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 27 games being played locally tonight, here are three to keep an eye on:
- Maryvale at Olean, 7 p.m.
- Franklinville/Ellicottville at Maple Grove, 7 p.m.
- Williamsville East at Williamsville South, 7:15 p.m.
Class B contenders Maryvale (2-0) and Olean (2-0) meet in an interdivisional game. The Flyers, who have two quality wins over Cleveland Hill and Pioneer, are led by sophomore QB Connor Desiderio and junior playmaker Rashad Law. The Huskies, led by RB/LB Dylan Vincent, have wins over Allegany-Limestone and Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton.
The last two Section VI Class D champs square off at defending state runner-up Maple Grove. The Red Dragons (2-0) have blowout wins over Gowanda/Pine Valley and Salamanca so far. Franklinville/Ellicottville (2-0) opened up with a league win over Randolph/Frewsburg and then picked up a win at South Allegheny (Pa.) last week.
Williamsville South (2-0) will celebrate the grand-opening of its new turf complex against crosstown rival Williamsville East (0-2). The quarterback-receiver duo of Josh Foster and Cody Sanford has been clicking for the Billies in their wins at Clarence and Kenmore East. New Flames coach Mike Torrillo, a longtime assistant under John Faller at Sweet Home, is still looking for his first win. East's losses have come at Starpoint and Williamsville North.
Miguel Rodriguez previewed five additional games in his Fab Five for Week Three:
2. Girls soccer - Williamsville East at Starpoint, 4:45 p.m.
No. 3 large school Williamsville East (4-0, 4-0) hosts No. 8 Starpoint (6-0, 3-0) in an ECIC II matchup of undefeated teams.
The Flames have outscored four league opponents by a total of 19-1, with the lone goal coming in a 5-1 win at Williamsville South on Wednesday. Freshman Bella Buscaglia has five goals, while senior Tess Ford has four and eighth-grader Emma Scalione three.
The Spartans opened the season with three nonleague wins and followed it up with three within the league. Their goal differential is 21-1. Freshman Kristin Pickard leads the team with six goals. Junior Julia Mascaro has five.
3. Boys soccer - Lew-Port at North Tonawanda, 7 p.m.
Lew-Port (4-2, 3-1) visits No. 9 large school North Tonawanda (6-0-1, 4-0-1) in another competitive soccer game in the Niagara Frontier League.
The Lumberjacks are coming off a huge 2-1 win at No. 4 Kenmore East on Tuesday. Junior forward Colin Archibald is off to a good start with a team-high 10 goals and five assists. Sophomore forward Tyler MacNeil has five goals.
The Lancers are riding a two-game winning streak against two-time Class A champ Grand Island and Kenmore West. Lew-Port's offensive attack is pretty spread out. David Reilly and Joey Zachary each have four goals.
4. Field hockey - Williamsville South at Williamsville East, 5 p.m.
No. 3 Williamsville East (2-1) has home wins over Starpoint and West Seneca East and a 2-0 loss to No. 2 Williamsville North. Holly Schmelzer leads the team with four goals. Schmelzer and Jenna Cavalieri share the team lead in assists with three.
No. 9 Williamsville South (2-2) suffered a 4-1 loss to North on Wednesday after beating Starpoint by the same score on Monday. Marnie Reidell and Elisabeth Sidorski both have two goals. Five other players have one goal
5. Boys volleyball - Starpoint at Maryvale, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Starpoint (1-2, 1-1) visits No. 8 Maryvale (3-0, 3-0) in an ECIC III contest. These ranked teams serve as the biggest competition to No. 2 Eden in the division.
The Spartans' losses have come to No. 3 Canisius in five sets and Eden in a three-set sweep. Their win came at Depew last Friday. Matthew Drake had five kills and Devin Eick four aces.
The Flyers have three league wins over Cheektowaga, Lake Shore and Depew so far this season. Tom Frain, Jordan Nosal and Kenny Fields have been a few of the key contributors in those wins.
- Girls soccer: Orchard Park at Williamsville South, 5 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Tonawanda at Holland, 7 p.m.
- Girls volleyball: Niagara Wheatfield at Lockport, 5 p.m.
- Girls volleyball: Williamsville North at Orchard Park, 6 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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