Ri­val­ries in­cluded among key con­tests

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It’s Ri­valry Week, which means there are def­i­nitely more than just five in­trigu­ing games on the sched­ule.

With that in mind, let me get the “I’m sorry” out of the way right now, be­cause there are bound to be some folks who won­der why their fa­vorite ri­valry game isn’t in­cluded in this list or why it doesn’t in­clude sim­ply ri­valry games.

It’s not be­cause this cor­ner doesn’t re­spect or value the school/ com­mu­nity spir­i­tual im­por­tance of T-NT, the bat­tles of Ken­more, Or­leans County (Al­bion ver­sus Me­d­ina) or Chau­tauqua County (Dunkirk ver­sus Fre­do­nia/West­field/Broc­ton). It’s just be­cause this piece is called Fab Five for a rea­son. It’s re­served for pick­ing the five more in­trigu­ing games on the sched­ule each week. That’s the rule.

Also, there are some matchups this week that do not in­volve ri­vals that are sim­ply too im­por­tant not to in­clude in this list be­cause of their post­sea­son im­pli­ca­tions.

With that in mind, here are five of this week’s more in­trigu­ing games on the sched­ule.

• Cheek­towaga (5-1) at Mary­vale (6-0), 7 p.m. Fri­day

Fab Five

at Mary­vale Sta­dium. One would think Hat­fields ver­sus the McCoys would be the anal­ogy to sum up this ri­valry, ex­cept it’s not.

The schools sep­a­rated by 2 miles within the same town have more than a healthy re­spect for each other.

“The kids know each other,” Cheek­towaga coach Mike Fatta said. “Bucc (Mary­vale coach Jeff Buccieri) does a great job. … He and I get along very well.”

“There def­i­nitely have been great foot­ball games (the past few years) and great sports­man­ship,” said Buccieri, Mary­vale’s sev­enth-year coach. “But it’s def­i­nitely a ri­valry Cheek­towaga has dom­i­nated.”

Mary­vale won the 2014 reg­u­larsea­son meet­ing, its first win in the se­ries since 1999. The Fly­ers se­cured a share of the di­vi­sion ti­tle with the vic­tory, shar­ing it with the War­riors and Depew. Cheek­towaga re­stored or­der in its galaxy and gained a mea­sure of re­venge by beat­ing the Fly­ers in the Sec­tion VI Class B semi­fi­nals later that sea­son. The War­riors have won the past two meet­ings – in­clud­ing last year’s over­time de­ci­sion that en­abled the War­riors to clinch the di­vi­sion ti­tle at Mary­vale’s ex­pense.

Once again the di­vi­sion ti­tle hangs in the bal­ance when th­ese two meet with the Fly­ers look­ing to com­plete a 7-0 reg­u­lar sea­son. Cheek­towaga’s lone loss was a non­lea­guer to Sweet Home.

Mary­vale, ranked third among Buf­falo News Small Schools, has been led by dan­ger­ous two-way player Rashad Law, who runs a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash and av­er­ages 9.8 yards per carry and nearly 20 yards per catch. The ju­nior also ranks sec­ond in tack­les play­ing safety/line­backer.

Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13 Class AA

Ni­a­gara Falls at Ben­nett, 7 p.m. Clarence at Hutch-Tech, 7 p.m. Wil­liamsville North at Ni­a­gara-Wheat­field, 7 p.m. Jamestown at Or­chard Park, 7 p.m.

Class A North

Wil­liamsville East at Grand Is­land, 7 p.m. Sweet Home at Wil­liamsville South, 7 p.m.

Class A South

McKin­ley at Amherst, 7 p.m. West Seneca East at West Seneca West, 7 p.m.

Class B-1

East Aurora/Hol­land at Lew-Port, 7 p.m. Cheek­towaga at Mary­vale, 7 p.m. Bur­gard/MST at Pi­o­neer, 7 p.m.

Class B-2

Olean at Springville, 7 p.m. Fre­do­nia/West­field/Broc­ton at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.

Class B-3

Lack­awanna at Barker/Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.

Class C North

Akron at Eden/North Collins, 7 p.m.

Class C South

Sil­ver Creek/Forestville at Al­le­ganyLime­stone, 7 p.m. Falconer/Cas­sadaga Val­ley at South­west­ern, 7 p.m.

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Con­nor Deside­rio faces Cheek­towaga for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer and comes in with 10 pass­ing TDs and one rush­ing.

Cheek­towaga seems to just reload the tal­ent each year, and tak­ing the place of grad­u­ated first team Al­lWestern New York quar­ter­back Eric Bart­nik has been ju­nior KeShone Beal, a dual-threat play­maker who is built like a full­back but can sling it, ac­cord­ing to Fatta. His top re­ceiver has been Tommy Zol­nowski.

The key for this one for both teams will be for each de­fense to get off the field and give each’s re­spec­tive of­fense a chance to make plays.

Class D

Ran­dolph/Frews­burg at Cat­ta­rau­gus/ Lit­tle Val­ley, 7 p.m. Cly­mer/Sher­man/Panama at Franklinville/El­li­cottville/West Val­ley, 7 p.m. Chau­tauqua Lake at Frews­burg, 7 p.m. Portville at Maple Grove, 7 p.m.


