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Homeroom Announcements: Saturday's big games & more

We know there's no homeroom today. But we're up and ready to go.

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 Six Saturday

Of the seven local games on Saturday's schedule, here are a pair to keep an eye on:

  • Monsignor Martin: St. Joe's at St. Francis, 1 p.m.
  • Nonleague: Bennett at Burgard, 1 p.m. at Riverside

St. Joe's and St. Francis both look to get back on track. The Marauders (2-3, 1-1) won their first two games against Archbishop Ryan (Pa.) and Cardinal O'Hara before losing the last three to Aquinas, Canisius and Cardinal Mooney (Ohio). QB Casey Kelly was held out last week at Mooney, so he should be ready to go this afternoon. The Red Raiders (1-4, 0-0) have also lost three in a row since a Week Two win against Rochester's University Prep. The offense is led by RB Cole O'Connor and WR Retsen Daley.

Old Harvard Cup rivals Bennett and Burgard meet in a nonleague contest. The Tigers (3-2) have fared pretty well in Class AA despite a small roster size with wins over Frontier, Lockport and Clarence. Today's game won't impact the Bulldogs (2-3) in the Class B playoff race, but next week's game at Pioneer will be a must-win for both of those teams if they want a shot at the postseason.

Miguel Rodriguez previewed the Class A North Kenmore West-Williamsville East game in his Fab Five for Week Six:

Miguel Rodriguez's Fab Five: Class A North contenders to determine their playoff fates

2. Cross country - Multiple invitationals

The 23rd West Seneca Cross Country Invitational starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. As of Friday morning there were nearly 700 runners from about 30 programs registered for the event. Click here to view a complete schedule, course records and a course map.

Elsewhere, the Southern Tier Classic starts at 11 a.m. at Allegany-Limestone High School. The first varsity race starts at 12:25 p.m.

3. Volleyball - Tournament action

No. 1 Lockport hosts its boys volleyball tournament, while other top teams will  be out in Rochester at the Penfield Tournament.

Cleveland Hill and St. Bonaventure also host girls tournaments.

4. Boys soccer - Allegany-Limestone at I-Prep/Grover, 1 p.m.

No. 5 small school Allegany-Limestone (13-0) makes the trip to Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium in Buffalo to take on No. 2 I-Prep/Grover (6-4-1).

The Gators are one of four unbeatens left in Section VI.  Junior goalkeeper Conner Golley set the school record for career shutouts on Thursday with his 34th in a 1-0 nonleague boys soccer win at Olean. Dylan Talbot scored his team-leading 17th goal in the game. Sam Flanders has 13 goals.

This is yet another tough nonleague game for the Presidents, who have already played St. Joe's, Nichols and Grand Island, and still have Canisius and Clarence coming up next Monday and Friday, respectively. Senior forward Abdullahi Hussein leads the team in goals with 15.

5. Girls soccer - Clarence at Orchard Park, 2 p.m.

No. 3 large school Clarence (11-2, 9-1) visits No. 8 Orchard Park (8-4-2, 6-3-1) in an ECIC I matchup.

The Red Devils have won three in a row, all by shutout, since losing a 1-0 league game at Lancaster last Monday. Clarence won a 2-0 against OP on Sept. 13. Emma Faso had a goal that game. She leads the team with 13 on the season.

The Quakers are riding a four-game winning streak, including back-to-back wins over No. 9 Lancaster and No. 6 Williamsville North. Track star Jenna Crean scored her sixth goal of the season in overtime at North on Wednesday for a 2-1 win. Kasey Hollins has a team-high eight goals.

Honor roll
- Boys soccer: McKinley at St. Joe's, 1 p.m.
- Girls soccer: Hamburg at Frontier, 7 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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Friday's roundup

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Grand Island cruises to victory, now controls its own postseason destiny

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High school scores & schedules (Oct. 7)

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