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Friday Night Live with PrepTalkTV: Big Week Six wins for Clarence, Lackawanna, Southwestern, Will South (with 13 videos and an audio wrapup)

Happy Week Six to all football fans out there.

It should be a busy, eventful night as we kick off the penultimate week of the Section VI regular season. We've got playoff spots and positioning on the line as well as some intriguing non-sectional matchups. 

We'll provide scoring updates and video highlights throughout the evening so keep hitting that refresh button.

If you're at a game that we're not and are interested in providing us updates, send them via email (or send me your cell phone number) at kmcshea@buffalonews.com. Or you can provide them in the comments section below.

5:41 p.m. We're starting at Amherst High because that's the earliest kickoff of the night -- it's a good matchup as well as Iroquois visits the Tigers with both teams vying for the No. 2 spot behind Williamsville South in Class A South.

Amherst's Dimp Wagner Alumni Field is adorned with pink balloons and banners for Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- the Tigers' "Pink the School" campaign to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has been going on all week.

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6:01 p.m. We have kicked off here, with Amherst receiving -- the Tigers will start on their 29.

6:12 p.m. Amherst's first drive ended with a punt, as did Iroquois' -- put the punt became a BIG play. A bad snap sent the punter scrambling for the ball and he got away a hastened punt, but it went right into the chest of senior Conrad Peterson. The blocked punt was picked up by junior Mike Paglicci and he ran it in about 8 yards for a TOUCHDOWN and an Amherst 6-0 lead with 6:35 left in the first quarter. The extra point missed wide left.

Iroquois had some nice running plays -- and holes -- for Mike Siejak but the Chiefs' initial drive was hindered by some penalties.

Here's video reporter Lauren Mariacher's footage from the first quarter, including that opening touchdown for the Tigers:

6:34 p.m. An update from the car -- Amherst comes up with another big special teams play to take a 14-6 lead 20 seconds into the second quarter.

The quarter actually began on a good note for Iroquois, who had Siejak go in for a 4-yard rushing touchdown -- the kick was missed -- to tie the game at 6-6 with 11:54 left in the quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, Amherst senior Cameron Matthews showed off his blazing speed on an 85-yard return in which he found an opening to the left sideline and literally sprinted to the end zone. Sophomore quarterback Justin Twarog found senior standout Keeon Colvin in the left side of the end zone for a two-point conversion and the 14-6 lead.

We're headed now to Lockport at Riverside, where the fantastic new field is being named in honor of coaching great Charlie Dingboom. You can listen to that game on WJJL-AM (1440) or via this link.

7:09 p.m. A longgg trip around the I-290 got longer thanks to that wonderful Grand Island-bridge-related lane closures, but we're here on time for kickoff at Riverside. The PA just welcomed everyone to "Charles Dingboom Stadium." That's got a nice ring.

Last update from Amherst -- as I was driving past the field, I saw Amherst score on what appeared to be a touchdown pass to give them a 20-6 lead with 4:27 left in the second quarter. I literally saw the "20" go up on the scoreboard as I rolled by.

7:15 p.m. An UPDATE thanks to Alden PA man Kevin Okiec -- who will provide updates from the Bulldogs' game at Albion -- Maryvale is up at Medina, 6-0, with 8:40 left thanks to a 65-yard touchdown run by Bilal Clay.

7:19 p.m. Riverside gets a sack to end Lockport's first possession with a three plays-and-punt.

UPDATE from News video reporter Joe Popiolkowski at St. Francis: Akeel Lynch runs in on a 9-yard touchdown to put the Red Raiders up, 7-0, on Bishop Timon-St. Jude.

7:23 p.m. Riverside punts here. UPDATE from St. Francis: Red Raiders up, 14-0, with 2:53 left in first on a fumble return for a touchdown by Dave Murphy after a fumble by the Timon quarterback.

7:31 p.m. Lockport had a first-and-goal at the 9, Riverside keeps them out of the end zone but the Lions score when strong-legged sophomore Tyler Few booted a 22-yard FIELD GOAL for a 3-0 Lockport lead with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

UPDATE from News photographer Mark Mulville at Fredonia. On the first play from scrimmage, Southwestern's Jake Swan scores on an 85-yard touchdown reception for a 7-0 Trojans lead. Talk about a statement start to that meeting of unbeaten teams in Class C South.

