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Cheektowaga's state football semifinal game rescheduled

This November to remember storm continues to wreak havoc on the high school sports calendar.

Cheektowaga announced via Twitter that its New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinal contest against defending state Class B champion Maine-Endwell of Section IV has been moved from Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester. Coach Mike Fatta confirmed the move to The News late Wednesday afternoon.

As of this moment, that’s the only state semifinal game involving a Section VI team that has been rescheduled due to Mother Nature. Jamestown (Class AA), Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake (Class C) and Randolph (Class D) are the other Western New York representatives in this weekend’s state football semifinals. Both Jamestown and Maple Grove/CL are still schedule to play Saturday with the Class C game at noon and Class AA at 6 p.m.

The Class A semifinal between V-Irondequoit and III-Indian River has been moved from Friday night to noon Sunday due to snow issues in the northern Syracuse area, the location of Indian River.

The issue for Cheektowaga is that school has been closed due to the storm since Tuesday and isn't expected to be open Thursday. With another band of snow expected to roll through the hardest hit areas, including the southern portion of Cheektowaga, and a driving ban in place, there's no guarantee the Warriors would be able to leave Saturday for a playoff game in Rochester.

"It's pretty frustrating for the kids and coaches," said Fatta of the situation in which the storm has prevented the team from preparing for the biggest game in program history. "We did our Monday thing which is a preliminary walk through, a game plan thing, but that's the extent of it."

Friday is a staff and development day for Cheektowaga, which means that could be a potential day for the team to gather and practice -- most likely in the school's gym.

"We'll do the best we can," Fatta said.

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