Despite an undefeated regular season, top-seeded Aquinas will have stiff competition in Class AA. There are two other undefeated teams in No. 3 Pittsford, and last year’s defending class champion, Victor.
All three teams are 7-0, which could make for exciting matchups in the semifinals and final. All three teams play an opponent in the first round with a record above .500.
Fourth-seeded Hilton could be a team to upset the potential undefeated matchups. The Cadets are 6-1, with their only loss coming to Victor, 42-34, less than two weeks ago.
Brockport (No. 1) and Canandaigua (No. 2) are the top seeds in Class A. Brockport defeated Canandaigua 33-28 back on Sept. 11.
No. 3 Greece Athena plays No. 6 Irondequoit in the first round. The Eagles are the lower seed but defeated the Trojans 35-14 in Week 6.
Batavia played a mixed schedule between RCAC schools and Finger Lakes schools, resulting in an undefeated regular season and a No. 1 seed.
The Blue Devils’ top competition will be No. 2 Livonia, whose only loss came against an undefeated Bath team. However, the Bulldogs have dominated in their six wins, scoring 50 points per game while allowing 11.
This class will have an exciting finals matchup if the top seeds make it there. No. 1 East Rochester/Gananda and No. 2 Bath are each undefeated and neither team was challenged much in their respective leagues.
Both teams got stronger as the year went on and they would each be the best team the other has played all year in the championship.
They have something that only Class AA also has: All eight teams in the tournament are above .500. In fact, only No. 8 Dundee has a record worse than 5-2. Top-seeded Red Jacket and No. 2 Avon both enter the postseason without a loss but they will have heavy competition to make it to the final.
The team to watch out for is No. 5 Bishop Kearney. The Kings went 5-2 in their first season as an independent, with their only game against a Section V opponent all year being a 30-15 win over Batavia Notre Dame in Week 5.
The finals for all five classes will take place on the weekend of Nov. 7 and 8 at Sahlen’s Stadium.
Class AA quarterfinals
Friday: No. 7 Webster Thomas (4-3) at No. 2 Victor (7-0), No. 5 East (5-2) at No. 4 Hilton (6-1), 7 p.m.; No. 6 Rush-Henrietta (4-3) at No. 3 Pittsford (7-0), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: No. 8 Fairport (4-3) at No. 1 Aquinas (7-0), 7 p.m.
Class A quarterfinals
Friday: No. 8 Wilson (3-4) at No. 1 Brockport (6-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday: No. 7 Spencerport (3-4) at No. 2 Canandaigua (5-2), No. 6 Irondequoit (4-3) at No. 3 Greece Athena (5-2), No. 5 Eastridge (4-3) at No. 4 Greece Arcadia (5-2), 2 p.m.
Class B quarterfinals
Friday: No. 8 Midlakes (2-5) at No. 1 Batavia (7-0), No. 5 Newark (4-3) at No. 4 Hornell (5-2), No. 6 Penn Yan (4-3) at No. 3 Geneva (5-2), No. 7 Palmyra-Macedon (2-5) at No. 2 Livonia (6-1), 7:30 p.m.
Class C quarterfinals
Friday: No. 8 South Seneca (3-4) at No. 1 East Rochester/Gananda (7-0), No. 6 Le Roy (4-3) at No. 3 Attica (6-1), No. 5 Elba/Byron-Bergen (5-2) at No. 4 Lyons/Sodus (5-2), 7 p.m.
Saturday: No. 7 Letchworth/Warsaw (3-4) at No. 2 Bath (7-0), 1 p.m.
Class D quarterfinals
Friday: No. 6 Notre Dame (5-2) at No. 3 Clyde-Savannah (6-1), 7 p.m.; No. 5 Bishop Kearney (5-2) at No. 4 Cuba-Rushford (6-1), No. 7 Caledonia-Mumford (5-2) vs. No. 2 Avon (7-0) at Honeoye Falls-Lima, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: No. 8 Dundee (4-3) at No. 1 Red Jacket (7-0), 1:30 p.m.
Finals at Sahlen’s Stadium
Class AA: Sunday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m.
Class A: Saturday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m.
Class B: Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m.
Class C: Saturday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m.
Class D: Saturday, Nov. 7, 12 p.m.