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Week 7 high school football rankings

Week 7 high school football rankings

Top teams stay the same, except Holy Trinity is back to No. 1 in Class C
Week 7 high school football rankings
Glens Falls wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the Class B North Division last Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Through six weeks of play in Section II football, here’s our look at the top five teams in each classification.

CLASS AA

Entering the final week of its regular season, Troy (No. 1, 6-0) looks like an unstoppable force — both locally and in the state. Unless there is an upset between now and Week 9 that derails their meeting, Saratoga Springs (No. 2, 6-0) vs. Shaker (No. 3, 5-1) in the semifinals could be a classic. After losing in Week 2 at Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa (No. 4, 5-1) has quietly put together a four-game winning streak heading into this week’s clash with CBA. Guilderland (No. 5, 3-3) continues to impress after its 0-3 start.

Last week: Troy, Saratoga Springs, Shaker, Shenendehowa, Guilderland

CLASS A

Senior Jake Stanko ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (No. 1, 6-0). In an impressive showing, Averill Park (No. 2, 5-1) went to Queensbury (No. 3, 3-3) and picked up a critical win toward sectional seeding. South Glens Falls (No. 4, 4-2) and Amsterdam (No. 5, 3-3) continue to look like their Week 8 matchup will determine this classification’s final postseason bid.

Last week: Burnt Hills, Averill Park, Queensbury, Amsterdam, South Glens Falls

CLASS B

Glens Falls (No. 1, 6-0) wrapped up the North Division’s top seed with its win against Schuylerville (No. 2, 5-1). What stands in the way of Glens Falls vs. Schuylerville in the Super Bowl is Hudson (No. 3, 4-2), which has won four consecutive games since starting its season with losses to the North Division’s top clubs. Cobleskill-Richmondville (No. 4, 5-1) bounced back from its first loss with a needed win, while Schalmont (No. 5, 3-3) continues to climb back after its 0-3 start.

Last week: Glens Falls, Schuylerville, Hudson, Cobleskill, Broadalbin-Perth

CLASS C

Holy Trinity (No. 1, 5-1) is on a four-game winning streak in which it has outscored opponents 192-31. Stillwater (No. 2, 5-1) thumped Mechanicville (No. 3, 5-1), creating a three-way tie in the classification’s North Division along with the Pride. Meanwhile, Voorheesville (No. 4, 5-1) and Watervliet (No. 5, 5-1) keep on winning in the South Division.

Last week: Mechanicville, Holy Trinity, Stillwater, Voorheesville, Watervliet

CLASS D

Greenwich (No. 1, 6-0) vs. Cambridge (No. 2, 5-1) looks like this classification’s championship game in Section II — but it might feature the state’s top teams, too. Warrensburg (No. 3, 5-1) moves up a spot after trouncing Canajoharie (No. 4, 5-1) in a key matchup, but Hoosic Valley (No. 5, 3-3) could still steal a spot in the postseason field from either of those clubs.

Last week: Greenwich, Cambridge, Canajoharie, Warrensburg, Whitehall

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Michael Kelly at mkelly@dailygazette.net or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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