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Prep Talk Live's Class C replay: Southwestern vs. Fredonia

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of the Section VI championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live's Class B replay: Alden vs. Lackawanna

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of the Section VI championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live's Class A replay: Sweet Home vs. Williamsville South

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of the Section VI championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live's Class D replay: Randolph vs. Silver Creek

Go to the Prep Talk Live page for blogging, video and photos from all of the Section VI championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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

---Keith McShea

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Prep Talk Live is your home for the Section VI football finals

I'm almost as fired up as the players who will run down the tunnel onto the Ralph Wilson Stadium turf tonight.

Check out our Prep Talk Live page, which will be your home for live coverage of all of the Section VI championship games.

I'll be doing live blogs to account for the play-by-play and all the details. We will have videos and photos up before, during and after the games thanks to the PrepTalkTV team (on the scene and behind the scenes) that brought you our weekly Friday Night Live coverage (archive here) on the blog.

You'll be able to review the live blog accounts of the games here afterwards.

---Keith McShea

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Funke to be honored at The Ralph tonight

The late Chuck Funke will be honored tonight as the Section VI football championships kick off at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

There will be a halftime tribute during the Class A game between Sweet Home and Williamsville South. The ceremony will be attended by members of Funke's family. The program is in Funke's honor, and the National Anthem for the Class A game (kickoff 8:30 p.m.) will be sung by Bonnie Zimmerman, a longtime member of the Section VI football championships committee with Funke.

It is certainly a fitting time to honor Funke, who was the Section VI football chairman for 26 years. He passed away the Wednesday before the season kicked off.

If you are going to what should be a tremendous Class A game tonight, make sure you halt your halftime conversations during the ceremony. For what Funke did for Section VI football and Western New York, he certainly deserves it.

---Keith McShea

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Video interviews from Media Day at The Ralph

Check out video interviews with all coaches and players from all 10 teams which will be playing for Section VI football championships at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday and Friday. We spent time with the finalists during Tuesday's Media Day at The Ralph.

WNY high school football guru Dick Gallagher addresses coaches and players. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News) Dick Gallagher addressed the coaches and players Tuesday morning.

"You need to make sure that you follow the guidelines of sportsmanship that Section VI requires. There have been cases in recent years where a player was going to get MVP, but did something stupid in the last few minutes of the game and knocked him out of the competition. ... Just play the game the way it should be played."

Section VI chairman Ken Stoldt (at left) also addressed the finalists, going over logistical details for the championships. He closed with:

"Section VI has really set a standard by winning eight of the last 10 state championships -- and we want to keep that going, and we want to do it with class."

---Keith McShea

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Live chat Nov. 2: Championship Eve talk, 'triumphant' radio turn, consolation angst, Alden angst & I'm lowered to the s-word (after midnight!)

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.

With the Section VI finals at The Ralph kicking off in less than 24 hours, it's almost a pregame show. :-)

We'll again call a chat timeout to appear on The Late Nick Mendola show on WECK (1230 AM) at 9:30. Here's the link to last week's visit.

I promise I'll get to your question or comment in the chat -- 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. 27 (includes radio clip link), Oct. 20, 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.

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Bonus radio coverage: On Monday night I was on WECK's Sports Insiders with fellow News guys Allen Wilson and Rodney McKissic and host Joe Major.

I'll post the link to Wednesday night's non-Mendola Mendola show as soon as it is available.

---Keith McShea

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How The News voted: Week Nine

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, Week SixWeek Seven and Week Eight. Here's this week's ballot:

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Sweet Home (9-0) [last week's ballot: 1] -- Will short week and short lineup mean the end to long win streak?

2. Clarence (9-0) [2] -- Domination of Kenmore West another statement win. Can't wait for Friday's finale with ...

3. Orchard Park (8-1) [3] -- ... the Quakers, who offered their own domination/statement with a shutout of Jamestown.

4. Williamsville South (9-0) [4] -- South players wore Billies blue and their mohawks to Sweet Home Saturday. They get a up-close look at them Thursday night. 

