Hello from the Class A postseason annual event that is Iroquois vs. Sweet Home. We'll provide updates when we can, so sit back and get comfortable with your refresh button.
1:48 p.m. Good news is we're out of the wind, which I can hear howling outside. Not-so-good news is the press box at Robert P. Barczak Stadium is jam-packed. I've got a back-row seat with the front six seats occupied by the WGR guys, the Time Warner guys and Sweet Home's PA and scoreboard operators.
I've got the laptop literally on my lap and my view of the field is not so great, so the updates might not be coming so quick.
1:55 p.m. Bee guru Pat Nagy said he was here for last week's game, when it was he, the PA and the scoreboard guy. The door to the press box was just opened brief moment and the wind appeared to nearly take the door off. One of the ceiling tiles in this first level of the press box went for a ride and became dislodged. Nagy just said the door has been known to open on its own. I'm next to the door. Uh-oh.
2:04 p.m. We are underway and Sweet Home has a TOUCHDOWN after its first drive. Sophomore Jordan Johnson, on a fourth-and-1 play at the 10, took an inside toss and ran for the first down, then kept his legs moving and driving and powered into the end zone. Pat McMahon, Sweet Home's quarterback, powered the extra-point kick through and the Panthers have a 7-0 lead with 8:34 left in the opening quarter.
2:19 p.m. At the END OF THE FIRST QUARTER, Sweet Home has a 7-0 lead. Iroquois has a second-and-6 at the Sweet Home 23.
2:28 p.m. Sweet Home has another TOUCHDOWN from Johnson, who followed some huge blocks through a hole to the left and sped down the left sideline for the score. McMahon's kick looked good to the press box and to McMahon, but it was waved off by the officials. Sweet Home leads, 13-0, with 8:19 left in the second quarter.
2:34 p.m. Iroquois calls a timeout with 4:26 left in the second quarter before a punt on fourth-and-18 from its 40.
2:38 p.m. Update from Miguel Rodriguez in Hamburg: Eden leads Cassadaga Valley, 7-6, in the second quarter but standout running back Julian Bermingham has been taken off the field on a stretcher due to a leg injury.
2:47 p.m. We are at HALFTIME with Sweet Home leading Iroquois, 13-0.
The wind is insane here. It just moved a Sweet Home golf cart a few feet along the track, then knocked over a water jug. The ball has moved when it has been spotted. Officials hats' have been blown off. Iroquois threw one pass and the wind knocked it down like it was Dikembe Mutombo.
Iroquois hasn't been able to move much at all against Sweet Home, while the Panthers have had a few big plays lead to their touchdowns. Sweet Home's Steve Spencer is having a tremendous game on defense.
Quality comment by Hollywood. It appears there are about as many fans from Iroquois here as from Sweet Home, and the total crowd can't be more than 500, and that's probably being generous.
Another wind update: The press box has been shaking here and there, something the Sweet Home scoreboard operator says has never happened.
Great lines of the day:
WGR's Tony Caliguri, during one of the more powerful gusts: "I'm expecting to see Dorothy and Toto fly by."
Sweet Home PA man: "Ladies and gentlemen, we would ask you to not blow away as we have a second half of action remaining."
A mini-update that should have been given a while back -- on the way here Riverside had a huge lead on Lafayette.
3:06 p.m. We're about to kick off the second half -- Iroquois will receive.
3:17 p.m. Report from Rodriguez in Hamburg: FINAL SCORE: Eden 7, Cassadaga Valley 6.
3:19 p.m. Sweet Home and Johnson have a third TOUCHDOWN. Johnson took a toss across a great push on the left side of the offensive line for the score. McMahon adds the extra point and Sweet Home has a 20-0 lead on Iroquois with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
3:26 p.m. Sweet Home now has a 26-0 lead with 2:11 left in the third. Mike Coleman took a handoff to the right side, went through a huge hole, then got some great blocking from D.J. Nettles as he went around the right side for a 36-yard TOUCHDOWN. The play was Sweet Home's first after an Iroquois punt.
3:30 p.m. Another update, another TOUCHDOWN for Sweet Home. Iroquois fumbled a snap and the Panthers took over at the Iroquois 20. Two plays later, McMahon kept the ball up the middle and broke left, then pounded through a pair of tacklers for the score. On the extra-point kick, a snap went awry, but it happened to go to McMahon, who ran to the right side and bested another tackler to get in the end zone for the two points. Sweet Home leads, 34-0, with 1:26 left in the third quarter.
On the kickoff, McMahon kicked his third straight touchback with the wind at his back.
3:33 p.m. We are at the END OF THE THIRD QUARTER with Sweet Home up, 34-0.
3:39 p.m. We have an injury timeout with a Chief lineman down with 9:53 left in the fourth quarter.
3:59 p.m. Iroquois gets on the board with a 10-yard TOUCHDOWN pass from Brandon Souder to Dan Parker, with a missed kick.
3:55 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Sweet Home 34, Iroquois 6.
5:46 p.m. The Ralph field is complete: AA-North Tonawanda vs. Lancaster; A-Sweet Home vs. Grand Island; B-Cheektowaga vs. Alden; C-Southwestern vs. Eden; D-Maple Grove vs. Randolph.
5:49 p.m. Our scoreboard is up and will be updated.