Fredonia moves to No. 9 in this week’s NYSSWA polls

Fredonia moved up one spot from No. 10 to No. 9 in this week’s New York State Sports Writers Association Class C football poll while Randolph, the defending New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Class D champion, remained atop the Class D poll.

The Hillbillies’ moved up a spot in large part to their 49-17 win over Class C South foe Allegany-Limestone while the Cardinals beat Silver Creek-Forestville, 42-7, in a non-league game. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake was No. 6 in the Class D poll for the second-straight week.

Elsewhere, in Class AA, Aquinas (5-0, Sec. 5) stayed atop the poll and was followed by Christian Brother’s Academy of Syracuse (5-0, Sec. 3), Erasmus Hall (5-0, Public School Athletic League), Sachem North (4-0, Sec. 11) and Canisius (4-1, Monsignor Martin Association).

Other Section 6 area schools making the Class AA poll were St. Joe’s (4-1, MMA, No. 9) and Jamestown (5-0, No. 14). Frontier (4-1), Kenmore West (3-2), Lancaster (3-2) and Orchard Park (4-1) were all listed as honorable mention.

There was a shakeup in the Class A poll as perennial power Sweet Home (5-0) took over the top spot after it defeated then No. 13 Grand Island (4-1), 19-7, and then No. 1 Lawrence was upset by then No. 22 Plainedge (4-0). The Panthers were followed by Poly Prep (5-0, AIS), Queensbury (5-0, Sec. 2), Carey (4-0, Sec. 8) and Plainedge (4-0, Sec. 8). Carey moved up five spots from No. 9 after beating then No. 4 Garden City (3-1), 28-0.

South Park (4-1) moved into the top 25 for the first time at No. 13 after its convincing 22-0 win over then No. 11 West Seneca East, which was listed as honorable mention this week. Grand Island fell from No. 13 to No. 22 while Williamsville South (4-1) moved up one spot from No. 25 to No. 24 after defeating Williamsville East, 28-7. McKinley (5-0) was tied for the 25th spot with McKee/Staten Island Prep (5-0, PSAL).

The top five stayed the same in the Class B poll with Maine-Endwell (5-0, Sec. 4) at No. 1, Marlboro (5-0, Sec. 2) at No. 2, Alden (5-0) at No. 3, Cazenovia (5-0, Sec. 3) at No. 4 and Schalmont (5-0, Sec. 2) at No. 5.

Burgard (5-0, No. 10), Cheektowaga (4-1, No. 11) and Depew (4-1, No. 15) were the other Section 6 teams listed in the top 20 while Eden (3-2), Lewiston-Porter (3-2) and Pioneer (3-2) were named as honorable mention selections.

Hoosick Falls (5-0, Sec. 2) remained atop the Class C poll and were followed again by Babylon (4-0, Sec. 11), Le Roy (5-0, Sec. 5), Chenango Forks (4-1, Sec. 9) and Potsdam (5-0, Sec. 10).

Cleveland Hill (5-0, No. 6) was the only other Section 6 team besides the Hillbillies to crack the top 20. Akron (3-2), Lackawanna (3-2), Salamanca (4-1) and Tonawanda (3-2) were all listed as honorable mention.

Following top-ranked Randolph in the Class D poll were Tioga (5-0, Sec. 2), Sandy Creek (5-0, Sec. 3), Chester (3-1, Sec. 9) and Rensselaer (5-0, Sec. 2). Meanwhile, in Section 6, Cattaraugus-Little Valley (4-1), Frewsburg (3-2), Panama (4-1), Portville (3-2) and Sherman (4-1) were named honorable mention.

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