Week Two is about to kick off, and so is our second weekend of PrepTalkTV.
We will again be in multiple locations across Western New York during another busy night of high school football. We'll have video clips, photographs and updates throughout the night.
We'll spend much of our time at Depew as the Wildcats host Burgard in tonight's marquee matchup at 7:30 p.m. -- it's one of three huge games this weekend, with two tomorrow (Williamsville South at Grand Island at 2, and Orchard Park at Clarence at 7:30).
3:27 p.m. The Friday Night Lights are a long way from being lit up, but we're headed to JFK for their early afterschool kickoff with crosstown rival Cheektowaga, the defending Class B champions. Stay tuned.
3:49 p.m. Arrived at JFK in time to get a quick picture of the sign you walk past at the gate at the home of the JFK Bears. I love it.
The sign is great, but JFK and those wild Bears are underdogs this afternoon -- the Bears were 0-8 last year and dropped its opener to Nichols last week. Cheektowaga was 10-1 last year, losing only in the Far West Regionals, while the Warriors opened with a win last week against South Park.
5:14 p.m. Updating from my phone here -- JFK had a decent opening drive, but it ended with an interception and it has been almost all Cheektowaga since. The Warriors added another interception and it has scored two second-quarter touchdowns for a 16-0 lead with 3:48 left in the second quarter.
5:39 p.m. We are at HALFTIME here at JFK -- sitting against a fence on the track, for those of you mobile reporting fans out there -- and Cheektowaga leads the Bears, 16-0.
Some details on the Warriors' scores. Cheektowaga got on the board first when quarterback Jacob Petroski found Darrell Delaney over the middle for what I believe was a 13-yard score.
The extra point was pretty awesome -- be sure to check our video when we post it in a bit. Video reporter Lauren Mariacher is in the editing booth, also known as the JFK press box, and we'll have highlights up shortly.
Kevin Daniels, who is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound lineman, lined up as the kicker. I thought wow, he must be able to get his frame lined up in a way where he pops it through the uprights. I suppose the JFK defense was thinking the same thing, because they weren't quite ready to handle what happened next. The snap when directly to Daniels, who ran right up the middle and had a few tacklers bounce off him as he went in for two points. The sideline was fired up big time and Daniels got a good helmet-whacking from a coach in appreciation.
The Warriors' next touchdown was a 5-yard run by Denzell Floyd, who started on the left side of the line, went in motion to the right, took a handoff behind good blocking and pushed his way across the goal line.
Cheektowaga made it interesting on the second extra point as well. They had an imbalanced line formation and a shotgun snap went to Petroski, who started to run before pulling a Tim Tebow -- his jump-pass found Delaney wide open in the end zone.
Here's Lauren Mariacher's video report on the first half:
5:50 p.m. We have another Cheektowaga touchdown, which just happened as I was typing away. On third-and-3 at the Cheektowaga 41, Donte Perry took a handoff to the left side for a first down and then much more. He sprinted out of the reach of JFK defenders for the 59-yard score just 1:51 into the third quarter.
On the point after, Cheektowaga brought out another fun one. With an imbalanced line again, Petroski took a shotgun snap after Rashad Thomas came in motion from his receiver spot on the right side. Thomas took the handoff and kept running to the left, but instead of keeping it as a run, he passed it to the back left corner where Eddie Fields was waiting for the two-point conversion and a 24-0 lead.
6:07 p.m. Cheektowaga's lead is now 30-6. The Warriors added a touchdown as Petroski kept the ball on a run to the right for a 26-yard run with 3:04 left in the third; the two-point conversion run was stopped on a quick handoff.
JFK scored on a 46-yard touchdown run by No. 19, whose name I will tell you as soon as I find out (no programs here today -- high school guru Dick Gallagher let me borrow his Cheektowaga roster earlier. JFK's point-after pass was no good. Cheektowaga leads by 24 with 2:06 left in the third quarter.
6:15 p.m. At the end of three quarters, Cheektowaga's lead remains 30-6.
6:26 p.m. Update from the phone on sideline -- Petroski hits Delaney for a 10-yard touchdown for a 36-6 lead with 8:41 left. Daniels tried an extra-point kick that was up, but short.
6:41 p.m. JFK gets another touchdown thanks to a tough run by Mike Musialowski, which was followed by a Jimmy Quinn conversion. Cheektowaga leads, 36-12, with 5:06 left.
6:43 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Cheektowaga 36, JFK 14. Lauren is off to West Seneca West (hosting Frontier); I'm off to West Seneca East (hosting Lafayette) after some interviews. Both games are 7 p.m. starts.
Here's Delaney's take on the game -- looks like he's going where I'm going later, too.
7:36 p.m. Hello from Depew, where we are scoreless after each team had one non-threatening series. We're under seven minutes to go in the first quarter.
I did not end up going to West Seneca East -- there was no way after spending some serious time in a major traffic jam exiting the JFK parking lot. It was going to be a close call anyways, so it's probably best for me to get here and set up. I zipped here and parked at Cayuga Heights Elementary, a great entry point for fans off Como Park Blvd.
