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REVELING IN RIVALRY Lancaster-Depew game being featured worldwide

For anyone who can't make it to sold-out Foyle-Kling Field for Friday's Depew at Lancaster game, you don't have to miss a down.

The 82nd meeting between the Twin Village rivals is being featured this year by the Great American Rivalry series. The series, now in its fifth year, was created to showcase the top high school football rivalries across the nation.

Fans from across the country and overseas can tune into the game live over the Internet via the Broadcast Network (iBN) or by going to The Lancaster-Depew game joins the Section III game between Christian Brothers Academy and LaSalle as the only rivalries from New York State to be selected.

Series creator iHigh Incorporated is sponsoring a pair of awards. Two student-athletes, Zach Hein of Lancaster and Brad Barth of Depew, will each receive a $500 scholarship for having the top grade point averages on their teams.

There is also a Hall of Fame membership to recognize two major contributors to the game's tradition. Both schools chose to honor legendary coaches: Joe Foyle of Lancaster (head coach from 1961-85) and the late Frank Constantino of Depew (1955-86).

Representatives from the series will attend both school's pep rallies Friday and present the game trophy to the winning team after the contest.

Here's a look at the weekend's games:

*Depew (5-1) at Lancaster (4-2)

Outlook: The game will feature Depew's grind-it-out ground game against Lancaster's spread offense. The Wildcats look to beat Lancaster for the third year in a row. The last time Depew won three straight was 1982-84.

Depew has won five games in a row this season since dropping its opener to Class B North champ Alden, 14-6. "For them to have graduated all those seniors, and to be eight points from being undefeated, is a real credit to their kids," said Lancaster coach Len Jankiewicz.

Depew running back Dan Gorski needs 40 yards to reach 1,000. Depew linebacker Brad Barth averages eight tackles a game.

Cory Davis has a team-leading 70 tackles for a Lancaster defense that hasn't given up any points in the first quarter of a game this year.

Game date and time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Lancaster leads, 45-29-7.

Series started: 1919.

Last year: Depew won, 34-7, its most lopsided win in series history. Gorski had a 69-yard TD run.

Fast fact: Depew's Gorski and Lancaster's Tom Krickovich are cousins.


*N. Tonawanda (6-0) at Tonawanda (3-3)

Outlook: North Tonawanda's domination of Class AA opponents this season doesn't bode well for the Class A Warriors. The undefeated Jacks have been winning by an average margin of 44-15.

NT has dominated this Twin City championship, winning seven in a row and 11 of the last 14. NT coach Eric Jantzi described junior Aaron Davis as "the best player in Western New York in my opinion. He's a special kid. A lot of fun to coach."

The last time the game was at Clint Small in 2006, NT escaped with a 14-13 win. Brandon Moshemko and Mike Carson will make their share of plays for Tonawanda, but it may not be enough.

Game date and time: Friday, 6 p.m.

Series: NT leads, 59-31-9.

Series started: 1904.

Last year: NT won, 43-7.

Fast fact: The Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club of the Tonawandas are sponsoring a luncheon for both teams today at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall.


*Kenmore West (4-2) at Kenmore East (1-5)

Outlook: While East's record is not impressive, consider its losses have been by six to Amherst, three to Williamsville South, three to Starpoint and 14 to Grand Island.

Both teams can put up points in a hurry so the defenses will be challenged.

Kenmore East is led by hard-running tailback Mike Doherty and QB Jon Anthony Wiltberger. Kenmore West features the inside-outside running attack of fullback Tim Hersey and quarterback Mo Bailey.

Game date and time: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Series: Kenmore West leads, 31-16-2.

Series started: 1959.

Last year: East won for the first time in six years, 20-8.

Fast fact: Former coach Lou Reuter is among those being inducted into the Hall of Fame at halftime.


*W.S. West (0-6) at W.S. East (3-3)

Outlook: East coach Jim Maurino said QB Andy Pangallo will play after a shot to the hip knocked him out of last week's game with Iroquois. He's been rushing for close to 100 yards per game. "As he goes, we go. He gives us a great chance to win," said Maurino.

East WR/DB Ethan Murphy isn't flashy, he just picks up first downs.

Despite its record, West has played its Class AA South opponents tough. Unsung RB Mike Kus looks to give West its 15th win in a row over East. Look for Kus to return punts, kickoffs and catch passes out of the backfield.

Game date and time: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: West leads, 22-15.

Series started: 1969.

Last year: West won, 12-3.

Fast fact: For the first time the captains and coaches from both teams are planning a captain's dinner Thursday.


*Hamburg (1-5) at Frontier (3-3)

Outlook: For the second year in a row, Frontier is the hard-luck team out of the playoffs. It may take that frustration out on the Bulldogs. "We can't control what has already happened. The kids are ready to win these last three games," said Frontier coach Rich Gray.

A big offensive line has paved the way for RB Mark Schuster (700 yards rushing) and QB Corey Tyger (650-plus).

Bulldogs coach Mike McFadden said the key to winning is getting the ball to his WR Dan Rathke and providing pass protection for QB Nico Zarcone.

Game date and time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Hamburg leads, 28-23-2.

Series started: 1955.

Last year: Frontier won, 44-22.

Fast fact: It will be senior night for Frontier.


*Albion (3-3) at Medina (1-5)

Outlook: The Purple Eagles have won 15 of the last 16. Albion has endured shutouts the past two weeks.

Albion junior QB Ronnie Mannella has shown steady improvement. WR/DB Matt Monacelli has made a quick recovery from a hip flexor injury. FB Matt Gilbert is the team's leading scorer with 37 points.
Medina has some nice skill players with QB Levi Pace, RB Travis Bloom and WR Nick Peterson, who is getting some Division I interest. The Mustangs have issues on defense, where they give up an average of 31.3 points per game.

Flashback: Ocie Bennett is still roaming the halls at Albion, but today he's a teaching assistant. Bennett rushed for 120 yards in the 1993 game won by Albion, 19-6. "We don't like to lose to Medina," said Bennett. "They're in our backyard and it's very competitive. It's something you carry forever."

Game date and time: Friday, 7 p.m.

Series: Albion leads, 50-38-4.

Series started: 1920.

Last year: Albion won, 25-20.

Fast fact: It will the last rivalry game for Albion coach Dick Diminuco, who is retiring after 30 years.


*Dunkirk (2-4) at Fredonia (5-1)

Outlook: The underdog Marauders look to give Fredonia another tough game after losing to it, 6-0, last year. Fredonia RB Eric Ippolito needs 149 yards to reach 1,000.

LB Shane Nykula and LB/DL Kenny Betts lead a stingy Fredonia defense that gave up just seven points in the first four games.

Dunkirk's QB Robert Nalepa is a three-year starter and Mike Tarnowski will get most of carries.

"Everyone in town will be there. The game is also on the local cable channel, so you're either there or watching. It's pretty much all that goes on in the two towns that night," said Fredonia coach Bob Ball.

Game date and time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Dunkirk leads, 63-42-11.

Series started: 1901.

Last year: Fredonia won, 6-0.

Fast fact: Fredonia needs to win to assure itself of a home playoff game.


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