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Section VI playoff lineup is ALL SET

NOTE (late Sunday): The complete Week Eight Section VI schedule is here.

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The results are in, and here's what the Section VI playoff lineup looks like.

Everything will be cleared up after Saturday's games (keep track of all the action and help us update scores at Prep Talk Live).

Thanks again to Prep Talk blog first-ballot HOFer Milt Latimer for helping break things down.

Times and sites for next week's quarterfinals (Week Eight) will be officially announced by Section VI on Sunday. Teams usually host games on days/times that they traditionally have hosted games during the season. 

Section VI will also announce the Chuck Funke Memorial Consolation Bowl playoff matchups on Sunday.

The Section VI playoff format and tiebreaker policies are available in its handbook. In short, divisional placing is determined by: 1) league record; 2) head-to-head meetings; 3) point differential against common opponents.

If you want to double check everything :-), here are our football standings and all of this season's results.

N-North Division; S-South Division.

Class AA

4N-Niagara-Wheatfield at 1S-Orchard Park
3N-Lockport at 2S-Jamestown
3S-Clarence at 2N-Niagara Falls
4S-Lancaster at 1N-Kenmore West

Lockport beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 25-13, Saturday to settle No. 3 and No. 4.

Class A

4S-West Seneca East at 1N-Sweet Home 
3S-Amherst at 2N-North Tonawanda 
3N-Starpoint at 2S-Bennett
4N-McKinley at 1S-Williamsville South

Sweet Home took the top spot in A North by winning big at Williamsville North on Saturday.

Starpoint won at Williamsville East Saturday to take third; McKinley lost at Grand Island but still took fourth.

Class B 

Reminder: 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.

To seed the teams from different divisions, the determining factors are 1) league record; 2) league point differential; 3) fewest points allowed.

8-Albion (second-best 3rd-place) at 1-Cheektowaga (best champion - B West) 
7-Olean (best 3rd-place) at 2-Alden (second-best champion - B East)
6-Eden (third-best 2nd-place - B South) at 3-Pioneer (third-best champion - B South)
5-Lackawanna (second-best 2nd-place - B West) at 4-Depew (best 2nd-place - B East)

In B South, Eden, Springville and Olean (all 2-2) were in the running for second place AND third place.

Eden beat Springville Saturday to take second place in B South and eliminate Springville. Eden's win puts it in as the B South second-place team (even if Olean wins, Eden wins a head-to-head tiebreaker).

East Aurora is at Olean at 6:30 p.m.

[Olean wins, 21-8, to take No. 7 spot; Albion gets No. 8, explanation below]

A win would put Olean in third place at 3-2; the top third-place teams are determined first by 1) league record (all tied at 3-2); then 2) league point differential (and then 3) fewest league points allowed).

Entering its game with EA, Olean has a league point differential of minus-14. OIean needs to beat EA by at least eight points to make the playoffs.

Albion (3-2) is the third-place team from B East and it has a league point differential of minus-5. It has clinched a playoff spot and will either be the No. 7 or No. 8 seed.

Maryvale (3-2) is the third-place team from B West and it has a league point differential of minus-6 (putting them behind Albion).

If Olean wins by 10, it takes the No. 7 seed as the top third-place team with a point differential of minus-4 (and Albion would take the No. 8 seed).

If Olean wins by nine, Olean and Albion would take the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds. Who is who depends on the next tiebreaker, which is league points allowed: Olean has given up 68, Albion 96.

If Olean wins by eight, it very likely takes the No. 8 seed as the second-best third-place team with a point differential of minus-6 -- that would mean Olean and Maryvale would go to the next tiebreaker, which is league points allowed: Olean would have to give up a ton of points to increase its total (68) past Maryvale's (125).

If Olean wins by seven, it is out of the playoffs because Maryvale would beat it out on league point differential.

Class C

4S-Cassadaga Valley at 1N-Fredonia
3S-Westfield at 2N-Cleveland Hill 
3N-JFK at 2S-Southwestern
4N-Akron at 1S-Salamanca 

Cleveland Hill beat JFK Saturday for second place in C North.

In a three-way tie for fourth place in C South (all at 2-4), Cassadaga Valley had a point differential against common opponents (Salamanca, Southwestern, Westfield and Falconer) of minus-26; Allegany-Limestone was at minus-28 and Cattaraugus/Little Valley was at minus-32.  

Class D

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

1-Maple Grove and 2-Randolph receive byes to the semifinals. 
6-I-Prep/Grover at 3-Frewsburg
5-Portville at 4-Silver Creek

Class DD

All eight teams make the playoffs. Chautauqua Lake (7-0) clinched first place. Complete bracket will be announced Sunday.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Review live blog from Week Seven 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.