5. St. Joe's (4-5) [6] -- 3-1 vs. WNY. Really No. 5a. See below.

6. Canisius (7-2) [7] -- 3-1 vs. WNY. Really No. 5b. See below.

7. St. Francis (3-6) [5] -- 3-1 vs. WNY. Really No. 5c. ...

OK. Pretty impossible to rank these three.

Canisius moves up after beating St. Francis -- although I thought after the impressive Walsh Jesuit win in Ohio that the Crusaders would post a bigger margin of victory, especially when they needed it for seeding purposes. One could argue that if the game is at St. Francis, the Red Raiders win.

But move Canisius ahead of St. Joe's? No sale. What is it about 50-24 that you don't understand?

If Akeel Lynch is still playing for St. Francis, they probably win at Canisius Saturday, maybe even like they did at St. Joe's. But in an impossible selection among these three, we chose to overlook the big win at Joe's because Lynch isn't around anymore allowing the more recent wins by St. Joe's (over Canisius four weeks ago) and Canisius (over St. Francis Saturday) to guide us. What a headache. :-)

The good news: Saturday gives us Canisius at St. Joe's, next Thursday gives us the winner vs. St. Francis at The Ralph. Whewwwww.

8. Jamestown (5-4) [8] -- Despite loss at OP, last week's logic still applies: Red Raiders won at Riverside, which won at Kenmore West, which beat Frontier, all in Week Eight, to put them atop the heap of second-tier AAs.

9. Kenmore West (6-3) [9] -- Big loss to Clarence. Join the club.

10. McKinley (6-3) [10] -- Thought I might move the Macks if they followed through on the potential I saw in the first game against Sweet Home by not making as many mistakes. But in a rerun they kept making mistakes and lost in much the same fashion.

Just outside the huddle? With all these consolation games, I'm not sure I can tell. Maybe Riverside ... or Frontier ... or NT ... or Lockport ... or Starpoint ... or Will East ... or Lafayette.

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Southwestern (9-0) [1] -- Remember last year's drama with Eden at The Ralph? Maybe more this year?

2. Lackawanna (8-1) [2] -- Not a bad road to The Ralph: Win at Depew, win at Pioneer much more emphatically than you did in the regular season.

3. Alden (9-0) [4] -- Last year, we (myself included) doubted the Bulldogs and they showed up at The Ralph. Looks like we shoulda paid attention to that.

4. Randolph (9-0) [3] -- Slightest of slides because Alden's performance warranted a move up; I also thought Randolph would beat Maple Grove by more than it did.

5. Fredonia (8-1) [10] -- Very impressive road show at All High. Trying to remember why they didn't get enough poll credit for taking No. 1 right down to the end. Oh yeah, part of it was that the week before they had that OT blip against A-L.

6. Depew (8-1) [6] -- Beat Medina in a consolation game, not that it impacted their place here that much.

7. Burgard (6-3) [5] -- Tough finish after a great year for the Bulldogs, who appeared almost as if they played like they were psyched out due to the Darren Sanders injury.

8. Cardinal O'Hara (5-4) [8] -- Losses are to Canisius, St. Joe's, St. Francis and Ohio's Stuebenville. The Hawks deserve to be ranked.

9. Silver Creek (9-0) [NR] -- Speaking of deserving to be ranked, the Black Knights probably think this is overdue. They have the chance to really rub it in at Thursday's championship kickoff at The Ralph.

10. Pioneer (7-2) [7] -- Is Lackwanna rolling so well now? Or does Pioneer deserve to slip even further? Hmmm. We kept them here and bumped Grover -- our doubts about Grover were that a more complete team would be able to beat them, which is what we think happened with Fredonia. The shows at the Ralph will help educate us in the ways of B vs. C vs. D, so there could certainly be some shuffling with teams not at The Ralph next week and perhaps down the road.

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below.

Also, visit here Wednesday for a live day-before-The-Ralph chat with yours truly at 8:30 p.m.

---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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