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Review our #PrepTalkLive coverage from this weekend’s games at the Prep Talk blog, including interviews from Williamsville North where members of the Spartans discussed their 27-6 season-opening triumph over Sweet Home in a key Class A North contest. Also, watch interviews from Orchard Park’s 28-0 win over Kenmore West. Our scoreboard page also has additional details from several games.
Check out photo galleries from this weekend’s games and look at past galleries capturing riveting images from training camps as teams prepared for the 2015 season.
• St. Mary’s senior quarterback Takal Molson was simply unstoppable during the Lancers’ season-opening win over Bishop Kearney. Molson, who earned second team All-Western New York last season at defensive back, finished with 400 yards in offense, including 325 passing as he went 16 for 24 with four touchdowns in the air. He also rushed for a 14-yard TD.
• Hutch-Tech junior Duane Robertson caught five passes for 211 yards with TD receptions of 60, 50 and 52 yards during the Engineers’ 28-6 win at Lake Shore. He added six tackles on defense.
• Medina’s Jake Cotter ran for 237 yards and a TD, while teammate Eric Neace added 110 yards and four TDs during the Mustangs’ wild 46-40 win over Lew-Port on Friday night.
• This could be the year of the quarterback in the Monsignor Martin Association. West Seneca West transfer Matt Myers threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for another score in his Bishop Timon-St. Jude debut Friday as the Tigers posted a 26-0 win at Riverside.
• Tyler Stranahan went 14 for 22 for 295 yards and three touchdowns in his first start for Canisius during its 28-7 win over Albany area power Shenendahowa at the Kickoff Classic in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Senior teammate Justin Jones was a force of one, making seven tackles, forcing two fumbles, recovering one and making an interception on defense. On offense he caught three passes for 125 yards and two TDs.
• Lyle Grant rushed 20 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns in Alden’s 35-0 win over Pioneer.
• Junior quarterback Dillon Janca passed for 260 yards, two touchdowns and ran for another score in leading Orchard Park to a 28-0 win over Kenmore West. In the same game, Ronnie Shul led the Quakers’ defense with 16 tackles.
• Nikkolas Holland accounted for four touchdowns, including three rushing, as he finished with 305 yards passing and 89 on the ground in leading defending state Class AA champion Jamestown to a 34-33 comeback win at Niagara Falls. Jamestown’s Carson Peters hits three field goals, including game-winner from 30 yards with 26 seconds left.
Final News polls for 2014
Team (Class) Rec. Pts.
1. Canisius  11-0 99
2. Jamestown (AA)  12-1 91
3. Sweet Home (A) 9-2 79
4. South Park (A) 8-3 59
5. Orchard Park (AA) 8-3 58
6. Will North (A) 7-2 51
7. Timon-St. Jude 7-3 39
8. West Seneca East (A) 7-2 33
9. Hamburg (A) 6-3 18
10. Kemmore West (AA) 5-4 9
Team (Class) Rec. Pts.
1. Randolph (D)  12-1 98
2. Cheektowaga (B) 9-3 85
3. Maple Grove/CL (C)  11-1 81
4. Bennett (B) 9-1 72
5. Burgard (B) 7-2 59
6. Maryvale (B) 7-2 45
7. Southwestern (C) 7-3 36
8. Depew (B) 6-3 31
9. Cleveland Hill (C) 6-3 19
10. St. Mary’s 8-2 15
The week begins early with Niagara Falls visiting Hutch-Tech in a special 6:30 p.m. Thursday night clash from All High Stadium. On Friday, Fredonia visits Springville at 7 p.m. Friday in a Class B South matchup. Frontier heads to nearby Orchard Park for a Class AA South rumble. Clarence visits Dingboom Field to take on Riverside in a Class AA North showdown, while Burgard faces Maryvale in a Class B West rumble. Saturday’s slate includes Canisius visiting St. Mary’s of Lancaster, Jamestown visiting Williamsville North in a rematch of last season’s Class AA semifinal, Kenmore West heading to Lockport for a key Class AA North clash and Grand Island, which received a forfeit win last Friday, getting to hit the field for a game when it visits Williamsville East.