Who: Depew Wildcats (11-0) vs. two-time defending state champion and Section IV (Binghamton area) winner Maine-Endwell Spartans (11-0).
What: New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B semifinal.
When: Today, 3 p.m.
Where: Sahlen’s Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester.
Tickets: $10 for three-game session (Class C game at noon; AA game between V-Aquinas and IV-Elmira at 6).
Television: Time Warner Cable Sportschannel (live).
Buffalo News small school poll (last poll Nov. 12): Depew No. 3 (Behind No. 1 Randolph and No. 2 Cleveland Hill).
New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll: Maine-Endwell No. 1 (all season); Depew No. 7 (up from No. 8 last week).
Where’s Maine-Endwell? Seven miles west of Binghamton.
Depew in the state semis: First appearance.
Maine-Endwell in the state semis: 3-1. After a loss in 1998, each state semifinal win has been followed by a state title, in 2004 and each of the last two seasons. Last year, an undefeated Alden team which finished first in The News small school poll had its season come to a shockingly sudden end in its first final four when it was overwhelmed by halftime in a 49-14 M-E victory.
Coaches: Depew, Brian Wilson, second season (16-4); Maine-Endwell, Matt Gallagher, third season (36-0).
How they got here: Depew won its first Far West Regional game in the program’s second appearance with a 29-9 victory over Section V champion Geneva. Maine-Endwell held on to stop a two-point conversion try in the final minutes to beat Section III (Syracuse area) winner Cazenovia, 35-34.
Depew key players (and statistics): jr. QB/DB Dylan Sekuterski, 5-9, 171 (46-86, 1,022 yards, 9 TDs, 5 INTs; 47-197 rushing, 3 TDs); sr. QB/DB Anthony Buono (12-18, 208 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 14-170 rushing, 3 TDs; out injured); jr. RB/LB Rodney Turner, 5-8, 182 (142-895, 18 TDs; 51 tackles, 1 sack); sr. RB/DB Dan Golba, 5-11, 150 (91-462, 4 TDs); sr. WR/LB Derrick Sekuterski, 6-2, 203 (17-356, 2 TDs; 83 tackles, 3 sacks); sr. WR/DB Cody Penner, 6-1, 182 (9-258, 5 TDs); sr. LB/TE Nick Yelich, 6-0, 211 (90 tackles, 3 sacks; 8-148 receiving); sr. OL/DL Mike Lamb, 6-7, 315; sr. DL/OL Bryce Leair, 5-9, 180 (57 tackles, 7 sacks).
Depew pre-snap read: A Wildcats team that knocked off nemesis Alden in the Section VI final rolled to a win last week; both games were marked by a long list of contributors. Turner, after hobbling on runs against Alden, returned with much more effective runs last week. Golba had two interceptions in the first quarter that set the tone against Geneva. This week’s competition level is a drastic increase from last week. If Depew is to move on to the state final, it will have to beat a program that annihilated a very good Alden team last year.
Maine-Endwell pre-snap read: Undefeated seasons (12-0 then 13-0 last year) ending with state titles plus this year’s 11-0 mark means the Spartans’ win streak is at 36, which is the longest current win streak in the state. The streak nearly ended last week to Cazenovia, which nearly converted a last-minute, two-point conversion. M-E played last week without six suspended players who were sat due to a violation of team rules; the players will be back this week. Coach Matt Gallagher has two playmaking sons on the team, 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior quarterback Kyle (51 for 97 passing for 1,063 yards and 15 touchdowns) and 6-2, 205-pound junior Adam.
What’s next: The winner heads to Syracuse’s Carrier Dome for the NYSPHSAA championship at 3 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 1. In the East semifinal, Section II (Albany area) champion Shalmont (11-0, No. 3 in state poll) plays Section IX (Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster counties) representative Marlboro (11-0, No. 2) today at 3 p.m. at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium.
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— Keith McShea