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High School Football Preview for September 12

Jamestown Red Raiders (1-0) vs. Williamsville North Spartans (1-0), 2 p.m., Williamsville North Field.

What makes this nonleague game so big? It’s a rematch of last year’s Section VI Class AA semifinals, which Jamestown won, 19-7.

The contest was one of the more difficult ones for the Red Raiders during their run to the state championship.

North has some players remaining from that team, including linebackers Connor Kelly, Nick Pilon and Eric Weisansal and defensive end Tory Rogers. They played the part of veterans last week in leading the Spartans to a 28-7 rout of Sweet Home in which they yielded only 138 yards. North also received an assist from depth players Jake Padilla and Seven Turpin last week in the second half as they kept the chains moving in the absence of the Hwang twins (Andrew and Jason), who got nicked up during the game.

Unlike last week, North will face a more experienced signal-caller in returning All-Western New York first team senior Nikkolas Holland, who made plays with his arm and legs in rallying Jamestown to a 34-33 win at Niagara Falls last Saturday. Holland passed for 309 yards and three scores and rushed for a TD and 89 yards.

Other key games Saturday:

• Canisius at St. Mary’s, 1 p.m.: Takal Molson amassed 400 yards in offense in leading St. Mary’s to a season-opening win last week over Bishop Kearney. He looks to duplicate that effort against the defending state champions, who extended their winning streak to 17 with a rout of Albany-power Shenendehowa at the Carrier Dome.

• Kenmore West at Lockport, 2 p.m.: It’s the Class AA North opener for both teams who did not score a single point in Week One road losses at Orchard Park and St. Joe’s, respectively.

• North Tonawanda at Kenmore East, 2 p.m.: After forfeiting last week’s game at Grand Island due to lack of eligible players, Ken East expects to have plenty for its home opener thanks to NT agreeing to move the JV start time from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Starpoint at Sweet Home, 2 p.m.: Starpoint rushed for 334 yards in a season-opening win last week. The show will go on for rebounding Sweet Home amid on-going renovations and no grandstand at Bob Barczak Field.

• Grand Island at Williamsville East, 2 p.m.: Grand Island finally gets to play a game that matters after earning a forfeit win last week.


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First-place votes in brackets; *-tie in points.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Canisius [10] 1-0 100

2. Orchard Park (AA) 1-0 86

3. Jamestown (AA) 1-0 75

4. Williamsville North (A) 1-0 62

5. Lancaster (AA) 1-0 50

6. St. Francis 1-0 49

7. South Park (A) 1-0 46

8. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 1-0 26

9. W. Seneca East (A) 1-0 21

10. St. Joe’s 1-0 16

Others receiving votes: Niagara Falls (AA) 6, Williamsville South (A) 5, Hamburg (A) 4, Iroquois (A) 4.


Team (Class) Rec. Pts.

1. Bennett (C) [9] 1-0 99

2. Cheektowaga (B) [1] 1-0 87

3. Springville (B) 1-0 70

4. Alden (B) 1-0 52

5. Cleveland Hill (C) 1-0 47

6. Dunkirk (B) 1-0 35

7. East Aurora (B) 1-0 31

8. St. Mary’s* 1-0 27

8. Frank./Ellicottville* (D) 1-0 27

10. Albion (B) 1-0 17

Week Three

There are plenty of intriguing matchups on the docket Friday and Saturday. Friday’s key games include two Class A North battles under the lights with Starpoint taking on Grand Island at Gene Masters Field. Williamsville South visits North Tonawanda in another key clash. Lancaster hits the road for its Class AA South opener at Jamestown on Friday. Saturday isn’t as busy as Friday but quality takes the place of quantity here with News No. 1 Small School Bennett facing No. 2 Large School Orchard Park for the first time in OP’s homecoming game at 1 p.m. South Park visits Canisius at 2 p.m. in another nonleaguer, while Sweet Home visits Kenmore West for the Blue Devils’ Crosby Field opener at 2 p.m.

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