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Section VI football playoff matchups (UPDATED & FINALIZED w/Saturday's games)

By Keith McShea

Here's a class-by-class look at the Section VI playoff picture through Week Seven, the final week of the regular season.

The info below started with our previous playoff post, which -- thanks to some exhaustive work by the Section VI committee, notably chairman Ken Stoldt -- explains how we got here. The Section VI playoff procedures are available in the Section VI handbook

We updated this page as soon as were are able throughout the weekend. I just updated it at 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Section VI will announce times and sites for the playoff games Sunday, while it will also announce the matchups of the Chuck Funke Consolation Bowl Playoffs and any other additional games that will he played. We'll post that as soon as we can. 

If you see anything amiss, email me at kmcshea@buffnews.com or reach me at @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter.

All games are quarterfinals to be played Week Eight (Oct. 25-26) unless otherwise noted.

CLASS AA

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Week Seven Saturday with #PrepTalkLive: Sweet Home, Ken West wrap up Section VI regular season with blowout wins

By Keith McShea

By the end of today, Week Seven Saturday, we'll have all of the Section VI playoff matchups set, we'll see if Sweet Home's streak will continue and we'll find out which team rules Kenmore-Tonawanda.

[UPDATE: Sweet Home wins, 58-22; Ken West wins, 42-0 and the Section VI playoff schedule is SET.] 

I'll be at Sweet Home for its showdown with fellow Class A divisional champion McKinley at 2 p.m. I'll have play-by-play along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter (with the hashtag #MCKvSH on #PrepTalkLive).

Another 2 p.m. game not too far away is that we'll keep an eye on is Kenmore East at Kenmore West at Crosby Field; the rivals enter the game with 4-2 records. Pioneer at Eden in B South and Bennett at Barker/Roy-Hart in B North will help clear up the playoff picture for good. 

Check out our exhaustive post that set up the Section VI playoff picture heading into the weekend, and our Section VI playoff schedule post that we'll update as soon as matchups become finalized.

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). 

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 next week with more #PrepTalkLive coverage. 

Video: Jamestown coach calls game against Orchard Park a classic

Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy praises his team and calls the back-and-forth game a classic.

Video: Lancaster coach praises players' resilience in win over Depew.

Lancaster coach Chris Dickson praises players' resilience in win over Depew after last week's loss.

Video: NT discusses 13th straight win in T-NT game

Week Seven Friday with #PrepTalkLive: Jamestown survives at OP (with VIDEO); NT, Lancaster win rivalry games

The final weekend of the Section VI regular season kicks off tonight, which means playoff spots and bragging rights are on the line on a night of great matchups.

I'll be at Orchard Park (5-1) to see if the defending Section VI champion and co-No. 6 large school Quakers can derail No. 1 Jamestown, which has posted at least 50 points in each of its victories. I'll have play-by-play from the game (#JAMvOP at 7 p.m.) along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News correspondents and photojournalists at top rivalry games of Tonawanda at North Tonawanda (#TvNT at 6) and Lancaster at Depew (#LANCvDEP at 7:30). 

Most of those games will have a postseason impact of some sort, while there plenty of other games that will as well. Check out our exhaustive post on the Section VI playoff picture, and we'll be updating the Section VI playoff schedule as soon as possible.

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). Live chat comments are certainly welcome too. 

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 as I'll be at the 2 p.m. Class A nonleague showdown of division champions as McKinley visits Sweet Home

Watch PrepTalkTV Week Six: Alden coach Currin & QB Stoldt visit; review live chat

By Keith McShea

Our sixth episode of PrepTalkTV is tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com) as we welcome in Alden coach Rob Currin and senior quarterback Brian Stoldt to talk about the Bulldogs' dramatic season, which has included four come-from-behind wins for the No. 1 small school, the latest being Saturday's 29-20 win at Olean.

We'll talk about the upcoming final week of the Section VI regular season, Week Seven, while my Prep Talk column today will likely be part of the discussion as well. 

Our guest host is Dave DeLuca, a Springville grad and Buffalo State student who contributes to the Springville Journal. 

We have rotated guest hosts throughout the year. If you'd like to be part of the show, and that includes college or high school students, let me know via kmcshea@buffnews.com or @KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter. 

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 in the live chat. Please be patient.

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

Breaking down Section VI football playoff picture heading into Week Seven finales

By Keith McShea

Just a warning: This stuff can get pretty intense. :-)

But that's what happens when you're dealing with what-ifs which lead to what-ifs which lead to what-ifs which lead to a coin flip: The tiebreaker system for Section VI football. But don't worry, it doesn't look like any coin flips will be necessary.

Thanks to some exhaustive work by Section VI, including the division chairman and especially chairman Ken Stoldt, we have a pretty clear playoff picture heading into Week Seven, the final week of the Section VI regular season.

In each class, we have provided the standings, with the all-important asterisk for teams who have clinched a playoff spot. If a team's seed has been determined, we've listed it. Then we've got what the playoff schedule grid looks like right now, with either/ors.

Reminder that the first tiebreaker is head-to-head, then it is point differential (the highest point differential a team can receive for a game is +20). 

Here we go.

CLASS AA

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State football rankings (Oct. 15)

By Keith McShea

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its third football polls of the season today.

That main link goes to the Class AA & A polls and that page includes a link to Classes B, C and D

Some quick items worth noting, and the complete breakdown of local teams in the state poll:

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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