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St. Joe's vs. Canisius: Vote, comment & follow the action with Prep Talk Live

The biggest battle between the biggest rivals in Western New York.

It's a football game, it's for the championship, and it's at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

It's Canisius vs. St. Joe's. For the 76th time overall, for the first time for a playoff championship.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the 5 p.m. League A title game between Cardinal O'Hara and St. Mary's. O'Hara, the co-No. 9 school among small schools, beat St. Mary's, 32-12, in Week Seven (Oct. 17).

WE ARE LIVE ONLINE AT PREP TALK LIVE for both of tonight's games.

The feature kicked off during last weekend's Section VI championships at The Ralph and fans -- from near and far -- seemed to love it. It's a great way to catch the action from the games as well as some great photography by The News' Mark Mulville. I'll be keeping track of the action as part of my record-keeping for the game; I'll be able to allow comments early on, but I'll have to concentrate on the action when things get dicey (with the game and my deadline).

St. Joe's will conduct its usual online radio broadcast.

Some background: St. Joe's is 6-4 and ranked ninth among large schools in Western New York. Canisius is 5-5 ranked unofficially 11th in Western New York as the only team outside the top 10 to receive votes.

Canisius beat St. Joe's, 41-28, in Week Five (Oct. 3). St. Joe's has won five straight since. Here's my live blog account from that game. 

St. Joe's leads the all-time series, 43-29-3. Canisius has won the last four in a row between the rivals.

Canisius has never won the playoff title since the format was re-started in 2002; the Crusaders made the last two championship games but lost both times to St. Francis.

St. Joe's has won two playoff titles, with back-to-back wins in 2005 and 2006. Canisius has not won a outright League AA championship since 1980; it was part of three-way ties in 1997 and '99.

This is the first time in the league's 12 playoff championship games that the final is St. Joe's vs. Canisius. Wow.

You've voted in the poll. Now tell us why in the comments section below.

See you for the kickoff (and my pick) at Prep Talk Live.

---Keith McShea


Canisius | Cardinal O'Hara | High school football | Poll | St. Joe's | St. Mary's/Lancaster
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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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