Five weeks into the high school football season, the favorites in all five classes have separated themselves. Or so it appears.

The two-time defending state champs in Class AA, Troy, are playing in Class A this season and Shaker stands as the only undefeated team left. The Blue Bison suffered a potentially-damaging loss with the season-ending injury to sophomore playmaker Jovani Wiggs, but they prevailed over Shenendehowa the night on which Wiggs was injured and then followed up with a win over what was a 3-1 Guilderland team. Shaker has the edge in Class AA with the inside track to the top seed in the sectional playoffs.

In Class A, we already mentioned Troy, but Burnt Hills and Queensbury are both still unbeaten at 5-0 with a head to head meeting coming in two weeks. As the defending sectional champs, Burnt Hills gets the respect as the favorites to repeat but Queensbury can change that narrative with a win over the Spartans with whom they share a nickname. As for Troy, the Flying Horses are young and finding their footing, so Beware of Team with Winning Culture.

Glens Falls has one loss season, but it came to a Class A team, Queensbury, and when it comes to Class B opponents, the Indians have had no issues. Joseph Girard III is once again leading the charge. He has 17 passing touchdowns through five games and Glens Falls is poised to repeat as sectional champs.

Class C has three undefeated teams in its standings. Stillwater and Chatham which are regulars in Class C and Cambridge is also 5-0 despite playing up a level from dominating Class D and winning a state championship a season ago. On top of the undefeated trio of teams, let's not forget about Holy Trinity which made it all the way to the state title game in 2017. The Pride have quarterback Joe Tortello who leads all of Section II in passing touchdowns, 20 through five games.

In Class D, it sure feels like we're destined for a Warrensburg - Whitehall Super Bowl. They are, at the very least, the two remaining 3-0 teams in their conference with a regular season-finale coming on October 13.

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