Greetings on what will be an eventful night of high school football. By the end of the night, we'll know who will be headed to The Ralph for the Section VI championships.
6:59 p.m. Just arrived at Alden -- my first visit to the school -- and there's a great environment here with a super-packed bleacher and hundreds of fans standing along the fence around the field under the Friday Night Lights.
7:07 p.m. We've started. Burgard kicked off and Alden started at its 35; it just called a timeout facing second-and-10 at the Burgard 34 with 10:41 left in the first quarter. Alden has first downs via a big run by Dakota Peel and a pass interference penalty.
7:12 p.m. Alden has completed an impressive first drive with a score. Senior quarterback Tyler Stoldt took a quarterback draw and did an excellent job to speed his way to the left, dodge a few tacklers and then scoot untouched past the left pylon for a 23-yard TOUCHDOWN. Senior Ray Richards adds the extra point kick and Alden leads Burgard, 7-0, with 9:29 left in the first quarter.
7:21 p.m. Alden is off to a tremendous start. Burgard's first drive went three-and-out -- it appears that senior quarterback Darren Sanders is not playing.
Alden took just four plays to score again as Stoldt put up a very pretty pass to the back left corner to senior Nate Bailey for a 26-yard TOUCHDOWN. Another Richards kick puts Alden up, 14-0, with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
UPDATE from correspondent Nate Beutel at All High: Fredonia takes a 7-0 lead on Grover a 2-yard run by Shane Smith midway through the first quarter.
UPDATE from video reporter Joe Popiolkowski and blogger TML1000: Host Clarence leads Kenmore West, 7-0, after an 11-yard pass from Zach Lauricella to Dominic Principale.
Here's Principale's touchdown, thanks to Popiolokowski:
7:30 p.m. Alden calls a timeout with 18.7 seconds left with a first down at the Burgard 27.
7:32 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Alden leads Burgard, 14-0.
UPDATE from video reporter Lauren Mariacher: Orchard Park and Jamestown are scoreless after one quarter.
Here are Mariacher's highlights from that first quarter at OP, including a goal-line stand by the Quakers:
7:34 p.m. UPDATE: Fredonia up, 13-0, entering the second quarter after a 51-yard fumble return for a score.
UPDATE from Scott Kindberg of the Jamestown Post-Journal: Southwestern leads Salamanca, 7-0, with 6:14 left in the first quarter after a 3-yard run by John Mistretta.
7:42 p.m. Alden has scored on all three of its possessions, adding another TOUCHDOWN after another impressive drive. It ended with another pretty pass from Stoldt, a 5-yard score in which he lofted the ball up to the left side where Bailey reeled it in. Richards added another extra point and Alden's lead is 21-0 with 7:47 left in the second quarter.
UPDATE from TML: Clarence's lead is now 21-0. Wittig scored the second touchdown on a run that followed a failed fake field goal by Kenmore West.
7:51 p.m. Alden calls a timeout with 4:29 left in the second facing third-and-12 at the Burgard 43.
UPDATE from All High: A Chris Holland TD pass has cut Fredonia's lead to 13-8 with four minutes left in the second.
7:56 p.m. Alden got the first down and now has first-and-goal at the Burgard 8.
7:58 p.m. On second-and-goal at the 5, Peel takes a carry to the right side and through a great hole to pound in for a TOUCHDOWN. Richards adds another extra point and Alden has a 28-0 lead with 1:41 left in the first half.
Obviously a very, very impressive opening half for the Alden Bulldogs against the Burgard Bulldogs.
8:04 p.m. Darren Sanders has made an appearance here late in the half. Burgard had a first down at the Alden 15, but Sanders has been sacked on two straight plays. It is third and 28 at the Alden 33.
8:09 p.m. Some drama here to end the half, but Alden's big lead is intact. Burgard had a 33-yard touchdown from Shamari Cheney to Corvonte Jones waved off on a holding penalty; Cheney scrambled from the right side of the field to the left, got off a pass on the run and after the pass was deflected, Jones caught in on the doorstep of the end zone and trotted in. Burgard ended the half with another incompletion.
At HALFTIME, Alden has a 28-0 lead over Burgard.
8:12 p.m. UPDATES: Fredonia leads Grover Cleveland, 20-8, after a Shane Smith touchdown pass with four seconds left in the first half. ... Bee reporter extraordinare Pat Nagy reports that Will South has a 28-7 lead on Will East at halftime. ... Clarence leads Kenmore West, 27-0, at halftime.
8:22 p.m. UPDATES: Lackawanna has a 12-0 lead at Pioneer at halftime.
8:31 p.m. The second half has started terribly for Burgard and excellently for Alden, as Burgard fumbles a handoff on its first play from scrimmage and Alden takes over at the Burgard 29 just 15 seconds in to the third quarter.
UPDATE: Lackawanna now leads, 20-0, in the third quarter.
8:37 p.m. UPDATES: Clarence leads Kenmore West, 34-0, with 10:05 left in the third quarter; thanks to Prep Talk Nation's Coach K for that. ... Lackawanna's lead now up to 26-0.
8:39 p.m. Alden has finished off the first possession and good field position with a TOUCHDOWN after a 1-yard dive by Peel. Another Richards kick and Alden's lead is 35-0 with 6:43 left in the third quarter.
UPDATE: Fredonia's lead over Grover Cleveland is up to 26-8 in the third quarter.
8:50 p.m. UPDATES: Orchard Park leads, 26-0, in fourth quarter. ... Clarence has a 41-0 lead with 3:30 left in the third after a 10-yard pass from Lauricella to William Fitzhenry. ... Lackawanna's lead is up to 34-0.
9 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Alden leads Burgard, 35-0.
UPDATES: Will South leads East, 35-7, after three quarters.
9:11 p.m. Junior Ryan Sosnowski goes in for a 6-yard score and Richards adds another kick as Alden takes a 42-0 lead with 5:29 left in the fourth.
UPDATE: Will South now up, 35-14, in fourth.
9:19 p.m. Burgard scores on a 3-yard TOUCHDOWN on a run by junior Corvonte Jones. The two-point conversion is no good; Alden leads, 42-6, with 1:49 left.
9:26 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Alden 42, Burgard 6.
Here's the video package Joe Popiolkowski put together on the game:
FINAL: Will South wins, 42-20. ... Fredonia up, 38-20, with 3:39 left.
Time for interviews and a bunch of stuff. Be back ASAP.
9:47 p.m. A FINAL from All High: Fredonia 45, Grover Cleveland 20.
Here's Lauren Mariacher's video report on Fredonia's victory:
10:31 p.m. A FINAL from the Southern Tier thanks to standout reporter Matt Wakefield: Randolph 23, Maple Grove 8.
A FINAL thanks to Lackawanna hoop coach Tim Foley: Lackawanna 34, Pioneer 8.
Here's some postgame reaction thanks to photographer John Hickey:
10:40 p.m. The rest of the FINALS: Clarence won, 41-13; OP won, 26-0; Southwestern won, 37-0; Silver Creek won, 27-0.
We'll be back tomorrow from Sweet Home to get the final puzzle piece for the Section VI championships, and soon after we'll have another PrepTalkTV preview of those five games at The Ralph.
Finally, I'd like to thank Alden for its hospitality and a great workspace. When I showed up at the gate, I was escorted to the press box by an intern with the athletic department. Whoa. Never had that happen before.
A great touch was the reading of what I believe was referred to as the "Bulldog athletic pledge," a sportsmanship pledge that set a great tone. The pledge was also printed on a sign at the entrance to the field. Very nice job.
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