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Saturday’s Week Three High School Football preview

V-Aquinas Little Irish (1-1) at Canisius Crusaders (2-0), 1 p.m. at Stransky Complex: Old friends get together for their annual football grudge match. Canisius has won the last two showdowns at Stransky between the championship contenders but reigning state Class AA champion Aquinas defeated the Crusaders during last year’s Week Seven meeting in Rochester via blowout.

Looking to help the Crusaders gain a measure of revenge is Connolly Cup finalist and star senior running back Cole Burniston. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder averages 8.2 yards per carry and has four rushing touchdowns. As a team Canisius averages 252.5 rushing yards per game.

Forty-nine of the Crusaders’ 71 plays through two games have been via the run. Still, junior quarterback Jayce Johnson has completed 50 percent of his passes and thrown for two touchdowns. Boston College-commit Paul Woods has four catches for 129 yards and two TDs.

Canisius’ defense has yielded just 12 points through two games, with senior linebacker Mason Hoose leading the unit with 11.5 tackles per game.

Aquinas may be 1-1 but one of its losses came to fellow Section V title contender Victor, 13-7. The Little Irish have only allowed 21 points. Damon Burton Jr. leads the defense with 15.5 tackles through two games and has three tackles for loss. Little Irish quarterback Jon Kloch is completing nearly 57 percent of his 37 pass attempts and has thrown for three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Other games on a lightly-scheduled Saturday include:

Williamsville South at Williamsville East, noon at Williamsville East Field: The threat of inclement weather moves up the start time by two hours. South comes in as the desperate team looking to avoid a 0-3 start in its second Class A North contest of the season. Williamsville East comes into the game fresh off a 40-22 win at Lewiston-Porter behind TJ Allen’s 242-yard-rushing performance.

East Aurora at Hutch-Tech, 1 p.m. at All High Stadium: Both teams enter this nonleaguer 1-1 and coming off losses last week. East Aurora put up 43 points in a wild 50-43 defeat at Pioneer.

Kenmore West at Niagara Falls, 2 p.m. at Niagara Falls Athletic Complex: Niagara Falls is unbeaten and looks to improve to 2-0 in the division and stay in the hunt for the Class AA North title. Defending division champion Ken West comes into this one fresh off a tough home loss to league foe Williamsville North, but Jamir Lynch flaunted his big-play abilities for the Blue Devils with two touchdowns during the defeat, including a 64-yard run.

Clarence at Lockport, 2 p.m., at Max D. Lederer Field: The Red Devils look to improve to 3-0 and have yet to allow a point this season, while the Lions will try to avoid a 0-3 start. Jack Shaver returned an interception 70 yards for a TD, one of six takeaways by Clarence during last week’s win over Niagara-Wheatfield.

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