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Developing the Section VI football playoff picture

Here we go. After Week Seven, we'll have everything set. Right now, some things are set, some things are not.

Here's what we know (or what we think we know) heading into this weekend when it comes to the Section VI football playoffs. Thanks to Prep Talk blog first-ballot HOFer Milt Latimer for helping break things down. 

This is subject to change :-).

AA North

We know which four are in and the top two seeds.

Kenmore West (5-0) is the top seed; Niagara Falls (3-1) is second; Lockport (2-2) and Niagara-Wheatfield (2-2) are in, with positioning to be worked out at 2 p.m. Saturday when Niagara-Wheatfield is at Lockport. Falls hosts Hutch-Tech but even if it loses, it wins head-to-head with either Lockport or Wheatfield.

AA South

We know which four are in, and two of the seedings.

Orchard Park (5-0) is the top seed. Clarence (3-1) is at Jamestown (3-1) Friday night with the winner taking second place and the loser third. Lancaster (2-3) is set in fourth place. 

A North

We know four of the five teams.

Sweet Home (5-0) and North Tonawanda (5-1) will be the top two seeds; Sweet Home can take the top spot by winning at Williamsville North on Saturday.

The next two spots will come from this group of three: Starpoint (3-2), McKinley (3-2) and Will North (3-2), all of whom play Saturday.

Starpoint is at Williamsville East while McKinley is at Grand Island. Obviously a Will North victory over Sweet Home would be a major upset.

A South 

We know the four teams, just not the seedings.

Williamsville South (5-0) is guaranteed one of the top two seeds entering its game with Amherst (4-1) Friday at South. West Seneca East (4-2) is likely third, having already beaten Bennett (3-2), which hosts South Park (1-4) on Friday at All High Stadium.

A loss by Amherst and a win by Bennett would bring us to a tiebreaker based on point differential (the teams did not play each other head-to-head due to the imbalanced schedule of A South, in which there are six league games but seven league opponents).

Class B

The curveball, due to Class B having three divisions.

Playoff teams are the three divisional winners (seeded 1 through 3); the three divisional runners-up (seeded 4 through 6) and the two best third-place teams.

B South: Pioneer (5-0) is guaranteed a spot as the champion of B South.

Eden, Springville and Olean (all 2-2) are in the running. Springville is at Eden at 2 p.m. Saturday while East Aurora is at Olean at 6:30 p.m.

B East: Alden (4-0) has clinched first place while Depew (4-1) has clinched second.

Albion and Medina (both 2-2) meet in their rivalry game Friday night with the winner taking third place in the division. 

B West: Cheektowaga (4-0) has clinched a playoff spot.

Lackawanna (3-1) and Maryvale (3-1) are in the mix as well.

Cheektowaga is at Maryvale Friday at 7; Cheektowaga can clinch first place with a win, Maryvale can force a tie for first (possibly a three-way tie) with a win. Lackawanna hosts Lew-Port (0-4) at 7:30; Lackawanna clinches a playoff spot with a win.

Class C North

We know three of the four.

Fredonia (5-0) is the division champion, while Cleveland Hill (3-1) and JFK (2-2) have clinched spots. JFK is at Cleveland Hill Saturday at 2 p.m.

Akron (1-3) and Gowanda (1-3) vying for the final spot -- they play at Akron at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

Class C South 

We know three of the four.

Salamanca (5-0) has clinched the top spot; Southwestern (4-1) has clinched second; Westfield (4-2) has clinched third.

The final spot is between three teams that play Friday night: Allegany-Limestone (2-3) is at Salamanca; Cattaraugus/Little Valley (2-3) hosts Southwestern; Cassadaga Valley (1-4) hosts Falconer (0-5).

Class D

All six teams make the playoffs; the top two receive quarterfinal byes in Week Eight.  

Maple Grove (5-0) has clinched first; Randolph (4-1) has clinched second.

Frewsburg (2-2) is at Silver Creek (2-2) to decide third and fourth place.

I-Prep/Grover (0-4) is at Portville (0-4) to decide fifth and sixth place.

Class DD

All eight teams make the playoffs. Chautauqua Lake (6-0) has clinched first place. 

---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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