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Saturday's intriguing football games

Week Three

-- Alden Bulldogs (2-0) at Lackawanna Steelers (2-0), 1 p.m. at Veterans Stadium. A showdown between two of the three unbeaten teams in Class B-3 Division (Medina's the other entering Friday night's slate).

Steelers coach Adam Tardif said his squad must play error-free football against a Bulldogs team that last lost to Lackawanna in 2009.

Alden has quite a few playmakers on offense that the Steelers must stop/slow down – including senior receiver Christian Snell (12 catches, 280 yards, four TDs) and senior quarterback Bryan Cybulski (367 yards passing, seven TDs; 174 yards rushing, two TDs). Colin Skowronski has rushed for 217 yards and two touchdowns.

Lackawanna reached the sectional semifinals last year and a key to the team's success has been Khalil Horton, a third-year starter. The senior running back/linebacker is coming off a Week Two performance in which he rushed 13 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns and also returned an interception for a TD. Other key players that Alden must focus on include senior quarterback Noble Smith and receiver London Smith.

Among the other key games on the docket include:

-- Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (0-2) at Canisius Crusaders (1-1), 1 p.m. at Stransky Complex. This is just one of two appearances Canisius will make on a Saturday on its home field. The next is the regular-season finale Oct. 28 against defending Pennsylvania state champion Cathedral Prep.

-- Williamsville North Spartans (2-0) at Niagara Falls Wolverines (0-2), 2 p.m. at Niagara Falls Athletic Complex. Class AA clash with the Spartans looking to keep the good times rolling, while Falls hopes its home opener will lead to a reversal in fortune after losses at Kenmore West and Clarence.

-- South Park Sparks (2-0) at Perry Traditional Academy (1-1) in Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. Sparks taking the long roadie for their lone nonleague game of the season. Believed to be the first time South Park will face football team from Pennsylvania.

-- Walsh Jesuit of Ohio (1-2) at St. Francis Red Raiders (1-1) at Polian Family Field, 7 p.m. Third of six home games on season for St. Francis, which would be 2-0 if not for loss via game-winning field goal in closing seconds of Week One clash versus McDowell, Pa. First-year starting quarterback Dawson Tyger and returning starting receiver Retsen Daley are off to very good starts for the Red Raiders.

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2017 polls

Large Schools

Rank School (Class) Record Points         LW

Canisius [5]*            1-1      95       1

Lancaster [5]*         (AA)    2-0      95       2

West Seneca West            (A)       2-0      64       7

South Park (A)        2-0      57       4

St. Joe's                    2-0      56       5

Starpoint (A)           2-0      53       6

St. Francis    1-1      34       8

Wmsv. North          (AA)    2-0      26       10

Sweet Home            (A)       2-0      23       NR

Wmsv. South (A)    2-0      19       9

Others receiving votes: McKinley (A) 11, Grand Island (A) 8, Iroquois (A) 5, Orchard Park (AA) 3, Jamestown (AA) 1.

Small Schools

Rank School (Class) Record Points         LW

Cheektowaga [5]    (B)       1-1      80       1

Dunkirk [2]   (B)       2-0      79       3*

Maryvale [2]            (B)       2-0      76       2

Medina (B)  2-0      77       3*

Maple Grove [1]     (D)      2-0      69       5

Alden (B)      2-0      43       6

Southwestern (C)   2-0      30       8

Frank./Ellicottville (D)       2-0      29       7

Olean (B)      2-0      28       9

Lackawanna (B)      2-0      17       NR

Others receiving votes: Cleveland Hill (C) 16, Albion (B) 6.

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