7:39 p.m. Riverside gets a great, slashing 18-yard TOUCHDOWN run by junior D'Yontae Parker, followed by a two-point conversion run by junior quarterback Jeremiah Cormack, and takes an 8-3 lead with 37.2 seconds left in the first quarter.

UPDATE from Fredonia: Southwestern takes a 13-0 lead on the host Hillbillies after Evan Watson catches a touchdown pass on fourth-and-5 with 9:10 left in the first quarter.

I'm hitting the road -- I'm either going to catch a game swinging around the city to the Southtowns and then end up at Clarence, or I might just shoot out to Clarence.

But before I do, another text UPDATE from Mulville. Fredonia strikes back with a long bomb of a pass play to cut the Southwestern lead to 13-6 with 8:50 left in the first quarter.

Another text UPDATE: Alden takes a 7-0 lead at Albion after a lengthy opening drive of 77 yards, capped off by Tyler Stoldt's 1-yard quarterback keeper touchdown.

UPDATE from here: Williamsville South up, 7-0, on Lafayette on a Joe Licata running touchdown. ... McKinley up, 8-0, on Starpoint in the first quarter at All High Stadium. Now I'm hitting the road.

Here's video reporter Lauren Mariacher's highlights from the first half of Riverside-Lockport:

8:13 p.m. I was going right to Clarence, but after hearing that South had a 7-6 lead over Lafayette, I made a stop here on Main St. It is halftime with South holding that 7-6 lead. Whoa. I'll be here for the third. Halftime just started.

St. Francis' lead is 14-0 over Timon at halftime. Here's Joe Popiolkowski's report from Athol Springs before he heads to Lackawanna for its big Class B game against Burgard:

More UPDATES: Clarence and Jamestown tied at 6-6 just before the half. ... Southwestern now up, 27-6, at Fredonia with 5:21 left in the first half after a 7-yard John Mistretta run and a Swan 17-yard catch. ... Riverside's lead over Lockport is still 8-3 at halftime. ... From media/coaching star Sean Bruso: West Seneca West leads rival East, 9-7. ... North Tonawanda pounding Hutch-Tech, 54-0, in second quarter. Whoa - but not a shock unfortunately for Engineer fans. ... Medina has come back to take a 14-7 lead on Maryvale at the half. ... Jeff Klug's 15-yard touchdown catch from Stoldt puts Alden up, 14-0, at Albion with 1:36 left in the first half.

The updates continue -- Clarence has a 14-6 lead on Jamestown with 1:30 to go before halftime. That's courtesy of former News Sports Dept. Hall of Fame SuperClerk Alex Chambers, now a teacher and the boys tennis coach at Clarence.

Lackawanna leads Burgard, 14-8, thanks to an update text from Steelers boys basketball coach Tim Foley.

8:28 p.m. I'm headed to the South-Lafayette sidelines to catch some action and video. More updates coming as soon as I can get them up.

8:54 p.m. South now has a 14-6 lead on Lafayette with the clock ticking under two minutes in the third quarter. The Billies boosted their lead with a 40-yard touchdown pass from Joe Licata to Phil Stasiak, a neat slant across the middle that Stasiak took in stride and ran down the middle of the field for the score with 5:04 left in the third.

8:58 p.m. Lafayette just got a first down in which it pushed its pile a little bit more than South could on a fourth-and-1 at the South 26. That was the last play of the third quarter. Lafayette first down at the South 25 to start the fourth with South up, 14-6.

More UPDATES: Clarence took a 21-6 lead on Jamestown two minutes into the second half, then pushed it to 28-6 on what Chambers reported was a "beautiful" pass by Zach Lauricella with 9:30 left in the third. ... Lackawanna is up, 20-8, on a 30-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. ... Alden's lead over Albion remains 14-0 with 10:12 left in third. ... Fredonia gets a 48-yard touchdown catch from Dillon Cassidy to cut Southwestern's lead to 27-13 at halftime. ... Riverside's lead over Lockport is 8-5 after Lockport earned a safety in the third quarter.

