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Week Seven Saturday kicks off with Prep Talk Live & your #preptalkscores ... and includes huge win for JFK

Week Seven Saturday has a ton riding on several games as the Section VI playoff picture will be cleared up by the end of today's action.

I'll be starting at the Cleveland Hill at JFK battle for the Class C North championship at 1:30 and I'll likely be on hand for the Grand Island vs. McKinley game in A North at Riverside at 4. Another key game is Jamestown at Clarence at 2 in AA South; the lone rivalry game of the day has Kenmore East hosting Kenmore West at Sparky Adams Field at 2. 

I wrote a preview of this weekend's action as part of Football Friday while there is a separate blog post on the Section VI playoff picture that will be updated as the day goes on.

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.

Today's lineup (and last night's scores) are accessible via our high school scoreboard page, which is getting back up to speed. It has been going through some growing pains -- and still has some to get through -- due to our transition to a redesigned web site. Check out the standings link on the right side; we have some bugs to work out but we're excited about that (see football here). We appreciate your patience with us during this major switchover.

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Be sure to join us Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. when Lauren Mariacher and I will bring you another episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday, our live wrapup show here at buffalonews.com packed with highlights, interviews, analysis, in-studio guests, your feedback and other features. PrepTalkTV Sunday follows the 8 p.m. broadcast of our Bills wrapup show, [BN]TheHuddle; Lauren and I will be a part of that as well.  

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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PrepTalkTV: Depew 21, Lancaster 13

Rodney Turner scored on a 21-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Wildcats rallied from a 13-7 deficit to beat the host Redskins for the third year in a row. Brian Rybak’s 71-yard run and Anthony Buono’s 2-yarder accounted for the other Depew touchdowns.

Depew improves to 6-1 while the loss was the Redskins’ sixth straight. Lancaster leads the series, which began in 1919, 47-32-6.

PrepTalkTV: North Tonawanda 17, Tonawanda 14

The Stadium that hosted so many great games in its history, saw one more on Friday as North Tonawanda beat rival Tonawanda, 17-14, during the 103rd T-NT game held before a standing-room only crowd at storied Clint Small Stadium.

Senior defensive back/kicker Luke Topolski used the big stage to play the best game of his career as he recovered a fumble that set up the winning score, forced another fumble, opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal and kicked two PATs.

PrepTalkTV: Timon 17, St. Joe's 14

Bishop Timon-St. Jude defeats St. Joe's for the first time in a decade.

PrepTalkTV: West Seneca East 26, West Seneca West 7

West Seneca East is now 7-0 after winning this year's rivalry matchup at home.

Week Seven kicks off with rivalries, playoff spots, Timon's win over St. Joe's, Prep Talk Live & your #preptalkscores

It's hard to believe we are already in Week Seven of high school football, the final weekend of the Section VI regular season. It kicks off with rivalry action (like the T-NT game at 6 p.m.) and playoff spots will be up for grabs; we will be on hand for the top 10 Monsignor Martin Association battle of No. 2 St. Joe's at No. 7 Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Fitzpatrick Field in South Buffalo. 

I wrote a preview of this weekend's action in today's paper while there is a separate blog post on the Section VI playoff picture.

I'm will have live play-by-play updates from St. Joe's at Timon. Lauren Mariacher and our staff of video/photographers will be at additional games.

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.

For a list of tonight's games, check out our high school scoreboard page, which is getting back up to speed. It has been going through some growing pains due to our transition to a redesigned web site. Also check out the standings link on the right side; we have some bugs to work out but we're excited about that (see football here). We appreciate your patience with us during this major switchover.

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We'll be back with another live blog to monitor Saturday's games, from Cleveland Hill at JFK at 1:30 to Grand Island vs. McKinley at Riverside at 4 to other key contests.

On Sunday night at 8:30 p.m., Lauren Mariacher and I will bring you our third episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday, our live wrapup show here at buffalonews.com which will be packed with highlights, interviews, analysis and in-studio guests. PrepTalkTV Sunday follows the 8 p.m. broadcast of our Bills wrapup show, [BN]TheHuddle; Lauren and I will be part of that as well.  

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

Live chat (Oct. 11): After delayed first pitch, tons of Timon-Joe's talk & news that Recor will play

Should be plenty to talk about for tonight's chat.

We've got a Week Seven football schedule which includes playoff implications as the Section VI regular season concludes, rivalry games and St. Joe's at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, my (latest) Prep Talk column on public-private nonleague football games, my vote in this week's football poll, this week's Power 10 and the entire fall sports season.

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 -- 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 previous chats: Week One kickoff chat on Aug. 30 (the post includes an archive of 2011-12 chats) and Sunday's post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat (Sept. 2).

Week Two Thursday chat (Sept. 6) and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat (Sept. 9).

Week Three Thursday chat (Sept. 13) and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat (Sept. 16).

Week Four Thursday chat (Sept. 20) and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat (Sept. 23).

Week Five Thursday chat (Sept. 27) and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat (Sept. 30).

Week Six Thursday chat (Oct. 4) and post-PrepTalkTV Sunday chat (Oct. 7).

