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Friday Night Live: Week Seven

In case you didn't realize that tonight marks the end of the regular season in high school football, just step outside.

Some high-impact games will have some low temperatures as football playoff weather comes rolling across your Doppler Radar screen tonight. Monday morning's forecast called for lows of 31, highs of 45 and a chance of flurries in the Buffalo area. Down Southern Tier way, there is a greater chance of snow.

For those who want to keep their blood moving tonight, there's a chance to see a lot of action (and see your breath) by bopping around to different sites -- which is what a certain reporter is going to do.

The traditional 5 p.m. Harvard Cup game has South Park meeting East at All High Stadium. The 100th game in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda series kicks off at 6 p.m. at NT's Lumberjack Sports Complex. Among several 7 p.m. kickoffs is the crucial Class A contest in which Williamsville South plays at Hamburg. The lineup of games at 7:30 p.m. includes Lancaster at Depew, an outstanding rivalry game featuring two ranked teams, as well as a big Class B South game of Lackawanna at Alden.

There are ton of other top-notch matchups, including the traditional rivalry games (check out some great capsules on the rivalry games).

Here's what you think the best game of the weekend is.

Check out today's weekend preview by Miguel Rodriguez, which breaks down some of the playoff picture.


6:36 p.m. It's going as expected at NT, where North Tonawanda has a 20-0 lead after one quarter. Having some trouble with the youtube-ing, so sit tight. I'm off to Hamburg.

Here's the kickoff of the 100th edition of the rivalry, with the classic voice of Dick Grapes on the call:

Here's Aaron Davis scoring NT's first touchdown on a 3-yard run.

Here's NT's second touchdown on a razzle-dazzle halfback option.

7:18 p.m. Made the long trip to Hamburg and pulled in as Will South scored a touchdown to go up 7-0 early.

Lockport's WJJL reported that NT was five for five on possessions as it built a 35-0 lead in the first half.

8:20 p.m. Spent a good amount of time watching Hamburg-Will South because it sure was entertaining. The teams were tied at 16-16 in the last half-minute of the first half. Hamburg had the ball but had just been pushed back on a penalty when it called timeout -- I don't have much time to spare so I headed out. I'm off to try and catch a few plays of Lancaster-Depew before returning to the office.

There was a light, cold rain adding to a brrrr of a night at Hamburg but both teams were slugging it out. Both defenses had some key stops while Hamburg was showing a nice quarterbacking game to answer some big plays by South's Joe Licata.

Hamburg scored a field goal off an interception, which is right here:

Here's a great connection from Licata to Mark Coppola -- note the nice block by Tyler Krempa.

Hamburg's Nico Zarcone had several nice plays, including this big pass for a TD on third down.

Hamburg stopped Will South late in the first half, including this fourth-down incompletion.

8:53 p.m. We're at Depew, where WXRL tells me that Lancaster has a 20-6 halftime lead. The halftime show on the radio was very enjoyable on the drive here -- Milt Latimer of the Prep Talk blog was the guest! Gotta love it.

We won't be here for long. Gotta run.

9:30 p.m. We're back in the One News Plaza parking lot. We caught a touchdown by Depew that made the score 20-12, but as we headed to the parking lot, Lancaster returned the ensuing kickoff for a score and added another touchdown.

Here's a video of a nice run by Lancaster's Justin Juda.

Depew got a big gain on an Anthony Emmanuele run which got the big crowd around the blue track going.

That run helped set up Depew's pass play for a score at the jam-packed Frank Constantino complex. Great venue.

In the fourth, Lancaster is up, 34-12.

10:40 p.m. In the midst of deadline madness at the home office right now ... here is the scoreboard that we will be updating as soon as we can.

The big score in so far is Hamburg 23, Williamsville South 22.  

11:14 p.m. Just got off the phone with Dan McGrath, whose Depew team lost to Lancaster, 41-40. Wow.


Stay here through the night as we'll have updates and scores as soon as we get them.

Also, tune your twitter to "bufnewspreptalk" to get instant updates of the scores as soon as they are reported to us. We also have a fan page at Facebook -- just search "The Buffalo News' Prep Talk blog" -- and you'll get updates with links to our high school sports stories.


If you are at a game, or saw one tonight, be sure to let us know what you thought of the action in the comments section below.

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Our end of business report:

* Here's our roundup which is led off with the big wins for Lancaster and Hamburg, both of which include more information than we could squeeze in the paper. There are several other games which have bonus coverage -- the nice road win for St. Joe's is just one of them.

* Here's a separate story on the 100th T-NT game won by NT in a blowout. 

* The High School Extra delves into soccer, field hockey, swimming, cross country -- and swine flu!   

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Some random blabbity-blah: I'd have to think there were crowds of over 5,000 at both the T-NT game and the Lancaster-Depew game. ... The Hamburg-Will South game was a gritty, cold, tough game where South (not surprisingly) went for two and the win at the end. They've been playing aggressively all year. Class A is going to be pretty crazy the next couple of weeks. ... I tried to squeeze in a trip to the South Park game to start the evening off, but the Main St. construction made that a no sale. I had to U-turn it to the 198 and head to T-NT land. I wanted to catch the opening kickoff; Tonawanda, on the other hand, didn't -- but that was just the start of an expectedly tough night for the Warriors.

Should they keep playing the game? Absolutely. Class B teams can be competitive with Class AA teams. Just ask Lancaster and Depew.

I'll have more videos posted when I get a chance to dig the best stuff out of the iPhone. See you back here for Saturday Afternoon Live.

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There are a ton more video clips as part of a separate post.

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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