9:06 p.m. Lafayette is hanging tough -- the Violets score on a slick quarterback keeper to make it a 14-12 game with 10:13 remaining; its attempt for two is a similar play which is stuffed by the South defense for an obviously huge play.

Lafayette is also hitting Joe Licata whenever it can. The Violets were called for a late hit penalty after Lafayette intercepted the ball and a player hit Licata away from the ball after the Lafayette defender ran out of bounds with the ball. It was a good call. Licata also took a whack after releasing the ball, nothing too bad there. After the extra point by South on the TD to go up, 14-6, a player rushing through seemed to hit Licata -- the holder -- and the quarterback seemed to be yelling towards that player after the play.

UPDATES: Clarence is rolling now, up 35-6 after a Cooper Wittig run with 4:52 left in the third. ... Burgard scores a 65-yard touchdown run to cut Lackwanna's lead to 20-16 with 11 minutes left in the game. ... Riverside forces a fumble, picks it up and scores a touchdown, then adds the two-pointer for a 16-5 lead over visiting Lockport. Lions' quarterback Gowronski limped off the field -- thanks to TML1000 of Prep Talk blog fame for those updates. ... Alden up, 20-0, at Albion at the end of the third quarter.

9:11 p.m. South comes right back, and it's a familiar connection. Licata hits Stasiak on the left side for another 40-yard TOUCHDOWN and Josh Nuess adds the extra point kick for a 21-12 lead with 8:21 to play. Whew. What a night.

UPDATES: Whoa -- Clarence now up, 42-6. Red Devils are really rolling. ... Southwestern's lead is 27-13 at Fredonia at the end of the third quarter.

9:26 p.m. Lafayette couldn't answer South, as its next drive went backwards due in part to some penalties. South comes right back -- stop me if you've heard this before. Licata hits Stasiak for a 15-yard score -- a pass to the left side of the end zone -- and South takes a 27-12 lead with 1:58 left in the game. South calls timeout before the point-after.

South fans doing a "I believe that we have won chant. That should not be allowed. St. Joe's owns that -- it should only be used for and against them.

Licata to Stasiak again on the two-point conversion; a laser to the back of the end zone as Stasiak whizzed across. South leads, 29-12, with 1:58 left.

I'm getting ready for postgame here but I'll have updates as soon as possible. Lauren Mariacher has gone on to Clarence; I'm staying here to get interviews after the exciting second half.

9:31 p.m. Things getting interesting in Fredonia -- Hillbillies score on a Smith keeper to cut it to 27-20 Southwestern with 8:44 left in the game.

Sidenote: I'm typing while sitting cross-legged on the South paved long-jump track on the sidelines here.

9:34 p.m. Clarence is running out the clock leading, 42-6. That would be the final.

Here's Lauren's chat with Clarence quarterback Zach Lauricella:

Here's Lauren's chat with Clarence coach Tom Goddard:

We have our first official FINAL: Lackawanna 26, Burgard 16. ... Alden leads, 27-0.

Here's Joe Popiolkowski's video report as Lackawanna remained undefeated:

We have a FINAL here: South 29, Lafayette 12.

10:03 p.m. Finished interviews, then had to drive closer to Buffalo to get a clearer signal of WJJL -- I've now pulled over in the Lord Amherst parking lot on Main (seriously) and just finished listening to this FINAL: Riverside 23, Lockport 16 in OVERTIME. Whoa.

Mulville has seen an exciting one in Fredonia. Southwestern leads, 27-20, with 2:45 left in the game; the Trojans just stopped the Hillbillies on downs after Fredonia drove to the Southwestern 35. ... Final from Albion: Alden wins, 27-0.

10:03 p.m. Check that. It's a FINAL in Fredonia: Southwestern 27, Fredonia 20. Whoa again. "Best game I've watched all year," texts well-traveled Mulville.

Here's Mark's talk with victorious Southwestern after it kept its win streak going as it claimed the Class C South crown:

John Mistretta had yet another outstanding game -- so we should have spelled his name right in the video. Our apologies.

Ready for another whoa? Amherst 28, Iroquois 27 final in DOUBLE overtime, thanks to an email report from Gary Borek.

