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Friday Night Live with PrepTalkTV: Lackawanna wins at Depew, 12-6 (watch the game-winning TD here); Will South, OP, Clarence, McKinley win

Here we go -- it's the start of the Section VI football playoffs. Stay tuned to the blog all night for all the updates, video clips and more.

Here's the link to last year's live blog and game story from last year's epic Grand Island-Will South quarterfinal, which I mentioned in the video.

Our polls received record vote numbers this week as we asked who will win the Section VI championships. The picks are Clarence, Sweet Home, Depew, Southwestern and Randolph. Fittingly, the closest race was in Class B.

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7:03 p.m. Here we go. I'm in the press box at Depew's Constantino Complex after stopping by Amherst earlier.

7:09 p.m. First UPDATE of the night comes from Alden PA man Kevin Okiec -- the Bulldogs have taken a 7-0 lead on Lew-Port with 10:50 left in the first quarter.

Another one: PrepTalkTV video reporter Aaron Besecker reports Joe Licata has hit Kevin O'Connell for a touchdown and a Williamsville South 7-0 lead on Grand Island with 9:05 left in the first. Coaching/media standout Sean Bruso reports that it was 40 yards.

7:17 p.m. Dakota Peel makes an interception for Alden and he later runs in for a 4-yard touchdown and a 14-0 Alden lead with 7:41 left in the first. Kind of expected there since Alden routed the Lancers during the regular season.

7:21 p.m. Bruso and Besecker reporting from South that O'Connell is out of the game with what looks like a significant shoulder injury after he delivered a hit on defense.

7:28 p.m. Alden's lead is now 14-7 as Josh Daul hits Marc Morreale for a 13-yard score with 3:08 left.

7:30 p.m. We've kicked off here as Lackawanna kicks off to Depew and the Wildcats start on their 35.

7:36 p.m. Depew's first drive results in a TOUCHDOWN thanks to a huge third-down conversion on third-and-14 from the Depew 31 in which junior Aaron Ertel hit wide-open senior Sam Sallaj down the right sideline to move the Wildcats to the Lackawanna 13. Three plays later, Ertel kept it for a 1-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 Depew lead over Lackawanna with 8:06 left in the first quarter.

7:40 p.m. UPDATES: Grand Island gets an interception but its drive fails; GI's next drive features a 20-plus-yard run by Pat Gallagher is a long one but a field goal is missed; GI's Mark Lydle blocks a punt by South quarterback Joe Licata; 7-0 lead for South to end the first quarter.

GI then ties it up at 7-7 on a 7-yard TD catch by Gallagher with 11:50 left in the second quarter.

Alden leads, 14-7, after one quarter.

7:46 p.m. Will South goes up, 14-7 on a 32-yard pass from Licata to Billy Jaccobi.

7:46 p.m. Lackawanna comes back with a TOUCHDOWN on its first drive as junior quarterback Christian Smith keeps the ball on an option set up and runs to the right side and cleanly into the end zone for a 12-yard score with 3:14 left in the first quarter. Nice drive for Lackawanna that started on its 33 and featured a conversion on third-and-1 at the Lackawanna 42 and fourth-and-1 at the Depew 19. The extra point is blocked and we are tied at 6-6 at Depew.

7:54 p.m. We are at the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER with Depew and Lackawanna tied at 6-6.

UPDATES: Alden up, 21-7, with 7:19 left in the second quarter after a Ryan Sosnowski 4-yard run and a Richards kick.

McKinley is up, 14-0, at halftime. Reports from Joe Popiolkowski have a 23-yard TD catch by Jonathan Flanagan in the first quarter; Dajuan Rutledge scored on a run midway through the second that was followed by a two-point conversion.

Here are highlights from Popiolkowski -- an Amherst interception followed by Flanagan's touchdown:

8:06 p.m. UPDATES: GI scores on an 8-yard pass to make it 14-14. ... Grover Cleveland leads Allegany-Limestone, 20-0; thanks to former longtime Grover boys hoops coach Earl Schunk for that one. ... Orchard Park took a 3-0 lead and is now up, 9-7.

Buddy Ammerman scores on a 17-yard run for South to give the Billies a 21-14 lead.

