Rivalries included among key contests
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
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.
East Aurora/Holland at Lew-Port, 7 p.m. Cheektowaga at Maryvale, 7 p.m. Burgard/MST at Pioneer, 7 p.m.
Olean at Springville, 7 p.m. Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.