’t making things easy for Guilderland (No. 5, 0-2), but the Dutchmen are a quality squad.
Last week: Troy, Shaker, Shenendehowa, Saratoga Springs, Guilderland
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (No. 1, 2-0) might not see another serious challenge until it takes on Amsterdam (No. 2, 2-0) in Week 6 at home. After losing to Burnt Hills in Week 1, Queensbury (No. 3, 1-1) righted itself in Week 2 and now faces a stiff challenges in Week 3 playing at Amsterdam. South Glens Falls (No. 4, 2-0), off to a surprising start, gets a major chance to prove it’s for real when it heads to Averill Park (No. 5, 2-0) for this week’s game.
Last week: Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, Queensbury, Averill Park, Mohonasen
Coming off its undefeated season in 2016, Glens Falls (No. 1, 2-0) looks like it is just as good in 2017. The Indians might not see a major challenge until their Week 6 trip to Schuylerville (No. 2, 2-0) for a matchup of two teams likely to be undefeated at that point. The record isn’t pretty, but Schalmont (No. 3, 0-2) should recover as its season turns to divisional action . . . unless Cobleskill-Richmondville (No. 4, 2-0) uses its home game this week against the Sabres to show it has the ability to turn its hot start into something more. Meanwhile, Broadalbin-Perth (No. 5, 1-1) crashes the party after a solid 22-16 win at Lansingburgh in Week 2.
Last week: Glens Falls, Schuylerville, Schalmont, Ravena, Cobleskill
Mechanicville (No. 1, 2-0) earned the top spot with its 38-34 win against Holy Trinity (No. 2, 1-1), but it was hard to drop the Pride after a close loss on the road against a high-quality opponent. Chatham (No. 3, 1-1) responded well to its Week 1 loss at Holy Trinity with an 80-point effort against Cairo-Durham. Both Watervliet (No. 4, 2-0) and Stillwater (No. 5, 2-0) have cases to be ranked better.
Last week: Holy Trinity, Mechanicville, Watervliet, Chatham, Stillwater
Through two weeks of action, Cambridge (No. 1, 2-0) has outscored its opponents 90-7 — but Greenwich (No. 2, 2-0) isn’t far behind that type of pace with an 89-15 margin of its own. Canajoharie (No. 3, 2-0) has made the most its first two weeks, earning a pair of blowout wins before it plays a home game this week against Cohoes. Whitehall (No. 4, 2-0) and Warrensburg (No. 5, 2-0) are also off to great starts, and Warrensburg gets a chance this weekend with a home game against Greenwich to bolster its resume.
Last week: Cambridge, Greenwich, Canajoharie, Whitehall, Hoosic Valley