Defending state champions Glens Falls (in Class B) and Cambridge (in Class D) are, of course, returning as the No. 1 teams in their classes. Glens Falls has shut out its first two opponents and could conceivably be unscored upon until Week 5 against Class A Queensbury. Cambridge has also rolled through its first two opponents. Also, add No. 1-ranked Troy, the defending Class AA champion, as a top-ranked Section II team.
But outside of the defending champs and a few teams in Class C and D, there seems to be little respect for the rest of Section II in the state rankings. We'll have to see how the season unfolds, but it seems some teams that should be getting more attention are starting off in a hole.
Here's a quick rundown of where local and other Section II teams are in the first state football poll of the 2017 season:
Class D -- Cambridge tops the D's, with Greenwich landing at No. 5 -- last year's runner-up Maple Grove (Section VI), Sidney (Section IV) and Clyde-Savannah (Section V) are ranked between the Indians and Witches. Also in the Class D top 20: Ticonderoga is No. 8, Moriah is 11th, Whitehall is No. 18 and Canajoharie is 19th. Ticonderoga hosts Moriah on Sept. 29. Warrensburg is an honorable mention.
Class C -- Stillwater is ranked fourth in the state, behind defending champ Newark Valley (Section IV), East Rochester-Gananda (Section V) and General Brown (Section III). Mechanicville is ranked ninth and Holy Trinity is 18th. Chatham and Watervliet are honorable mentions.
Class B -- Glens Falls is on top, ahead of last year's runner-up Chenango Forks (Section IV) and Pleasantville (Section I), which the Indians beat in the state semis. Schuylerville is ranked sixth -- and there are no other Section II teams even ranked in the B's.
Class A -- Queensbury is ranked 17th in this week's Class A poll, after an opening loss to Burnt Hills, which is ranked No. 6. Defending state champ Somers (Section I) is still No. 1.
Also in Class A -- South Glens Falls' 2-0 record was not enough to even get them an honorable mention nod -- while Averill Park, also 2-0 against the same competition (a Class B team and Gloversville) got them an honorable mention, along with 2-0 Amsterdam.
Class AA -- Defending champ Troy remains No. 1 in the state, but only Shaker at No. 18 cracked the top 25 from Section II. Saratoga Springs -- which impressively handled Shenendehowa last week -- is an honorable mention.