It promises to be of week of record in Section VI football.
Two sets of teams with undefeated records will go at it, while the Western New York rushing record looks sure to fall.
In the battles of unbeatens, Lackawanna (6-0) hosts Springville (6-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday, and Williamsville North (6-0) travels to Lake Shore (6-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Meanwhile at Eden, Wilson running back Dave Schmidli needs 6 yards to become the Western New York career rushing leader.
Lackawanna on the defensive
Coach Bill Moore said his Steelers must be ready to contain Springville's running game, led by Mark Rendell. Despite beating Dunkirk, 50-28, on Oct. 5, the Steelers yielded 310 yards on the ground and only had the ball for 39 plays.
"If they control the ball, we might have a little bit of a problem -- I know we will," said Moore.
Lackawanna sophomore Wade Turner gives Springville's run defense plenty to think about as well. Turner has rushed for 1,160 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in six games.
Lackawanna's defensive backfield is led by junior Kyma Dickinson (four interceptions). Dion Watkins lends consistency to the linebacking corps.
Moore described Springville's All-Western New York defensive back Jeff Piscitelli as "the straw that stirs the drink. Jeff Piscitelli is probably the best all-around athlete in Western New York: he's football, basketball and baseball. And he's an A student."
Lackawanna and Springville share the No. 1 spot in The Buffalo News small schools poll. In the Class B New York State Sportswriters poll, the Steelers are No. 3 while Springville is No. 5. The game will decide the Federation's Division V title.
Schmidli goes for record
It may only take one carry for Schmidli to become the WNY career rushing leader, breaking the record of 4,358 yards set by Ted McDuffie of Grover Cleveland between 1989 and 1992.
Schmidli rushed for 555 yards as a freshman, 1,220 as a sophomore, 1,122 as a junior and has 1,456 yards so far this season.
The brief ceremony following his record carry on Saturday will seem like deja vu for Schmidli. Wilson officials thought Schmidli set the record last week following his 14th carry against Silver Creek. Instead, an error in arithmetic left him short. He was taken out of the game under the assumption the record was his.
"The bad thing about it was we stopped the game, took pictures and handed him the ball," said coach Charlie Jufer. "Then to find out it wasn't really the record . . . What can you say? It was a mistake."
Undefeated teams meet Friday
The winner of Friday night's game between Williamsville North and Lake Shore will capture the Division III title.
Spartans coach Jim Calandra said starting linebacker and tight end Eric Fritz "came out of nowhere" to spark this year's team.
"Last year he was kind of in limbo, but he made a decision he wanted to play football and dedicated himself," said Calandra. "He worked hard in weight room, and he's been a pleasant surprise."
Calandra also said the play of senior fullback John Engler hasn't allowed teams to key on tailback Joe Llaneza as much.
"People didn't realize what a good fullback we have. He's gotten some real tough yards for us and taken some of the pressure off Joe," said Calandra.
Lake Shore is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A and No. 1 in The Buffalo News large schools poll. North rests at No. 13 in the state and No. 4 among Western New York large schools.
Panthers on a roll
Sweet Home puts its 12-game winning streak on the line Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kenmore East.
The Panthers lost their first two games last season to Jamestown and North Tonawanda, and then ran off six straight wins to finish 6-2. The team missed the playoffs by just one point under the Harbin point system.
Leading the offense has been junior running back Durrell Hatch, who has 859 yards on 116 carries. The line is anchored by tackle Byron McKinney. Three-year starter R.J. Filipiak is a linebacker to run away from, and senior safety Rob Stickland has come up with eight interceptions this season.
Sweet Home is ranked No. 4 in the state Class A poll and No. 3 among large schools.
Rambacher getting his kicks
Ryan Rambacher needs one more field goal to tie the Western New York career record.
The Maple Grove senior has 11, leaving him one shy of the record shared by Ed Mahoney of North Tonawanda (1988-1990) and Gerald Carlson of Randolph (1988-1991).
University at Buffalo kicker Carlson, an All-American candidate, works with Rambacher in the offseason.
Rambacher's 84 points are a school record. The four-year letterman plays center for the Red Dragons.