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Saturday Afternoon Live: Week Four

Week Four's Saturday lineup is the heaviest we've had all season with 21 games, including several big ones.

Perhaps the top two are Iroquois' visit to Hamburg in Class A and Eden's hosting Wilson in Class C North -- both are league battles of undefeated teams. The kickoff at Hamburg is earlier than usual -- at 1 p.m. -- due to Starpoint playing Lake Shore at Hamburg at 4:30 (Lake Shore's field is under renovations this season).

We certainly think those two games are the top offerings of the afternoon -- Mary Jo Monnin will be at the newly-turfed Howe Field while Miguel Rodriguez will be in Eden to see which turnaround team will remain headed in the right direction. We'll also have photographers at both games.

It's also a great day to catch some of the best programs in our region -- and that goes well beyond Buffalo.

Cleveland's St. Ignatius, a national power currently ranked fifth in the Midwest by USA Today, is at St. Francis for a 7 p.m. kickoff; St. Ignatius pummelled Canisius, 50-8, in Week Two. Aquinas, which has already had its way with Canisius and St. Francis on its Rochester turf field, is at St. Joe's at 2 p.m.

As always, you can review each team's schedule and results -- there's a permanent link at our high school home page, which you can get to by typing in buffalonews.com/highschool.

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Stay here through the afternoon into the evening as we'll have
updates as soon as we get them. Our scoreboard will have all the results on a day where all the fall sports are in on the action.

Also, tune your twitter to "bufnewspreptalk" to get instant updates of the scores as soon as they are reported to us. We also have a fan page at Facebook -- just search "The Buffalo News' Prep Talk blog" -- and you'll get updates with links to our high school sports stories.

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3:08 p.m. I'll be in the office today, but I can tell you this. I drove past St. Joe's, where Aquinas had a 22-0 lead in the second quarter and appeared to be going in for another score. WJJL's Intense Milk Game of the Week just wrapped up as I drove by St. Joe's as Lafayette went to 3-0 by beating Grover Cleveland.

With the rain it's wouldn't be a good day to try and sneak some video, but that didn't work into the schedule today.

Right now I'm listening to the last two minutes of the Iroquois-Hamburg game on Springville's WSPQ -- I drove around The News parking lot to get as good a signal as I could. Iroquois scored a tiebreaking touchdown with a little over two minutes to play to go up, 20-13.

3:11 p.m. Hamburg has the ball and just converted a huge third-down pass and has the ball on the Iroquois 21 in the final minute.

3:15 p.m. A 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback Zarcone with 27.4 seconds left. Wow. Thank you, WSPQ. Hamburg trails, 20-19, pending the extra point.

3:17 p.m. Wow again. Hamburg goes for two and Iroquois stops it. My first instinct is that I like the call, especially since (almost) everybody makes the playoffs nowadays. Then again, we'll have to see how this game affects the seeding come playoff time.

3:20 p.m. Iroquois recovers the on-sides kick and that should be it. 

3:21 p.m. It's over: Iroquois 20, Hamburg 19. Thanks again to WSPQ. I'm headed inside to the office and we'll have more updates and details as the day goes on.

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4:35 p.m. Eden was having its way with visiting Wilson, 27-0, in the fourth quarter but the game has been delayed by lightning, Miguel Rodriguez reports over the phone. There is 10:59 left in the fourth quarter with Eden just having scored its fourth touchdown -- play was called before the extra-point kick could be attempted.

5:06 p.m. A report from the Clarence at Orchard Park game -- OP has a 24-8 lead in the third quarter but that game is also under a lightning delay.

5:20 p.m. Our Saturday's high school scoreboard has been posted and will be updated with football scores and other major fall sports events from today as soon as possible.

5:25 p.m. Some interesting stuff: Niagara Falls is 3-1 after a 43-0 rout at Niagara-Wheatfield. Happy times for Wolverine football fans for the first time in a long time.

5:50 p.m. Miguel Rodriguez reports that it is final in Eden -- the host Raiders beat Wilson, 27-0.

6:18 p.m. Final called in from Orchard Park: OP 37, Clarence 14. The game included a one hour, 15-minute weather delay.

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The high school scoreboard for Saturday has all the football results as well as a ton of other fall sports activities.

Here are the other can't-miss links at the end of business Saturday:

* The roundup starts with Will North ending a 15-game slide; there's more information about that game -- and many others -- on the Web than we could fit in the paper, and we fit a lot in the paper.

* The Iroquois-Hamburg game story -- written by Mary Jo Monnin -- lived up to the expectations; also check out a her blog post about how Hamburg's homecoming was quite the scene. 

* Miguel Rodriguez was there to cover Eden staying undefeated.

---Keith McShea

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