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High School Football Preview for Sept. 19

Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (2-0) vs. St. Mary’s Lancers (1-1), 1 p.m., Fr. Columbian Brady Field.

One has to wonder if St. Mary’s angered the football gods in some way. That’s because the Lancers have perhaps one of the toughest opening schedules in the area.

It doesn’t get any easier for them as they welcome an unbeaten Timon-St. Jude team that has outscored its first two foes, 64-8. Sophomore quarterback Matt Myers has completed 60 percent of his passes and thrown for 567 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Tigers. Division I prospect Tyler Ringwood has been a force on both sides of the ball for Timon.

St. Mary’s is coming off a one-sided 37-0 loss to defending state Catholic champion Canisius.

The Lancers’ best shot at rebounding from that loss rests in the arm and legs of senior quarterback Takal Molson, who passed for more than 300 yards and finished with 400 total yards in a Week One triumph over Bishop Kearney of Section V.

Timon is the third straight quality opponent the News’ No. 9 Small School has faced in consecutive weeks. It doesn’t get easier for the Lancers next week as they host St. Joe’s in what will be their final regular-season scheduled home game of the season. St. Mary’s plays its final four games on the road.

Other key games Saturday:

• Bennett at Orchard Park, 1 p.m.: On a day in which there are only nine games on the schedule, this is one of the many quality matchups to choose from. Game is not only showdown between teams with Section VI title aspirations but a clash between potential Connolly Cup finalists in Bennett junior RB/LB Isaiah McDuffie and Orchard Park junior quarterback Dillon Janca.

• South Park at Canisius, 1 p.m.: Once again South Park steps up in a big way for its only nonleague game of the season. Two years ago the Sparks faced Jamestown. Last year, St. Francis. They held a third-quarter lead at Frannies before a series of turnovers and lack of depth doomed their upset bid.

• V-Aquinas at St. Joe’s, 1 p.m.: Section V and state Class AA power makes first of two Western New York appearances, led by Penn State commit Jake Zembiec. Remember, Zembiec’s last Western New York appearance did not go so well as he suffered a broken wrist last September in a loss at Canisius that pretty much KO’d him for most of the season.

• Sweet Home at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.: Ken West’s defense played a starring role in a win at Lockport last week as the unit did not allow the Lions to complete a single pass. Tyler White came through with 15 tackles and Charlie Milks had 13 tackles and three sacks. Sweet Home looks to break into the win column after a rare 0-2 start.

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Polls

First-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points.

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [10] 2-0 100

2. Orchard Park (AA) 2-0 87

3. Jamestown (AA) 2-0 80

4. South Park (A)* 2-0 63

4. St. Francis* 2-0 63

6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 2-0 48

7. West Seneca East (A) 2-0 27

8. Williamsville North (A) 1-1 26

9. Lancaster (AA) 1-1 19

10. Hamburg (A)* 2-0 7

10. Starpoint (A)* 2-0 7

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Bennett (C) [9] 2-0 99

2. Cheektowaga (B) [1] 2-0 91

3. Springville (B) 2-0 73

4. Alden (B) 2-0 64

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 2-0 58

6. East Aurora (B) 2-0 50

7. Dunkirk (B) 1-0 35

8. Frank./Ellicott. (D) 2-0 32

9. St. Mary’s 1-1 17

10. Lackawanna (C) 2-0 10

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