Huge night for #preptalkscores on Prep Talk Live

Tonight's high school football lineup has a little bit of everything, and we want you to help us keep track of it all at our Prep Talk Live page.

I'll be at the Class A South showdown of Amherst at Williamsville South (7 p.m.). You can help us monitor six rivalry games, one of which (Albion at Medina) is part of an 11-game lineup of Section VI league games, all but one of which will impact the postseason picture. Then there are intriguing nonleaguers involving St. Joe's at Bishop Timon-St. Jude (at Randolph) on the road. On Saturday we'll be traveling around.

The easiest way to get right in the action -- Friday or Saturday -- 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 (including our Week Seven preview), 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 there.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Intense Milks crew doing Lancaster-Depew radio broadcast tonight

Rich Kozak and the Intense Milks crew, which does weekly games involving Buffalo Public Schools (and which I wrote about this week), is on special assignment tonight. 

Due to a scheduling conflict on usual station WJJL (1440 AM), which is broadcasting Niagara hockey on tonight, WXRL (1300 AM) hired the Intense Milks crew to broadcast tonight's great rivalry game of Lancaster at Depew

The game will also be available through a link at to National High School Broadcast Network.

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Also available through NHSBN is tonight's St. Joe's at Steubenville 7:30 showdown and Saturday's St. Ignatius at St. Francis 7 p.m. contest.

WLVL (1340 AM) is scheduled to broadcast tonight's Tonawanda-North Tonawanda game (6 p.m.) and Saturday's Lockport at Niagara-Wheatfield game (2 p.m.).

WGR (550 AM) is doing Saturday's McKinley at Grand Island game (2 p.m.), while I'll be listening to as I drive around to several games.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

PrepTalkTV previews rivalries, playoffs before the playoffs, and WNY vs. Ohio

My story about high school football's Week Seven will be published as part of our Football Friday, but here's our PrepTalkTV preview of an always-intriguing weekend

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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)

Live chat (Oct. 12): Video start, rivalry talk, playoff pictures, V tough guys Aquinas & Hornell, sectional soccer kicks and coaching

We're chatting tonight at 8 p.m., and we're starting with a video chat.

I'll be joined by fellow News Sports Reporter Lauren Mariacher as we answer your questions on camera, then I'll go back to the traditional chat and get to your questions and comments there. The video portion of the chat can be found below and will also be available on the home page.

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Tons to discuss, including just one week left in the football regular season, the polls, our ballot 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 (Oct. 4)Sept. 28Sept. 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 here, email me, Tweet it or post it on Facebook and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

PrepTalkTV's Plays of the Weekend for Week Six

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

Watch video highlights below and vote in the poll:

1. Hope At Halftime: Bishop Timon-St. Jude Senior Tyler Conroy gave his team hope when he shook off one tackle and beat two more defenders before finding the end zone to tie the game at 21 right before halftime. St. Francis would go on to defeat Timon-St. Jude, 42-27 Friday night.

2. Kelly Hits Yanni: Chad Kelly sent this pass 48 yards to Senior Yanni Zulia in the Marauder's 48-20 win over Cardinal O'Hara on Saturday.

3. Woulda Been A Beauty: Timon Senior Jordan Williams caught this bomb with one hand -- and a step out of bounds. But it was way worth a "[Woulda Been] Play of the Weekend" spot. (Keep watching...we slowmo'd it for you too).

4. Akeel A Go-Go: It was the Akeel Lynch Show (Copyright Keith McShea & Lauren Mariacher) Friday Night at Paul Fitzpatrick Field in South Buffalo. Lynch carried the ball 31 times for 381 yards and five touchdowns. He took this one 88 yards and to the house, juking a defender and breaking a tackle on his way.

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

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

--Lauren Mariacher


Tuesday Extra: Postgame at Cheektowaga

News Photographer Mark Mulville caught up with Cheektowaga Head Coach Scott Zipp and Senior Marquel Jackson after their 27-14 win over Burgard at home on Saturday.

How The News voted: Week Six

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 FiveWeek FourWeek ThreeWeek TwoWeek One and the preseason poll.


1. Orchard Park (6-0) [last week: 1] -- An very respected e-mailer brought to my attention that the one spot that I wrote about that OP hasn't been dominant in -- its defense -- is the perfect (or imperfect) counterpoint for those who argue for the Maurauders being in this spot. I hear that. I think the Maurauders and Chad Kelly, in any kind of shootout-type game, could outscore just about anybody. I still like OP's overall well-rounded-ness, and the Quakers' offense is loaded, too. The "Big Cat" formation got a passing TD this week. 

2. St. Joe's (5-1) [2] -- Marauders can make a serious statement Friday night in the land of serious high school football. That's Steubenville, Ohio, where St. Joe's is 0-10.

3. St. Francis (4-2) [3] -- Akeel Lynch's night in South Buffalo the performance of the year so far. 

We definitely see a top three and then another tier in this poll, which brings us to ...

