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One school in Cheektowaga is guaranteed to win a football title

One thing is guaranteed to happen this weekend: A town of Cheektowaga school will get to celebrate a championship moment on the New Era Field turf.

The stakes will be even higher when Cheektowaga and Maryvale meet in the Section VI Class B final on Saturday afternoon.

The last two regular season meetings between the programs have been quite riveting with one decided in overtime and the other by one score. Both contests have been won by Cheektowaga and the outcomes of those two meetings determined the division champion.

Their paths haven’t crossed too often in the postseason but the last time they met was in the 2014 semifinals – a game won by Cheektowaga. The victory secured the first of four straight title-game appearances by the Warriors.

Saturday will be the first time these rivals have met in a sectional football final.

"This is just amazing for our town, our schools here, to be able to face your rival in a championship game," said Maryvale coach Jeff Buccieri. "Whenever we play it's a big deal. … It's just going to be insane. People are going to come to the game. People who usually don't come to the games will be there."

The sectional tripleheader on Saturday begins with another Cheektowaga team trying to repeat as champion as Cleveland Hill faces Southwestern for the Class C crown.

"I think it's great for the town especially seeing what these coaches have done with their kids and their programs," said Cleve Hill coach Glen Graham, who won his 101st career game last Saturday. "It's great to see everybody successful. After Week One (the Eagles and Flyers traditionally open against each other), we're always rooting for Maryvale. Guys that I know at Cheektowaga are always rooting for them. It's just a fantastic thing."

Cheektowaga won Class B titles in 2014 and 2015. Its bid for the three-peat came up short against Dunkirk last year.

But getting to New Era Field is key.

"Getting here is a huge goal," Cheektowaga coach Mike Fatta said. "Last week is the one you want to win. You want to win every game, you want to win here as well but getting here is the huge thing just to give the kids the opportunity to play out there."

Any words of wisdom for Buccieri, whose Flyers are in the final for the first time in 11 years?

"Enjoy it," Graham said. "Enjoy it through the kids. Just be proud. … Everybody's a winner because you made it to this point."

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