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In a week filled with key matchups, we're kicking off at Iroquois' Latimer Field (that name might sound familiar to Prep Talk Nation), where the Chiefs are hosting Williamsville South and standout quarterback Joe Licata.
Stay with us all night as we provide updates, photos and videos like this one:
Here's Iroquois coach Frank Payne's pregame chat with News video reporter Lauren Mariacher:
Here's Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach Al Monaco's pregame chat with News Reporter Aaron Besecker:
7:01 p.m. Whoa -- we picked a good game. Iroquois' Mike Siejak returns the opening kickoff and the Chiefs take a 6-0 lead 16 seconds into the game.
7:06 p.m. Great response by South, as they march down the field -- helped some by a third-down pass interference penalty at midfield -- and Joe Licata is now one away from the all-time Western New York touchdown pass record. Licata hits Kevin O'Connell for a 32-yard TOUCHDOWN with 9:11 left in the first quarter. The extra point by Josh Nuess is good and Williamsville South leads Iroquois, 7-6, with just over nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.
7:17 p.m. Will South calls a timeout with 5:01 left in the first facing a second-and-8 at the 9.
UPDATES: Orchard Park leads Riverside, 6-0, after a 60-yard pass play. ... South Park and Bishop Timon-St. Jude are scoreless in the first quarter; Timon stopped the Sparks on fourth and 5 with a sack with six minutes left in the quarter.
7:23 p.m. Williamsville South forces a three-and-out and Phil Stasiak returns the punt for a 57-yard TOUCHDOWN. Nuess adds the extra point and South leads Iroquois, 14-6, with 2:56 left in the first quarter.
UPDATES: OP now up, 12-0, on Riverside after a touchdown run by Okoya Anderson. ... Still scoreless at Timon's Fitzpatrick Field on Tifft St. as the Tigers score another sack on fourth down (and 7) at the Timon 25.
7:33 p.m. We are at the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER with Williamsville South leading Iroquois, 14-6.
Iroquois has a second-and-7 at the South 45, a possession set up with a great interception by sophomore Tyler Miller just when South looked to be set for another long drive. South missed a 28-yard field goal at the end of its second drive.
UPDATE: South Park takes 8-0 lead on Timon on a short run with 7:32 left in the second quarter.
7:41 p.m. Iroquois quarterback Brandon Souter goes in for a 2-yard TOUCHDOWN run and the two-point conversion is no good. South leads Iroquois, 14-12, with 6:51 left in the second.
UPDATES: Joe Popiolkowski, who is reporting from the Riverside-Orchard Park game, notified me that Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver and Riverside grad Mike Williams is at the game. ... Depew has a 7-0 lead on Cheektowaga after a 2-yard run by Miller with 7:54 left in the first half.
7:50 p.m. Joe Licata has tied the WNY record for career touchdowns with his 71st of his career, tying the mark of Maple Grove grad Randall Secky. Licata fired over the middle for a 7-yard TOUCHDOWN to Billy Jacobbi, who made a nice catch in traffic. Nuess adds the extra point and South leads Iroquois, 21-12, with 3:41 left in the second quarter.
UPDATE: Joe Pops reports that Riverside's Scott Keenen was hurt and has a possible concussion with an ambulance on the way to the field with 10:40 left in the second quarter.
Here are Besecker's highlights from that first quarter between South Buffalo rivals Timon and South Park, where the Sparks have a 14-0 lead with 4:41 left in the second quarter:
7:58 p.m. Iroquois with a fantastic finish to the first half as Souter -- with no timeouts left and the clock running down on a fourth-and-7 at the South 18 -- got his team to the line and then lofted a nice pass to the left corner of the end zone, where Evans made a catch despite some good defense. The two-point conversion failed and South's lead is 21-18 with two seconds left in the first half.
7:59 p.m. We are at HALFTIME with Williamsville South leading at Iroquois, 21-18.
UPDATES: Sal Constantino reports from Niagara Falls that the Wolverines are down, 21-0, to Lockport in the third quarter. ... Timon has scored a touchdown after it recovered its own fumble in the end zone, then added another score off a turnover with 37 seconds left in the half and the game is tied at 14-14 at halftime. ... Depew leads Cheektowaga, 7-0, at the end of the first quarter. ... Lancaster leads Bennett, 6-0, after the first quarter.
Highlights from Besecker in South Buffalo, including both Timon touchdowns:
Joe Pops reports that the ambulance just arrived at Riverside -- the injured player is down on the field and play has been suspended. The ambulance first went to Riverside Park. Unfortunate mix-up there, to say the least.
8:16 p.m. Update from photographer Mark Mulville at Depew -- Cheektowaga cuts the lead to 7-6 on an 11-yard run by Floyd with 3:20 left in the first half.
8:18 p.m. The second half is underway here at Iroquois. Might have a delay in updates -- I might try to get additional video of the record-breaker.
8:30 p.m. Not a bad move by me -- I set up behind the end zone and Licata hits O'Connell on a 7-yard TOUCHDOWN to put South up, 27-18, with 6:57 left in the third quarter and set a new record for Western New York.