OP's lead now 16-7 after 65-yard pass with 11:30 left in second quarter; that thanks to Prep Talk Nation member bullsfan, a big hoops commentator.

8:15 p.m. Catching up here: Lackawanna's Shayne Daley makes an interception to stop Depew's drive -- which had advanced to the Lackawanna 36 -- after the Steelers' score; Lackawanna punts; Depew puts together a long drive which started on its 5 and reached the Steelers' 24, but Sam Sallaj was stopped short on a fourth-and-10 after making a catch and Lackawanna took over at its 16 with 1:23 left in the first half.

8:19 p.m. We are at HALFTIME with Depew and Lackawanna tied at 6-6.

8:24 p.m. Latest update from Will South is that the Billies have a 24-14 lead at halftime thanks to a late second-quarter field goal.

Will South highlights here -- including TDs for both teams, GI's blocked punt and apparently the play on which Kevin O'Connell was injured -- thanks to video reporter Aaron Besecker:

8:26 p.m. UPDATES: Besecker just checked in from Clarence, where the host Red Devils have a 14-0 lead on Lockport early in the third quarter (10:30 left). ... OP now up, 30-7, with six minutes left in the second quarter thanks to a 45-yard touchdown run by Okoya Anderson.

8:35 p.m. Depew kicks off the second half here and Christian Smith returns it to the Lackawanna 38.

8:39 p.m. Lackawanna punts on its first possession; Depew takes over at its 17.

UPDATES: McKinley leads, 24-0, at halftime. ... Alden up, 28-7, on 14-yard run by Sosnowski with 9:35 left in third. ... Clarence takes a 21-0 lead with 4:59 left in the third quarter after a Michael Gelz 11-yard touchdown run.

8:44 p.m. Depew punts; Lackawanna gets a nice return by Keith Taggard and it starts at its 34 with 6:30 left in the third.

UPDATES: Clarence up, 28-0, on another Gelz touchdown, this one for 36 yards with 1:31 left in the third. ... South takes a 31-14 lead on a 75-yard touchdown pass from Licata to Stasiak with 9:50 to go in the third.

8:49 p.m. Depew takes over at its 24 with just over three minutes left in the third after a Lackawanna punt. ... UPDATES: Clarence up 28-0 heading to the fourth. ... OP up, 30-7, at half.

8:54 p.m. Daley with his second INTERCEPTION of the game as two rushers converged on Ertel and he threw an ill-advised pass to the left side where Daley easily caught it with no Depew receiver nearby. Lackawanna takes over at its 33 with 1:22 left in the third.

UPDATES: Clarence up, 35-0, after a Sean Wolf touchdown with 9:52 left in the fourth quarter. ... Alden up, 35-7, with 3:50 left in third after Sosnowski 45-yard catch from Tyler Stoldt. ... South up, 37-14, after 72-yard pass from Licata to Stasiak.

8:57 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, still a 6-6 tie for Depew and Lackawanna.

On the first play of the fourth, Depew gets an INTERCEPTION right back as a pressured Smith's pass is nabbed by Tyler Stachowski to give the Wildcats the ball at its 40 with 11:50 left in the fourth quarter.

9:01 p.m. Depew three-and-out; Lackawanna takes over at its 26 wtih 10:01 left in the game.

9:10 p.m. UPDATES: Alden up, 42-7, early in fourth ... FINAL SCORE: Clarence beats Lockport, 35-0. ... South up, 37-14, heading to fourth.

Watch highlights and listen to Clarence coach Tom Goddard's reaction after the Red Devils' big win, thanks to video reporter Aaron Besecker:

9:11 p.m. Lackwanna punts; Depew punts; Steelers take over at their 47 with 3:34 left.

9:15 p.m. Lackawanna TOUCHDOWN as Christian Smith hits Shayne Daley on a slant from the right side across the middle and Daley outran the secondary, just diving in and breaking the plane as he was tackled near the goal line. The Steelers lead, 12-6, with 2:06 left in the game; Lackawanna calls a timeout before the conversion.

Here's the go-ahead touchdown, thanks to video reporter Joe Popiolkowski:

Lackawanna's Smith is stopped just short after a zany run away from the defenders.

9:21 p.m. Report that Lew-Port's female kicker Meaghan Murphy hit a field goal; Alden leads, 42-10, with 5:22 left.

