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Another key football player who helped Bennett reach the first of its three straight Section VI championship games is taking his talents to the Division I stage. And Alexander Lofton couldn't be happier he earned a scholarship. Lofton, a 2015 graduate who helped the Tigers win a division title en route to their first-ever Section VI title-game appearance, recently si…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Five of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/01/news-football-polls-week-five/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 35, Cardinal O’Hara 14 Class AA Bennett 14, Clarence…

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Bennett Tigers (8-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, sixth season Home field: All High Stadium Program founded: Unknown Outlook: After winning the program's first Section VI championship, the Tigers move up from Class A into the big-boys classification – their fourth different class in as many seasons. While Bennett has made three straight sectional finals, the nucl…

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Coaching changes Paul Burgio may be a first-time head coach, but he's no stranger to Clarence football. He's logged 24 seasons as an assistant with the program, including the Red Devils' Section VI Class AA championship year back in 2010 under then-head coach Tom Goddard. When Goddard stepped down, the district stayed in house – hiring another member of Goddard's …

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Stevenson McDuffie is in a position he hasn't been in for quite some time. The Bennett coach is in a spot where he has to get to know his personnel – and not just what they can and can't do on the football field. "I'll have to get to know personalities," said McDuffie, who also is still learning players names after his senior-heavy outfit won the Section VI Class A t…

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It was a day of celebrating at Bennett High School, and not just because of the news that Bennett's name in Western New York athletics is back. Isaiah McDuffie and Brandon Brown made their college plans official with McDuffie, the linebacker/running back and Buffalo News Player of the Year, going big time by signing with Boston College. Brown, a receiver who played thre…

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There’s a reason Western New York scholastic football fans immediately equate the McDuffie name with success whenever they hear it. A standard of gridiron excellence has long been established by several members of the clan – so much so that as a child Isaiah McDuffie dreamed of having the same type of success playing the sport as his father Steve and uncles Chris and Te…