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Section VI football Media Day at The Ralph: AA & A interviews

By Keith McShea

If it is Tuesday before the Section VI football championship games at The Ralph, that means it is Media Day at The Ralph. 

I spent my time talking with the Class AA & A coaches, largely because it features two significant underdogs (who have succeeded in that role already in Frontier and Williamsville North) against two significant favorites: No. 1 large school Jamestown in AA and No. 3 Sweet Home in A.

Here's what they had to say Tuesday afternoon. 

Please excuse the wind-disturbed audio (and the leaf-blowers in the background -- The Ralph was getting spruced up at the time): 

The finals will be the subject of my Prep Talk column on Thursday. 

Mary Jo Monnin broke down all six games and has some terrific info as part of today's Scholastic Spotlight

We'll also have gameday capsules later this week. 

How The News voted: Week Nine

By Keith McShea

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 are our previous ballots: Week Eight, Week SevenWeek SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

Continue reading "How The News voted: Week Nine" »

Video: Canisius shuts out rival St. Joe's, 21-0

Coach Rich Robbins and senior Qadree Ollison discuss how Canisius closed out a 5-0 Monsignor Martin Association regular season with a dominant defensive performance and a 21-0 shutout of rival St. Joe's.

Section VI championship lineup at The Ralph & Monsignor Martin playoff matchups

By Keith McShea

For Saturday's schedule, click here. For results, see our scoreboard page or today's #PrepTalkLive blog

SECTION VI CHAMPIONSHIPS at Ralph Wilson Stadium 

Friday, Nov. 8

Class D -- 6 p.m.

2-Maple Grove/Chautaqua Lake (7-1) vs. 1-Randolph (9-0) 

Class A -- 8:30 p.m.

7-Williamsville North (6-3) vs. 1-Sweet Home (9-0)

Saturday, Nov. 9

Class DD -- 10 a.m. 

4-Frewsburg (5-3) vs. 2-Cattauragus/Little Valley (7-1). Note: DD champion does not advance to state playoffs

Class C -- 1 p.m.

1S-Fredonia (9-0) vs. 1N-Cleveland Hill (9-0) 

Class B -- 4 p.m. 

2S-Depew (8-1) vs. 1S-Alden (9-0)

Class AA -- 7 p.m.

2-Frontier (7-2) vs. 1-Jamestown (9-0)

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MONSIGNOR MARTIN PLAYOFFS

Week 10

Quarterfinals at school sites (top two seeds Canisius and St. Joe's have earned byes)

6-Cardinal O'Hara at 3-St. Francis

5-Bishop Timon-St. Jude at 4-St. Mary's

Week 11 -- semifinals

Thursday, Nov. 14 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 5 & 7:30 p.m.

O'Hara/St. Francis winner vs. 2-St. Joe's

Timon/St. Mary's winner vs. 1-Canisius

Week 12 -- championship

Thursday, Nov. 21 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 7 p.m.

Week Nine Friday with #PrepTalkLive: Jamestown, Frontier, Will North, Alden, Depew, Randolph & Maple Grove to The Ralph

By Keith McShea

The longer the season, the fewer the games, and the more importance they hold.

There are seven Section VI semifinals tonight which will determine which schools will be represented at The Ralph for next weekends's championship games.

Our team coverage includes me heading to the home of No. 1 small school and three-time defending Class B champion Alden, which hosts No. 5 Burgard, the Buffalo Public Schools' last shot at a first-ever trip to The Ralph, at 7 p.m. I'll have play-by-play from the game (#BURGvALD) along with scoring and end-of-quarter updates via Twitter.

We'll also have News correspondents and photojournalists at other semifinals like the great pair of Class AA games of Kenmore West at Jamestown (#KWvJAM at 7) and Orchard Park at Frontier (#OPvFRO at 7:30). Here's this weekend's full lineup.

We encourage you to tweet updates or comments 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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Be sure to click on all the boxes in the live blog -- we have the scoreboards, but next week's schedule is in there along with some other links.

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We'll be back tomorrow afternoon with more #PrepTalkLive coverage as I'll be at the 82nd edition of St. Joe's at Canisius at 1 p.m. at its Stranksy Complex in West Seneca.

Watch PrepTalkTV Week Eight: Standouts (& mascots) from St. Joe's and Canisius; live chat followed

By Keith McShea

We've got a BIG episode of PrepTalkTV tonight at 7:30 (you'll be able to watch it here and the home page of BuffaloNews.com).

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.

Section VI & Monsignor Martin football playoff schedule

By Keith McShea

Here is the updated schedule for Week Nine, which includes site changes this week.

Our full season schedule includes Monsignor Martin games as well as all playoff rounds through the state championships.

WEEK NINE

SECTION VI PLAYOFFS

CLASS A semifinals

Continue reading "Section VI & Monsignor Martin football playoff schedule" »

How The News voted: Week Eight

By Keith McShea

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 are our previous ballots: Week SevenWeek SixWeek Five, Week FourWeek Three, Week Two, Week One and my preseason lists

And here our versions of this week's top 10s:

Continue reading "How The News voted: Week Eight" »

Video: Kenmore West avenges Lancaster loss, earns trip to Jamestown

Kenmore West scored its 28 points in the middle quarters to run away from Lancaster, 28-15, and earn a trip to Jamestown next week for the Section VI Class AA semfinals.

Updated Section VI football playoff schedule: AA, A, B, C semifinals are set

By Keith McShea

Here are the updated scores and matchups.

Our full season schedule includes Monsignor Martin games as well as all playoff rounds through the state championships.

WEEK EIGHT

SECTION VI PLAYOFFS

CLASS AA quarterfinals

Continue reading "Updated Section VI football playoff schedule: AA, A, B, C semifinals are set" »

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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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