Here's my final one-man ranking poll for Section II football for the 2017 season — this is where I see teams heading into the Section II championship games, NOT a prediction of who wins those games.
Check back later tonight online or The Post-Star in print tomorrow for previews of all three championship games on Saturday, the Class A, B and D games.
First, let's see how I did with my one-man poll of myself — check out my preseason football poll here. I wasn't too bad on the top-ranked teams heading into the season — I had Troy (AA), Burnt Hills (A), Glens Falls (B), Holy Trinity (C) and Cambridge (D), so the only top-ranked team I was off on was in Class D. Going into Week 10, I have Greenwich on top and Cambridge second, by virtue of the Witches' 43-38 win on Sept. 30. Those two meet again on Saturday for the Section II title, so we'll have to see how this one turns out!
In many of the classes, I had four or five of the teams in the final rankings correct, just in different spots. I thought Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne would have a better season — they finished a solid 4-5, but ran into a much stronger Class C North schedule than I had envisioned. My preseason No. 2 Class A team Amsterdam I still ranked fifth (thanks to a head-to-head win over honorable mention Gloversville), but the Rugged Rams' season really fell apart this year as they finished 3-6.
So here's how I see the teams ranked through Week 9, heading into the Section II football finals — really no changes from last week:
1. Troy (9-0); 2. Saratoga Springs (9-0); 3. Shaker (7-2); 4. Shenendehowa (7-2); 5. Guilderland (5-4). Honorable mention: Bethlehem (5-4); Colonie (5-4).
1. Burnt Hills (9-0); 2. Queensbury (6-3); 3. Averill Park (7-2); 4. South Glens Falls (5-4); 5. Amsterdam (3-6). Honorable mention: Gloversville (4-5).
1. Glens Falls (9-0); 2. Schuylerville (8-1); 3. Hudson Falls (5-4); 4. Cobleskill (7-2); 5. Schalmont (5-4). Honorable mention: Hudson (5-4); Ravena (4-5).
1. Holy Trinity (8-1); 2. Stillwater (8-1); 3. Chatham (6-3); 4. Hoosick Falls (5-4); 5. Mechanicville (6-3). Honorable mention: Watervliet (6-3), Voorheesville (5-4), Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne (4-5); Tamarac (4-5).
1. Greenwich (9-0); 2. Cambridge (8-1); 3. Warrensburg (7-2); 4. Hoosic Valley (4-5); 5. Canajoharie (7-2). Honorable mention: Whitehall (5-4).
State rankings highlights:
-- Glens Falls is still No. 1 in the state in Class B and on a 22-game winning streak, and Schuylerville is still ranked eighth heading into Saturday's Section II Class B championship game.
-- Queensbury is ranked 19th in the state in Class A heading into Saturday night's Section II title matchup with No. 4 Burnt Hills, which has been there most of the year. Averill Park dropped all the way to No. 23 after losing 42-20 to Queensbury in the Section II semifinals last week.
-- Greenwich remains No. 2 in Class D behind Clyde-Savannah of Section V, while Cambridge is fifth. Moriah (8-1) moved up a tick to No. 10 after the Vikings beat Ticonderoga (8-1) 28-22 in the Section VII title game last week. The Sentinels slipped back to 13th. Warrensburg remained No. 16 despite its loss to Cambridge in the Section II semifinals.
-- In Class C, Holy Trinity moved up to No. 8 and Stillwater moved to 10th in the state heading into their Friday night Section II title showdown. Whoever wins will be a first-time Section II champion.
-- Troy, like Glens Falls riding a 22-game winning streak, remains the No. 1-ranked team in Class AA. Saratoga Springs is ranked No. 16, while Shaker slipped back to 27th in the Class AA top 30 rankings.