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

Here's the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Weekend for Week Two of high school football.

Watch the video & vote in the poll:

1. Stephon’s one-hander: A one-handed catch by Stephon Johnson of McKinley off of a Reyzon Jordan pass in Sweet Home's 14-6 victory.

2. Downs’ turnaround: Albion’s Travis Downs returns an interception 93 yards for a touchdown vs. East.

3. Fogan spin-o-rama: Bennett's second touchdown was on a 25-yard run by Javon Fogan. Fogan spinned away from a host of Will South tacklers on his way to the end zone. South beat Bennett 38-14 Friday night.

4. Long flight by Skylar: Alex Grace hit Skylar Liddel on this play for Maple Grove's second touchdown of the game against I-Prep. Maple Grove came out on top, 38-12 at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium.

More great plays: Here are the Plays of the Weekend for Week One.

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

--Lauren Mariacher

PrepTalkTV: Week Two

Here's our PrepTalkTV wrapup of Week Two of the 2011 high school football season: 

Here's our Week One episode.

You can watch more videos from Friday night and past PrepTalkTV episodes at Prep Talk Live and our video page -- click "PrepTalkTV" there for the archive.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Review Prep Talk Live's running blog from Week Two 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.

Give updates, get updates as Prep Talk Live kicks off Week Two

Prep Talk Live had a great opening weekend.

We're again looking for Western New York high school football fans to help us keep track of the action even as we're doing the same. 

Our Prep Talk Live page includes a live chat, video, 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. 

Provide updates from the game you're at via several ways:

* Join the live chat on the Prep Talk Live page.

* Tweet us at the Twitter via @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN

* Comment on our Facebook page, The Buffalo News' Prep Talk blog.

* Email us at the shiny new address of preptalk@buffnews.com.

Note: Typing in buffalonews.com/ptlive will also get you to Prep Talk Live.

We'll be starting our Friday night at Amherst's 6 p.m. kickoff against Lake Shore. I'll head next to Riverside for the Sweet Home-McKinley game while PrepTalkTV team members will be at several locations. See you at Prep Talk Live.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Flooding leads to Canisius football schedule change

Canisius' home opener will have to wait one more week. The Crusaders' 1 p.m. Saturday game against defending Section IV (Binghamton area) Class A champion Maine-Endwell has been canceled; M-E was unable to travel from its flood-ravaged home area for the game.

Canisius will now play on the road against another Section IV school, Elmira, at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Elmira Express is a combined team from Elmira Free Academy and Elmira Southside which plays in Class AA; its scheduled game against another Binghamton-area team, Vestal, was also canceled due to the flooding. 

What is Canisius' home opener now? It's Week Three, Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. against none other than ... St. Joe's.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Bennett forfeits Week One win; Lafayette forfeits Week Two game

Buffalo Public Schools athletic director Aubrey Lloyd just notified me that two city schools have had to post forfeits in what is a very young football season.

Bennett has forfeited its impressive, season-opening 44-16 nonleague victory Saturday over Grand Island because it used an ineligible player. A player who had transferred from Lafayette participated in the game; while some of the player's paperwork had been completed, it had not been completed in its entirety, thus making him ineligible, Lloyd said. 

The paperwork has been completed and the player is now eligible to compete in Week Two. 

Lafayette has forfeited its Week Two game with Fredonia, which had been scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Friday at All High Stadium. That forfeiture is a result of the suspension of 12 players for academic reasons.

"We have to do things the right way," said Lloyd. "It was a great game for [Bennett] the kids to win, a morale booster, and they're turning things around with a new administration and a new coach -- but the kids have to be eligible."

Regarding Lafayette's situation, Lloyd said: "It's about academics, that's what we're here for. We all support the principal [Naomi Cerre]. Academics come first. Students need to know that. If they don't achieve certain grades, they can't play or will be put on probation."

This is certainly a bummer for Bennett after starting the season with such a good win, but it was a nonleague game so it doesn't affect their playoff chances. It was merely a clerical error, and the player is now eligible, so one would think there wouldn't be any issues going forward. The re-enthused Tigers should still optimistic about the season.

The news regarding Lafayette is not totally surprising, considering the on-again, off-again status of not just the athletic program but the school itself. Here's hoping that the students involved improve their academics and earn their way back on the field. The forfeit doesn't affect Lafayette's playoff status either; the Mighty Violets were already ineligible for the playoffs this year because it was added to the Section VI schedule well after the leagues and schedule were set up. Lafayette's athletic program was thought to be defunct following last season. 

One aspect of Lafayette's forfeit this week that should be considered is that Fredonia is now without a game. I doubt they would be able to schedule some sort of contest at this juncture, and that is unfortunate for them.

Many a football coach has stressed to his team that players only have a certain number of opportunities to be a football player, to take the field with your teammates. In Section VI, the regular season lasts just seven weeks. Fredonia has unfortunately lost one of those opportunities due to a situation beyond their control. 

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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BCANY/ADPRO Showcase set for Oct. 2

Williamsville South coach and Basketball Coaches Association of New York state committee member Al Monaco sends this information along:

The BCANY and ADPRO Sports are hosting the seventh annual Western New York High School Basketball Showcase Exposure Event for high school boys on Sunday, Oct. 2 at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster.

The showcase is limited to the first 60 players on a first-come, first-served basis and the event has completely sold out all 60 spots the previous six years. Last year, 28 college basketball coaches attended the showcase to evaluate this area’s best high school talent.

The showcase is open to all high school players as long as they have previous varsity experience. The cost is $70 per player and the deadline for registration is Sept. 27 in order to get the players information into the college coaches program booklet. For more information please contact Monaco at amonaco@williamsvillek12.org or 997–5946.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Live chat (Sept. 7): Soccer, football, breaking hoops news, more football in 'added time'

Time for our first in-season live chat of Fall 2011. Plenty to talk about from Week One football to Week Two to today's column.

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's a link to our preseason chat from last week (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)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

Watch highlight TD run by St. Francis' Akeel Lynch

Speaking of great video plays -- like the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Weekend -- here's another one.

St. Francis coach Jerry Smith sent us the link of a thrilling TD run by senior Akeel Lynch, who is headed to Boston College next year. Watch his stop-and-go-and-pull-a-bunch-of-guys-into-the-end-zone TD here.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/highschools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

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

Time for a new feature we're hoping to make a regular thing. It might take a different form down the road, but here goes. 

It's time for the PrepTalkTV Plays of the Weekend. 

It's easy. Watch the video & vote in the poll. 

1. Shaquille Stiffarm: Lackawanna's Shaquille Brooks turns in a something-out-of-nothing play into a first down by picking up a poor punt snap, stiff-arming a defender and running for a first down. 

2. Da hit by DiMillo: Bishop Timon-St. Jude's Adam DiMillo delivers a punishing hit as he enters the end zone for TImon's first touchdown against Cardinal O'Hara (the play is the beginning of a video on Timon and Charlie Comerford's coaching debut).

3. Depew's oops ... yeah! conversion: Holder Joe Miller chased after a wild extra-pont snap, then heaved a long pass that was caught by Derrick Sekuterski for a two-point conversion.

PrepTalkTV will be back roaming the sidelines all over Western New York this weekend.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

buffalonews.com/high-schools     facebook.com/preptalkblog     twitter.com/bufnewspreptalk

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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