9:29 p.m. Depew fumbles on fourth-and-1 at the Lackawanna 26 with 34.3 seconds left; Lackawanna takes over with 28.8 seconds left.

9:31 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Lackawanna beats Depew, 12-6.

Here's our wrapup from Lackawanna's big win, produced by Popiolkowski:

FINAL: Will South wins, 43-14. O'Connell suffered a shoulder injury which knocked him out of the game and which would be a huge loss for the Billies however long he is out.

Here's Besecker's report from Will South's victory, including Licata's take on O'Connell's injury:

FINAL: Alden wins, 42-10. ... Southwestern is up, 42-0, on Gowanda going to fourth. ... I'm very busy for next hour or so, will pass on updates when I can.

10:07 p.m. Filed story for first edition. Whew.

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Lackawanna will head to Pioneer next week. Pioneer beat Medina, 24-16. Lackawanna won at Pioneer during the Class B South regular season.

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Orchard Park's final was 51-7 over visiting Williamsville North. Listen to the Quakers' reaction, thanks to photographer John Hickey:

Quite a busy night here as we got the playoffs started. Here's my audio wrapup for Friday.

Here's how the /updated bracket-matchups look.

I'm headed to Riverside Saturday afternoon for their game with Jamestown, and I'll have updates from the other four contests. See you then.

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As always, we want to hear from you about any games you saw: Let us know what you thought of the players, teams -- even the concession stand -- in the comments section below.

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Also, if you will be at a game and are interested in supplying updates to the Prep Talk blog, email me with your name and cell number at [email protected] and I'll get in touch -- or you can just email me updates from one of those fancy phones. We don't need every play or even every possession -- just scoring plays and the score after each quarter and anything else that would cause you to blow up a fellow fan's phone with a text/email. I'll definitely give you a shoutout here, as I have the last few weeks, for helping pass the word along during the Friday Night Live and Saturday Afternoon Live blogs.

After covering the Lackawanna at Depew Class B quarterfinal tonight, I'll be on hand for the Jamestown at Riverside AA game tomorrow.

---Keith McShea

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Sweet Home gets wide support as NY's No. 1

Just checking in on some national Web sites' rankings of New York high school football. It's always interesting to see how they slot New York, which is certainly a step behind much of the country when it comes to the sport.

Sweet Home, as it did in the preseason, is getting the nod for the top team overall in the state by several polls. 

The National Prep Poll has Sweet Home as its only team from New York. The Panthers didn't make the Northeast top 10 (one of seven regional rankings) but it was listed as the only team "just missing out" in from the Northeast.

The Panthers were also No. 100 in last week's Rivals 100 before dropping down to others receiving consideration this week.

The USA Today regional rankings have Sweet Home at No. 4 in the East, impressively (and surprisingly) ahead of Bergen Catholic of New Jersey.

In this week's ESPNRise regional rankings, Sweet Home is the first team from New York tabbed at No. 7 in the East (consisting of 13 states and the District of Columbia).

I'll probably get an email making sure I know that St. Anthony's of Long Island is tucked right behind the Panthers at No. 8 in the East. ESPNRise rates the top 20 teams in five regions in addition to its national top 50. Gauging by East No. 5 Bergen (N.J.) Catholic being just left out of the top 50, one might guesstimate that Sweet Home is hovering perhaps a just a chain-link inside a national 100.

Speaking of St. Anthony's, a pretty good gauge of downstate and how it stacks up with some neighbors is the MSGVarsity Tri-State Top 25 (even if you can't see all 25 because you have to pay to see the site). St. Anthony's was ranked fifth with Sachem East of Long Island at No. 8. Bergen Catholic is No. 2 behind another Jersey school, widely acknowleged national power Don Bosco.

Of course, then there are the state rankings put together by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Sweet Home No. 1 in A in front of Aquinas; Monroe-Woodbury (which is eligible for the MSGVarsity poll) ahead of both St. Anthony's and Sachem.

As I wrote in the preseason, I think it's a deserved spot for Sweet Home based on their past success, and they've kept rolling this year. I think Sweet Home and St. Anthony's are the certainly the top contenders for the spot, with Aquinas needing to be noted along with Monroe-Woodbury and Sachem as the next tier.