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Both the gallery and the scoreboard will be updated throughout the night.

10:16 p.m. Final score via text from WJJL play-by-play man extraordinare/city football guru Rich Kozak: Frontier beats Lancaster, 16-13. OK. We're heading home to get more video reports and finals.

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Postgame reactions from Williamsville South are below (thanks for the Bee's hard-working Pat Nagy for the top-notch interviewing).

Phil Stasiak, who had three touchdown catches in the second half, after South led just, 7-6, at halftime and after fellow senior Kevin O'Connell was knocked out of the game:

Will South quarterback Joe Licata completed 12 of 24 passes for 225 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions -- the first of which was in the second quarter and was by returned by Lafayette's Anthony Finch for the Mighty Violets' first touchdown. Like classmate Stasiak, he talked about how the second half was reminiscent of throwing the football around as little kids:

Coach Kraig Kurzanski on Lafayette's plan of attack against South's passing game:

Kurzanski described O'Connell's injury as a "double charley horse" and said he was kept out of the game for precautionary reasons; it sounds like O'Connell could be back next week.

The first traditional rivalry week game to be held was won by West Seneca East, which defeated West Seneca West, 29-23.

Here's News photographer John Hickey's talk with the winning Trojans:

You may have caught some behind-the-scenes journalism there -- like any good photographer, Hickey asked Andrew Joksimovic to spell his last name. But we're not supposed to show him spelling his name on the video :-) (but nice enunciating, Andrew).

Here's my audio wrapup of a hectic night:

We'll be back tomorrow for Saturday Afternoon Live.

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As always, we want to hear from you about the games you saw. Tell us what you thought of the teams, the players -- even the concession stand -- via the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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Week Six walkthrough

With two weeks to go in the Section VI season, we've got some crucial games that will impact playoff races, some rivalry contests and some intriguing nonleaguers.

The emotions are already running high for Alden coach Dick Diminuco.

This week's poll, as usual, asks what the weekend's top matchup is. Vote in the poll, which is also available, as always, at our high school home page.

 

Here are the full schedules for Friday and Saturday.

The Intense Milk Game of the Week is Friday's Lockport at Riverside game heard at WJJL (1440 AM) or through this link. Saturday's Sweet Home at Grand Island game will be broadcast on WGR (550 AM).

Actually, the Week Six action gets started this afternoon when Cardinal O'Hara hosts Niagara Catholic at 4:30 p.m.

Let us know why you voted the way you did -- or tell us what game not on the ballot is the one to watch -- by clicking your way to our comments section.

---Keith McShea

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Live chat Oct. 6: Football poll order (and disorder), soccer teams (and Aquinas) fans making noise, the dreaded S-word from the Southern Tier and the dreaded R-word from a 'public school coach'

How about those football polls? What about those football playoff pictures? How about all the other fall sports?

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: 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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Fumble: Class B Central's East isn't a Class B team (that makes sense, huh?) (UPDATED Oct. 6)

I fumbled in today's football story, although I'd like to think I got a little help from Section VI.

East is a Class A school playing down in the Class B Central (at the school's request) so the Panthers are ineligible for the Class B playoffs.

(I'm assuming they are out of the playoffs altogether, and yes, I know what happens when you assume. I have an email into Section VI about it).

When looking at the standings, it would appear that Cheektowaga (thanks to a loss to East) would be on the brink of not making the playoffs. That's because Section VI's Class B playoff format has the top two teams in each of the three divisions moving on along with the two best third-place teams. The B Central has Depew, Burgard, then East and Cheektowaga. But the Warriors appear safe and could even snare the No. 2 seed in the Central if it wins its next two games (including a finale against Burgard at Riverside).

In researching my story I went to the Section VI football handbook to check on the Class B tiebreaker. I did not notice the very fine print on the teams page which says East is a Class A school, but -- unless I missed it -- nowhere does it say that East is not eligible for the playoffs.

I'm trying to figure out why this would be allowed to happen -- maybe the scheduling worked out better overall? I can't think of any other examples of teams playing down in class and not being eligible for sectional playoffs. Obviously, it messes with everyone's perception of what is happening in a particular league and corrupts the regular season. 

