Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Moshier: Section III Football Power Rankings

Section III Football

Power Rankings – Week 6



1.   Baldwinsville (5-0): Bees trailed Cicero-North Syracuse 7-6 at the half, but they held the Northstars to 99 total yards and got 223 yards and two touchdowns from star running back Malik Burks in a 21-7 win.


2.   Liverpool (4-1): Shutting out winless Central Square 21-0 is no big deal; winning at Christian Brothers Academy this week would be.


3.   Auburn (4-1): Since opening the season with a 48-21 loss to CBA, the Maroons have averaged 49 points per game during a four-game winning streak. They’ve still got to win at Corcoran, though, to break first-place tie in Class AA-2.


4.   Cicero-North Syracuse (3-2): Northstars, who had won three straight before last week’s loss at Baldwinsville, try to rebound against visiting Rome Free Academy.


5.   CBA (3-2): Escaping with a 40-36 win over RFA ended a rare two-game skid for the Brothers, sure to be tested again this week when they meet Liverpool at the Carrier Dome.



1.   New Hartford (5-0): The Spartans, who had played 12 straight games on artificial turf, were forced to battle the elements and rely on their defense for a change last week. On natural grass, in the rain and wind, they survived a 14-6 scare at Indian River. They will be playing on the Central Square turf this week – a good thing considering they’re up against state-ranked Fulton in a matchup of unbeatens that could very well be a preview of the Section III final at the Carrier Dome.


 2.  Fulton (5-0): Class A American Division leaders ready to square off against New Hartford. The Spartans ended Fulton’s season last year, rolling to a 35-13 victory in the Section III semifinals.


3.   Whitesboro (5-0): Warriors hosting Watertown on Senior Night, and next Friday they should roll into New Hartford a perfect 6-0. Get there early!


 4.  Indian River (3-2): Former Section X powerhouse has lost to two 5-0 teams, including a one-point, last-minute loss at Whitesboro and last week’s 14-6 loss to New Hartford.


5.   East Syracuse-Minoa (4-1): Should finish regular season with wins over Fowler and Nottingham.




1.   Westhill (5-0): Struggled a bit while disposing of winless Skaneateles 20-7, and now the Warriors face a nonleague test against Oneida in a rematch of last year’s Section III final won by the Indians 20-0.


2.   Marcellus (3-2): Mustangs destined to finish regular season on a five-game winning streak.


3.   Oneida (4-1): Indians may not return to the state championship game but they are doing just fine, thank you, without Ryan Kramer & Co. Beating Westhill this week too much to ask?


4.   South Jefferson (3-2): Spartans had no problem with winless Phoenix, but they’d better be ready for VVS offense and QB Tyler Mautner, WR Tyler Curtis, and RB Colin Way.


 5.  Vernon-Verona-Sherrill (4-1): Red Devils rebounded from that loss to Chittenango in a big way. Can they win at South Jefferson this week?



1.   General Brown (5-0): Beating previously unbeaten Class D Watertown IHC wasn’t easy. Beating up on Alexandria Bay will be.


2.   Bishop Ludden (5-0): There was no slip-up at Hannibal; Gaelic Knights rolled, 54-18.


3.   Cazenovia (5-0): Lakers have outscored teams 228-28 and can wrap up perfect Class C South season with a win at Mount Markham. The Mustangs are 3-2, with three wins by shutout.


4.   Cooperstown (5-0): The Redskins got their revenge, holding off Frankfort-Schuyler 29-26 (Frankfort upset 4-0 Cooperstown last year). Winning Class C East outright, though, will take a win over Herkimer.


 5.  Holland Patent (4-1): It was a struggle, but Golden Knights avoided back-to-back losses by a foot. Dan Mower kicked field goals as time expired in the first half and the fourth quarter of a 21-18 win at Ilion.



1.   Westmoreland (5-0): Another game, another shutout, another blowout. The Bulldogs haven’t allowed a single point since Week 2 and have outscored the opposition 260-18.


2.   Watertown IHC (4-1): Even in defeat, the Cavaliers earn some more respect. Losing a nonleague game to state-ranked Class C power General Brown 24-8 (it was 8-8 at halftime) is nothing to be ashamed of.


3.   Dolgeville (4-1): Playmakers Zach Goyette, Michael Barnes, Chris Robotham and Alex Snyder led Blue Devils to a 49-7 romp at New York Mills.


4.   Weedsport (5-0): Hard to tell just how good the state-ranked Warriors are.


5.   Notre Dame (4-1): Jugglers try to end their regular season with a fifth straight victory.



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