UPDATE from video reporter Joe Popiolkowski at All High Stadium: Nichols and Grover Cleveland are tied at 6-6 in the second quarter. Devonte Whitsett ran for a touchdown for Grover in the first quarter before Matt Benedict's TD run tied it with 7:30 left in the second.
7:36 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Depew and Burgard are scoreless. Depew faces third-and-3 at its own 22. This drive follows a great chance for Burgard that was fumbled away -- the Bulldogs had first-and-10 at the Depew 13 but Laquan Dubois' carry up the middle ended with a fumble.
7:50 p.m. UPDATE from Lauren Mariacher at West Seneca West: West leads Frontier, 7-6, in the second quarter. West scored first with QB Jimmy May of Frontier scoring on a keeper run, but the extra-point kick was no good.
Here's Lauren's video from West Seneca West:
8:14 p.m. We are at HALFTIME here. Burgard and Depew are scoreless.
A tough, tight first half, very well played. Burgard has had the better of the field position but that fumble hurt. It also had a fumble, which it recovered, on another promising drive that included some razzle-dazzle.
Burgard moved from its 30 into Depew territory and faced a fourth down and 3 at the Depew 41. Burgard called a timeout with 2:19 left in the half and came out with a very nice play as Shamari Cheney took a reverse from the left side to the right, but stopped and delivered a pass to a wide-open Victor Peoples at the 28. The pass was a little off, or else Peoples would have had a touchdown.
On the next play, Corvonte Jones -- who ran very hard all half -- had a ball pop loose on a run and it was recovered by Shakier Nesbitt. That put Burgard in a second and 10 and the drive ended with two incompletions and a sack of Darren Sanders by Anthony Burgio.
8:32 p.m. UPDATE announced here: Lake Shore leads Iroquois, 14-13, at halftime.
8:45 p.m. UPDATE from media/coaching star Sean Bruso at Lancaster: Jamestown leads, 7-0, to start the third.
Here's Joe Pops' video from the Grover-Nichols game at All High Stadium:
8:45 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, we're still scoreless. Burgard has a third-and-goal at the Depew 4 coming up.
9:01 p.m. Burgard scores a TOUCHDOWN as Corvonte Jones bulls his way in on a fourth-and-goal at the Depew 2. After a failed two-point conversion pass, Burgard leads, 6-0, with 11:29 left in the game.
BIG celebration for Burgard in what has been a very good game despite some turnovers.
9:12 p.m. We are tied. Depew scores a TOUCHDOWN as quarterback Aaron Ertel hit Sam Sallaj on a slant pattern from the left side over the middle on second-and-10 at the Burgard 27. The extra-point kick, however, is wide right. Burgard 6, Depew 6.
Update from All High: Grover, 22-14, with 1:41 left but Nichols has recovered a fumble in Grover territory.
9:19 p.m. UPDATES: Grover wins, 22-14. ... Iroquois leads, 21-20, with two minutes left.
9:33 p.m. Depew has taken a 12-6 lead after a TOUCHDOWN pass of 18 yards from Ertel to Emmanuele with 38.1 seconds left in the game. Depew missed the extra point try after a bad snap.
Here's my iPhone video from the press box on the go-ahead score:
9:40 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Depew 12, Burgard 6. Burgard's last drive didn't get out of its end of the field.
10:13 p.m. We've filed our story for first edition -- wheeeeeew.
Some additional scores:
Jamestown wins at Lancaster (WOW), 12-0.
Grover Cleveland survives against Nichols with 22-14 win. ... Pioneer over Hutch-Tech, 38-7. ... Lafayette beats West Seneca East, 24-14. ... Frontier's Jimmy May (three touchdowns) kept scoring to beat West Seneca West, 21-7. ... Silver Creek over Chautauqua Lake, 48-6. ... St. Mary's beats Lew-Port, 27-7. ... Bishop Timon/St. Jude beats visiting Batavia, 32-13, as sophomore quarterback Ryan Doughtery throws for 250 yards and four touchdowns. ... Southwestern beats Salamanca, 48-0. ... Lackawanna beats Springville, 12-0. ... Iroquois survives Lake Shore, 21-20. ... Wilson beats Gowanda, 13-0.
Speaking of that Southwestern win, here are some interviews from photographer John Hickey after his trip to the Southern Tier.
Check out a cool photo gallery from tonight's action.
10:50 p.m. Just finished a PrepTalkTV wrapup with Lauren Mariacher here at Depew -- that will be posted soon.
Here it is:
Here are some more scores: Albion with a nice 21-7 home win over Maryvale. ... Alden over Medina, 25-8. ... Newfane edges Tonawanda, 17-14. ... South Park gets a nice win for the city by beating Akron, 18-8. ... Randolph keeps rolling with a 28-7 victory over Cattaraugus/Little Valley. ... Falconer beats Allegany-Limestone, 28-22.
11:29 p.m. Last scores of the night: Dunkirk beats Olean, 33-16; Westfield beats Clymer, 42-12; Portville beat Frewsburg, 26-7.
Here's my wrapup of the night -- audio-style:
See you tomorrow for a Saturday loaded with big matchups.
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