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PrepTalkTV Week Two: Lockport football, guest host Jonah Bronstein & postshow live chat

By Keith McShea

Our second episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of

Our guests are coach Greg Bronson and senior quarterback Dan Bronson of Lockport, which recorded a huge win last Friday at Orchard Park. The Lions upended the Quakers despite Dan Bronson, the returning starting quarterback, being knocked out for the season after suffered a broken collarbone in their Week One game. Lockport has another great matchup this week as they host fellow 2-0 Class AA team Frontier at 2 p.m. Saturday.   

We'll also have our second guest host of the season with Jonah Bronstein of Bronstein is a Kenmore East and Brockport State graduate, a veteran sportswriter in Western New York and the founder and publisher of, which tracks local athletes who have gone on to participate in college athletics.

We will be rotating guest hosts throughout the year, and we're still accepting applications from current high school students.

After the show, we'll conduct a live chat here on the blog. As always, anything in the world of high school sports, or our coverage of it, is up for discussion.

As always, I will try to get to every question. Please be patient.

Week Two poll: Which Friday night #PrepTalkLive game are you looking forward to the most?

State football rankings debut with Randolph No. 1 in Class D

By Keith McShea

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its first football polls of the season Tuesday. 

Of most interest is that Randolph is the only Western New York team to claim a top spot as No. 1 in Class D, which is no surprise considering they are the state champions and they're off to a dominating 2-0 start. 

Also quite notable is that last Friday's clash in Rochester in which Aquinas beat visiting Canisius, 3-0, was indeed for the top ranking in Class AA. Aquinas is first and Canisius sixth. I'd have St. Joe's higher than their 11th spot (obviously I have them first on my large school poll ballot, and the Marauders took the top spot in The News poll).

St. Joe's owns a win over No. 18 St. Anthony's of Long Island, a victory which admittedly might not have the same value we thought it would after seeing that St. Anthony's beat Holy Trinity by a modest score (27-14). Holy Trinity played a close one with St. Francis in its opener and is generally a significant step behind St. Anthony's, which is 8-0 against Trinity since 2004, a run that has included a few blowouts.  

Also interesting is St. Mary's making the poll -- but in Class A. I've notified the NYSSWA that we consider St. Mary's a small school in football, and while they are not eligible for any state playoffs, we would certainly consider them a B. The state polls are somewhat insane to compile, and discrepancies such as this happen from time to time; I would expect that St. Mary's might be moved down next week.

Here is the complete local rundown of the state rankings, which can be found at the NYSSWA's Road to Syracuse web site:

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WNY football mourns loss of Damon Janes

By Keith McShea

It is impossible to put into words how inexplicable and how sad this is.

Monday the news came regarding the death of Damon Janes, a Brocton junior who lost consciousness during Friday night's game against Portville. 

Charlie Specht and Steve Watson have reported this difficult story over the weekend. This is the story in today's paper.

Ken Stoldt, the Section VI Football chairman, said the entire local football community is “deeply saddened” by the death.

Janes was admitted to the hospital Friday night and the Village of Brocton rallied in support the family on Saturday

Janes played for the combined Westfield/Brocton team; the team is referred to as Westfield because Westfield has the majority of players and personnel in the program. On the Westfield roster, Janes is listed a 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior running back.

Janes was injured late in the third quarter of Portville's 32-6 home victory that was called in the aftermath of the injury. Janes scored the only touchdown in the game for Westfield, a 5-yard run that came earlier in the third quarter, according to the scoring report we received on the game Friday night

The situation is unfortunately similar to another relatively recent loss of life in upstate New York following a high school football game. 

This is a New York Times story published in the days following the the death of 16-year-old Ridge Barden of John C. Birdlebough High School -- commonly referred to as Phoenix since that is the Section III (Syracuse area) town were the school is located. The somber tone and circumstances of that story 

John Moriello, president of the New York State Sportswriters Association, has a very informative blog post regarding the unfortunate realities of high school sports-related fatalities in our state. 

How The News voted: Week Two

By Keith McShea

WHAT a Week Two. Upsets, near-upsets, close games, big games, record-breakers and more. It's a rare thing to have a shakeup like we should have just two polls into the year. 

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, which are published each Tuesday in the Sidelines section of the Scholastic Spotlight

Here's last week's poll as well as our preseason top 10s

My ballot, usually is fairly strongly rooted in where last year's teams finished up. Here are last season's final polls as well as last year's "How The News voted post" for the final 2012 rankings

Here are our two top 10s:

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Week Two Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Alden wins late at Eden (with VIDEO); large crowd watches St. Joe's win big at Clarence

By Keith McShea

Week Two Saturday makes for a long day, but it's worth it as I'll get to see two games. I'm starting at a top 10 small school battle as No. 1 Alden heads to No. 9 Eden at 2 p.m., while St. Joe's is at Clarence at 7 p.m. I'll have play-by-play from those games along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with hashtags #ALDvEDEN & #STJvCLAR).

We'll also have a News photojournalist at Cheektowaga at Bennett (#CHKvBEN), a 2 p.m. start at All High Stadium.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). You can also tweet updates at @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

Video from Alden's thrilling 22-15 win at Eden

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We'll be back next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Video: Lackawanna Steelers show resilience in victory

Lackawanna head coach Adam Tardif says his team played tough defensively and made some big plays, but they also have to clean up their mistakes.

Video: Lancaster players credit team effort in their rout of West Seneca West.

Lancaster players credit team effort in their 42-0 rout of West Seneca West Friday night.

Video: Lockport plays tough to beat Orchard Park 33-27

Lockport's head coach Greg Bronson tells of how his team came together to beat Orchard Park, a team that Lockport had come up short against the last few years.

Week Two Friday with #PrepTalkLive: Aquinas knocks off Canisius, 3-0 (with video interviews)

By Keith McShea

Week Two has me headed to Rochester for the second straight Friday night as Canisius, considered the No. 1 team in New York State, plays at Aquinas (7:30, #CANvAQ), a program which has held that spot often in recent years. I'll have play-by-play from the game along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News reporters and photojournalists out at Lockport at Orchard Park (#LOCKvOP), Lackawanna at Tonawanda (#LACKvTON), Grand Island at North Tonawanda (#GIvNT) -- all 7 p.m. starts -- and West Seneca West at Lancaster (#WSWvLANC) at 7:30.

We encourage you to tweet updates with the hashtag #preptalklive attached -- that's the quickest way for us to share the information through the live chat (tweets with that hashtag will automatically show up -- our old friend #preptalkscores will work as well). You can also tweet updates at @bufnewspreptalk and @KeithMcSheaBN.

Our high school scoreboard page will have the final scores and details as soon as they are reported to us.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage of Saturday's action. 

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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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