Ton­awanda at North Ton­awanda, 6 p.m. Me­d­ina at Al­bion, 7 p.m. Ham­burg at Fron­tier, 7 p.m. Sala­manca at Gowanda/Pine Val­ley, 7 p.m. Cani­sius at V-Aquinas, 7 p.m. St. Mary’s/Lan­caster at V-Batavia, 7 p.m. Ni­chols at V-Myn­derse, 7 p.m. New­fane at Wil­son, 7 p.m. Lan­caster at Depew, 7:15 p.m.

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14 Mon­signor Martin

St. Fran­cis at Car­di­nal O’Hara, 1 p.m.

Class AA

Ni­a­gara Falls at Ben­nett, 1 p.m.

Class A North

Ken­more East at Ken­more West, 2 p.m.

Class C North

JFK at Cleve­land Hill, 2 p.m.


Star­point at Lockport, 2 p.m. St. Joe’s at V-Univer­sity Prep, 2 p.m. Ni­chols at Up­per Canada Col­lege, 4:30 p.m.

A con­cern for Cheek­towaga could be Mary­vale se­nior re­ceiver Ray Black­well, who has 21 catches for 533 yards, seven touch­downs, and runs the 40 in 4.5 sec­onds.

• West Seneca East Tro­jans (4-2) at West Seneca West In­di­ans (6-0), at 7 p.m. at WSW Field. West Seneca West can clinch a top seed in the Sec­tion VI Class A play­offs should it de­feat the ri­val Tro­jans for the first time since 2011. Matt My­ers and Jus­ton John­son have been key ad­di­tions to West and fuel its bal­anced of­fense. The In­di­ans have been st­ingy on de­fense, yield­ing the fewest points (50) in all of Class A with a unit led by Mike Glin­ski, Josh Wil­son and Liam Scheuer. The Tro­jans are al­ready locked in as the fourth seed for the play­offs but look to bounce back from last week’s loss to un­beaten di­vi­sion foe South Park, which ral­lied from a 21-point deficit for the win.

• Lan­caster Leg­ends (6-0) at Depew Wild­cats (4-2), 7:15 p.m. at Depew Sports Com­plex (Spec­trum News). One of the big­gest ri­val­ries in Western New York in­volves the Class AA power Leg­ends and Class B-size Wild­cats. Lan­caster leads the all-time se­ries 50-33-6 and has won the past two meet­ings. Depew won four straight meet­ings from 2011 to 2014. Noth­ing but pride on the line as both teams have al­ready clinched play­off berths in their re­spec­tive clas­si­fi­ca­tion tour­na­ments. But emo­tion can be a great ally.

• Sweet Home Pan­thers (4-2) at Wil­liamsville South Bil­lies (4-2), 7 p.m. Fri­day at South District Field. Th­ese teams have been in the same di­vi­sion so long that their meet­ing al­ways seems to be huge. Like sev­eral past ones, there is a lot at stake. The win­ner earns a play­off spot while the loser heads to the Funke Con­so­la­tion Bowl Tour­na­ment. Both teams are look­ing to re­bound from Week Six losses.

• Wil­liamsville East Flames (4-2) at Grand Is­land Vik­ings (5-1). 7 p.m., Fri­day at Gene Masters Field. Not a ri­valry game but it should be an in­tense af­fair nonethe­less, con­sid­er­ing the stakes. The Flames can earn a share of the Class A North ti­tle with a win. The Vik­ings can earn a share of the di­vi­sion crown (and a top seed) with a win. A Flames win cou­pled with Will South win drops Grand Is­land to a No. 4 seed even though it de­feated Star­point, which al­ready clinched a share of the Class A North ti­tle.

Per­illo rushes for 219

Se­nior C.J. Per­illo rushed for 219 yards and five touch­downs on 31 car­ri­ers as Iro­quois earned a 36-7 win over Alden in a non­league Thurs­day night foot­ball matchup.

Per­illo now has 1,263 yards on the sea­son to lead Western New York rush­ers.

Ethan Hur­bold ran for 131 yards and was cred­ited with six sacks and three forced fum­bles on de­fense.

South Park clinches Class A

South Park clinched at least a share of the Class A South ti­tle with a 50-6 win over Lake Shore.

Quar­ter­back Dabe­yon Humphrey threw for 177 yards and two touch­downs. He also ran the ball seven times for 81 yards and rushed for 1-yard TD. Clarence Thomas had 11 car­ries for 136 yards in­clud­ing TD runs of 10 and 8 yards.

OP up­ends Clarence

Af­ter drop­ping the first game, Or­chard Park came back to win three straight and up­end top-ranked Clarence in an ECIC Di­vi­sion I girls vol­ley­ball match. The Quak­ers won, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20.

Ash­ley Do­gal had 10 kills and five blocks for the Quak­ers (13-3, 9-2) while Amanda Re­naldo had 39 digs and one ace.

Grand Is­land wins NFL

Grand Is­land won its third straight Ni­a­gara Fron­tier League boys soc­cer cham­pi­onship with a 6-0 win over North Ton­awanda. David Bilek had two goals and two as­sists while Luke Ailinger had a goal and two as­sists.

It took two goals in over­time for the Grand Is­land girls to cap­ture the league ti­tle over Ni­a­gara-Wheat­field. Kayla Robin­son and Brooke Amato each scored in over­time for the 2-0 Vik­ings’ win.

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