I have my doubts about M-W as a No. 1 in the state in AA since longtime keen downstate high school writer Kevin Devaney Jr. (who moved from the Journal-News to MSGVarsity) has had New Rochelle ahead of M-W in his poll.

Fun stuff, and heady days for WNY football with Sweet Home's recognition as well as the streaks the Panthers and Southwestern have going.

---Keith McShea

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Live chat Oct. 20: Hoops, football playoffs, Clarence's big soccer win and a mid-chat radio appearance

Here we go: We've got a complete Section VI playoff picture, and the other fall sports (soccer seeding meetings are Saturday) are right around the corner. There will be plenty of talk about who you want to win in football, and where The News voted your team is in the poll.

Our weekly chat is tonight at 8:30, and, as always, anything in the world of high school sports or our coverage of it is up for discussion. 

I promise I'll get to your question or comment -- but please be patient. It can get busy fielding all of the questions and I can only answer one at a time. And please don't enter your question/comment multiple times -- that only makes things crazier.

Here are this season's previous chats: Oct. 13, Oct. 6, Sept. 22, Sept. 15, Sept. 8 and our kickoff (Sept. 1). Here's a link to the final session of the spring (which also includes last school year's spring and winter archives).

As always, if you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section or email me and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted: Week Seven

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls. Check out this week's polls here.

We have one vote in each poll. Here's how we voted in the preseason, Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week FourWeek Five and Week Six. Here's this week's ballot:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Sweet Home (7-0) [last week's ballot: 1] -- Look out Lafayette.

2. Clarence (7-0) [2] -- Good news is that the Red Devils have the No. 1 seed. The bad news might be that AA North has been so balanced and so unpredictable, getting their No. 4 is not too much different from getting their No. 1. 

3. Orchard Park (6-1) [3] -- Nice comeback down at Strider Field in what was sort of a trap game: OP had clinched a spot, long road trip, etc.

4. Williamsville South (7-0) [4] -- South hosts the same team in the quarters ... Grand Island has the same kicker ... Is the forecast for rain Friday night? ... (cue up the spooky Halloween music here).

5. St. Francis (2-5) [5] -- 2-0 vs. WNY. Broken record alert: Super-safe to say that St. Ignatius would beat everyone in WNY other than Sweet Home, and even that qualifier would probably get a Ohioan's buckeyes crossed. The loss of Lynch might make this ranking a bit tenuous, but we'll cross St. Francis Drive when we come to it.

6. St. Joe's (3-4) [6] -- 2-1 vs. WNY. I thought that game was going to be close, but the St. Joe's offense and Chad Kelly did not let that happen.

7. Canisius (5-2) [7] -- 2-1 vs. WNY. Crusaders get a feel-good, get-healthy win; but the 54-6 victory came against a feel-sorry-for, at-least-you-have-your-health Kearney team which ended its season 0-7 after losing all its games by at least 18. St. Joe's beat the Kings, 44-0; St. Mary's beat them, 40-14. Crusaders head to Ohio for what is likely to be the opposite kind of game. It's all about Week Nine (home for St. Francis) and the two postseason weeks that follow.

Excuse me while I flashback to last week's poll while slapping myself on the back, which is very difficult to do while typing: "Aquinas taking on Cathedral Prep next week. Bold prediction: Aquinas by three touchdowns." Aquinas 39, Cathedral Prep 14.

8. Riverside (4-3) [NR] -- Back-to-back wins over Lockport and Ken West get them a championship the city can point to in a first season of great success (five of eight eligible teams make the playoffs), this spot in the poll, and ... whoaaa, a tough first-round matchup against Jamestown.

9. Kenmore West (5-2) [8] -- Have big-play ability I saw in the first half against Riverside, but not in the fourth quarter.

10. McKinley (5-2) [9] -- I'll still call them a clear No. 3 in Class A. I know Will East had clinched already, but the Flames have to win at home against a team (Starpoint) that other A playoff teams beat if they want to earn poll cred. Macks finished the season in style by overwhelming a decent St. Mary's team.

