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Helmets: Burgard and Fredonia

What to watch today

Fredonia Hillbillies (5-2) vs. Burgard Bulldogs (6-1), 1 p.m., All High Stadium

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This is one of three rematches from the regular season in the Class B playoff bracket. These two teams played a thriller back in Week Two at Fredonia, a contest the Bulldogs won, 20-16.

In that meeting, big plays produced victory for Burgard, the News’ No. 3-ranked Small School.

First, Kijanna Thompson and receiver Markiese Hampton hooked up for a 27-yard touchdown strike. Fredonia then took the lead on Jiovany Ruiz’s 70-yard kickoff return for the TD and a two-point conversion pass. Burgard went up 12 -8 on another long pass play, this one a 56-yard pass from Thompson to Mark Drain.

The Bulldogs went up 20-8 in the third quarter as Marcus Hampton scored on a 31-yard run.

Fredonia pulled within four during the fourth quarter as Cam Voss scored on a 6-yard catch from William Piper, but that’s as close as the Hillibillies got in that one.

Burgard has crushed its opponents since suffering its only loss of the season, 20-12, to Bennett back in Week Five. But the most impressive part of the Bulldogs’ season may be the fact they handed three previously unbeaten teams their first loss of the season.

Burgard also entered the postseason as the only team to play top-seeded Bennett (7-0) close.

The Bulldogs have a bunch of players willing to play a nasty, physical game led by three-year starting linebacker Darlell Sanders. Burgard allowed the fourth-fewest points among Class B schools.

Of all the teams to suffer their first loss of the season to Burgard, only Fredonia righted its ship. The Hillbillies have won three in a row, including last week’s 50-48 four overtime thriller over rival Dunkirk to secure their spot in the postseason. Damien Johnson threw for 137 yards, completing 10-of-16 passes for a TD and also rushed four times for 25 yards and a touchdown in last week’s triumph.

Other key games today:

• St. Francis at St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 1 p.m.: St. Francis has lost four in a row. A month ago, many would have anticipated a Red Raiders win in this one, but my how things have changed. St. Francis is struggling and St. Mary’s is rolling. Lancers (6-1) come into the game off the signature win of the season, 51-26 at St. Joe’s. A Lancer win today all but secures the No. 3 seed for the Monsignor Martin Association playoffs.

• Lancaster at Kenmore West, 2 p.m.: The Section VI Class AA playoffs take center stage at Crosby Field as AA North Division champion Kenmore West (4-3) hosts Lancaster (3-4). Ken West isn’t riding a wave of momentum into this one as the Blue Devils lost last week at previously winless Kenmore East in the two teams’ annual rivalry game.

• Frontier at Williamsville North, 2 p.m.: Last year’s Class A state runner-up Williamsville North (6-1) hopes to begin another playoff run by beating an opponent it shut out, 27-0, just two weeks ago.

• Starpoint vs. South Park, 4 p.m.: This game caps a doubleheader of playoff action at All High Stadium as South Park tries to advance to the sectional semifinals. Last year, the Class A South champs were the first of several upset victims during Will North’s surprising playoff run.

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News polls

LARGE SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Canisius [10] 7-0 100 1

2. Jamestown (AA) 6-1 90 2

3. Sweet Home (A) 6-1 79 4

4. Orch. Park (AA) 6-1 71 3

5. South Park (A) 6-1 54 6

6. Timon-St. Jude 6-1 46 7

7. Will North (A) 6-1 37 8

8. Will South (A) 6-1 31 5

9. West Sen. East (A) 6-1 29 10

10. N. Tonawanda (A) 5-2 5 NR

Others receiving votes (with points): Hamburg 3, Kenmore West 2, St. Francis 2, St. Joe’s 1.

SMALL SCHOOLS

Team (Class) Rec. Pts. LW

1. Bennett (B) [8] 7-0 98 1

2. M. Gr./CL (C) [2] 7-0 89 3

3. Burgard (B) 6-1 68 4

4. Depew (B) 6-1 67 5

5. Maryvale (B) 6-1 57 7

6. Randolph (D) 6-1 56 6

7. Cheektowaga (B) 5-2 36 2

8. St. Mary’s 5-2 28 NR

9. Cleveland Hill (C) 5-2 22 8

10. Fredonia (B) 5-2 10 t9

Others receiving votes (with points): Silver Creek 6, Southwestern 6, Medina/Lyndonville 4, East Aurora/Holland 3.

Week Nine

It’s semifinal weekend for the Section VI Tournament. Higher remaining seeds will serve as hosts of games. Look for the schedule here at BuffaloNews.com.