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PrepTalkTV: Week Six

Week Six featured a blockbuster performance and set the stage for a fun final week of the Section VI regular season. Here's our latest PrepTalkTV episode:

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

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

More sports and seasons are documented in PrepTalkTV episodes are on our video page -- click "PrepTalkTV" there for the archive.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Review live blog from Week Six 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.

Help us keep track of all the #preptalkscores at Prep Talk Live

There are 26 high school football games Friday night, including 22 league contests that will all have an impact on league standings and playoff spots.

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 top 10 large school showdown of St. Francis at Bishop Timon-St. Jude (7 p.m.), but you can help us monitor those other 25 games (even the four nonleaguers are interesting). 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 Six 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 at Prep Talk Live.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

Live chat (Oct. 5): Garage version of video chat, where to go Friday (Timon, NT, Maple Grove), Ralph matchups & the Little Drummer Boy

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 two weeks 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 (Sept. 28)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 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 Five

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

Watch video highlights below and vote in the poll:

1. Patterson Off To The Races: Alden's Justin Patterson left defenders in his path as he ran 76 yards on this touchdown run in Alden's 14-13 win over Depew in a battle of unbeatens.

2. Kelly Krunch: It isn't very often Chad Kelly gets sacked, but St. Francis' Joseph Smith delivered the quarterback quite the blow on this play. St. Joe's defeated St. Francis 27-20.

3. Akeel Airborn: St. Francis' Akeel Lynch usually uses his feet to get the ball to the end zone. This time he sent some airmail 35 yards to Jarrett Dolegala for The Red Raiders' first score of the game.

4. Lake Shore Sack Attack: Lake Shore's defense delivered back-to-back- sack's to South Park's quarterback Maurice Howie in the first quarter. Final score: Lake Shore 29, South Park 6.

5. Zach Zips On By: St. Francis' Zachary Wells wiggled through defenders to return this kickoff 78 yards and into the end zone.

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

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

--Lauren Mariacher


How The News voted: Week Five

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 FourWeek ThreeWeek TwoWeek One and the preseason poll.


1. Orchard Park (5-0) [last week: 1] -- We have a very clear top three, and after seeing them all on Saturday, we have a very clear No. 1. They have not only beaten three top 10 teams on this ballot, they have dominated them. Multi-dimensional, talent all over the field, could be a longggg season.

2. St. Joe's (4-1) [3] -- Canisius? Check. St. Francis? Check. And both on the road. Very impressive.

3. St. Francis (3-2) [2] -- Akeel Lynch, who was defended well by St. Joe's in the mud, can be a much different factor on turf. The postseason is on turf.

4. Canisius (2-3) [5] -- We're not doing this just to get people riled up. We swear. We had Canisius ahead of Clarence two weeks ago, now we're swapping them back. Canisius lost to Cathedral Prep (Pa.) two weeks ago, lost to Walsh Jesuit (Ohio) this past week, something that we think would happen to the schools below as well. Canisius also played the No. 2 team tough. Sneak preview: This might happen again next week since Canisius is at Aquinas Friday night.

5. Clarence (4-1) [4] -- Red Devil fans hoping Gelz is OK for the stretch run. After West Seneca West visits Friday, the final week of the regular season has the Red Devils at the Red Raiders down in Jamestown for a game that likely decides second place in AA South (and a home playoff game).

6. Sweet Home (5-0) [6] -- Blowout of Kenmore East doesn't tell us any more about team that toughed out wins over Starpoint and McKinley. 

7. Williamsville South (5-0) [7] -- Billies could be the most underrated team on this ballot. Thursday Night Football this week.

8. Jamestown (4-1) [9] -- If the Billies aren't the most underrated team on this ballot, then the Red Raiders are. Not to say I told you so, but I had these guys in my top 10 last week before they beat Lancaster. Also own a respectable 31-14 loss at OP.

9. Kenmore West (4-1) [10] -- Solidified spot in top 10 and perch in AA North with a solid, 20-point win at Lockport.

10. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (5-0) [NR] -- Are they better than any of the teams I go through below? We're not completely sure, but we're leaning to yes here after a quality win at a solid Springville team along with DiMillo being back and running all over the place. Fun Friday football at Fitzpatrick Field with Frannies visiting. First major test for the Tigers.

Who could be next? Lancaster, which (lost to Jamesown and Clarence but) beat Lockport, which (lost to Ken West but) beat Starpoint, which (lost to Sweet Home but) beat McKinley, which (also lost to Sweet Home but) beat 4-1 North Tonawanda, which I definitely have ahead of 4-1 Amherst (especially after the team they lost to, South Park, lost to 1-4 Lake Shore), which beat West Seneca East, which (also lost to Will South) beat Bennett, which beat Hamburg, which beat South Park and Lake Shore and lost at Amherst in OT.

From that list, NT and Starpoint were probably the teams I considered most for the 10th spot -- both ever-so-slightly ahead of Lancaster since those two are on an upswing while Lancaster isn't -- and would you look a this? The Lumberjacks host Starpoint in a quality Niagara County deal on Friday night.




1. Alden (5-0) [1] -- Can I vote them higher than No. 1? Yes, Depew went for two when it probably should have kicked, but the late FG attempt was a long shot, and if Patterson plays the second half it's not that close. 

2. Depew (4-1) [2] -- Certainly still tucked right behind the Bulldogs after losing to them.

3. Cheektowaga (4-1) [3] -- Certainly still tucked right behind the Wildcats after losng to them (Week One). 

4. Maple Grove (5-0) [7] -- Thorough win over Randolph leads to a switch of spots.

5. Fredonia (5-0) [10] -- To go to Cleve Hill and play disciplined defense and offense for what should end up being a division-clinching win, you get rewarded with a big jump here.

6. Lackawanna (4-1) [5] -- Only loss to Cheektowaga.

7. Cleveland Hill (4-1) [6] -- Still an explosive team.

8. Randolph (4-1) [4] -- Swapped spots with Maple Grove after bigger loss than would have been expected.

9. Frewsburg (4-1) [NR] -- Probably should have had them in here last week, not that there was an easy place to put them.

10. Pioneer (5-0) [9] -- We're not sure what we've got in dealing with those Bs Pioneer keeps beating, but we'll keep them ahead of Silver Creek, Salamanca, Southwestern and St. Mary's.

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: Week Five

Week Five featured tremendous showdowns and extended to late Saturday night. Here's our latest PrepTalkTV episode:

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

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

More sports and seasons are documented in 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 Five 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.

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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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