Frontier gets bumped with Riverside's elevation and is probably No. 11. Falcons' Week One win over Jamestown was a while ago (and only 13-0), while the Red Raiders (we'll call them No. 11a) put up a good fight against OP. Falcons have a chance to turn heads again at Ken West on Saturday. ... Will North is No. 11b after a fine finish up at 11c Lockport in what turned out to be a I-don't-know-which-is-worse-bowl: Lockport takes trip to Clarence; Will North goes to OP. ... Amherst is 6-1 after beating a desperate Lake Shore team by a touchdown. But in the super-deluxe version of this poll (which, of course, doesn't exist), the Tigers are behind the aforementioned teams, as well as North Tonawanda. And probably Grand Island and Niagara Falls. I'd think about Starpoint too after it won big at Will East. I don't have anything against the Tigers. Just the way I see it trying to put this poll together. I'm utterly blown away that they are No. 6.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Southwestern (7-0) [1] -- Read this story. A great moment captured in the opening lines by Jamestown Post-Journal's Scott Kindberg says it all.

2. Depew (7-0) [2] -- These guys are big, tough, talented, multi-dimensional, and smart. And if you happen to be in a close game with them in the fourth quarter, they have found a way to beat you. Friday night's win will go down in the history of the Lancaster-Depew rivalry. Now it's just a question of what kind of label the 2010 team has 20 years from now when Wildcat fans are taunting Redskin-ners about Ertel-to-Miller in the final minutes. "Remember in 2010 when we beat you in the final minutes? That team finished the regular season undefeated and then _________."

3. Randolph (7-0) [3] -- Another link from a fine fellow down south, the P-J's Matthew Wakefield details the ridiculously dominant win Friday night. Can anyone get in the way of Randolph-Silver Creek?

4. Alden (7-0) [5] -- Bulldogs' dominant season pays off with top seed, and how: Instead of Lackawanna at No. 7, it will host a No. 8 Lew-Port team it beat, 56-7, in Week Three.

5. Burgard (5-2) [6] -- I know they lost at Lackawanna, but that was on the road in a nonleaguer; the way they routed a desperate Cheektowaga team at home, I'm guessing they might be able to return the favor to the Steelers at home. That also allows me to pull a Monsignor Martin and rank the next three the way they fell in the standings ...

6. Pioneer (6-1) [NR] -- ... the Panthers (loss was home to Lackawanna by eight two weeks ago) ...  

7. Eden (6-1) [NR] -- ... then the Raiders (loss was at Pioneer by 20 in Week Three) ...

8. Lackawanna (6-1) [4] -- ... then the Steelers, who pay a big price/earn a big opportunity to bounce back after closing with the home loss to Eden: a trip to the blue turf of Depew.

9. Cardinal O'Hara (5-2) [7] -- I will stand by my claim that the Hawks will win one of the next two weeks after St. Joe's -- in my top 10 large schools -- lit up the scoreboard on the north side of the Town of Tonawanda. 

10. Grover Cleveland (7-0) [9] -- Nice rivalry win over Lafayette. Presidents are a very good Class C team, but there just are too many very good Class B teams. The next few weeks will show us how presidential they are -- we could have a showdown with one of the other teams with a claim to this spot (Fredonia) in the semifinals.

Silver Creek deserves to be ranked. But unfortunately the ballot doesn't go to 11.

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Also, visit here Wednesday for a live chat with yours truly at 8:30 p.m.

---Keith McShea

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Southwestern's 36-game win streak tied for third-longest in nation

Thanks to Prep Talk blog first-ballot Hall of Famer Milt Latimer for this one: Southwestern's 36-game win streak, which is one short of the Western New York record of 37 held by Lackawanna (it ended in 1999), is also tied for the third-longest win streak in the nation.

Calpreps.com keeps track of the streaks, which became notable this weekend when Reidsville of North Carolina lost to Cummings, 28-7, over the weekend.

Southwestern is tied with a team from Kentucky (Highlands) and Tennessee (Alcoa) at 36, and the top spot isn't too far off. The top win streak of 39 is owned by West Rowan of Mt. Ulla, N.C., while Phoebus of Hampton, Va., is second at 37.

That's not all -- Sweet Home is next on the list behind Southwestern, tied with Hamilton of Chandler, Ariz., for sixth at 33.

---Keith McShea

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Section VI football playoff schedule set

We knew the matchups -- now we now the dates, times and sites.

