Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.
What to watch for Friday
1. Football - Friday Night Lights
Of the 25 local games being played tonight, here are three to keep an eye on:
- West Seneca West vs. McKinley, 7 p.m. at Riverside
- Pioneer at Maryvale, 7 p.m.
- Sweet Home at Cheektowaga, 7:15 p.m.
The clash between McKinley (1-0, 0-0) and West Seneca West (1-0, 1-0) will give both teams a chance to see how they stack up in the competitive Class A South division. The Indians and Macks both made statements last week with big wins over Amherst and Orchard Park, respectively, led by their stars. McKinley's Kaiyer Fields earned Prep Talk Player of the Week after rushing for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, West QB Matt Myers accounted for five first-half touchdowns.
Pioneer (1-0, 0-0) visits Class B-1 rival Maryvale (1-0, 0-0), which is coming off an impressive come-from-behind win at Cleveland Hill. Sophomore QB Connor Desiderio went 13-24 passing for 234 yards and two touchdowns, both to Ray Blackwell, who caught eight passes for 159 yards. Pioneer went on the road last week and won a 21-6 game at JFK. Running back Wake Kless ran the ball 10 times for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
In a nonleague matchup, Class B Cheektowaga (1-0) hosts Class A Sweet Home (1-0). The Warriors began their season with a 42-0 shut out of Lew-Port. Junior QB Keshone Beal was 11-15 for 269 yards and three touchdowns in his first varsity start. He went undefeated on JV the past two years. The Panthers won a high-scoring Class A North game at North Tonawanda in Week One, 53-37. Senior tailback Dylan McDuffie, who transferred back from St. Francis, accounted for six touchdowns, five on the ground.
Check out Miguel Rodriguez's Fab Five games for Week Two:
2. Girls volleyball - Lancaster at Clarence, 6 p.m.
Clarence (1-0, 0-0) hosts one of the teams looking to unseat the three-time defending Class AA champ in Lancaster (1-0, 1-0)
The Red Devils are younger than they have been the past few seasons, but that didn't hinder them in a sweep of Grand Island on Tuesday. Jaide Cummings had eight kills and four aces, while Lindsey Leipold had eight digs and dished out 20 assists.
The Legends swept ECIC I foe Williamsville North on Tuesday behind seven blocks and four kills from Grace Blair. Other top players include seniors Julia Kurowski, a five-year starter, and Katie Becht.
3. Boys soccer - Williamsville North at Orchard Park, 4:45 p.m.
ECIC I foes Orchard Park (3-1-1, 2-1) and Williamsville North (4-1, 2-1) both look to rebound from losses on Tuesday.
The Quakers dropped a 3-1 game at Lancaster after winning their first two league games against Jamestown and Frontier. Junior Chase Eagan leads the team in goals with four, while senior Bryce Mateer has a pair of goals and three assists.
The Spartans lost to Clarence in overtime on Tuesday, 1-0, on a goal in the 85th minute of the game. Seniors Justin Bonetto and Blake Ferrell each have a team-high five goals. Classmate Anand Murali has four and junior Matt Lindaman three.
4. Girls soccer - Wilson at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Wilson (2-0-1, 1-0) and Akron (2-1, 2-0) renew their Niagara-Orleans League rivalry. The teams split during the regular season last year before Wilson eliminated Akron in sectionals.
The Lakewomen opened with a tie against Lockport and wins over Kenmore West and Roy-Hart. Second-year sophomore Skylar Munnikhuysen has scored five of the team's eight goals.
The Tigers won league games against Albion and Medina before being shut out at Hamburg on Tuesday. Third-year freshman Kara Seguin leads the team with five goals, while third-year junior Jenna Robnett has three.
5. Field hockey - Williamsville East at Williamsville North, 4:30 p.m.
Crosstown rivals meet for the one and only time this season with both teams coming off of big wins on Wednesday.
Williamsville East (1-0) shut out Starpoint, 6-0, in a Class B matchup to start the season. Senior attack Holly Schmelzer scored three times and had two assists. The Flames won a 5-2 game at home against North last season.
The Spartans (1-0) are the two-time defending Class A champs and opened their season with a 6-1 win against Pioneer. Jordan Cooper had a hat trick and Catherine Angiers scored twice. Emma Roland assisted on five of the goals.
- Boys soccer: East Aurora at Lake Shore, 5 p.m.
- Boys soccer: Sweet Home at Williamsville South, 7 p.m.
- Girls volleyball: Lockport at Kenmore West, 5 p.m.
- Boys volleyball: Kenmore West at Lockport, 5 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.
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