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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 Saturday
1. Football - Week Four Saturday
Of the six games on Saturday's schedule, here are a pair to keep an eye on:
- Class D: Maple Grove vs. Clymer/Sherman/Panama, 1:30 p.m. at Clymer
- Nonleague: Franklinville/Ellicottville at JFK, 1:30 p.m.
Franklinville/Ellicottville visits JFK for a nonleauge showdown between 3-1 teams. Brock Blecha and the Titans are looking strong after its 26-6 win at Maple Grove two weeks ago. The senior-laden Bears are led by quarterback James Bailey, who owns all but two of the school's passing records.
Clymer/Sherman/Panama (4-0, 2-0) has a shot at matching Franklinville/Ellicottville atop Class D if it can pick up a win against defending state runner-up Maple Grove (3-1, 2-1). The Wolfpack are ranked in the state polls for the first time as a merged program. The Red Dragons rebounded from their first loss to a Western New York opponent since 2013 with a 32-8 win last week at Chautauqua Lake.
Miguel Rodriguez previewed the Class B-3 Alden-Newfane game in his Fab Five for Week Five:
The other three games on the schedule:
- Canisius at Cardinal O'Hara, 1 p.m.
- Lockport at Orchard Park, 1 p.m.
- V-Honeoye Falls-Lima at St. Mary's of Lancaster, 1 p.m.
2. Boys soccer - St. Joe's at East Aurora, noon
No. 2 large school East Aurora (11-0) hosts No. 5 St. Joe's (9-1-1) in a nonleague contest between two of the top teams in Western New York.
The Blue Devils are one of a handful of unbeatens left in Section VI. They've outscored opponents 34-2. Senior Bryce Schiltz is the main offensive threat with 15 goals. Classmate Jack Bean has a team-high nine assists.
The Marauders are 4-1 against Section VI foes with the loss coming at No. 1 Clarence, 2-1. Junior Oliver Wright leads the team in goals with 11. Senior Thomas Stankowski has five goals and seven assists.
3. Cross country - McQuaid Invitational
Thousands of athletes from more than 250 schools will partake in the 53rd McQuaid Invitational at Genessee Valley Park. East Aurora and Maple Grove both took home girls team titles last year.
First race begins at 8:50 a.m. and the meet continues to the last awards ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Click here for the race schedule.
4. Field hockey - Iroquois at Sweet Home, 10 a.m.
No. 1 Iroquois (9-0) visits No. 9 Sweet Home (4-4) in an interdivisional ECIC matchup.
The Chiefs have been dominant only giving up three goals all year. Senior Samantha Gaglio is among the Section VI scoring leaders with 10 goals. Junior Riley DeGrace has five goals and 13 assists.
A 3-1 loss at Eden on Wednesday snapped the Panthers' two-game winning streak against East Aurora and Hamburg. The top win of the season came against No. 10 Williamsville South, 2-0, to start the season. Riley Kromer has seven goals and Brielle Brodnicki six.
5. Girls volleyball - Tournament action
There will be girls volleyball tournaments today at Clarence and Lake Shore. There are no boys tournaments on the schedule.
- Boys soccer: Kenmore East at Lew-Port, 10 a.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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