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Week Six Friday: Lots to talk about

One day of Week Six is down, one to go.

There is a lot more information on this post to supplement our roundup in today's paper.

And look to the "recent posts" links to the right, where you'll find:

An additional post on NT's win at St. Joe's -- be sure to check the game story from today's paper as well as the live running commentary I had Friday night.

We also have separate posts on Iroquois' win over West Seneca East (and its disputed finish); Maryvale outrunning Tonawanda and McKinley's first victory.

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Cheektowaga and coach Scott Zipp are playing well when it counts.

"It's nice to make the playoffs two years in a row and have a shot," Zipp said after the Warriors beat Hamburg at home. "We started off slow 0-2 and then went 3-1 over the last four games to make the playoffs."

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The Alden defense's shutout streak continued thanks in part to forcing three fumbles at Albion and Kory Russler leading the way with nine tackles.

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Cleveland Hill is a division champion for the third time in five years. Jacob Zielinski had seven tackles while the Golden Eagles had four sacks and three fumble recoveries in 55-0 win at Roy-Hart.

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An eye-popping stat: Lackawanna's Capone Smith had an average of 23.3 yards per rush in his 12-carry, 280-yard day against Eden.

Dwayne Bennett had three touchdowns among his five catches for 148 yards for the Steelers, who head into their showdown with East Aurora next week following a 43-3 win over Eden. David Kasonovich was 6 for 10 passing for 141 yards and two touchdowns; Smith threw three passes. Zachary Alabadi had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack.

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Speaking of East Aurora, they had no trouble with Springville as Nick Robinson led the defense with 13 tackles.

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Is there a better 0-6 team than West Seneca West? Mike Kus gave the Indians a 7-0 lead after the first quarter on a 91-yard run and finished with 13 carries for 146 yards in the loss to Frontier. The Falcons  went on to win thanks in part to Corey Tyger (15 carries, 113 yards).

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Akron clinched second place in Class C North to ensure its first home playoff game in nine years with a 46-21 win over Gowanda. Josh Corey ran 15 times for 228 yards and three touchdowns of 77, 39 and 10 yards while J.C. Tretter had nine tackles.

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Zack Sopak hit 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards and three TDs, two to Andy Lata, as undefeated Southwestern (6-0, 5-0) beat visiting Salamanca, 30-14. Ryan Buzzetto led the defense with 10 tackles and an interception. Dan Imfeld connected fora 35-yard field goal.

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Patrick Fuller rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries and Dylan Delong had 13 tackles on defense and rushed for a score as Silver Creek (5-1, 5-1) went on to a 14-0 win over the No. 9 small school Allegany-Limestone. The Gators (4-2, 3-2) dropped their second straight.

John Williams had nine tackles and a sack and Travis Small two interceptions for Silver Creek. Cody Hehir was 4 of 10 for 80 yards with a touchdown and one interception.

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Jake Larson carried 17 times for 192 yards and four scores as No. 4 small school Maple Grove (6-0, 6-0) set a school record for points in a game in a 64-9 win over Frewsburg (4-2, 4-2) The Red Dragons wrapped up Class DD to win a division championship for the third straight year. Adam Hover ran nine times for 89 yards and a touchdown while Chris Secky went 8 of 10 for 128 yards with two scores.

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Matt Dixon rushed for 116 yards to help Lew-Port (2-4, 2-3) stay alive for a playoff spot with a 21-19 win over Medina (1-5, 0-5). Nick Peterson had six catches for 76 yards and two scores for Medina.

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Zack Penhollow carried 23 times for 140 yards and two scores as Falconer (1-5, 1-4) earned its first win with a 36-25 win over Westfield.

Doug Oakes ran three times for 60 yards and two scores, middle linebacker Nolan Ingrao had 13 tackles and Scott Baglia had nine tackles for Falconer, which had a 36-13 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

---Keith McShea & Tom Borrelli

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