We're kicking off a weekend full of interesting matchups by asking which ones you think are best:
My votes? Tough ones, as always. For large schools, Clarence at Lancaster will have major reprecussions in the area's best league, while I'd love to compare how Canisius fares against Aquinas with what I saw in parts of the Aquinas-St. Francis game. The place I'd most like to be is at Tifft Field Friday night for what should be an awesome atmosphere for St. Joe's at Timon, and I might try and sneak out of the office and down Ohio Street to check it out.
The best candidates for a blowout, I would think, are Orchard Park (hey, they did it on the road last week) and North Tonawanda (hey, they do it every week in AA North). The two best candidates for an upset are Starpoint (which always seems to come up just short of pulling off the big win) at Sweet Home (which has underperformed at times) and West Seneca West (they've been competitive in every game, so they're liable to break through) at Jamestown (maybe too amped after a win and for their first night game?).
For the small schools, it's certainly Lackawanna at Fredonia in what should be a tremendous event for the black-and-orange fans. I'll be in the office Saturday but we'll have a reporter at St. Mary's at Cleveland Hill. I think Depew at Albion -- the first time these two great programs have met in a while, I would think -- should be rough-and-tumble, fun-to-watch battle. Best candidates for a blowout? Southwestern and Alden (Medina has given up a lot of yards the last two games). Upset city? Perhaps Olean in a high-scoring affair at East Aurora.
There's still time to vote on last weekend's most impressive victories. ... There was some great football talk at Wednesday night's live chat. ... Be sure to check out a great lookahead to the weekend in Friday's paper and visit here Friday night and Saturday to talk about the action. ... And in case you missed it, check out a great fundraiser that the Amherst girls swimming team is holding Friday evening.