Check out our video and vote in the polls. Overall records are listed; seedings reflect placement in two-division format in AA, A, C and D (for example, N1-first place in North Division).

CLASS AA

N4-Lockport (4-3) at S1-Clarence (7-0), 7 p.m. Friday
S3-Frontier (5-2) at N2-Kenmore West (5-2), 2 p.m. Saturday
N3-Williamsville North (5-2) at S2-Orchard Park (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
S4-Jamestown (4-3) at N1-Riverside (4-3), 2 p.m. Saturday

CLASS A

S4-Lafayette (2-5) at N1-Sweet Home (7-0), 2 p.m. Saturday
N3-McKinley (5-2) at S2-Amherst (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
S3-Iroquois (4-3) at N2-Williamsville East (4-3), 2 p.m. Saturday
N4-Grand Island (3-4) at S1-Williamsville South (7-0), 7 p.m. Friday

CLASS B

8-Lew-Port (4-3) at 1-Alden (7-0), 7 p.m. Friday
5-Eden (6-1) at 4-Burgard (5-2), 2 p.m. Saturday at All High Stadium
6-Medina (6-1) at 3-Pioneer (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
7-Lackawanna (6-1) at 2-Depew (7-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

CLASS C

S4-Allegany-Limestone (2-5) at N1-Grover Cleveland (7-0), 7 p.m. Friday at All High Stadium
N3-Cleveland Hill (5-2) at S2-Fredonia (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
S3-Salamanca (4-3) at N2-Wilson (4-3), 7 p.m. Friday
N4-Gowanda (1-6) at S1-Southwestern (7-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

CLASS D

W4-Westfield (4-3) at E1-Randolph (7-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
E3-Frewsburg (5-2) at W2-Maple Grove (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
W3-Chautauqua Lake (5-2) at E2-Portville (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
E4-Pine Valley (4-3) at W1-Silver Creek (7-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday

The consolation bowl schedule and other nonleague matchups between non-playoff teams, as well as the Harvard Cup consolation games, are available on the week-by-week season schedule, which can also be found under "Key Links" at the high school home page.

---Keith McShea

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Video: PrepTalkTV looks at the playoff picture

PrepTalkTV's weekly wrapup takes a look at the most important thing to come out of Week Seven: The Section VI playoff matchups (guest starring a wipe board, not-the-neatest handwriting and some bracketology):

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You can find all of our videos easily by going to the video player and clicking the "PrepTalkTV" tab.

---Keith McShea

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Who's going to win Section VI football titles?

The matchups are set, so watch our video and let us know the answer to the big question:

Who's going to end up winning at The Ralph?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, let us know why you voted the way you did in the comments section below, or stop by our always-lively weekly live chat at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Also feel free to help get out the vote by taking our new Facebook or twitter links for a spin below.

---Keith McShea

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Section VI football playoff brackets set

Welcome to our Section VI playoff build-a-bracket workshop.

Entering Friday night, we knew that the Class C playoffs were set while we knew some teams had assured themselves seeds in other divisions.

This post began Friday evening with what we knew (check our initial playoff picture post and our AA North follow-up), and we updated it through the weekend.

I confirmed these matchups with Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt. Dates, times and sites -- as well as the consolation bowl matchups -- will be determined by Stoldt and the Section VI committee at Sunday morning's Section VI meeting.

The seedings in each bracket were predetermined according to the division standings (N1-First place in North Division). Key: N-North Division, S-South Division, E-East Division, W-West Division, C-Central Division

CLASS AA

N4-Lockport at S1-Clarence
N3-Williamsville North at S2-Orchard Park
S3-Frontier at N2-Kenmore West
S4-Jamestown at N1-Riverside

CLASS A

S4-Lafayette at N1-Sweet Home
S3-Iroquois at N2-Williamsville East
N3-McKinley at S2-Amherst
N4-Grand Island at S1-Williamsville South

CLASS B

This was the most in-flux playoff picture due to its three divisions. Central champion Depew and North champion Alden were assured two of the top three seeds while South leader Lackawanna was the only other team clearly assured of a playoff spot entering the weekend.

The seedings for Class B were arranged by where you finished in your division. The three first-place teams earned the top three seeds; the three second-place teams earned the next three seeds; the best two third-place teams took the last two spots.