If you have a question but you won't be able to make the chat, post one in the comments section here, email me or send it via Twitter and I'll do my best to address it.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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

How The News voted: Week Six

Every week a panel of voters participate in The News' large and small school football polls, and every week we tell you how The News voted.

The News is one of 10 voters on the large and small school polls. 

LARGE SCHOOLS

1. Canisius (6-0) [2] -- To me, this is a clear choice. Not a bad three weeks with the win at Walsh Jesuit in Ohio, a domination of St. Francis and a second-half domination of Aquinas. Tyler Mascio is giving them great QB play, Denzel Benton is a major threat at WR, the line keeps doing work in front of RB Qadree Ollison, and the defense has been excellent.

2Jamestown (5-1) [10] -- This was probably the toughest top 10 of the season. I'm rewarding the Red Raiders for a very impressive victory over Orchard Park. They kind of out-OP-ed OP: Very good, mobile QB in Jake Sisson, big receivers like Stephen Carlson consistently getting open, video-game moves from RB Da'Quan Hollingsworth, big guys like John Czech and Cortland Haines doing top trench work.

"But what about the loss at Frontier just two weeks ago?" All I can say is that Frontier is a tough team, I've got them in my top 10, and this ballot is what I came up with after watched four top 10 teams this past weekend.

3. Orchard Park (5-1) [1] -- After the loss, they have to be behind Jamestown (a surprising amount of pollsters disagree obviously). However, they have to be righhhht behind them because it was a close game, and sure, if the game is at OP or a neutral site, perhaps it goes the other way. I'm not so sure. OP played very well despite QB Ben Holmes going out (with the score 21-7 Jamestown at the time). Reserve sophomore QB Kevin Goltz was outstanding coming in a very tough spot.

4. St. Joe's (6-0) [3] -- The game at Lockport was outstanding. Competitive game, great setting, great matchup. We need more of those kind of games.

What, I'm not getting to the point? :-)

I saw Jamestown and OP Friday night. About 16 hours later, I saw St. Joe's win at Lockport, 30-25, in a game they were trailing in the fourth quarter after being down, 18-7, at half. In Week One, I also saw OP win at Lockport going away. That is indeed part of trying to make sense out of all this stuff. If St. Joe's beats Lockport like OP did, it's quite likely they'd be No. 2. 

The Marauders at No. 1? No way. 

I think the Aquinas and St. Francis games provide a very clear distinction between Canisius and St. Joe's.

The Aquinas games: Canisius gave up an opening touchdown then dominated much of the rest of the way this past weekend (35-7); it three scoring drives that went back to its own 1. A week earlier, St. Joe's jumped to a 21-0 lead behind three touchdowns by a quarterback that was impossible to have been scouted and ended up with a 27-14 win. St. Joe's was indeed on the road, Canisius at home; but I consider that a wash with the Lombardi factor -- Aquinas standout running back Billy Lombardi appears to have been healthier for Canisius than he was for St. Joe's. 

The St. Francis games: St. Joe's jumps to early 28-7 lead in Week Three, again with an offense completely different than their previous games (Nigel Davis at QB instead of Tyler Hill), then holds on for 28-21 victory in scoreless second half. Canisius, also at home, had a 7-6 lead on St. Francis and then dominated for a 51-18 win in Week Five.

Then there's the rest of the schedule: Canisius won at Walsh Jesuit in Ohio, won at St. Mary's (we know know that our first impressions as a "struggle" game for Canisius is not valid after St. Mary's also gave Timon a tough time in South Buffalo and also beat St. Francis at home) and beat Section V's McQuaid handily in the season opener (it's the only loss for McQuaid, which is in Section V's top 10 and rated its fourth-best A school).

The rest of St. Joe's schedule is a rout of overmatched Bennett, a rout of way overmatched Cardinal O'Hara and a 56-34 season-opening win over Wilson Magnet, which is 3-3, lost to McQuaid, 24-7, two weeks ago and is not ranked in Section V.

The two common opponents show a clear advantage to Canisius. The three other opponents are not even close when you look at the strength-of-schedule.   

To me, polls are about reliability, consistency as the season goes on. It's about who I think I can trust. With my top three teams, I think I know what I'm getting. No. 4 has had three two-game seasons, each one with a different quarterback. That's giving me trust issues :-). But seriously, those are not new. St. Joe's fans certainly won't like it, but I've been consistent in my take on the Marauders.   

5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (4-2) [4] -- Host St. Joe's Friday night in what should be an outstanding enviornment at Fitzpatrick Field. I've thought highly of the Tigers all season, and the next six weeks will show us where they belong: vs. St. Joe's, vs. Canisius, at St. Francis; then the playoffs.

6. Sweet Home (6-0) [5] -- For the next two A teams, the events in AA land are a bummer. Both the Panthers and West Seneca East move down on my ballot because Jamestown shot up. It's part of the reason this week's ballot is super tough.

In most other scenarios, the Panthers deserve to go up after routing Williamsville North. The win underlined why Sweet Home should be considered at level high above the rest of A North, including fellow unbeaten Grand Island (this year's schedule unfortunately did not have the Panthers and Vikings getting together). However, the lack of depth in Class A leaves Sweet Home and WSE here. Either team might just be a top three team, perhaps even higher. But we won't be able to fully judge that for a few more weeks.  

