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We keep track of the biggest games, you help us with the rest of the #preptalkscores

We're again soliciting your help as we monitor the weekend in high school football at our Prep Talk Live page.

We'll be at the biggest three games and I'll be live blogging play-by-play action from: tonight's small school clash of No. 1 Alden at No. 2 Depew; Saturday afternoon's large school showdown of No. 2 Clarence at No. 1 Orchard Park; and Saturday night's prime-timer in which co-No. 3 large schools meet: St. Joe's at St. Francis.

If you're at a different game, then we want you to let us know what's going on. The easiest way to get right in the action is to join the live chat on the Prep Talk Live page through your smartphone. Another method that has been very successful has been Twitter, where we encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalkscores attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up). You can also certainly still tweet those updates to @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN

You can also email to or add updates to our Prep Talk blog Facebook page.

Our Prep Talk Live page includes a live chat, video (go there for our Week Five preview right now), photos and scoreboards that will be updated throughout tonight and Saturday afternoon. Note: Typing in will also get you to Prep Talk Live.

See you at Prep Talk Live.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

PrepTalkTV previews Week Five, looks back on some classics

Watch PrepTalkTV's preview of a blockbuster Week Five now, and be sure to check out more about the games in my story that is part of The News' Football Friday.

Additional PrepTalkTV episodes are on our video page -- click "PrepTalkTV" there for the archive.

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Bonus links/research material:

Here's last year's Section VI Class AA championship game story and here's the PrepTalkTV video report (with one of my favorite quotes: "Unbelievable happiness.")

Here's last year's Monsignor Martin AA title game story and here's the PrepTalkTV video report.

All of last year's football postseason championship games are documented (with stories, blogs, previews and video coverage) on last year's Prep Talk Live page. That page became the foundation for our Prep Talk Live coverage we now do every weekend.

Here are the current state rankings.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live chat (Sept. 28): The huge Week Five lineup, Ds & DDs, some rowing and a whole lot on Aquinas

We're chatting tonight at 8 p.m. There is, of course, plenty to talk about. There is a tremendous Week Five ahead of us, along with the polls and my Prep Talk column from today's paper.

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 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 more hectic.

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Here are our past chats of the season: last week (Sept. 21 -- our video chat debut), Sept. 14Sept. 7 and our preseason chat (Aug. 31), which also includes links to all of of the chats from 2010-11.

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

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

How The News voted: Week Four

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls.

Here's our shot after three weeks of action.

For reference: Week ThreeWeek TwoWeek One and the preseason poll.


1. Orchard Park (4-0) [last week: 1] -- Super Saturday starts with Quakers' homecoming game at noon.

2. St. Francis (3-1) [2] -- Super Saturday ends with Red Raiders' hosting St. Joe's at 7.

3. St. Joe's (3-1) [3] -- This Super Saturday stuff is lining up as if we planned it like a made-for-TV ESPN event or something because the two games include the top four teams on our ballot, these Marauders (impressive out-of-town display in Pa.) and ... 

4. Clarence (4-0) [5] -- ... the Red Devils (who seemed in a different league than Lancaster during a rainy, 20-0 win Friday).

5. Canisius (2-2) [4] -- We did consider not moving Canisius down, based on our standard everyone-would-lose-to-that-opponent-too rule. However, all 58 points in the first half -- even at Erie, Pa., power Cathedral Prep -- was not something that was expected.

6. Sweet Home (4-0) [6] -- These Panthers like close calls, following a close win at Frontier with a close homecoming win over Starpoint. Or, perhaps, as quarterback Jordan Johnson told me (and everyone watching PrepTalkTV), Sweet Home's opponents are better than we think.

7. Williamsville South (4-0) [7] -- Billies rolled past Iroquois, welcome West Seneca East Friday, and all of a sudden that season finale against Amherst has a different feel.

8. McKinley (3-1) [9] -- Week Five's ridiculous amount of good games includes another solid one as the Macks go to Starpoint.

9. Jamestown (3-1) [NR] -- We had a feeling last week that Red Raiders might be better than Lancaster. Now we're saying it's more than a feeling. We'll find out Saturday. That 31-14 loss at OP is far from terrible. The opponents aren't the greatest, but they've posted big wins over Falls, Wheatfield and West Seneca West.

10. Kenmore West (3-1) [NR] -- AA North, as it has historically, seems to be a significant step behind the South, but we'll go with this offensive firepower over what we saw from Lancaster (and yes, we did take into account the rain).

South Buffalo conspiracy theorists want to know where Bishop Timon-St. Jude and South Park are. Timon's 4-0 start has come against two local small schools and two middle-of-the-road teams from outside the area (Timon just crushed Wilson Magnet, which was crushed by McQuaid, which was crushed by Canisius; Timon also crushed St. John the Baptist, which was crushed by Canisius last year). We like what the Tigers are doing, very much, especially without Adam DiMillo the last two times out, and we certainly thought about them, but we don't like them enough right now to put them ahead of teams like Jamestown or Kenmore West. Timon takes on another small school this week in Springville, an intriguing game but one that might not help them crack our top 10 -- a venture that will ultimately rest in how the Tigers do against the MMA's "big three."

South Park knocked off ranked-all-season Amherst, but we can't vote for a Sparks team that owns a loss to Hamburg. The Tigers, with the way they went 3-0, really seem like a team that might be worthy of getting back in the top 10, but it would probably take quite the performance in Week Seven at South to do it. North Tonawanda, with its lone loss a close one to McKinley in Week one, might be a better choice than all of these.




1. Alden (4-0) [1] -- We couldn't have come up with a better Week Five lineup if we tried. Super Saturday is one thing, but on Friday we get these Bulldogs against ...