So Class B Central teams have league games, nonleague games, and league games against East that don't really count? That makes sense.

Ultimately the mistake in the story today it is my fault. My apologies about any confusion and for Cheektowaga coach Scott Zipp having his email box fill up this morning due to the story.

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Another angle on this: So if East is a Class A school, that makes them a large school. So much for voting on East in the small school poll, which I won't be doing anymore.

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UPDATE (Oct. 6): Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt returned my email, apologized for the confusion and set some things straight.

East is not eligible for the postseason in any classification. East will appear at the bottom of the Class B Central standings no matter what happens. The league games between Central teams and East count in the standings so that all B teams have six league games (making clearer to determine those last two B playoff spots -- the two-best third-place teams from the B North, Central and South divisions (which all have seven teams and six league games).

And a few final thoughts from me: Who ends up the loser in this situation? The players at East! The whole reason the Buffalo Public Schools moved into Section VI is to participate in the sectional (and state) playoffs, and the district and/or East decided to move the Panthers into the section without any possibility of the postseason. The players obviously put together a great season, but there's no reward.

I just hope that the East players knew this situation from the start of the year (unlike the media :-) ), because I sure wouldn't be an East player hearing about how city teams are going to the playoffs this season, and rightfully enjoying wins like that over a team like Cheektowaga, and then learning that there were never any playoffs to even qualify for. 

There shouldn't be any playoffs for them, of course, because they are an A school and have played a B schedule. This was just a bad move by the city while Section VI should have been clearer letting everyone know what the deal was.

Finally: Since East is a large school, it is no longer eligible for the small school poll.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted: Week Five

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 and Week Four. Here's this week's ballot:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Sweet Home (5-0) [last week's ballot: 1] -- As clear a choice as ever. Is trip to Grand Island more dangerous for Panthers because the Vikings have slipped up a few times?

2. Clarence (5-0) [4] -- Clarence routed visiting Iroquois, 37-12, in Week One, which is just enough reason enough to slide them ahead of ...

3. Williamsville South (5-0) [3] -- ... the Billies, who had Iroquois hanging around until the end of a 33-31 victory.

One could certainly argue that South had the tougher task as it was on the road, and Iroquois is surely playing better now than it was in Week One; but I just think for South to keep the No. 2 spot, it needed a more dominant victory that didn't go down to recovering an on-sides kick at the end. There is also the factor of AA vs. A. For teams that aren't two-time defending state champions like Sweet Home, the edge usually goes to AA's larger schools (and generally larger teams with larger players -- one running back comes to mind). Clarence is also coming off an impressive rolling of Frontier. Clarence vs. Will South is certainly an interesting fantasy football matchup.

4. Orchard Park (4-1) [5] -- OP vs. Will South? Another great fantasy football matchup. For several weeks we had a clear top five; this week we have a clear top four.

5. St. Francis (1-4) [6] -- I think this top five is clear, but I'm not about to think it's a clear top five in for all of WNY.

(Sidenote: the Red Raiders got stomped at Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) on Friday night and didn't call in their game until Saturday. That's extremely disappointing. Their coaching staff knows better than that.)

Of course, anyone outside the top four (and maybe some of the top four) would get rolled at Mooney as well, but the naysayers and haters and vast-wrong wing conspiracy theorists will point at the record and Friday night's loss and be apoplectic about even having a discussion that St. Francis is a quality football team.

Anyways, the Red Raiders are still 1-0 against WNY, and right now the pecking order in the MMA has to go St. Francis, then St. Joe's, then Canisius. Anyone who has seen Canisius knows they are a very good team, which means the two other league rivals are very good teams.

6. St. Joe's (2-3) [NR] -- Stunning win. Marauders are 1-1 vs. WNY.

7. Canisius (4-1) [2] -- Stunning loss. Crusaders are 2-1 vs. WNY. Hard to believe a team that I thought had somewhat of a claim to No. 1 on this ballot (and maybe even the No. 2 overall spot in the state) could get so thoroughly thumped in a rivalry game by a St. Joe's squad that had only one win and no votes in last week's poll. Right back at it Saturday as Aquinas visits at 3.

