Hillbillies sit at No. 9 in NYSSWA?polls

Fredonia (8-0) remained at No. 9 in the New York State Sports Writers Association Class C football poll, while Randolph (8-0) kept its hold on the top spot in Class D as it prepares to take on Ellicottville-West Valley (5-2) Friday in a Sectional semifinal.

The Hillbillies face Akron at 5 p.m., on Saturday at Dunkirk’s Karl Hoeppner Field in a Class C semifinal, with the hopes of making a return trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium on the line.

Section 5’s Aquinas (8-0) was in the top spot in Class AA and were followed by Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse (8-0, Sec. 3), Farmingdale (7-0, Sec. 8), Abraham Lincoln (8-0, Public School Athletic League) and St. Anthony’s (7-1, Catholic High School Athletic League), a 38-10 winner over then No. 5 Chaminade (7-1, CHSFL).

Jamestown (8-0) moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 while Canisius (6-2, Monsignor Martin Association) was No. 10 and St. Joe’s (6-2, MMA) was No. 18. Frontier (6-2), Kenmore West (6-2) and Orchard Park (6-2) were honorable mention.

Sweet Home (8-0) held on to the No. 1 spot in Class A and were followed by Queensbury (8-0, Sec. 2), Carey (7-0, Sec. 8), Cornwall (7-1, Sec. 9) and Burnt Hills-Balston Lake (7-1, Sec. 2). Poly Prep (7-1, AIS) fell from No. 2 to No. 10 after losing 27-7 to Friendship Collegiate Academy, of Washington, D.C. Burnt Hills-Balston Lake moved up from No. 6 to No. 5.

There was no change in the Class B top five as Maine-Endwell (8-0, Sec. 4) was No. 1 and was followed by Marlboro (8-0, Sec. 9), Alden (8-0), Cazenovia (8-0, Sec. 3) and Schalmont (8-0, Sec. 2).

Burgard (7-1, No. 9) and Depew (6-2, No. 19) were the only other Western New York teams listed in the top 20 while Cheektowaga (6-2) and Eden (5-3) were honorable mention.

Class C’s top five remained the same with Hoosick Falls (8-0, Sec. 2) at No. 1, Babylon (7-0, Sec. 11) No. 2, Chenango Forks (7-1, Sec. 4) No. 3, Potsdam (8-0, Sec. 10) No. 4 and Le Roy (7-1, Sec. 5) No. 5.

Class C’s top five remained the same with Hoosick Falls (8-0, Sec. 2) at No. 1, Babylon (7-0, Sec. 11) No. 2, Chenango Forks (7-1, Sec. 4) No. 3, Potsdam (8-0, Sec. 10) No. 4 and Le Roy (7-1, Sec. 5) No. 5.

Cleveland Hill (8-0) was No. 6 and will take on Lackawanna (5-3) in the other Section 6 Class C semifinal. The Golden Eagles and Steelers play on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Akron (6-2), Lackawanna and Salamanca (6-2) were listed as honorable mention.

In Class D, the Cardinals were followed by Tioga (8-0, Sec. 4), Chester 6-1, Sec. 9), Maple Grove/Chatuaqua Lake (6-1) and Cambridge (8-0, Sec. 2).

Randolph, the defending New York State Public High School Athletic Association champion has held the top spot the entire season while the Thunderdragons, who will host Portville on Friday at 7 p.m., has been ranked as high as No. 3.

Cattaraugus-Little Valley (7-1), Frewsburg (5-3), Panama (5-3) and Sherman (6-2) were all honorable mention. The Bears and Timberwolves will face off in the Class DD title game at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Class DD winner does not advance in the NYSPHSAA playoffs.