Fredonia (7-2) earned its way back into the New York State Sportswriters' Association Class C football poll at No. 14, after defeating then No. 13 JFK (7-2), 21-0, in a Section 6 Class C semifinal last Saturday, in Cheektowaga.
The Bears fell to No. 18 after the loss while with the win, the Hillbillies will face No. 15 Cleveland Hill (7-2) in the Sectional final, on Saturday, at 1 p.m., at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Hillbillies defeated the Golden Eagles, 15-8, on Sept. 28.
Elsewhere, Silver Creek (5-4) was listed as an honorable mention in the Class D poll for a second straight week after falling in its Section 6 Class D semifinal, 35-14, to then No. 15 Randolph. The Cardinals (7-2) moved up to No. 8 in this week's poll, and will face No. 1 Maple Grove (9-0) in the Section 6 Class D final, tonight, at 6 p.m., at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The?Fredonia Hillbillies worked their way back into the New York State Sportswriters’ Association Class C football poll at No. 14.
There was a shakeup in the Class AA poll this week, leaving Section 2's Shaker (9-0) in the top spot while Monsignor Martin Association representative, Canisius (9-0) moved from No. 4 to No. 2, after its 28-21 win over then No. 15 St. Joe's. The Marauders (7-2) fell one spot to No. 16 in this week's poll. Shaker had been No. 3 in last week's AA poll.
Coming in at No. 3 was Syracuse CBA (Sec. 3, 9-0), which moved up two spots from No. 5 last week while Tottenville (PSAL, 7-1) fell from No. 2 to No. 4 after a loss last weekend. Iona Prep (CHFSL, 7-1) moved from No. 6 to No. 5.
Other Section 6 teams making the grade this week were Jamestown (8-1) and Orchard Park (8-1). The Red Raiders, who beat the Quakers, 35-28, on Oct. 5 in a Class AA South showdown, will meet again Saturday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium, at 7 p.m., to decide the Section 6 Class AA champion. The Quakers will be looking for a second straight Sectional title.
Lockport (6-3) earned an honorable mention this week after falling to OP, 33-16, in the Class AA semifinals last Saturday, in Orchard Park.
There was no change again this week in the Class A top five as Lawrence (Sec. 8, 8-0) was followed for the fourth straight week by Harrison (Sec. 1, 8-0), Sweet Home (9-0), Sayville (Sec. 11, 8-0), and Eastridge (Sec. 5, 9-0).
Sweet Home will play No. 8 West Seneca East (9-0), on Friday at 8:30 p.m., at Ralph Wilson Stadium, for the Sectional title. The Trojans, who moved up from No. 9 last week after their 37-12 semifinal drubbing of Williamsville South (5-4), will be looking to halt the Panthers' 59-game winning streak over Western New York competition, as well as their run of five straight Section 6 Class A titles.
Meanwhile, in Class A, Grand Island fell from No. 20 to No. 23 after its 13-0 loss to Sweet Home in the semifinals while Iroquois (7-2) was listed as an honorable mention.
In Class B, the top three remained the same with Maine-Endwell (Sec. 1, 9-0) taking the top spot once again while Alden (9-0) remained at No. 2 and Chittenango (Sec. 3, 9-0) at No. 3. Our Lady of Lourdes (Sec. 1, 8-0) moved from No. 5 to No. 4 while Schalmont (Sec. 2, 8-1) moved up one spot from No. 6 to No. 5.
Geneva (Sec. 5, 8-1) fell from No. 4 to No. 11 after its 23-20 loss to previously unranked Livonia (7-2) in the Section 5 playoffs. Livonia cracked the top 20 this week, coming in at No. 10 after the upset.
Depew (7-2) fell four spots from No. 11 to No. 15 after its 28-21 loss to No. 2 Alden in the Section 6 Class B semifinals. It was the second time the Wildcats had lost to the Bulldogs this season, having been defeated, 34-12, on Sept. 28. Cheektowaga (8-1) dropped 12 spots from No. 7 to No. 19 after being upset by Springville (5-4), 22-14, in the other Section 6 Class B semifinal. The Griffins were listed as an honorable mention this week, along with Burgard (6-3) and Eden (6-3. The Section 6 Class B title game will be held Saturday, at 4 p.m., following the Fredonia vs. Cleveland Hill Class C contest.
Class C remained the same this week, with Hornell (Sec. 5, 9-0), winners of 48 straight, taking the top spot while being followed by Hoosick Falls (Sec. 2, 9-0), Waverly (Sec. 4, 9-0), Chenango Forks (Sec. 4, 9-0) and Babylon (Sec. 11, 8-0).
Salamanca (7-2) and Wilson (6-3) were both listed as honorable mention.
In Class D, No. 1 Maple Grove was followed by Tioga (Sec. 4, 8-1) and Avon (Sec. 5, 8-1) while Sandy Creek (Sec. 3, 9-0) moved into the top five at No. 4 and Rensselaer (Sec. 2, 8-1) moved from No. 10 to No. 5. Sandy Creek was No. 7 in last week's poll, taking over for Cambridge (Sec. 2, 8-1) which fell to unranked Salem (5-4), 27-26, in the Section 2 playoffs. Rensselaer took the No. 5 spot after West Canada (Sec. 3, 8-0) fell to then No. 14 Westmoreland (Sec. 3, 6-2), 37-20, in the Section 3 playoffs. Westmoreland moved up to No. 7 in this week's poll.
Earning honorable mention were Clymer (7-1), Ellicottville (6-2) and Portville (5-4), a 36-15 loser to Maple Grove in the Section 6 Class D semifinals. Clymer and Ellicottville will meet at 10 a.m., on Saturday, at Ralph Wilson Stadium, to decide the Class DD champion.