Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (4-0) [last week: 1] -- Finally, some must-see-OP: Friday night vs. Clarence, next week at Lancaster, home for Frontier on Oct. 12. 2. St. …

There are only 12 undefeated football teams remaining in all of Western New York: Orchard Park, Albion, Sweet Home, Cheektowaga, Iroquois, Cardinal O'Hara, JFK, Maple Grove, Frewsburg, McKinley, Bennett and Grover Cleveland. There are no unbeatens left in Class B, which is no surprise since that class is usually the deepest. Who'll be the last unbeaten team to lose? Righ…

An interesting thing happened to the top girls cross country team in the country on Saturday. It got disqualified. The Syracuse area's Fayetteville-Manlius, which won the Nike Team Nationals last year and is ranked first in the nation by The Harrier magazine and first in the New York region by dyestat.com, was disqualified for doing a practice start, known as a "s…

Here's a rundown on my All-WNY team made up of players I've covered: 1999 to today. Here's the original "Gridiron Greats" story looking back at my time on the beat and our plans to pick an all-time All-Western New York team, and check out my Prep Talk column where I decided to go a step further and pick a 25-man roster. Quarterback: Naaman Roosevelt, St. Joe's (…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (3-0) [last week: 2] -- Quakers keep winning, but will they the next four weeks? (at West Seneca West Friday at 7, Clarence, at Lancaster, F…

We're likely looking at a new No. 1 large school after St. Francis' 13-7 loss to Aquinas in Rochester. Since Aquinas is one of the best teams in the state you could make a "good-loss" argument, with the Red Raiders having played the Little Irish tough at their place. The Rochester private school swept Buffalo's large Catholic schools last year and then beat Iro…

Today we've kicked off the countdown to the 50th anniversary All-Western New York football team. Now it's your turn to call an audible and let us know what you think. Check out the story that outlines our plan to pick an all-time all-star team, and read today's "Gridiron Greats" story I wrote about the best players I've covered from 1999 to this season. It's th…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. St. Francis (2-0) -- Great match-up Saturday at Aquinas, the Rochester private school which swept the Monsignor Martin Association last year in the regu…

Looking downfield: O'Hara shouldn't sweat its four-game shutout streak ending with about 15 seconds left in its 38-7 win over Dunkirk, long after starters like senior linebacker Robert Addison (14 tackles, two tackles for loss) and senior defensive tackle Markey Turner Jr. (10 tackles) had left the field. The Hawks are riding a 19-game win streak that could get longer. O'…

Audible to the historian: After McKinley beat St. Joe's, 12-0, on Saturday, the question on everyone's mind was: When was the last time St. Joe's lost to a city team? For questions like that, there's only one place to go: WNY and state football statistician Paul Hutzler. "The last time St. Joe's lost to a Harvard Cup team was ... 1931," Hutzler responded in an e…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how Mary Jo Monnin and myself filled ours out: Large schools 1. St. Francis (1-0) -- Totally dominant in showdown with NT. Fabor and Tasker were sensational. 2. Orchard Park (1-0) -- Might want to b…

Top five reasons Orchard Park should schedule a Catholic school in a nonleague football game in 2008: 1. You're No. 2. Yes, we're only one week into the season, but if OP and St. Francis both win the games they are supposed to the rest of the way, The News large school poll title would likely go to St. Francis. Why? Because everybody knows how the Red Raiders did against …

There's never been a Buffalo News sports preview section cover like this year's high school football cover. Because there wasn't just one cover: there were five. As early as June, there were discussions among Sports Editor Steve Jones, Assistant Sports Editor Dennis Danheiser and Assistant Graphics Editor Vincent J. Chiaramonte about producing different section covers fo…

When it comes to getting high school sports coverage in The Buffalo News, it all starts with a phone call. It is important coaches call us at 849-4461 as soon as possible after games, and that they are prepared to give us the key information from the contest. That's the only way we can get scores and details in the newspaper and online, especially in high school's busies…