B8-Lew-Port (No. 2 third-place team) at B1-Alden (No. 1 division winner)

B7-Lackawanna (No. 1 third-place team) at B2-Depew (No. 2 division winner)

B6-Medina (No. 3 second-place team) at B3-Pioneer (No. 3 division winner)

B5-Eden (No. 2 second-place team) at B4-Burgard (No. 1 second-place team)

The Class B scenarios that came to fruition:

Burgard beat Cheektowaga: Burgard becomes No. 4 at 5-1 after winning point differential tiebreakers with Eden and Medina; Cheektowaga dropped to 3-3 (and was hoping for a Lew-Port loss and to win the point differential tiebreaker for No. 8).

Lew-Port won: It is 4-2 and takes the No. 8 spot.

CLASS C

S4-Allegany-Limestone (1-4) at N1-Grover Cleveland (4-0)
S3-Salamanca (3-2) at N2-Wilson (3-1)
N3-Cleveland Hill (2-2) at S2-Fredonia (4-1)
N4-Gowanda (1-3) at S1-Southwestern (5-0)

CLASS D

W4-Westfield at E1-Randolph
W3-Chautauqua Lake at E2-Portville
E3-Frewsburg at W2-Maple Grove
E4-Pine Valley at W1-Silver Creek

---Keith McShea

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Saturday Afternoon Live: Riverside beats Kenmore West, 7-2, to win AA North title

Good afternoon on a spectacularly sunny day at Kenmore West's Crosby Field, where we'll determine the AA North champion today as Riverside takes on the Blue Devils.

In a final from this morning, thanks to Rich Kozak: Grover Cleveland routed Lafayette, 34-8, as Grover quarterback Chris Holland won the Paul Missana MVP Award in the rivalry game.

Just for the record, I know I have Ken West in my top 10, but my gut tells me Riverside keeps rolling with a win today.

Great day for football at Crosby Field. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) 2:04 p.m. We're under way and Kenmore West punted after its first possession.

2:18 p.m. Riverside has scored on its first drive after a 24-yard TOUCHDOWN pass from quarterback Jeremiah Cormack to Charles Pawlak. Pawlak went up and won a jump-ball from James Argiro on the right side of the end zone. Sophomore Roland Wapalo kicks the extra point and Riverside leads Kenmore West, 7-0, with 5:19 left in the first quarter.

UPDATE from photographer Mark Mulville, who is at Riverside: Burgard leads Cheektowaga, 16-8, with 3:12 left in the first quarter. Burgard jumped to a 16-0 lead on a 60-yard fumble recovery for a score; Cheektowaga took advantage of a fumble on its score.

2:34 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Riverside leads Kenmore West, 7-0, with Ken West facing a second-and-8 at its 4.

UPDATE from Williamsville North fan Scott Castilone at Lockport: Lockport and North are scoreless after the first quarter.

UPDATE from Mulville: Burgard is up, 24-8, with 1:45 left in the first quarter after a 55-yard pass play for a score.

2:44 p.m. UPDATE from Castilone AND Prep Talk blog favorite Malt Blathermore: Lockport 3, Will North 0 with 4:58 left in the first quarter.

UPDATE from Mulville: Burgard leads, 24-8, after the first quarter.

A bad snap by Riverside on fourth-and-15 at its 20 results in a host of Blue Devil tacklers take down the punter deep in the end zone for a SAFETY. With 5:31 left in the second quarter, Riverside leads Kenmore West, 7-2.

2:50 p.m. Riverside stops Kenmore West and forces a punt and takes over on its 20 wtih 3:11 left in the first half.

UPDATE: Burgard up, 24-14, in second quarter but Cheektowaga is driving after it got an interception.

UPDATE: Will North takes a 7-3 lead with two minutes left in the second quarter on a pass from Hall to Teal.

UPDATE: St. Joe's leads at Cardinal O'Hara, 14-12, after first quarter; thanks to St. Joe's assistant hoop coach Jack Herlan for that.

2:58 p.m. Riverside's possession ended with a punt; Ken West now forced to punt on fourth-and-3 from its 37 and 1:16 left in the second quarter.

UPDATE: Man, that Burgard game is pretty crazy. Burgard intercepts Cheektowaga and takes it deep into Warrior territory.