7. West Seneca East (6-0) [6] -- See above. Trojans have taken care of their business very handily this season. The next chapter of a special season for Team 43 is hosting rivalry game with West Seneca West Friday.

8. Lockport (4-2) [7] -- I've thought the Lions were good since the opening loss to OP and they showed it again against St. Joe's. Again, they only moved down because Jamestown shot up. 

9. Frontier (5-1) [9] -- The Falcons tread water for the same reason, but I moved them past McKinley because -- this is not news -- AA South is some tough stuff. While a lingering question (especially for me after putting this ballot together) is how did Jamestown lost at Frontier, the bigger question is ... how did Frontier lose its opener to West Seneca West? 

10. McKinley (4-2) [8] -- Two AA South teams move past them, Jamestown and Frontier.

I continue to see the Macks as being a notch higher than the likes of Grand Island and Iroquois. The way Clarence has been playing, they actually might be 10a. Is Williamsville South back after a rout of Williamsville East team we've voted for this season? 

SMALL SCHOOLS

1. Alden (6-0) [1] -- I would like to thank Alden and many small schools for making this a much easier ballot to fill out.

2. Cheektowaga (6-0) [3] -- The Warriors earn the spot after not only winning at Lew-Port, which had put together some nice victories, but dominating the game by halftime. Whoa. 

3. Depew (5-1) [2] -- Crowded at the top here. I think Depew might very well be the No. 2 in B, but the Cheektowaga win at Lew-Port was too dominant, over too good a team, not to move them up.

4. St. Mary's (4-2) [4] -- Did I mention crowded? Landmark St. Francis win had me thinking of elevating the Lancers, but we also remain big fans of Depew.

5. Maple Grove (6-0) [6] -- Red Dragons continue to take care of business and separate themselves in a tough division.  

6. Burgard (5-1) [5] -- Win at Tonawanda closer than expected. What does that mean? Bad news for NT in the T-NT game.

7. Lew-Port (4-2) [7] -- The last four spots are a little wacky. Lew-Port has enough wins in the Wild B West, plus the victory over solid A team South Park, to stay here despite the nightmare of Cheektowaga's visit.

8. Salamanca (5-1) [10] -- So tough to gauge Class C teams (don't even get me started on the North), but we give these Warriors credit for their record, which includes only a zany OT one-point defeat to Southwestern.

9. Randolph (4-2) [NR] -- On a very strong run down in D, big win over Chautauqua Lake last week.

10. Eden (5-1) [NR] -- Gutsy win at Pioneer definitely worthy of a spot.

I mentioned C North above. Cleveland Hill heads to JFK to decide the title of a league in which Akron, Fredonia and Wilson have all been very competitive with each other -- and would likely be competitive with some teams at the bottom of the ballot. But which one to choose? Give us a week :-) 

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---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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PrepTalkTV Sunday (Week Six): Big wins by Jamestown, St. Joe's & Canisius; visits from WSE & Timon

In our live broadcast, Keith McShea and Lauren Mariacher bring you highlights, interviews, analysis and features from the week in high school football:

Here are our previous episodes of PrepTalkTV Sunday, which airs live at 8:30 p.m. every Sunday:

Week Five (Alden wins battle for No. 1, St. Joe's visits after big Aquinas win, Lockport also visits before hosting St. Joe's);

Week Four (WSE's big win, late drama for Sweet Home, Burgard & Lew-Port, interviews with Depew & Alden before No. 1 vs. No. 2);

Week Three (St. Joe's, Canisius wins, Burgard's Hail Mary, interviews with Sweet Home and All-WNY alums from Buffalo State);

Week Two (OP routs Clarence, winning in West Seneca, interviews with Canisius);

Week One is not available (it featured Timon's win at Will South and interview with Ryan Dougherty, OP's win at Lockport and interview with Ben Holmes).

For all of our videos, including many more clips and highlights from each weekend, check out our video home page.

PrepTalkTV Sunday includes guests from WSE, Timon tonight at 8:30; live chat to follow

With Week Six of high school football complete, our sixth episode of PrepTalkTV Sunday will air live tonight at 8:30 p.m. right on the home page of buffalonews.com

We'll have highlights, postgame interviews and analysis. We will again have great guests in studio as West Seneca East coach Jim Maurino and senior quarterback Andy Smigiera talk about their undefeated season and upcoming rivalry week game against West Seneca West. Bishop Timon-St. Jude coach Charlie Comerford and junior running back Adam DiMillo will also join us as the Tigers prepare to host St. Joe's on Friday night.

Afterwards, I'll have a live chat right here. It should start around 9:15 p.m., the exact time depends on how the live video shows go. Let us know what you thought of the show (and our Bills show [BN]TheHuddle, which starts tonight at 8) as well as all of the high school action, football and all fall sports.

As always, anything in the world of high school sports -- or our coverage of it -- is up for discussion.

As always, please just ask questions once. I promise I'll get to them.

---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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