8. Frontier (3-2) [7] -- Yes, the Falcons are still here. Yes, they've gotten thumped the last two weeks (but the thumpers have been two iron-clad top four teams). The win over Jamestown is best thing on the resume, and it was a long time ago. I had a really tough time with the bottom of this poll. 

9. Kenmore West (4-1) [10] -- Their rolling of Will North two weeks ago looks more impressive after North thumped NT. The loss to Falls is sticking in my craw a bit, especially with Falls going AWOL the last two weeks.

10. McKinley (3-2) [NR] -- Had to find a spot for the Macks after they were going toe-to-toe with Sweet Home at the start (and at the finish) Saturday. Some awful turnovers helped put them in a big halftime hole. Their opening loss to Will East -- which was a close one -- is a little easier to stomach with the Flames coming off a win over Grand Island.

Jamestown was No. 8 and now isn't in the poll, despite their fourth straight shutout. Told you I had trouble with the bottom of the poll. However, Jamestown lost to Frontier and has shutouts at home against Bennett, at Lancaster, at enigmatic Niagara Falls and home against West Seneca West -- not the strongest group of teams. Falls followed its shutout loss at home to Jamestown with a shutout loss at home to Lockport. That put Lockport and Jamestown on similar footing in my view; with Kenmore West ahead of both due to its win over Lockport. ... Iroquois is right outside the huddle as well; losses to Clarence and Will South are no great shame -- it's just their other wins are missing a wow factor.

 

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Southwestern (5-0) [1] -- Trojans take win streak to Fredonia Friday night. Will they still have it when they head back to Jamestown?

2. Depew (5-0) [2] -- Home for both Burgard and Cheektowaga, Wildcats made the big plays down the end to win both of them. Quite impressive.

3. Randolph (5-0) [3] -- Will next two weeks provide tests?

4. Lackawanna (5-0) [5] -- Nice tough-it-out win at Pioneer gives them a bump. That strength of schedule keeps flexing its muscle as Burgard visits Friday.

5. Alden (5-0) [4] -- I wonder if coach Diminuco still owns a lot of purple stuff.

6. Burgard (4-1) [7] -- Set themselves apart from East rather nicely. Friday night's game should be a blast -- but since it's a nonleaguer a certain reporter might head elsewhere.

7. Cardinal O'Hara (4-1) [8] -- Followed win over Timon by beating a St. Mary's team which I thought a solid top 15 small school. After what should be a coast past Niagara Catholic Thursday, Hawks have a strong finish to their schedule by hosting St. Joe's and St. Francis before heading to Steubenville, Ohio. 

8. East (3-2) [9] -- Loss to Burgard is not enough reason to move them down; they stay here based on that crucial win over Cheektowaga ... and ...

9. Cheektowaga (3-2) [NR] -- ... the Warriors nearly won at Depew.

10. Grover Cleveland (5-0) [10] -- I've rated them behind O'Hara based on the Nichols common opponent games (Grover's win was close, O'Hara's was an absolute rout) and joined-at-the-hip East/Cheektowaga are a step ahead mostly because Class B is much deeper (better) than C for the most part.

Pioneer probably deserves a spot but there's no room, although their best win (Eden) hasn't looked as good as it did that week. ... Fredonia might have had a chance to sqeeze in there but going OT vs. A-L is very curious. ... Silver Creek continues to be hovering just outside the huddle.

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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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Niagara Falls' Stewart verbals to UB

Rodney McKissic reports that Niagara Falls standout Dale Stewart has verbally committed to the University at Buffalo (just like older brother James Starks).

---Keith McShea

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Monday homeroom quarterback: Week Five

Five weeks down, two to go in the Section VI season, and the further we get in the schedule, it seems the bigger the surprises become.

Be sure to review our weekend coverage before voting in the poll below (everything is at the high school home page -- the poll is also posted there as well).