2. Depew (4-0) [2] -- ... the Wildcats? What a weekend.

3. Cheektowaga (3-1) [3] -- I had them here last week based on a close opening loss at Depew and the major win at Lackawanna, and the Warriors played the part with a blowout of Tonawanda. 

4. Randolph (4-0) [5] -- Man, are the Southern Tier chatters gonna give it to me Wednesday about Southwestern losing :-). 

5. Lackawanna (3-1) [6] -- We'll keep the Steelers here but definitely thought about ...

6. Cleveland Hill (4-0) [7] -- ... the high-scoring Golden Eagles.

7. Maple Grove (4-0) [8] -- Tremendous Week Five extends all the way to the top of the D's, where the Red Dragons play at Randolph.

8. Silver Creek (2-2) [9] -- Black Knights lose at Maple Grove, which one would think would cause a drop (or more of a rise for MG), but welcome to life in the crowded small school poll. Black Knights continue to bolster the D portfolio as a whole with that season-opening rout of Dunkirk. 

9. Pioneer (4-0) [10] -- Latest close win came against Dunkirk this week.

10. Fredonia (4-0) [NR] -- We've got Cleve Hill rated higher based on the points they're putting up -- including in a rout of Gowanda, a team that the Hillbillies had to come from behind to beat this week.

A Week One loss to what has proven to be a solid Springville team keeps Salamanca out after their big win over Southwestern, which -- whoa -- when's the last time this ballot didn't include Southwestern? Frewsburg -- with a two-point loss to Randolph -- might actually be the No. 11. St. Mary's gets a nice win over Cardinal O'Hara but there's too much small school depth right now for that to earn -- as it may have in many past years -- a vote.

Don't like what you're reading? The comment space is below, let us know via Twitter or facebook (addresses below), or join the live chat Wednesday evening (which starts live-video-style at 8).

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

PrepTalkTV's Plays of the Weekend for Week Four: Vote for your favorite

Here are the Plays of the Weekend for Week Four of high school football.

Watch video highlights below and vote in the poll:

1. Rashad Rush: Rashad Thomas of Cheektowaga took this one 75 yards to the house in the Warriors 43-6 win over Tonawanda Friday night.

2. J.J. Juke'N Jive: Jordan Johnson of Sweet Home dodged a few defenders and wiggled his way out of a tackle on the way to the end zone in the Panthers 22-14 win over Starpoint Saturday.

3. Not it!: Here at PrepTalkTV we got a good laugh out of this one. As one TV reporter on the sideline said, "I went swimming and a football game broke out" at Clarence Friday night. There were more fumbles than touchdowns in the second half, and this 'play' was just ridiculous ... and hilarious. (We realize this highlight won't receive votes for football greatness, but entertainment purposes maybe?)

4. Stop in the name of Thomas Mitchell: Number nines collide as Sweet Home's Mitchell delivered this blow to Starpoint standout Cory Regnet.

More great plays: Here are the Plays of the Weekend for Week One, Week Two and Week Three.

PrepTalkTV will be on the sidelines again this weekend to catch more exciting plays during Week Five action.

--Lauren Mariacher

Week Five showdowns: Who's going to win? What's the top game?

Week Five is FULL of big games. Vote in the polls and back up your answers in the comments section.

We'll be talking about these games all week. See what the polls (and our ballot) look like on Tuesday, join the live chat Wednesday evening (which starts live-video-style with co-host Lauren Mariacher at 8) and join us for all of the action at Prep Talk Live this weekend.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

PrepTalkTV: Sunday Extra with St. Mary's

Here's some bonus iPhone video footage from my visit to Cardinal O'Hara, where St. Mary's beat the Hawks, 28-6, for the first time in seven years.

Here are the postgame interviews with senior Al Kelly and coach Dave Hersey as well as the second touchdown of the game by Nick Vallone.

Highlights and analysis of St. Mary's win are also part of the Week Four episode of PrepTalkTV.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

PrepTalkTV: Week Four

Here's our latest PrepTalkTV episode as News Sports Reporter Lauren Mariacher and I wrap up a wet -- and wild -- Week Four.

Here are our previous episodes: Week ThreeWeek Two and Week One.

You can watch additional videos from Friday night at Prep Talk Live

Additional PrepTalkTV episodes are on our video page -- click "PrepTalkTV" there for the archive.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Review Prep Talk Live's running blog from Week Four Friday

Go to Prep Talk Live for all of Saturday's updates, observations and scores.

Below is a review of Friday night's running blog.

Prep Talk Live gets its hashtag on: #preptalkscores

We're again soliciting your help as we monitor the weekend in high school football at our Prep Talk Live page.

The easiest way to get right in the action is to join the live chat on the Prep Talk Live page through your smart phone.

Another method that has been very successful has been Twitter, where we encouraged -- and still do -- you to Tweet us with updates to @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN

Now we're adding another aspect to the Twitter that might make things simpler. Just Tweet your score or update and attach #preptalkscores to it, which will give everyone quick access to the info.

Our Prep Talk Live page includes a live chat, video (go there for our Week Four preview right now), photos and scoreboards that will be updated throughout tonight and Saturday afternoon. Several staff members, including myself, will be out and about checking out the action. But we can't be everywhere. That's where you come in. 

In addition to the live chat and Twitter, you can comment on our Facebook page, The Buffalo News' Prep Talk blog or email us at the shiny new address of

Note: Typing in will also get you to Prep Talk Live.

With no early games on Friday, I'll be spending all night at the showdown of Lancaster at Clarence

On Saturday I'm going to see Cardinal O'Hara host St. Mary's before catching the end of Starpoint at Sweet Home.

See you at Prep Talk Live.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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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