Greenwich at Warrensburg football

Greenwich quarterback Cole Burgess (second from left) runs with the ball during Saturday's Class D football game at Warrensburg High School.

Pete Tobey, tobey@poststar.com

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.

Don't forget to check out the current New York State Sportswriters football rankings for Classes A and AA, and Classes B, C and D.

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:

CLASS AA

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).

CLASS A

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).

CLASS B

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).

CLASS C

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).

CLASS D

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.

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Covering high school and minor-league sports in Section II since 1989. SUNY Plattsburgh grad. Colleen's lesser half. Three amazing young people call me Dad. Fan of Philadelphia Eagles, New York Rangers and Mets, and Syracuse Orange.

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