Friday's roundup includes the details on Williamsville South's Joe Licata becoming Western New York's leader in career touchdown passes. Saturday we had a stories on wins by St. Joe's and Sweet Home (after I went from one game to the other at halftime) and a roundup featuring big wins by the other two Williamsville schools. Check out the history of the St. Joe's-Canisius rivalry here. All the scores are here for Friday and Saturday

On the blog, scroll down to see videos from five different sites in the Friday Night Live post as well as my half-and-half journey during Saturday Afternoon Live. The Friday post includes two angles on Licata's record-breaking touchdown.

And of course, there's the Week Four wrapup edition of PrepTalkTV. The eventful Friday night also made for separate videos of: Licata's record-breaker, an expanded look at Williamsville South at Iroquois and Joe Popiolkowski's trip to Orchard Park at Riverside included a chat with Frontiers alum and current NFLer Mike Williams.

Also check out some quality input from regulars of Prep Talk Nation in the comments section on the PrepTalkTV post.

 

For a breakdown of what happened to last week's members of the top 10 polls, check out How They Fared.

Let us know what you thought of the weekend in the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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Video: PrepTalkTV Week Five features some history and a rivalry stunner

Week Five was bookended with big news -- some history on Friday night and a stunning rivalry game result on Saturday afternoon. Check it out -- and plenty more -- in PrepTalkTV's wrapup:

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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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Saturday Afternoon Live: St. Joe's clobbers Canisius, 50-26 (!!!); Sweet Home tops McKinley on half-and-half day

Hello on one of those quality-but-not-as-much-quantity Saturdays as compared to last night's busy (and eventful) Friday Night ... there are just 14 games today but there are several nice matchups.

Canisius is at St. Joe's, Clarence is hosting Frontier and Cardinal O'Hara is hosting St. Mary's, but we're checking out two-time defending state champion Sweet Home hosting McKinley in a large Class A North matchup and what is anticipated as the Panthers' first real tough test of the season.

2:32 p.m. Our first chance to update -- Sweet Home is up, 7-6, late in the first quarter.

The Panthers looked very state champ-like on their opening drive, which quickly moved downfield and ended with K.J. Zinermon's end-around run from the left side to the right end and a 10-yard TOUCHDOWN. Steve Stapleton's kick was good for the 7-0 lead.

Sweet Home on its game-opening scoring drive. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)
McKinley answered with an impressive, eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with senior quarterback Markell Ingram leaning in off left tackle for a TOUCHDOWN on a sneak on fourth-and-goal from the 1. McKinley's two-point conversion run was stuffed by junior Rashaad Rogers.

2:33 p.m. A big play for McKinley turns into a HUGE play for Sweet Home.

The Macks faced a fourth-and-1 at the Sweet Home 29 on an impressive drive. McKinley senior quarterback Markell Ingram put a pass up to the left flat and senior defensive back Kyle Luchey stepped in front of it and went 75 yards for the TOUCHDOWN. The extra point was missed; Sweet Home leads McKinley, 13-6, with 1:10 left in the first quarter

2:39 p.m. Wow the momentum is changing fast in this one. McKinley came out strong and looked very good, but some mistakes have put Sweet Home ahead, 19-6, with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. On fourth-and-11 from its 25, McKinley had bad snap mishandled by the punter, the ball bounced to the end zone and Rashaad Rogers fell on it for the TOUCHDOWN. The point-after run failed.

2:41 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Sweet Home leads McKinley, 19-6.

2:59 p.m. I was just thinking that if McKinley finds its footing after those mistakes, they could be right in this game. They just might have done that. Sophomore Kwame Duah runs right and scores on a 9-yard TOUCHDOWN. The pass fails and Sweet Home's lead is 19-12 with 5:19 left in the second quarter.

A great pass from Ingram to sophomore Stephon Johnson down the right side on third-and-6 from the McKinley 49 helped the Macks move along. It went for 42 yards -- great lofted pass dorn right side and great adjustment to make the catch just in bounds.

3:01 p.m. Just when you think this game is going to tighten up, Sweet Home stretches it out again. Junior quarterback Jordan Johnson fakes a handoff, then runs it up the middle through the linebackers and then sprints away from the defense for a 75-yard TOUCHDOWN. Johnson hits senior Ralph Neasman on the right side for a two-point conversion pass and Sweet Home's lead is 27-12 with 4:59 left in the second quarter.