3:04 p.m. It is HALFTIME here with Riverside leading Kenmore West, 7-2.

UPDATE: Burgard takes a 32-14 lead on a Sanders keeper for a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 6:22 left in the second quarter.

UPDATE: O'Hara takes a 18-17 lead on St. Joe's after a 44-yard run by Robert Davis.

UPDATE: Will North leads Lockport, 7-3, at halftime.

3:20 p.m. After a short jog to the car for a much-needed power strip, we're back.

UPDATE from O'Hara: Chad Kelly's 25-yard TD run puts Joe's up, 23-18, just before halftime.

UPDATE from Riverside: Burgard leads Cheektowaga, 32-20, at halftime.

Here it's been what I expected, especially for a Riverside game -- a tight defensive battle. Unfortunately for Riverside, it is much like other games I've seen from them in that they have had a lot of penalties. Ken West's Marcus Lobdell has unleashed some very nice passes, and he's gotten some great catches from his receivers. If it stays this tight, the Blue Devils have what it takes to make a tough, big play when it counts. Should be fun. Ken West is kicking off to Riverside.

3:37 p.m. Kenmore West calls a timeout before fourth-and-goal at the Riverside 5 with 3:58 left in the third quarter. Lengthy drive is West's first of the second half after forcing a quick punt by Riverside.

3:41 p.m. Riverside stoped West on a fourth-and-goal, then punted; West takes over at the Riverside 40 with 34.7 seconds to go in the third quarter. 

UPDATE: Bishop Timon-St. Jude not surprisingly scores a 42-0 win over Nichols.

3:45 p.m. At the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Riverside leads Kenmore West, 7-2.

UPDATE: Lockport kicks a field goal two plays into the fourth quarter; North leads, 7-6.

3:55 p.m. Riverside gets a first down on a fake punt, but soon punts and Ken West takes over at its 28 with 6:49 to play.

UPDATE: North takes a 14-6 lead with 7:32 to play on a 1-yard pass from Hall to Gronkowski.

4 p.m. Riverside forced a Ken West punt and took over at midfield with 5:14 left.

4:05 p.m. Kenmore West takes over on downs at its 30 with 2:31 left.

4:08 p.m. Ken West turns it over on downs after four plays and Riverside looks very good as it takes over at the Ken West 33 with 1:24 to play.

4:15 p.m. Riverside takes a timeout with 17.2 seconds left facing fourth-and-6 at the Kenmore West 27. They'll try to run the clock out and/or get a first down. Still some hope for Ken West. 

UPDATE: Lockport takes a 20-14 lead with 4:31 left.

UPDATE: Burgard leads Cheektowaga, 32-20, after three quarters.

4:19 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Riverside 7, Kenmore West 2.

Riverside wins the Class AA North Division championship and NT is out of the playoffs. Kenmore West is the second seed followed by Lockport and Will North -- depending on their game.

Will North leads at Lockport, 21-20, with 1:19 left.

Running down to do interviews ... will be back with updates ASAP ...

4:35 p.m. Interviews done, rescued laptop from locked press box and now a few more updates:

FINAL: Burgard beats Cheektowaga, 40-20.

FINAL: Williamsville North beats Lockport, 21-20. Lockport misses a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left. Whoa. Thanks to North fan Scott Castilone and Prep Talk fav Malt Blathermore for the updates from Lockport. 

AA North order of finish: 1-Riverside, 2-Kenmore West, 3-Williamsville North, 4-Lockport.

UPDATE: Chad Kelly throws his third touchdown of the day, 48 yards to Kyle Briggs, to go up, 43-18, at Cardinal O'Hara.

4:47 p.m. FINAL: St. Joe's 43, Cardinal O'Hara 25.

6:11 p.m. By our account, the playoff picture is now complete. Lew-Port wins (in overtime!) to clinch the eighth and final spot in Class B; Grand Island wins to take fourth place in A North.

Time to write some stories and get some videos put together for me. The official Section VI seeding meeting is Sunday morning, where dates, times and the complete consolation bowl playoff schedule will be determined. We'll relay that info as soon as we get it; it will definitely be in Monday's paper.

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As always, we want to hear from you if you were at any games. Tell us about the players, teams -- even the concession stand.

---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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