4. Jamestown (5-1) [8] -- ... the Red Raiders. They've shown a ton of dominance, and with the rest of the poll tough to figure, that kind of dominance deserves a jump like this. 

5. Clarence (5-1) [5] -- Didn't look like Gelz played last week. Enough of a concern there to have the Red Raiders run by. Will Jamestown's speedsters do that Friday night at Strider Field?

6. Sweet Home (6-0) [6] -- Two out of the last three weeks, I've hustled to Sweet Home to see a team down at the half get bailed out by Jordan Johnson touchdown runs. In the third quarter Johnson was running and Tim Oaks was making plays on defense, giving a glimpse of a team that -- if it were more consistent -- would be higher than this. But I can't put them any higher, and I certainly thought about moving them behind the ... 

7. Williamsville South (6-0) [7] -- ... Billies, who I've had behind Sweet Home all season because that's the way the season started (Sweet Home is the defending champion four times over, by the way). A move might be in order after South hosts Amherst this weekend. We shall see. Last week I got my first look at South, and after watching the first quarter at at Will East, I'm like, "huh?" Then the Billies shook off Thursday afternoon cobwebs and Trent Ferguson was impressive. The only thing they didn't execute well after the first quarter were the last-minute water-jug dumps on assistant coaches (0 for 2).

8. Canisius (2-4) [4] -- Timmis didn't play this week. As with Gelz, there's enough of a concern there to result in a drop. If Timmis comes back, and they play like the team that played St. Joe's tough, they could back move up. Reminder to those who want to mindlessly howl about a 2-4 record: losses to St. Joe's, Aquinas, Cathedral Prep (Pa.) and Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) -- four teams who I think would beat everyone on this post other than the top three large schools.

9. Kenmore West (5-1) [9] -- Thought that win over Lockport was solid, then Falls routs visiting Lockport this week. Ahh, life in the AA North. Blowout last week, could be another blowout during Rivarly Week.

10. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (5-1) [10] -- They showed me enough to keep them here ahead of NT. They pushed St. Francis and were only overwhelmed by an overwhelming player. Ryan Dougherty can really throw the ball while fellow hoopers Jordan Williams and Bryant Fulton sure can go up and get it. DiMillo was able to be mostly neutralized by the St. Francis defense, which I don't think would happen against most teams. 

Who's No. 11? NT has the inside track on McKinley (beat NT) and Starpoint (beat McKinley, 7-0 loss at NT), which are both a step ahead of Amherst (seemed to find its early-season form against Will North following loss to South Park and OT win over Hamburg).




1. Alden (6-0) [1] -- Can't wait for what should be an intriguing Class B playoff bracket for Bulldogs ... 

2. Depew (5-1) [2] -- ... and Wildcats ...

3. Cheektowaga (5-1) [3] -- ... and Warriors. 

4. Maple Grove (6-0) [4] -- Handled Frewsburg nicely. Red Dragons have some serious athletes at key positions. We see a strong top four in this poll, then it gets very tricky. 

5. Fredonia (6-0) [5] -- We still like that gut-check win at Cleve Hill.

6. Lackawanna (5-1) [6] -- People might forget about the Steelers after a home loss during the regular season. Same people might forget what Lackawanna did last year after doing the same thing.

7. Pioneer (6-0) [10] -- Strong finish for the Panthers. The way this division has done I foresaw a close one with Olean, which would match up with where I've had Pioneer on my ballot most of the season. The Panthers delivered a 28-0 win, enough for me to give them a boost. The Silver Creek Week One win over Dunkirk (the great benchmark that had many, including me, considering the top D schools stronger than a lot of B schools) lost a bit of its luster with Springville continuing a solid season with a win over Dunkirk. Springville's solid season began with a win over Salamanca, which keeps the Class C South first-place team off the ballot.

8. Randolph (5-1) [8] -- Big win over I-Prep, as expected. Things get a little muddled here since they've beaten Frewsburg, which played Maple Grove a little better than the Cardinals did. One could argue the Bears should move past Randolph based on how they're playing right now, but I'll keep them as close as Randolph's two-point win. Should these Ds be higher? Right now, I don't think so. Maple Grove created enough separation in the scores with the Cardinals and Frewsburg that I think some separation is appropriate on this ballot as well.

9. Frewsburg (4-2) [9] -- The good news for the Bears is that they might get a shot to avenge both of their losses in just a few weeks.

10. Cleveland Hill (5-1) [7] -- Had a big win over Lafayette, as expected. In the same way that I liked Fredonia's gut-check win, I gotta admit that watching the Golden Eagles fall at home is still sticking in my head a bit, too. But we'll keep them ahead of Silver Creek, Salamanca, Southwestern and St. Mary's.

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---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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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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