3:19 p.m. Sweet Home takes advantage of a possession with just 51 seconds left in the half that came with great field possession after the Macks punted from their end zone. After a penalty (Sweet Home has had a bunch of those), Jordan Johnson faked a handoff on first-and-15 at the McKinley 28, then ran right up the middle for another TOUCHDOWN. Another two-point conversion pass, this one from Johnson to Zinermon -- who made a nice spin-off a few tacklers to gain the end zone -- gives Sweet Home a 35-12 lead with 40 seconds left in the first half

3:27 p.m. We are at HALFTIME with Sweet Home leading McKinley, 35-12.

3:32 p.m. OK. We're outta here. I've been listening to the St. Joe's-Canisius game online at WGR and St. Joe's has a stunner of a 30-12 lead at halftime. WOW.

St. Joe's had a 23-12 lead but added a touchdown on a Chad Kelly pass with 2:34 left in the second quarter.

Another update from photographer John Hickey -- he's at Clarence, where the host Red Devils had a 28-0 lead on Frontier at halftime.

I'm off to St. Joe's, I should be there in plenty of time for the finish ...

4:22 p.m. WOW, WOW, WOW.

We are at the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER AND IT IS ST. JOE'S 44, CANISIUS 12.

Just a stunning score and a tremendous performance by St. Joe's.

I heard St. Joe's score on their opening drive of the second half after a major statement of a drive, then was on hand to see Nick Hall run in for a 21-yard touchdown on their next possession. The St. Joe's defense has been outstanding, pressuring and bottling up Canisius quarterback 

4:26 p.m. Canisius gets on the board in the second half with a 10-yard touchdown run by Mercer Timmis. The extra point is good. St. Joe's leads Canisius, 44-19, with 10:13 left in the game

Update from photographer John Hickey: A final score at Clarence, where the Red Devils beat Frontier, 41-8. Hickey reports that there was a heated discussion between coaching staffs after the game after Clarence went for two on its final touchdown. Just a silly move that could certainly be called classless; there's no need for it and all it can do is welcome criticism.

4:32 p.m. Wow again. Chad Kelly keeps it and runs in for a 23-yard TOUCHDOWN for a 50-19 St. Joe's lead over Canisius with 8:34 left.

4:44 p.m. This one is all but over. St. Joe's leads Canisius, 50-19, with the clock winding under two minutes. Gotta shut down for now. Wow.

4:47 p.m. Check that. Late touchdown for Canisius with 27 seconds left. Joe's leads, 50-26.

6:37 p.m. Sorry -- been busy for a bit but just to confirm that the shocking, stunning FINAL SCORE: St. Joe's 50, Canisius 26.

Back at the office after taking care of PrepTalkTV duties, now writing my story and the shock of the result is still sinking in. Not just that St. Joe's won -- if it was a close game, you could understand that considering the rivalrly. But an absolute crushing? Only the biggest Marauder fans could have really expected that. I've said it before, I'll say it again ... wow. :-)

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Here is our Saturday scoreboard.

Some more wows, both from Williamsville. Will North beats NT, word at St. Joe's was that Will East beat Grand Island but we haven't gotten a call on that one. Nice wins by Burgard and Cardinal O'Hara as well.

Final in from Sweet Home is the Panthers taking it, 41-32. Sweet Home was up, 35-18, heading to the fourth. The Macks scored a safety then a touchdown to come within nine (35-26), and then the teams traded touchdowns for the final score.

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Here is the Week Five wrapup episode of Prep Talk TV.

One note -- we went to "production" right after the St. Joe's game and didn't know about Williamsville North's win over NT at the time. I certainly would have mentioned that at the end; my apologies about that.

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Here are links to my stories on wins by St. Joe's and Sweet Home as well as our roundup.

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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.

---Keith McShea

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Friday Night Live with PrepTalkTV: Five video reports include Licata's record-breaker, NFL's Mike Williams, big wins for Depew, Lackawanna

Time to kick off Week Five. Check out our preview story from Football Friday.

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:

* Check out our PHOTO GALLERY from tonight's action by clicking here. *

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.

* Check out our SCOREBOARD from tonight's action by clicking here. *

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.

---Keith McShea

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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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