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Week Four: Saturday’s high school football games

Starpoint Spartans (3-0) vs. Lockport Lions (1-2), 2 p.m., Max D. Lederer Field.

Starpoint’s great start could become even better should it find a way to beat old friend Lockport in the teams’ annual rivalry game.

The Lions have won the last six meetings including last season’s thriller, 38-35. The Spartans have not beaten Lockport since claiming a 38-6 Week Seven triumph during the 2008 season.

A Starpoint win would continue a run in which the Spartans have gotten the better of teams that have frustrated them for years. Starpoint earned its first ever win over Sweet Home in Week Two and followed that by winning for the first time at Grand Island in Week Three.

The key to Starpoint’s success has been its rushing game. The Spartans are averaging 367 yards per game, including last week’s 503-yard effort in a win at GI. Left tackle Sam Wray anchors a line that has opened holes for Anthony Robinson, Tajay Ahmed and Terry Rutland to gallop through with ferocity.

Brandon Few’s 24-yard field goal proved to be the difference last week in Lockport’s 27-25 win at Clarence. Sophomore quarterback Javon Ford rushed for two TDs in that win.

Other key games Saturday:

• DePaul Catholic (N.J.) at Canisius, 1 p.m.: The Crusaders’ 19-game winning streak is on the line against a tough out-of-state opponent led by Ohio State-commit Kareem Walker. The 6-foot, 210-pound running back has rushed for more than 3,400 yards in his scholastic career. He’s averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 8.8 yards per reception this season.

• St. Joe’s at St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.: Call it the revenge game for St. Joe’s, which was embarrassed on its own home field last season by the Lancers, 51-26.

• West Seneca West at South Park, 1 p.m.: The first game of an All High Stadium doubleheader. South Park looks to bounce back from a three-point loss at Canisius last week. Second game pits unbeaten Orchard Park against Class AA South foe Hutch-Tech at 4 p.m.

Christening at St. Francis

St. Francis officially christened Polian Family Field with school president Fr. Michael Sajda blessing the surface before nearly 100 onlookers, including members of the Polian family, Friday morning. The new synthetic turf field phase of the two-part project is all but complete as the school waits for the track surface to finish setting. The field will host its first football game next Friday when the Red Raiders meet Canisius at 7 p.m.

The second phase, constructing the athletic building to house locker rooms, concession stands and VIP seating, continues.

The field was good enough to use Friday as the University of Nevada, coached by St. Francis alum Brian Polian, practiced there before its Saturday afternoon game at University at Buffalo.

“For St. Francis High School this is a big moment,” Sajda said. “We are eternally grateful to the Polian family, Bill and Eileen, for all the help they have given us along with the Gacioch family and one other alum who basically donated the bulk of the money for this field and the building we’re working on constructing.”

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Polls

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

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [9] 3-0 99

2. Orchard Park [1] (AA) 3-0 91

3. South Park (A) 2-1 67

4. Lancaster (AA) 2-1 63

5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 3-0 51

6. St. Francis 2-1 50

7. West Seneca East (A) 3-0 40

8. Jamestown (AA) 2-1 38

9. Williamsville North 2-1 24

10. Starpoint (A) 3-0 12

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Cheektowaga [6] (B) 3-0 96

2. Bennett [4] (C) 2-1 91

3. Springville (B) 3-0 80

4. Alden (B) 3-0 67

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 3-0 66

6. Dunkirk (B) 2-0 46

7. Lackawanna (C) 3-0 29

8. East Aurora (B) 2-1 23

9. Maple Grove/CL (C) 2-1 20

10. Depew (B) 2-1 15

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