SYRACUSE - The Randolph Cardinals' reign at the top of New York State Class D football continued unabated on Tuesday when the New York State Sportswriters Association ranked them, yet again, at No. 1 in its latest poll.
It's a reign that is now nearing 10 straight months; one that has seen the squad win their last 14 games in a row - the sixth-highest total in the state - and, more importantly, capture a third New York State Public High School Athletic Association state title since 2005.
Rival Maple Grove (3-0), meanwhile, which will have a shot at knocking the kings off their throne on Friday when it hosts Randolph (3-0) on the Dutch Hollow Road at 7 p.m., is close behind at No. 3.
Tioga, the team from Section 4 that the Cardinals edged last year in the state semifinal, 7-6, is No. 2.
Jamestown, which pushed its record to a perfect 3-0 when it rolled up 58 points against South Park last Friday - it was the third straight game in which the Red Raiders have scored at least 50 points - rose two places to No. 17 in Class AA.
Aquinas, a possible Far West Regional foe from Section 5 for the Red Raiders, is No. 1 behind its 3-0 mark.
In Class C, the undefeated Fredonia Hillbillies climbed one place from last week's poll to No. 10.
Fredonia hosts Southwestern at 7:30 p.m., on Friday.
Section 2's Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (3-0) is No. 1 in Class A; Maine-Endwell (3-0), of Section 4, is No. 1 in Class B and Hoosick Falls, a perfect 3-0 in Section 2, leads the rankings in Class C.
In other rankings, the Maple Grove girls cross country squad, winners of the last three Class D state titles, is, as expected, No. 1 in the first poll of the season.
Led by sophomore Hope Pietrocarlo, the Lady Red Dragons have won in each of their first six meets, among them the Red Dragon Invitational, where the small school squad bested eight other large school opponents.
In boys soccer, Randolph (4-0-2) fell one place in Class C to No. 14 and North Collins (5-1), in Class D, held steady at No. 7.