You could almost hear the pain in Frontier assistant coach Mark Privateer's voice Friday night following the Falcons' 14-12 loss to top-ranked Orchard Park in Class AA South.
"Last year we lost to them, 14-6, so this is the second year in a row we've played them very tight," Privateer said, before pausing. "We're 10 points away from being undefeated."
Frontier kept Jeff Tundo out of the end zone for the first time in the Connolly Cup winner's last 14 games but could keep Kyle Hoppy from tossing two touchdown passes in the decisive third quarter.
"We're in a must-win situation next week," said Privateer, whose Falcons (2-3, 1-3) are at West Seneca West (0-5, 0-4) next Friday before hosting Hamburg in a nonleaguer in the regular season finale on Oct. 17. The top four make the playoffs and the Falcons are fifth right now. "Hopefully some cards can fall our way and we'll get into the playoffs."