Here's the video from Lauren Mariacher:
Here's my video from the other side of the end zone:
UPDATE: Joe Pops reports that just after the ambulance arrived at Riverside for the one injury, Orchard Park's Devon Leach went down and required assistance. The game had not yet restarted and it is in another delay. ... Besecker reports that Timon has a 21-14 lead on South Park after a Marinaro 2-yard touchdown run with 8:28 left in the third. ... Depew has a 14-6 lead on Cheektowaga at halftime.
8:39 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Williamsville South leads Iroquois, 27-18.
8:43 p.m. Big play for South as Sammy Hasan makes an interception in the end zone on a fourth-and-9 play for Iroquois; that gives South the ball with 11:47 left in the game. On the third-down play, Iroquois nearly completed a touchdown pass but the ball went through a diving receiver's hands.
UPDATE: Lancaster and Bennett are tied at 6-6 at the half, thanks to coaching/media star Sean Bruso for that one. ... South Park fans have seemed to have more energy all night in South Buffalo despite being outnumbered by Timon fans, reports Besecker. Timon still up, 21-14, late in the third. ... FINAL SCORE from Falls: Lockport 24, Niagara Falls 0.
8:49 p.m. Williamsville South -- and Licata -- have another touchdown as the quarterback fires and hits Hasan for a 5-yard score on the left side of the end zone for a 33-18 Billies lead with 6:45 left in the game.
UPDATE: Timon's lead is 21-14 over South Park after three.
8:59 p.m. Iroquois scores a TOUCHDOWN as Seijak runs 44 yard up the middle to bring Iroquois within 33-24 with 3:52 left in the game. The pass fails and South's lead is 33-24.
9:01 p.m. Hmmmm. Iroquois recovers an on-sides kick with 3:43 left.
9:08 p.m. Wow. This one isn't over. Jimmy Kloc's 3-yard TOUCHDOWN run and Justin Ziegler's extra point makes it a 33-31 South lead with 50.2 seconds left in the game.
9:09 p.m. Iroquois attempts another on-sides kick and South recovers with 47.3 seconds to go.
9:13 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Williamsville South 33, Iroquois 31.
Down to the field for interviews ...
UPDATE from Mulville at Depew: It's 14-14 with the Wildcats and Cheektowaga with 2:55 left in the third.
9:27 p.m. Back from our on-field interviews ...
Here's Lauren Mariacher's video from Will South's victory with a special guest star -- the Iroquois totem pole:
UPDATE from Mulville: Cheektowaga has taken a 20-14 lead at Depew with 8:27 left in the game.
9:54 p.m. Another update from Mulville: Depew ties the game at 20-20; the point after is no good with 1:53 left. Whoa.
10:11 p.m. Drove to Depew -- where the game went to overtime at 20-20 -- from Elma but didn't get there in time because Cayuga Heights Elementary was emptying out of cars as I approached.
The last update from Mulville was that Depew had taken a 26-20 lead on an Anthony Emmanuel touchdown in OT.
FINAL from Lancaster -- the host Redskins beat Bennett, 28-12.
The final is in from South Buffalo and Timon can claim bragging rights with a 28-14 victory over South Park. Unfortunately that game was called with five minutes left due to a bench-clearing brawl which required police to be called in.
That was the final from Depew: host Wildcats beat Cheektowaga, 26-20, in overtime. Whoa. Mulville reports that in the first overtime, Cheektowaga fumbled on its first play; on the next play, Emmanuele scored for Depew.
Here are photographer Mark Mulville's interviews from Depew's big home win:
Big one from the scoreboard: Lackawanna wins at Pioneer, 26-18, in a battle of undefeated teams in Class B South.
Here are photographer John Hickey's interviews and photos from the big win for the Steelers down in Yorkshire. The win was clinched by Christian Smith's 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter -- which came on a fourth down call by coach Bruce Lakso (sorry for the misspelling in the video, coach). Check it out:
10:25 p.m. HUGE win for Wilson, which knocks off visiting Cleveland Hill, 14-8. Wowzers.
Lafayette scores another solid win for the Buffalo Public Schools with a 20-14 victory over Lake Shore in a game that should impact Class A South playoff seedings.
10:58 p.m. Another just-miss by me. Since I knew Orchard Park and Riverside got delayed, I swung around the I-190 to Riverside, only to make the right on Ontario St. as buses from Orchard Park passed me. The scoreboard was still lit up: Orchard Park wins, 32-21.
Here are Joe Popiolkowski's highlights from early on in that one, including an interview with Riverside alum and Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting wide receiver Mike Williams:
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And to wrap it all up, here is me blabbering about the events of the evening in our podcast-y kinda thing:
My bad (chest tap): To those who listened to the end -- the wrapup we have Saturday evening will be for Week Five, of course. Bummer that there's no 'backspace' key in audio wrapups :-).
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As always, let us know what game you saw and what you thought of the action, from the teams to the players to even the concession stand.
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